Deputy Sheriff James Wilbert Cranston

Deputy Sheriff James Wilbert Cranston

Genesee County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, July 26, 1945

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James Wilbert Cranston

Deputy Sheriff James Cranston succumbed to injuries sustained four days earlier when he was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Miller Road and Linden Road in Flint Township.

He was interviewing two other drivers who had been involved in an early morning accident when another vehicle struck him. He suffered massive leg and internal injuries when he was hit.

The driver who struck him was charged with felonious driving and manslaughter and sentenced to five years probation with the first two months served in county jail.

Deputy Cranston had served with the Genesee County Sheriff's Office for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Sunday, July 22, 1945

accident investigation, accident scene

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 68th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 19, 2013

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