Patrolman Burl Whittington

Patrolman Burl Whittington

Tyler Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, May 8, 1955

Burl Whittington

Patrolman Burl Whittington was killed during a high speed pursuit on South Broadway. He was conducting a special speed enforcement operation due to recent complaints about speeders. He had attempted to stop a car and was led on a chase reaching 95 mph. His patrol car hit a dip in the road and went out of control. The vehicle struck a tree, causing Patrolman Whittington to suffer fatal injuries. Three juveniles were later arrested for their part in the chase.

Patrolman Whittington had been employed with the Tyler Police Department for 17 months and is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year, 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Arrested

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Rest in Peace Patrolman Burl Whittington. Thank You for your Service and Great Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Tyler, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, Texas

May 8, 2016

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