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Sergeant William J. Chapin | Ithaca College Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management, New York Ithaca College Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management, New York

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William J. Chapin

Ithaca College Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, March 15, 1986

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Drowned

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Sergeant William Chapin drowned in the Buttermilk Creek gorge, in Upper Buttermilk Falls State Park, while attempting to rescue two students who had been swept into the icy waters.

Sergeant Chapin was on one of his days off when he was called in to assist with the rescue. His body was found four days later.

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I said a little prayer today for Sergeant Chapin and his family. He may be gone but not forgotten. He will always be a New York hero.

Robyn Wilkes
March 15, 2016

 

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