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Officer Timothy M. Shepard | Pittsfield Police Department, Massachusetts Pittsfield Police Department, Massachusetts


Timothy M. Shepard

Pittsfield Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 2, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 5 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Heat exhaustion

Incident Date: 9/19/1988

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Officer Timothy Shepard died when he was overcome by heat stroke and dehydration while training during his first day at the academy.

Cadets in the class reported they were pushed to the limits of their endurance with hours of running, push-ups and other exercises that day on just a few small cups of water. Fifteen other cadets of the class of fifty were hospitalized for exhaustion and dehydration. Officer Shepard had undergone a liver transplant, lapsed into a coma, and later died from complications.

Officer Shepard was survived by his expectant wife, brother, and father.

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Officer Shepard you are remembered for you dedication in obtaining your lifelong dream. RIP

Det. Michael Kane
Boston Police Dept.
January 19, 2012


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