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Patrol Officer Justin Todd Wollam | Anchorage Police Department, Alaska Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

Patrol Officer

Justin Todd Wollam

Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch: Monday, July 9, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 25940

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 7/9/2001

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Suspect: Killed in accident

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Officer Justin Wollam was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a vehicle being driven by a drunk driver.

The vehicle had been spotted earlier by an officer who attempted to stop it because it was being driven erratically. The suspect driver sped off and was pursued by the officer. After the vehicle stopped, several juveniles fled from it with officers in pursuit. Other juveniles who remained in the vehicle started to drive away again and were followed by other officers from a distance. At approximately 0400 hours, the vehicle crossed into opposing traffic on Glenn Highway where it struck Officer Wollam's patrol car. Along with Officer Wollam, the driver of the vehicle and two occupants were also killed in the accident.

Officer Wollam had been employed with the Anchorage Police Department for two years, and had been in law enforcement for a total of five years.

He is survived by his wife, 4-year-old daughter, parents, and a brother.

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"The Final Inspection"The policeman stood and faced his God,Which must always come to pass.He hoped his shoes were shining.Just as brightly as his brass."Step forward now, policeman.How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek?To My church have you been true?"The policeman squared his shoulders and said,"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,Because those of us who carry badgescan't always be a saint.I've had to work most Sundays,and at times my talk was rough,and sometimes I've been violent,Because the streets are awfully tough.But I never took a penny,That wasn't mine to keep....Though I worked a lot of overtimeWhen the bills got just too steep.And I never passed a cry for help,Though at times I shook with fear.And sometimes, God forgive me,I've wept unmanly tears.I know I don't deserve a placeAmong the people here.They never wanted me aroundExcept to calm their fear.If you've a place for me here,Lord, It needn't be so grand.I never expected or had too much,But if you don't.....I'll understand.There was silence all around the throneWhere the saints had often trod.As the policeman waited quietly,For the judgment of his God."Step forward now, policeman,You've borne your burdens well.Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,You've done your time in hell

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July 9, 2014

 

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