Ga. deputy sheriff fatally struck while responding to crash

Deputy Sheriff Bill Garner was hit and killed while responding to an unrelated highway crash

Duty Death: Bill Garner - [Franklin County, Georgia]

End of Service: 07/19/2020


By Suzie Ziegler 

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ga. — A deputy sheriff was killed in the line of duty Sunday while responding to an unrelated single-vehicle crash on a Georgia highway.  

Deputy Sheriff Bill Garner, 53, was struck by another vehicle when the driver lost control and entered the median. The man who was driving has been charged with vehicular homicide. Garner was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries. 

Deputy Sheriff Bill Garner was struck and killed by a vehicle while helping the occupants of an unrelated crash on Highway I-85. (Photo/ Franklin County Sheriff's Office)
Deputy Sheriff Bill Garner was struck and killed by a vehicle while helping the occupants of an unrelated crash on Highway I-85. (Photo/ Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

Garner was with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office for one year, having previously served for 12 years at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and Pendegrass Police Department. He leaves behind his wife, parents and brother. 

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