1969 – William J. Rutledge – Sergeant – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Sergent William J. Rutledge

Biographical Info:

Born: Unknown date
Age: 32
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Traffic Collision
Date of Incident: May 14, 1969
Weapon Used: N/A
Suspect Info: Not available

Sergeant William Rutledge was employed with Riverside Sheriff’s Department for seven and a half years. He was hired on October 18, 1961, and assigned to the Indio Station. In November 1965, he was reclassified to Investigator and in June 1967, was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to the Indio Jail. Sergeant Rutledge began his career in law enforcement by attending the Riverside Sheriff’s 19th Basic Academy. He was hired by Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and did not work for any other law enforcement agency prior to this hiring. On May 14, 1969, Investigator William Carter and Sergeant Rutledge were traveling from Blythe to Indio after working during the morning hours in Blythe. Both men apparently fell asleep. The patrol unit they were traveling in smashed into the rear end of a truck and killed Sergeant Rutledge instantly. Investigator Carter died six days later. Sergeant Rutledge was survived by his wife and three children. He was also survived by his parents and one brother. Sergeant Rutledge was born in Enid, Oklahoma.

Sergeant Rutledge’s burial site is not known.
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