Patrolman Willard E. Pruitt, Jr.

Patrolman Willard E. Pruitt, Jr.

Wilmington Police Department, Delaware

End of Watch Friday, July 7, 1944

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Willard E. Pruitt, Jr.

Patrolman Willard Pruitt was killed in a motorcycle accident while pursuing a suspect at 30th Street and North Monroe in Wilmington at 2 pm.

He was a United States Army and Deleware National Guard veteran who had served with the Wilmington Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 89
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

motorcycle, vehicle pursuit

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While we honor and remember you always, another year where we specifically pause to say thank you and say that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 7, 2022

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