Officer William Peterson

Officer William Peterson

Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, March 17, 1962

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William Peterson

Officer Peterson was struck and killed by a vehicle while he was walking to assist other officers.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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I knew Bill Peterson and his wife, Carol, while living on Government Avenue next door to their apartment. As an 8 year old girl, I would go to their apartment and enjoy talks and cookies with Carol. My parents warned me about bothering them, but I assured them that Carol — and Bill when he was home — did not find me to be a bother. I never forgot their kindness, and have thought about the tragic accident to Bill over the years. I have often wondered what happened to Carol, and I only hope she knows how much her and her husband’s “visits and talks” meant to a young 8 year old.

Martha Christian Matthews
Just a young girl

October 19, 2022

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