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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Uncle Bill,

I can't believe it's been over 5 years, but I still think of you often. Thank you for the tremendous impact and influence you had on my life. You were a big reason I chose a career in law enforcement and still remember sitting in your patrol car as a young kid. I appreciate all the time you took for me. I look forward to seeing you again one day.

I always remember "be careful out there"

Robert Jones -Nephew of William Talbert
Retired Trooper First Class, Maryland State Police

June 20, 2017

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