Deputy Sheriff William Frank Ford

Deputy Sheriff William Frank Ford

Marengo County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, January 17, 1973

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William Frank Ford

Deputy William Ford suffered a fatal heart attack while struggling with suspects. He and another deputy had just arrested the men for being intoxicated. During the arrest attempt the two men resisted and struggled with the officers, almost choking Deputy Ford. The officers were able to subdue the suspects and placed them in the back of their patrol car. As they transported the men to the jail the suspects began to fight with Deputy Ford across the back seat, as the cruiser was not equipped with a cage. During the struggle Deputy Ford suffered a fatal heart attack.

Deputy Ford had been with the agency for eight years and was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge MG-6

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your memory will always be honored and revered for time never diminishes respect.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 17, 2012

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