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Chief of Police James F. Cresson Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Chief of Police

James F. "Fred" Pfeister

Cresson Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Saturday, June 8, 1996

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 64

Tour: 28 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Not available

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Chief of Police Fred Pfeister was struck and killed by a drunk driver.

Chief Pfeister was a small town police chief for 25 years but instead of retiring, he gave up the title of chief and remained with the department as a part-time patrol officer.

During the early morning hours, a car driven by a drunk driver struck and killed the former police chief as he neared the end of his patrol shift.

The offender was a juvenile who was driving under the influence.

Chief Pfeister had served with the agency for 28 years. He was survived by his wife.

Chief Pfeister's wife was also the widow of Lieutenant Bill Wilt, who died in the line of duty on May 20th, 1980, while serving with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

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Lieutenant Francis William Wilt, Jr.
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Tuesday, May 20, 1980
Cause: Heart attack

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