Police Officer Winston J. Rawlins

Police Officer Winston J. Rawlins

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, March 29, 1982

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Winston J. Rawlins

Officer Rawlins was killed by a fireball that resulted from an accident in which a gasoline truck struck a gravel truck. Officer Rawlins was conducting a traffic stop when traffic began to backup. The gasoline truck was unable to stop and started to skid. When Officer Rawlins observed the impending accident he was able to push the citizen to safety. When the gasoline truck struck the gravel truck a fireball erupted and Officer Rawlins was trapped in it.
Officer Rawlins had been with the agency for two years and was survived by his two daughters, parents, and two brothers.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 1787

Incident Details

  • Cause Fire

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Officer Rawlins,
On today, the 36th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Houston. I can’t say it better then the people who have already said it here in reflections left for you-you are a true HERO sir. Your last act was to push a citizen to safety. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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