Police Officer William Dewitt Talbert

Police Officer William Dewitt Talbert

Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Friday, January 27, 2012

William Dewitt Talbert

Police Officer Bill Talbert died as the result of contracting Hepatitis C.

Officer Talbert contracted the disease following a blood transfusion after being injured by a drunk driver on June 30, 1983. He was standing between his patrol car and another vehicle when a drunk driver struck one of the vehicles, causing Officer Talbert to be pinned between them. He was transported to a local hospital where he underwent a blood transfusion. It was discovered later that the blood he received was infected with Hepatitis C.

He was forced to medically retire in 1984 and his health continued to deteriorate until he passed away on January 27, 2012.

Officer Talbert was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Montgomery County Police Department for 13 years when he was forced to retire. He is survived by his wife, daughter, three sons, ten grandchildren, and sister. One of his sons went on to serve with the Maryland State Police.


  • Age 64
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 463
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Thursday, June 30, 1983
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

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Hello Bill. We never met but you have been in my thoughts and prayers for the past 2 &1/2 years since I met your family. I'm a retired NYPD detective and a 9-11-01 survivor. Like you I was injured and I reluctantly retired due to my injuries on 9/11. I have learned so much about you from your family.
I went through a very difficult time trying to adjust to life without my profession that I loved so much as you loved your profession.

I know that you would have helped had we known each other.
I know that I would have been able to talk to you.
I know that you would have listened to me as no one else could.
I know that I would have been able to deal with the trauma of that awful day
if I could have had the benefit of your counsel.

I have tried to look out for your family with all my energy, effort and heart.
I am honored that your family has included me in the days of remembrances in your honor.
I miss you Bill.
I wish I had known you.
Rest In Peace my Brother.

Detective Ruben Velez
NYPD (retired)

March 27, 2018

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