Deputy Sheriff Willis Herman Ferguson, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Willis Herman Ferguson, Sr.

Henry County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, March 18, 1975

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Willis Herman Ferguson, Sr.

Deputy Willis Ferguson was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while helping a motorist change a tire on Highway 220 during a rainstorm.

Deputy Ferguson was a US Army veteran. He was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 13

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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I went to the Reginal Law Enforcement Academy at Danville Community College for 4 weeks in 1974 with Herman, It was, I think, the first time VA LEOS had to get formal training mandated by the Commonwealth. I enjoyed that time and was coming on duty when when the call come out. He was the first LEO that I remember carrying a semi auto duty weapon. He said that during his military time there,, he had to shoot a Chinese troop 30 times with his M1 carbine, only to have to resort to his 1911 .45 pistol. Shortly thereafter, I started carrying a 1911 Gold Cup pistol in .45 ACP. When I left HCSO, I lobbied the Va Beach PD to go to a semi-auto, his counsel was always in back of my mind. I retired with a 15 shot SW pistol, I never had to fire it except @ the range. Thanx Herman for your inspiration. May God and St. Michael watch over you.


Lester Eller, Sgt. VBPD Ret.
Virginia Beach PD

August 8, 2021

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