Fallen Officers

It Was An Oath They Took. To honor the men and women of Guilford County who gave their lives protecting and serving its citizens. The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office is committed to honoring those who lost their lives in the line of duty and is proud to host a memorial to those who paid the highest price.

Deputy Sheriff Gregory Lee Hawks
End of Watch: Friday, September 2, 1994
Age: 36
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Deputy Hawks was responding to a call of a suspicious person when he lost control of his patrol vehicle in a sharp curve and struck a tree. The collision killed him instantly.

Deputy Hawks was the first deputy killed from his agency in 67 years. He is survived by his daughter and son.

Deputy Sheriff William T Bowman
End of Watch: Thursday, February 24, 1927
Age: 40
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Deputy Bowman was shot and killed by two suspect while investigating the theft of chickens. Two bags of chickens had been located behind a church in Greene Township and Deputy Bowman was notified. He concealed himself nearby and waited for the the suspects to appear.

As he heard them approached he stood up to arrest them when they suddenly opened fire on him, killing him.  Both men were arrested and convicted of his murder.

Deputy Bowman had served with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years.

Deputy Sheriff Robert Lee Bain
End of Watch: Saturday, August 2, 1913
Age: 29
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Deputy Bain, while endeavoring to enforce the law he represented, Deputy Sheriff Robert L. Bain. of the Pomona Mill Village, was shot down in his tracks. The shooting occurred while Officer Bain was attempting to arrest the suspect for his involvement in a small ruckus.

Deputy Bain had served with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office for 60 days.