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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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You've touched our lives and made it so much of a better place to live. You were taken from us way too soon. We watched with tears them lowering you down at your burial site. You passed away taking part of each of us with you. We have since then watched your baby girl grow up into an amazing lady. We've tried our best to be there for your wife, daughter, mother, father, and brother. I hope we haven't let you down. I still stop and tell other officers thank you for what they do to keep us safe and that like you, they are my heros. You were taken home to live with Jesus on this, the 9th day of July, 2001. Your memory will never die! I love and miss you, Justin, please pray for me to be able to be united with you again. God bless you & May You Rest In Peace.

Georgia Schaatt Smith
High School Best Friends
July 9, 2013

 

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