Died - October 20, 1897
Deputy Sheriff George T. Headen had been a deputy for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office for less than a year and a half when he was accidentally killed. Headen is still the only deputy in the history of the county to die in the line of duty who was not gunned down.
Tuesday morning, October 20, 1897, Deputy Headen was supervising a gang of prisoners in Alum Rock Park, east of San Jose. The inmates were working a large derrick to remove massive rocks in the upper portion of the park. All of a sudden one of the guy ropes snapped. The great pole crashed against a cliff, which broke the force of it's fall. The pole plummeted to the ground and struck Deputy Headen in the abdomen, throwing him violently to the ground.
Dr. Caldwell immediately rushed to the scene from San Jose and found the deputy suffering from shock, wrenching in pain. Not believing that Headen was in a serious condition, Dr. Caldwell drove him home and put the ailing deputy to bed.
At about 9:00 O'clock that evening, after complaining of severe pains in his abdomen, Deputy George T. Headen died.
Source:The San Jose Mercury Daily, October 20,1897