Sheriff William B. Justice

Sheriff William B. Justice

Washington County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, June 18, 1930

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William B. Justice

Sheriff Justice was struck by a train and killed while he and a town marshal searched the Burlington Railroad Yards in Akron for a hobo who was wanted for creating a disturbance. As they stood on a side track to watch a freight train pass by they failed to observe an engine backing up. The marshal saw the train at the last moment and was able to jump out of the way, however, the train struck Sheriff Justice. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the next day.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train
  • Incident Date Tuesday, June 17, 1930

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Sheriff Justice, what a legacy you left! As you can tell from the reflections here, you are living on and on, in the hearts and minds of those who never had the chance to meet you, but who nevertheless are inspired by your service and dedication.

Tina Lewis Rowe
Captain, Denver Police Department (ret.)
U.S. Marshal, Colorado (ret.)

April 18, 2017

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