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Son of Fallen Deputy Sworn In; Jail Renamed In Father's Honor

Son of Fallen Deputy Sworn In; Jail Renamed In Father's Honor

William Truesdale | Courtesy Alexandria Sheriff's Departmen

WTOP.com | Associated Press

May 06, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, VA – With bagpipes playing and tears flowing, Zita Truesdale Noyes steps out into the sunlight and travels back thirty years to a winter day in 1981.

It was the day her husband, William, became the only sworn member of the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office ever killed in the line of duty.

Their son, Kevin, is 30-years-old now. At the time of his father’s death, he was just a baby.

A brick wall on Princess Street in Old Town is about all that’s left of what was the Alexandria jail. This is the location where Deputy William Truesdale was bringing three inmates back from the courthouse.

As they approached the entrance, one of the inmates grabbed the deputy’s gun and shot him in the chest. But that is not where this story ends.

That boy who was six months old when his father died was sworn in today as an Alexandria Sheriff’s deputy himself.

“It automatically feels like home to me. Like this is where I need to be,” says Truesdale.

Even more like home now that the Alexandria Detention Center bears his father’s name.

“Whoa. That was really emotional,” says Zita Truesdale Noyes of watching the black bunting pulled away to reveal her husband’s name on the front of the building.

Kevin says he is “very, very” proud of his Dad today. “It speaks volumes. If someone can have this kind of ceremony dedicated to them, it tells you a lot about their life,” says Kevin.

This new “Deputy Truesdale” is a dad himself. But he still answers to a worrying mom.

“I say ‘When you get off work call me’. Worrying like all moms? I will. You see my gray hair. It’ll be worse," says Zita.

Kevin says, as a deputy, he will forge his own path, but always be his father’s son.


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    Gombino

    almost 3 years ago

    2658 Comments

    We're proud of you Deputy.

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    copper380

    almost 3 years ago

    2026 Comments

    This is beyond words.

    May God Bless you Deputy as you start your career and Bless the Soul of your father.

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    AKangel

    almost 3 years ago

    4950 Comments

    OUTSTANDING!
    Bump 36TR

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    P820

    almost 3 years ago

    366 Comments

    RIP Deputy Truesdale and Forge on Deputy Truesdale!!

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    FireDad

    almost 3 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Bump to ALL...

    Very inspiring..

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    BigNTS

    almost 3 years ago

    6750 Comments

    bump 36TR

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    Whalewatcher

    almost 3 years ago

    10910 Comments

    Pretty obvious it's in the DNA for this family. I'll give long odds on big money the grandkid(s) put on a badge, too !!!

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    DonnaLynn

    almost 3 years ago

    10478 Comments

    bump cookincop and T_9.

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    lkdavis71

    almost 3 years ago

    1068 Comments

    This is great!

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    DALLASCRANE

    almost 3 years ago

    19386 Comments

    WOW!!!!!!

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    LoraSnow

    almost 3 years ago

    1348 Comments

    Terrific !!!

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    RogueSailor

    almost 3 years ago

    1262 Comments

    AMAZING LOVE IT!

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 3 years ago

    45868 Comments

    Rest in Peace Deputy Truesdale. Congratulations Deputy Kevin Truesdale, I know your father is smiling looking down on you.

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    36TR

    almost 3 years ago

    7548 Comments

    This is AWESOME!!!!! An excellent tribute to a fallen hero - not just the monument and the renaming of the Detention Center, but to have his son follow in his footsteps!!

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    T_9

    almost 3 years ago

    5668 Comments

    When the blood is blue, it is blue through and through. Bless our fallen brother Deputy Truesdale, we know that you are an angel on the shoulder of your son and that you are smiling as he follows in your footsteps. Best of luck and always stay safe to my new blue brother Deputy Truesdale!!! Welcome!

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