Officer Timothy M. Shepard

Officer Timothy M. Shepard

Pittsfield Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, November 2, 1988

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Timothy M. Shepard

Officer Timothy Shepard died when he was overcome by heat stroke and dehydration while training during his first day at the former Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy, at 702 South Westfield Street, in Agawam.

Cadets in the class reported they were pushed to the limits of their endurance with hours of running, push-ups and other exercises that day on just a few small cups of water. Fifteen other cadets of the class of fifty were hospitalized for exhaustion and dehydration. Officer Shepard had undergone a liver transplant, lapsed into a coma, and later died from complications.

Officer Shepard was survived by his expectant wife, mother, father, two brothers, and two sisters at the time of his passing.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heatstroke
  • Incident Date Monday, September 19, 1988


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Thank you for your dedication to duty, Officer Shepard. Nearly 33 years have passed since you made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. You are gone, but never forgotten. "Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they shall be called by the children of God." ~Matthew 5:9

Jeffrey Leonard

August 15, 2021

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