Ventura County, CA Sheriff’s Office

The History of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Motorcycle Unit

Deputy Earl Mendenhall
September 1, 1925 – June 5,1961

Deputy Mendenhall died from injuries received in a traffic collision when the mentally ill prisoner he was transporting grabbed the steering wheel and directed the car into oncoming traffic. Earl served as a police officer for the City of Ventura prior to working for the Sheriff’s Department. Earl also served in World War II with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Deputy Earl Mendenhall

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