Sheriff’s Captain Charles Joseph Ogle, a 28-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department, died in Sutter Hospital several hours after his squad car was struck by a taxicab. The accident occurred at the Airport Road and Grand Avenue intersection at 2:15 a.m. The Highway Patrol reported Captain Ogle and Deputy Gene Roark were parked in the car off the pavement when the taxi struck the unit broadside. Roark was thrown from the car and sustained only cuts and bruises. The driver of the cab suffered only minor injuries.
The driver of the cab said he thought the squad car was going to pull across Airport Road, upon which he was traveling, so he pulled to the right in an effort to go behind it. The taxi showed 65 feet of skid marks. Ogle joined the department under Sheriff Ellis Jones, and during the prohibition era, he worked under then undersheriff and later Sheriff Don Cox in stamping out liquor operations.
Captain Ogle’s main interest was law enforcement, and he was reportedly an excellent detective. At the time he died, he had been serving in the department’s “advisement branch” to younger deputies. His main occupation was the inside night captain’s desk, but on the midnight shift, he often took over squad car duties.
Upon learning of Captain Ogle’s death, Judge Coughlin of the Sacramento Superior Court interrupted the scheduled calendar to express his personal sorrow, calling Ogle an “outstanding public servant.” Two attorneys in the courtroom, standing before the bench, were called upon to say a few words about the 50-year old veteran and each praised him highly.
California Peace Officer Memorial Foundation Monument
Charles Ogle’s name can be seen on panel 13 of the California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation’s bronze monument in downtown Sacramento. The monument is located on the West side of 10th Street, between N Street and Capitol Avenue, across the street from the West steps of the Capitol building.
Sacramento Police/ Sheriff Memorial
A bollard dedicated to Charles Ogle can be seen at the Sacramento Police & Sheriff Memorial, located at 500 Arden Way in Sacramento.
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, Washington., D.C.
The names of our fallen are engraved and can be seen at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, located at 444 E St. NW in Washington, D.C. It is updated every Spring in anticipation of National Police Week. Charles Ogle’s name can be seen on memorial panel 3-W: 2.
Academy Rose Garden
The Sacramento Sheriff Office’s Memorial Rose Garden is located on the Academy grounds at 1000 Riverwalk Way in Carmichael. Each of the fallen has a dedicated rose bush and memorial plaque. Charles Ogle also has a street within the Academy grounds named after him.
Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center
A memorial wall in the administrative area of the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center bears a plaque honoring Charles Ogle.
Charles Ogle was laid to rest in Palm Court, Deluxe South, Crypt 15, Tier 1 of East Lawn Memorial Park, located at Folsom Boulevard and 43rd Street in Sacramento.