Deputy Sheriff George Headen

Deputy Sheriff George Headen

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Tuesday, October 19, 1897

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George Headen

Deputy Sheriff Headen was killed after being struck by a pole that fell off a cliff. Deputy Headen was supervising a gang of prisoners. The inmates were working to remove massive rocks. While they were working one of the guide ropes snapped. A pole attached to the rope fell to the ground and struck Deputy Headen in the abdomen, killing him.
Deputy Haden had been with the agency for 17 months.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 year, 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Accidental
  • Incident Date Sunday, October 19, 1879

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Deputy Sheriff Headen,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Santa Clara County.


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