Corrections Employee William T. Spears

Photo of Corrections Employee William T. Spears
End of Watch: Sat, Oct 18th, 1913
Date of Incident: Sat, Oct 18th, 1913
Cause of Death: Motor Vehicle Accident
Service Time: 12 years
Age: 41


Corrections Employee William Spears and Corrections Employee Ora Ambrose were killed in an automobile accident near the Indiana Boys' School in Plainfield.

Corrections Employee Ambrose, Corrections Employee Spears and others had been searching for three boys who escaped from the institution earlier in the afternoon. When the search was called off at dusk, another individual gave up his seat in the vehicle Corrections Employee Ambrose was driving to permit Corrections Employee Spears to return to the institution with him.

As they approached a railroad crossing about one-half mile west of Plainfield at 6:00 pm, their vehicle was struck by an eastbound train, killing both of them instantly. Corrections Employee Ambrose was thrown down an embankment 400 feet from the crossing, while Corrections Employee Spears became lodged on the engine pilot.

Corrections Employee Spears had served with the Indiana Department of Correction for 12 years.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Indiana Department of Correction Patch
302 West Washington Street E-334
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
(371) 232-5711


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