Officer Dwayne N. Freeto

Officer Dwayne N. Freeto

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, December 17, 2006

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Dwayne N. Freeto

Officer Dwayne Freeto was killed when his patrol car was struck from behind while he was assisting a motorist with a flat tire on I-35 at 3:50 am.

The patrol car burst into flames upon impact, trapping him inside. An off duty detective who witnessed the crash attempted to free Officer Freeto from the wreckage.

The driver of the car that caused the crash, who had a BAC twice the legal limit, was transported to a local hospital in critical condition with severe burns. He was later charged and convicted of intoxicated manslaughter. He was subsequently sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Officer Freeto was a United States Army veteran. He had served with the Fort Worth Police Department for only 9 months and was assigned to the South Division – Neighborhood Policing District #8.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters, parents, and brother.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge 3573
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 13 years

disabled motorist, DUI

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Hey Rookie! Today I stopped by here to just reflect on my friends lost to the job. I'm in NY now, ( Don't ask) and am working on a new project that involves local Peer Support, C.O.P.S. and our Veterans Chaplin support group. Been retired now 12 years but you're on my mind often. That night will forever be etched in my mind. I know as both a veteran and Police Officer you'll be happy to see us making sure Vets/Police get help. My local VA has been extremely supportive and now the County is as well.
I embark on this new venture in honor of you and my other friends who died.
God Bless Brother.

Officer Thomas Wiederhold
Fort Worth PD Retired

February 1, 2022

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