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Police Officer Preston R. Butler | Huntsville Police Department, Alabama Huntsville Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer

Preston R. Butler

Huntsville Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Friday, June 3, 1966

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Motorcycle accident

Incident Date: 5/11/1966

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Officer Preston Butler succumbed to injuries sustained three weeks earlier when he was involved in a motorcycle accident while en route to another accident call.

The fuel tank ruptured and Officer Butler was trapped beneath the motorcycle. He suffered burns over 90 percent of his body. He was taken to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Butler had served with the agency for 5 years. He was survived by his wife.

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Officer (Stoney) Butler was my partner and my closest friend. He was an honest, caring and dedicated officer the epitome of what citizens expect of their police officers and police departments. Gone too soon and too young. Not a day goes by that I do not think of him. It hurts as much today as it did then.

Officer HPD
R. C. (Bobby) Rawls
May 14, 2015

 

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