Supernumerary Officer William F. Rich

Supernumerary Officer William F. Rich

Shelton Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Sunday, December 27, 1964

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William F. Rich

Supernumerary Officer William Rich suffered a fatal heart attack following a foot pursuit of an escaped prisoner.

The man had escaped while being booked at the police station. Officer Rich chased and apprehended the suspect. Shortly after returning the man to a cell Officer Rich collapsed.

Officer Rich had served with the Shelton Police Department for 22 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

escapee, foot pursuit

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Patrolman Rich, it has been 59 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your 22 years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

December 27, 2023

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