Deputy Sheriff William Robert Garner

Deputy Sheriff William Robert Garner

Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, July 19, 2020

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William Robert 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, you are sorely missed. The late night discussions and watching you devour a bag of Doritos will be forever memories. Your love and dream girl, the four legged children, and you cherishing your stable of Trans Am's (nobody knew more than you) bring smiles to those of us close to you.
We've got the watch and I am dedicated to caring for the family that had to stay behind. That's what family does.
I miss you bro and wish I could have been your chief. You ALWAYS had my 6 covered and were top notch. Not a day goes by that I don't think you and wish you were here with us.
I'm so proud of how you did your job Deputy...To Protect And Serve fulfilled!

Chief James Davis
Franklin Springs Police Department

January 14, 2021

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