Alex. jail to be named for slain deputy
The Alexandria jail will be re-named the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center in honor of the sheriff's deputy who was shot in the line of duty in 1981 while escorting an inmate from court to the jail.
Truesdale, who was 47, is Alexandria's only sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty. The building will be dedicated at a May 5 ceremony.
Sheriff Dana Lawhorne also plans to establish a $16,000 stone monument on the grounds of the jail to honor Truesdale and any other Alexandria deputies who may be killed in the line of duty.
The agency still needs approval from the Alexandria Arts Commission and the Council. The monument will be funded by private donations.
Truesdale, who had been a deputy for eight years, left behind a wife and three children.
Currently, the road leading to the east entrance of the Public Safety Center is named Truesdale Drive.