Alexandria Jail Renamed After Fallen Deputy Sheriff William Truesdale

6:08 PM, May 5, 2011   |    comments
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) --- The William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center pays tribute to the first deputy killed in the line of duty in Alexandria. The jail was formerly named the Alexandria Detention Center.

On Jan. 27, 1981, Truesdale was transporting inmates back to prison. One of the inmates, Wilbert Lee Evans,  grabbed Truesdale's gun.  Evans tried to escape and fatally shot the 47-year-old deputy.  The inmate was convicted of murder and executed, Oct. 19, 1990. 

"In our business, they will tell you that transporting prisoners is one of the most dangerous things that you can do," says Sheriff Dana Lawhorne.

Truesdale left behind his wife, Zita Truesdale Noyes, and four children including Kevin Truesdale, 30, who was sworn-in Thursday as a police officer.

"I never knew my dad but at the same time I felt like I knew him, just things in mom telling me...'Oh yeah you're just like your dad,'" says Kevin.  

Truesdale's wife welled up with tears as she watched her son receive the officer's badge.

"That was very, very, very emotional...he's in his father's footsteps now," she says.  

A memorial made of black granite was also presented to the Truesdale family at the ceremony.

"It was a bitter sweet day, but we feel good here at the office about what we did," says Chief Deputy Lenny George.

The memorial was paid with contributions by private donors.

Written by Elizabeth Jia

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