Assistant Chief Nelson Avery Tillett

Assistant Chief Nelson Avery Tillett

Kill Devil Hills Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, March 28, 1963

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Nelson Avery Tillett

Assistant Chief Nelson Tillett was struck and killed by the city dump truck.

He had stopped behind the dump truck, which was on the side of the highway, and had just gotten out of his vehicle when the dump truck began to reverse. The driver of the truck was not aware that Assistant Chief Tillett had stopped behind him. As he backed up, Chief Tillett was crushed between the truck and his patrol car.

He was pronounced dead after an ambulance transported him to the home of a nearby doctor.

Assistant Chief Tillett was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and had served with the Kill Devil Hills Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and three siblings.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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Asst. Chief Tillett,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Coast Guard. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Paratus!

United States Border Patrol

August 15, 2023

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