Deputy Sheriff Michael Lynn Cheney

Deputy Sheriff Michael Lynn Cheney

Union County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch Wednesday, November 5, 1980

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Michael Lynn Cheney

Deputy Cheney and Deputy Raymond Williams were killed when their patrol pickup was struck head-on by a drunk driver on Highway 82 near Elgin, Oregon. The drunk driver was also killed in the collision. The deputies were returning from a search and rescue mission when the incident occurred.

Deputy Cheney had only served with the department for 14 days and had previously served with the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. He was survived by his two daughters, parents, and siblings.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Killed in collision

DUI, traffic patrol

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Hey, Mike, thought you might like to know that we are planning a ceremony to honor you and Ray next week by the commemorative stone which was placed in front of the office after your deaths. We are trying to locate kin to invite them. God bless, brother.

Capt. (ret.) Craig Ward
Union County Sheriff's Office

May 5, 2022

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