Friends, family come together to honor fallen Osage Co. deputy

PONCA CITY, Okla. — Law enforcement across Green Country came together Friday afternoon in Ponca City, Okla. to say goodbye to an Osage County Sheriff’s deputy who was killed in a car crash Friday, Aug. 19.

Capt. William Hargraves was killed early Friday, Aug. 19, morning while driving along US-60. He was on his way to work for the Osage County Sheriff’s Office when a 14-year-old driver struck his truck, causing him to crash into a utility pole.

The Kay County Sheriff’s Office, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, the Shidler Fire Department, the Fairfax Fire Department, and the Osage Nation Tribal Police Department assisted Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) with the investigation.

A spokesperson for OHP told FOX23 earlier this week that the driver did have a valid Kansas Learner’s Permit for driving. In the state of Kansas, drivers can get their permit at 14-years-old.

On Monday, a Florida teenager honored Hargraves’ life and legacy by running a mile for the fallen deputy. A GoFundMe was also set up to support Hargraves’ family following his death.

Capt. Hargraves started his career as a jailer in 1998. He was promoted to a deputy in 2000, and a K9 handler in 2003. Hargraves worked in drug detection for Osage County public schools with his K9 Jasmine.

Hargraves was promoted to Captain of Investigations this year. He was traveling east on US-60, driving to the Sheriff’s office at the time of the crash.