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Patrolman William Reed Templin | Penn Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Penn Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Patrolman

William Reed Templin

Penn Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Sunday, May 19, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 3 weeks

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Illinois

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman William Templin was shot and killed while he and his partner patrolled the company's yards in Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman Templin, who was an unarmed probationary officer, had been separated from his partner by a passing train as they checked rail cars at 71st Street and the Chicago Skyway. He was attacked by a radical racist group and shot execution style.

One of the suspects was later shot and killed by other officers. The other two suspects were convicted, served jail time and have since been released.

Patrolman Templin had served with the Penn Central Railroad Police Department for only three weeks.

The Black Liberation Army was a violent, radical group that attempted to fight for independence from the United States government in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The BLA was responsible for the murders of more than 10 police officers around the country. They were also responsible for violent attacks around the country that left many police officers wounded.

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Rest in Peace Patrolman William Reed Templin. Thank You for your brave Service and Sacrifice protecting America's Steel Roadways.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and the men and women who now serve. I also Pray that while some of your murderers escaped punishment here on this earthly realm that the hounds of hell are now or soon will be gnawing on their sorry bones. May nothing but thorn bushes and weeds grow on their graves. May their sorry souls be consumed by the lake of fire.

Amen.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
May 19, 2016

 

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