Today, on the capital grounds in Carson City, 128 officers who were killed in the line of duty, will be honored for their services to their communities.
Mineral County, too, will remember a fallen deputy sheriff.
To date, Mineral County Sheriff’s Office has only lost one of their own while on duty.
On July 25, 1994, Sgt. Richard Willson ensured a foot chase with a suspect. During the capture, Willson was struck in the chest with a crowbar.
He would return to the sheriff’s office where he continued follow through with necessary paperwork, when he began to feel ill.
Escorted to the hospital by a fellow officer, Willson would need to be transferred to a second hospital for further testing. Enroute to the second hospital, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Willson would suffer a fatal heart attack.
Having served Mineral County for just over three years.
On the Officer Down Memorial page, Willson is remembered. A quote from the site is as follows, “When a police officer is killed, it’s not an agency that loses an officer, it’s an entire nation.”
Willson left behind a wife and two children along with a department of officers who mourned the loss.