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This Day in History: First BCSO Deputy Killed on Duty

Deputy William Jasper Vaughn was killed during an altercation at a store south of Emerson.

It was 84 years today that the first known Bartow County Sheriff's deputy died in the line of duty.

According to a news release from the Bartow County Sheriff's Office, the incident that resulted in the death of Deputy William Jasper Vaughn on Sept. 20, 1928 began when two men entered Sodie Collum’s store located south of Emerson between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. to make a purchase. They tried to pay with a $20 bill, which Collum immediately recognized as counterfeit.

Getting “the draw” on the two by pulling out his own gun, Collum sent a family member to Acworth, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"city-of-acworth-14"} -->, which was the nearest phone station at the time, to call

Cathy Satterfield September 20, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Proud to say this was my Great Grandfather. My Father's name is Will Vaughn Walker. My father's mother's name (my grandmother) is Bertha Rosalyn Vaughn Walker, which is a daughter to William Jasper Vaughn.
Susie Culver-Silver September 21, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Also proud to say this was my Great Grandfather. My Mother was June Walker Culver. Her Mother was Bertha Rosalyn Vaughan Walker, who was a Daughter of William Jasper Vaughan. So thankful to the Sheriff's Department for the Memorial they have planned for him, my Grandmother would be so PROUD!
Diana Taylor September 21, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I am proud also and surprised. Sodie Collum was my great uncle. He was a brother to my grandmother, Meeke Collum Gossett. We knew that he had owned a store but not about this . Thanks for honoring Deputy Vaunghan.
janie eidson September 21, 2012 at 03:06 AM
I am also His Great Granddaughter. My mother was martha Walker Mcdonald.Her Mother was Bertha Rosalyn Vaughan Walker, Daughter of William Jasper Vaughan. It is a honor to be a part of this family

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