Patrolman Alvin Williams

Patrolman Alvin Williams

Woodbridge Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, September 6, 1979

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Alvin Williams

Patrolman Alvin Williams drowned while attempting to rescue two children from drowning in an overflowing creek.

Patrolman Williams and his partner were on patrol following Tropical Storm Davis, which dropped several inches of rain on the area, causing rivers and creeks to overflow, when they heard 2 children screaming for help. The officers rushed to the scene and found two children drowning in a overflowing creek. Patrolman Williams took off his gun belt and jumped into the water in an attempt to rescue the children, but drowned in the attempt. The two children also drowned in the overflowing creek.

Patrolman Williams had served with the Woodbridge Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his son and three daughters.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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I am not an officer of law although I do have several NJ troopers and many military members in my family . I was bringing a family member to a doctors appointment in Woodbridge and during my walk whilst waiting for them to text and let me know they were through , I stumbled across Alvin's memorial park in Sewaren . I'm a curious man and despite information being scarce online , I found his story . I was brought to tears by this selfless and genuinely true hero. People like Alvin are the true paragons of virtue . I wish that this man who passed when I was merely two years old was around today because the world in its current condition needs people like Alvin.

Jeffrey Neiss

September 28, 2018

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