Deputy Sheriff William K. Nichols

Deputy Sheriff William K. Nichols

DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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William K. Nichols

Deputy Sheriff William Nichols drowned while attempting to save his son from a rip current near Sandestin, Walton County, Florida.

He was able to get his son to safety but was swept back away from shore. His body was recovered a short time later.

Deputy Nichols had served with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office for 10 years and served as the agency's Search and Rescue director. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned
  • Location Florida

water rescue

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Wow. That’s a story you never want to hear but every parent would take that trade for their child. He is a true hero and will be missed by his son and family. Memories will be missed by his son but he will always know that his father traded his life so his son could life of his own.

State of Indiana citizen, Jason Belk
Sprague Hotel Developers, None

August 27, 2020

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