In honor of National Police Week the Winters Police Department would like to recognize City of Winters Marshal William Preston Rice.
Marshal Rice was killed October 18th 1912 after being employed by the City of Winters for six months. He was survived by his wife Alice Chadwick and his son Harry Rice.
Marshal Rice was unarmed when he assisted Constable Andrews who was responding to a call about an intoxicated man waiving a gun in the street. Marshal Rice had been able to talk to the man on previous occasions and attempted to enter the intoxicated man’s residence. Marshal Rice was standing at the front door as Constable Andrews and the reporting party (identified as James W Chapman) went around the back. The intoxicated man opened his door and fired his shot-gun. He hit Marshal Rice in the chest. The man was arrested as he stepped into the street to re-load his shotgun.
Marshal Rice was laid to rest at the Winters Cemetery. His name has been placed on the Yolo County Peace Officer Memorial in Woodland, the California Law Enforcement Memorial in Sacramento, and the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC.