Winters Police Department joins county-wide memorial

The department honored the last Winters police officer killed in the line of duty, City Marshall William Rice.
FILE: The front of the Winters Public Safety Building is pictured on March 26, 2019. Photo by Matthew Keys/Winters Express
FILE: The front of the Winters Public Safety Building is pictured on March 26, 2019. Photo by Matthew Keys/Winters Express

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The Winters Police Department honored deceased police officer City Marshall William Rice as part a Yolo County event honoring officers killed in the line of duty on Thursday, May 16. To date City Marshall Rice is the only Winters Police Officer to be killed in the line of duty. He died by gunfire in October of 1912. Rice was shot while attempting to disarm an intoxicated man brandishing a shotgun. According to a post published on the Winters Police Department’s Facebook page, Rice approached the man because he had been able to reason with him on previous occasions. While attempting to enter the intoxicated man’s residence, Rice was shot in the chest. The perpetrator was arrested when he stepped out into the street to reload. He was later convicted of Rice’s murder. Rice was survived by Alice Rice, his wife of six years, and their 14-month-old son. The non-profit 100 Club of Yolo and Solano Counties supports the families of public safety officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty with immediate financial assistance. This program also mentors young adults and provides scholarships for the children of fallen officers. Chaplain Robert Duvall and Canine Unit Kepi are part of the local 100 Club team.    Donations to the 100 Club of Yolo and Solano Counties can be made at /www.100clubsyc.org/donations/.]]>

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