Officer William Sherfie "Pete" Peterson

Officer William Sherfie "Pete" Peterson

Akron Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, October 31, 1933

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William Sherfie "Pete" Peterson

Officer Peterson succumbed to injuries sustained two months earlier while he and his partner pursued a suspected drunk driver on Clearview Avenue.

Their patrol car struck a large stone that was in the roadway, causing Officer Peterson to suffer a serious shoulder injury.

Officer Peterson was placed on light duty following the incident. He suffered a fatal blood clot as he recovered.

Officer Peterson served with the Akron Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 122

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Incident Date Sunday, September 3, 1933
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

vehicle crash, vehicle pursuit

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Officer William Sherfie "Pete" Peterson of the Akron Police Department, Ohio and the additional 72 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

October 31, 2022

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