Medical Examiner Determines Cause of Deputy’s Death

Heart Attack Resulted in Accident

(Bel Air, MD – November 30, 2006) — An autopsy performed by the State Medical Examiner has concluded that Deputy First Class William H. Beebe, Jr., suffered a fatal heart attack while responding to a report of an attempted suicide. DFC Beebe was 28 years of age.

The family of DFC Beebe and the Harford County Sheriff’s Office were informed of the results of the autopsy late yesterday. The autopsy revealed DFC Beebe’s aorta leading to the heart was 90 percent occluded which resulted in the onset of the heart attack.

Crash Reconstruction Specialist with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit found DFC Beebe’s patrol vehicle traveled 230 feet from the point it left the roadway to its final resting point in a shallow creek bed. There was no indication of mechanical failure, excessive speed or any other factor other than the medical emergency, which resulted in the crash.

“The family, fiancé and the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office are gratified with the thorough autopsy performed by the Office of the State Medical Examiner,” remarked Sheriff R. Thomas Golding. “Knowing the cause of death and the relationship of the heart attack to the accident helps bring closure to a very difficult and trying situation,” the sheriff stated.

DFC Beebe was the first Harford County Deputy Sheriff to die in the line-of-duty since June 1899.

A memorial service will be held Friday, December 1, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Ignatius Church in Hickory. Following the service, a procession of police, fire, public safety personnel, family and friends will escort DFC Beebe to his final resting place at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.

Due to the large number of law enforcement officers, fire service personnel, public safety officials, family and friends attending the funeral of DFC Beebe, traffic congestion and delays should be expected throughout the day. Motorist should avoid travel in the Hickory area if possible between 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday.