Private David G. Bissett

Private David G. Bissett

Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Wednesday, October 1, 1952

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David G. Bissett

Private David Bissett was killed when his patrol car was struck by a vehicle that failed to yield right of way at the intersection of Piney Branch Road and Old Bladensburg Road (modern Day University Boulevard) in Silver Spring.

He was on Old Bladensburg Road, responding to a fire with his emergency equipment activated, when the crash occurred. Private Bissett was ejected from the vehicle upon impact and severely injured. He succumbed to his injuries early the next morning.

The driver of the other car was acquitted of manslaughter charges but convicted with failing to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle after it was determined the signal controlling the intersection was not functioning properly.

Private Bissett was a combat veteran of WWII and had served with the Montgomery County Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Tuesday, September 30, 1952

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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 61rst anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged 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 Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 26, 2013

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