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Deputy Sheriff Dies in the Line of Duty

First Line of Duty Death in More than 100 Years

(Bel Air, MD – November 28, 2006) — Deputy First Class William H. Beebe of the Harford County Sheriff's Office, was killed in the line of duty late Monday night, as a result of a single vehicle accident near Winters Run in Abingdon. DFC Beebe was responding at approximately 11:37 p.m. to assist other deputy sheriffs on an attempted suicide call, when the 2006 Ford Crown Victoria patrol vehicle he was operating left the roadway on Montrose Way and traveled approximately 60 yards down an embankment and came to rest in a shallow creek bed. DFC Beebe was the sole occupant of his cruiser at the time of the accident.

Residents in the area reported the accident to Harford County 911 when they saw the vehicle in the woods with the emergency equipment operating. Deputies rushed to the scene of the accident and arrived within minutes of the crash. They immediately determined that DFC Beebe was in cardiac arrest, removed him from the vehicle and initiated CPR. Emergency medical personnel from the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company responded to the scene and continued heroic efforts to save DFC Beebe’s life but were unsuccessful. DFC Beebe was pronounced deceased shortly after 1:00 a.m. this morning at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air.

DFC Beebe, age 28, a native of Harford County, was appointed as a Deputy Sheriff in October 2004 by Sheriff R. Thomas Golding. He was assigned to the Southern Precinct in Edgewood and also served as a member of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

Sheriff Golding presented DFC Beebe with a Merit Commendation for outstanding performance at an awards ceremony last week.

An autopsy will be performed later today by the State Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.

Commenting on the loss of DFC Beebe, Sheriff Golding stated, “Words cannot express the deep sense of loss the Harford County Sheriff's Office feels at this time. DFC Beebe was an excellent law enforcement officer who was respected and loved by his coworkers. He was with only a short time, but will be remembered forever.”

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation into the cause of the fatal crash.