Sergeant William J. Chapin

Sergeant William J. Chapin

Ithaca College Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management, New York

End of Watch Saturday, March 15, 1986

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William J. Chapin

Sergeant William Chapin drowned in the Buttermilk Creek gorge, in Upper Buttermilk Falls State Park, while attempting to rescue two students who had been swept into the icy waters.

Sergeant Chapin was on one of his days off when he was called in to assist with the rescue. His body was found four days later.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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Sgt. Chapin,
On today, the 32nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New York. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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March 15, 2018

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