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Patrolman William Hudec | Cleveland Police Department, Ohio Cleveland Police Department, Ohio


William Hudec

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 30, 1955

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Age: 45

Tour: 14 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Struck by train

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Patrolman William Hudec and Patrolman Warren Stainbrook were killed when the police ambulance they were operating was struck by a train at the East 91st Street crossing. The two officers were returning from the station after transporting a patient to a hospital.

Several tall buildings near the tracks partially blocked the view of the crossing and it is believed the officers did not see the train approaching. As they started across the tracks the the vehicle was struck by the train, which was traveling approximately 50 mph. Both officers were thrown from the ambulance and killed.

Patrolman Hudec had served with the agency for 14 years. He was survived by his daughter and brother, who also served with the Cleveland Police Department.

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Patrolman Warren Stainbrook
Cleveland Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Tuesday, August 30, 1955
Cause: Struck by train

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman William Hudec of the Cleveland Police Department, Ohio and the additional 70 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 30, 1955

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police
August 30, 2017


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