Deputy Sheriff William Hiram Givens

Deputy Sheriff William Hiram Givens

McDonald County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, February 4, 1984

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William Hiram Givens

Deputy Sheriff William Givens was killed when his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver on Missouri 59 just north of Lanagan.

A 33-year-old deputy riding with Deputy Givens was seriously injured when the drunk driver crossed the center line and struck their patrol car head-on.

The 26-year-old driver who caused the collision was charged with manslaughter, vehicular injury, and driving while intoxicated.

Deputy Givens had served with the McDonald County Sheriff's Office for six years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged with manslaughter

drunk driver

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I remember when I was little of running around in your boots and cowboy hat with your duty belt and handcuffs arresting everyone in the house. You were my hero and I always wanted to be a LEO just like you! I never got to be a LEO but my love and support for all LEO's will never die because you were my Great Great Uncle my blood bleeds blue through and through! I was 7 years old when you were taken from us and because of how you were taken I have NEVER gotten behind the wheel or went with someone that had been drinking. My heart hurts and gets angry every time I hear or read the news that a life was taken by a drunk driver. I love you Uncle Bill and it's hard to believe that it has been 35 years now. RIP Fly High my hero!!

Misty Lang
Great Great Niece of Fallen Officer William Hiram Givens McDonald County Sheriff's Department, McDonald County Missouri EOW 02-04-1984

June 13, 2019

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