Patrolman William H. Clary

Patrolman William H. Clary

Hudson Falls Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, December 29, 1978

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William H. Clary

Patrolman William Clary was killed in an automobile crash while attempting to stop a tractor-trailer on Main Street, just in front of the town hall and the police department.

An officer on foot patrol had noticed that the doors on the tractor-trailer were not closed and were swinging open. The officer radioed to Patrolman Clary to stop the truck and inform the driver of the situation. As Patrolman Clary neared the truck, his patrol car went out of control, crossed the street, and struck a tree.

Patrolman Clary was transported to Glens Falls Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Patrolman Clary had served with the Hudson Falls Police Department for ten years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 002

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

vehicle crash

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It's nice to see that People still post. My dad William H Clary Died the day before my 10th Birthday in 1978. This past December 29, 2023 I retired for State service in NY. It just happened that I retired on the day he passed away 45 years later. Maybe it was Fate or Money is on my dad. For my graduation from HS i was given a plaque with his badge on it and a lovely message. For my retirement my Family, gave me the actual badge that my dad had on. My mother saved it, gave it to my uncle and he held it for many years. he made a display box for it with a glass top . This is something I will treasure always.
Thank you all for never fogetting

Amy Clary- Stone

March 6, 2024

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