Deputy William Littlejohn, 43, and his partner Deputy Stan Kirkman were rushing an attempt suicide victim to a downtown hospital when his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver. Deputy Littlejohn’s injuries took his life two days after the accident.
Kirkman returned to duty after recuperating from minor injuries.
The drunk driver was convicted of felony drunk driving.
Deputy Littlejohn joined the Sheriff’s Department in November of 1952 and was a resident deputy in Citrus Heights. Deputy Littlejohn was cremated and the location of his remains is unknown.