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Assistant Chief Nelson Avery Tillett | Kill Devil Hills Police Department, North Carolina Kill Devil Hills Police Department, North Carolina

Assistant Chief

Nelson Avery Tillett

Kill Devil Hills Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Thursday, August 15, 1963

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 59

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Assistant Chief Nelson Tillett was struck and killed by the city dump truck. He had stopped behind the dump truck, which was on the side of the highway, and just gotten out of his vehicle when the dump truck began to reverse.

The driver of the truck was not aware that Assistant Chief Tillett had stopped behind him. As he backed up, Chief Tillett was crushed between the truck and his patrol car.

He was pronounced dead after an ambulance transported him to the home of a nearby doctor.

Assistant Chief Tillett was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and had served with the Kill Devil Hills Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and three siblings.

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Chief Tillett, you and your service are not forgotten.

George Farrow Sgt.
Southern Shores PD
May 15, 2013

 

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