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Police Officer William Douglas Black | Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia

Police Officer

William Douglas Black

Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 11, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Aircraft accident

Incident Date: 7/11/1979

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Police Officer William Black and Detective Jimmy Mobley were killed in a helicopter accident.

The helicopter crashed in the Atlantic Ocean between Croatan and Dam Neck. They were leading a rescue boat to the scene of a disabled boat using their spotlight. During the operation, the helicopter dove into the ocean.

Officer Black had served with the Virginia Beach Police Department for six years.

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Detective Jimmy Wayne Mobley
Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia
End of Watch: Wednesday, July 11, 1979
Cause: Aircraft accident

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In the 1970's I served with the Virginia Beach Police Depart as the 1st and 2d Precinct clerk. I knew William Black, Jimmy W. Mobley, as well as Donald Rimer, husband of Gene.

It always saddens me to hear of any police officer dying in the line of duty, in any way. It saddens me for their loved ones to have to continue on in life, without their son, their daughter, their husband, their father, etc.

When I knew all three back in the 1970's, they were all fine, outstanding and intelligent police officers. So sorry for every family that lost what we called back then, the Virginia Beach's Finest - members of the Police Force.

I do hope the families recovered from their tragic ordeal. I just found this on the Internet, 9/14/2014.

Raymond L. Britt
former 1st and 2d Precinct Clerk
September 14, 2014

 

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