Sheriff William A. Nelson

Sheriff William A. Nelson

Clallam County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch Sunday, March 30, 1924

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William A. Nelson

Sheriff William Nelson died of blood poisoning, which he contracted after cutting himself on a piece of metal. He was chasing a robbery suspect when the incident occurred.

Sheriff Nelson had been first elected Sheriff at the age of 24.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness

bloodborne pathogen

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Sheriff Nelson,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 30, 2024

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