Police Officer Winston J. Rawlins

Police Officer Winston J. Rawlins

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, March 29, 1982

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Winston J. Rawlins

Officer Rawlins was killed by a fireball that resulted from an accident in which a gasoline truck struck a gravel truck. Officer Rawlins was conducting a traffic stop when traffic began to backup. The gasoline truck was unable to stop and started to skid. When Officer Rawlins observed the impending accident he was able to push the citizen to safety. When the gasoline truck struck the gravel truck a fireball erupted and Officer Rawlins was trapped in it.
Officer Rawlins had been with the agency for two years and was survived by his two daughters, parents, and two brothers.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 1787

Incident Details

  • Cause Fire

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I first became acquainted with W.J. when he was a rookie officer working evenings out of North Shepherd station. He was the kind of man who stood out among his peers - quiet but obviously very smart, even-tempered, knowledgeable, articulate, good-natured and blessed with a good sense of humor. I was extremely proud of him when he became the Solo Motorcycle Detail's first African-American officer, and he represented HPD in a way that made all of us proud to have him in the family. He sat straight and tall in the saddle of his cycle, and seemed to glide along the freeways like he and his cycle were one. He was a gentleman in the truest sense, and always treated others with respect and dignity. After so many years, I still cry when I think about him, but I also understand that God had other plans for him. I look forward to seeing him again in eternity.

Officer Alan Johnson (retired)
Houston Police Department

February 10, 2020

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