Patrolman William T. Speight

Patrolman William T. Speight

New Mexico State Police, New Mexico

End of Watch Thursday, February 24, 1949

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William T. Speight

Patrolman William Speight succumbed to exposure while en route to maintain a generator that powered a state police radio tower on Wofford Mountain near Cloudcroft.

He suffered a fatal heart attack while hiking through deep snow in an attempt to reach the radio tower. While hiking up the mountain, he blacked out and succumbed to the cold temperatures. He experienced blackouts as a side effect of a gunshot wound received in 1939.

Patrolman Speight was a U.S. Army WWII and had served with the New Mexico State Police for 12 years. He was a widower and was survived by his daughter, parents, and brother.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack


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Patrolman Speight,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 24, 2024

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