Patrolman Donald V. Deford

Patrolman Donald V. Deford

Lincoln Township Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, March 14, 1988

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Donald V. Deford

Patrolman Deford suffered a fatal heart attack while working a traffic accident in inclement weather. He died 8 hours later.

Patrolman Deford had served with the Lincoln Township Police Department for 18 years and was survived by his wife and three children


  • Age 68
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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As a kid growing up in Stevensville, I knew Officer "Donny" Deford. I had run from him during my dumb days, and been caught by him a few times. I had always been treated professionally by him, and was always guilty of whatever childish pranks he caught me at. I didn't learn to appreciate him until many years later, when I chose to serve as an Officer in Tennessee. I have now served for over 20 years in my Department, and appreciate his leadership and professionalism now, more than ever. Rest in Peace, my friend.

Sergeant Chris Caulpetzer
Knoxville Police Department

August 30, 2013

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