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Captain William T. Mills | DeQueen Police Department, Arkansas DeQueen Police Department, Arkansas

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William T. Mills

DeQueen Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Thursday, July 5, 1984

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 21

Cause: Automobile accident

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Captain Mills, Patrolman Herman Jones, Patrolman William Gilham, and Sergeant Roy Brewer were all killed in an head-on automobile accident while en route to attend the funeral of Trooper Louis Bryant, of the Arkansas State Police. Trooper Bryant had been shot and killed in the line of duty six days earlier.

Captain Mills was survived by his expectant wife.

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I was on the air getting ready to do the local news and weather at the Ft Smith radio station where I worked when ARN reported 4 De Queen policemen had been killed. I knew immediately Bill was one of them. I grabbed one of the other announcers and told them to take over. A few minutes later it was confirmed by a phone call asking me to go tell his parents.
I had become friends with his parents after he married my sister and had visited in their home often.
I didn't think I could do it alone.
I called the Ft Smith PD PIO, with whom I was friends because of my news reporting job, and asked him to accompany me. I felt it was also important for him to go, too, because Bill had worked for the Ft Smith PDC before coming to dequeen.
We went to the pharmacy where Bill's dad worked to tell him and then took him home to tell Bill's mom.
Later, I was with Sarah when they brought the box of Bill's effects. They had cleaned everything up...except the insides of his wallet.

Jill Brakeville Dills Wetzel
Sister-in-law
March 23, 2017

 

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