Police Officer Walter John DeWitt, III

Police Officer Walter John DeWitt, III

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, June 5, 2015

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Walter John DeWitt, III

Police Officer Walter DeWitt died from complications of surgery to correct a shoulder injury he suffered in a training accident on October 27th, 2014.

He had initially injured the shoulder in an on-duty vehicle crash on November 19th, 1984. The shoulder was re-injured in 2014 during a tactical training exercise. A recruit had stepped on his foot, causing him to fall backwards onto the floor. His shoulder injury was aggravated and required a follow-up surgery. He died from complications of the surgery.

Officer DeWitt had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 33 years.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 33 years
  • Badge 1869

Incident Details

  • Cause Training accident
  • Incident Date Monday, October 27, 2014


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Such a tragedy. You are a true inspiration because of your service and dedication. You are such a good man. Rest in peace. You will never be forgotten

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June 5, 2023

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