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Patrolman William C. Whitty | Richmond Police Department, California Richmond Police Department, California

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William C. Whitty

Richmond Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, July 5, 1984

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # 685

Cause: Aircraft accident

Incident Date: Not available

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Patrolman William Whitty and Patrolman Ronald Fuller were killed when their airplane crashed while conducting surveillance of a drug bust.

Another small plane collided with their patrol plane as it circled a public housing project.

Patrolman Whitty was survived by his wife and two sons.

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Patrolman Ronald H. Fuller
Richmond Police Department, California
End of Watch: Thursday, July 5, 1984
Cause: Aircraft accident

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In the wake of so much violence directed at Law Enforcement and our Communities, I still reflect on the day of Bill's & Ron's passing. Certainly, as we grow older, our memories collect significant dates and July 5th is etched in my mind while recalling vividly what I was doing when we learned of the tragic accident that took his and Ron's life.

I'd like to think that Bill was a friend and at the very least a valued colleague. The "good" Officers always love their job and Bill was a shining example of this commitment to his profession. I remember that on or off duty (Christmas parties), he carried a smile of innocence and can only imagine what he would have continued to accomplish had he fulfilled his career.

My heart and prayers go out to those he left behind, including his RPD family.

Michael Tye (Retired Chief)
Hercules P.D. via Richmond P.D., CA
December 7, 2015

 

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