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 subjects he had arrested.

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 subjects and placed them in the back of their patrol car. While transporting 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 served with the Marengo County Sheriff's Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

alcohol violation, arrest

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Deputy Sheriff Ford,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Marengo County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 17, 2023

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