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Police Officer II Gene Valgene Williams | Maui County Police Department, Hawaii Maui County Police Department, Hawaii

Police Officer II

Gene Valgene Williams

Maui County Police Department, Hawaii

End of Watch: Monday, August 9, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 8/9/1999

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Suspect: Charged w/ negligent homicide

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Officer Williams was killed after being struck by a vehicle while directing traffic. He was working the off duty job directing traffic at a roadway construction site at approximately 0300 hours when he stopped a vehicle. A pickup truck, being driven by a drunk driver, struck that vehicle from behind, rupturing the gas tank. The car burst into flames and rolled onto Officer Williams, trapping him underneath.

After the cars burst into flames, the driver of the pickup truck fled on foot. He was later captured and charged with negligent homicide, failure to render aid, and driving under the influence. Officer Williams is the first Maui officer to be killed while directing traffic since 1941.

Officer Williams had served as an intelligence agent for the U.S. Army and had been with the Maui Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 14th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace for all those that love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
February 4, 2013

 

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