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Private William Edward Connor | United States Department of Transportation - Federal Aviation Administration Police, U.S. Government United States Department of Transportation - Federal Aviation Administration Police, U.S. Government

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William Edward Connor

United States Department of Transportation - Federal Aviation Administration Police, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Saturday, January 12, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Heart attack

Location: Virginia

Weapon: Person

Offender: Apprehended

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Private William Connor suffered a fatal heart attack following a foot pursuit and apprehension of three disorderly subjects at the main terminal building of National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. The three men had been ordered to leave the building but refused.

As Private Connor approached them a second time, the three fled to the traffic circle in front of the building. Private Connor caught them and took all three of them into custody.

When other officers arrived at the scene they observed Officer Connor leaning against a vehicle. He then collapsed moments later. He was transported to Alexandria General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Private Connor was a veteran of the US Navy and the US Army. He had served with the Federal Aviation Administration Police for 6 months and had previously served with the Federal Protective Service for 1 year. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.

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Private Connor, today marks the 42nd anniversary of your tragic death due to the actions of a few idiots. We can only hope they took the incident to heart and straightened themselves out.

You are a true hero and served our nation on at least three levels. I thank you.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
January 12, 2016

 

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