Deputy Sheriff William Hamilton Rutherford

Deputy Sheriff William Hamilton Rutherford

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, January 2, 1990

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William Hamilton Rutherford

Deputy Bill Rutherford succumbed to injuries received when his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver on State Road 200 near the entrance of Central Florida Community College at 12:30 am.

Deputy Rutherford was traveling westbound when the driver crossed the center line and hit him head-on. He was transported to Munroe Regional Medical Center, where he died that afternoon.

The drunk driver was also killed in the crash. The driver's passenger was treated and released.

Deputy Rutherford had served with the Marion County Sheriff's Office for three years. He was survived by his wife

The US 441 between Country Road 475 and County Road 328 was renamed Deputy William Hamilton Rutherford.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

DUI, routine driving

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One of the best of the very best. My dads good friend, Captain David F Faircloth Jr (1964-2009), C391. You are so missed Bill ❤️

Keirstin Faircloth Petersen ID 5479
Marion County Sheriff’s Office

April 29, 2023

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