Patrolman William Bailey

Patrolman William Bailey

Merchantville Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, October 29, 1923

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William Bailey

Patrolman Bailey succumbed to a heart attack that doctors said was caused by a gunshot wound to his knee sustained when he was shot by one of five burglary suspects he was pursuing after he caught them breaking into the Merchantville Post Office. He was transported to Cooper Hospital, in Camden, where he was recovering when he died almost two months later.

All five suspects were apprehended and charged with murder after he died. Two were sentenced to 5 to 15 years. One was acquitted.

Patrolman Bailey had served with the agency for 19 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, September 3, 1923
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 15 years

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 91st anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 28, 2014

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