Deputy Sheriff William Garner

Deputy Sheriff William Garner

Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, July 19, 2020

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William Garner

Deputy Sheriff Bill Garner was struck and killed by a vehicle while at the scene of a single-vehicle crash near mile marker 164 on I-85 at about 7:15 pm.

He was assisting the occupants of the involved vehicle when another vehicle lost control, entered the median, and struck him. Deputy Garner was transported to St. Mary's Sacred Heart where he succumbed to his injuries.

The man driving the vehicle that struck him was charged with homicide by vehicle.

Deputy Garner had served with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office for one year. He had previously served with the Oconee County Sheriff's Office and the Pendegrass Police Department for over 12 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and brother.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 635

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

accident scene

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Bill was my brother. Bless all of you who remember him. He loved working among you and was so proud to be part of what you are. I miss him and the retirement we will not share together, but I am thankful for the part of himself he shared with you and that you remember now. Thin blue line.

Dave Garner

August 18, 2020

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