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Police Officer William Dewitt Talbert | Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer

William Dewitt Talbert

Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Friday, January 27, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 64

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 463

Military veteran

Cause: Duty related illness

Incident Date: 6/30/1983

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Not available

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Police Officer Bill Talbert died as the result of contracting Hepatitis C.

Officer Talbert contracted the disease following a blood transfusion after being injured by a drunk driver on June 30, 1983. He was standing between his patrol car and another vehicle when a drunk driver struck one of the vehicles, causing Officer Talbert to be pinned between them. He was transported to a local hospital where he underwent a blood transfusion. It was discovered later that the blood he received was infected with Hepatitis C.

He was forced to medically retire in 1984 and his health continued to deteriorate until he passed away on January 27, 2012.

Officer Talbert was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Montgomery County Police Department for 13 years when he was forced to retire. He is survived by his wife, daughter, three sons, ten grandchildren, and sister. One of his sons went on to serve with the Maryland State Police.

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Sir: I wanted to thank you today for coming to South Hagerstown High School to talk about the consequences of driving while impaired. Your presentation was, in short, a testimonial to your father. His life, his tireless work, his love and his example showed! Amazing! He is with you and I hope that you will continue to give this outstanding talk! I briefly met you afterwards to shake your hand, a small sign of gratitude, I know. Your father is smiling upon you from heaven. He would be (and I believe, is) very proud! As you mentioned, your hope is that NONE of our juniors, seniors, faculty or staff have to suffer what you and your family lived through. I will pray for your father, your family and for you, Sir. Thank you! Thank you! I can not adequately describe how your presentation made me become more aware of my choices on the road. I am sure you touched others, too! God bless you! Here is to your father, your friend, your admiration Officer William Dewitt Talbert. I wish I had known him...yet to a degree, I can say that I do...through your inspirational and touching talk.

Susan Twigg
May 20, 2016


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