Patrolman Donald R. Aleshire

Patrolman Donald R. Aleshire

Mount Holly Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, March 28, 1975

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Donald R. Aleshire

Patrolman Donald Aleshire and Officer William Wurst of the Hainesport Police Department were shot and killed by a sniper.

Officer John Holmes, also of the Mount Holly Police Department, was wounded on the same day and paralyzed before succumbing to his injuries 17 years later.

Patrolman Aleshire had served with the Mount Holly Police Department for three months and had previously served with the Philadelphia Police Department. On the day of his death, which was his 30th birthday, he had volunteered to work overtime. He was survived by his expectant wife and daughter.

Bio

  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed to mental institution

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I think of you and your fellow officers often, especially this time of year. I was a student at Memorial Hospital of Burlington County in the radiology department assigned to the ER on Good Friday that year, just a few short months of Graduation. The shootings were probably the worst thing I have ever been a part of. The other Mt.Holly officer was the father of a good high school friend. I still remember him coming in and asking about his father who ended up being paralyzed by a bullet. He past away recently but had medical issues during the intervening years. I have a crystal clear memory of Officer Hurst being wheeled in covered by a sheet. I couldn’t see his face but I remember his right hand and lower arm not being covered. I instinctively covered it, I not even sure why, I just felt like it was the thing to do. After I graduated I worked 4-12 in a hospital ER. I was fortunate enough to not be involved in any police fatalities, but several injuries, some pretty serious. I still, to this day, appreciate and pray daily for all first responders. Times are really really tough for you guys now. They were rough that day as well.

Deborah Rushing

July 2, 2019

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