Patrol Officer Billie D. Ellis

Patrol Officer Billie D. Ellis

Princeton Township Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, August 19, 1955

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Billie D. Ellis

Officer Ellis drowned while attempting to rescue two young boys whose canoe became swamped in Lake Carnegie following a period of heavy flooding as a result of Hurricane Dianne. The high water caused both boats to become swamped. Officer Ellis and both boys drowned. Officer Ellis was off duty at the time but responded to the scene to rescue the boys.

Officer Ellis was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 58th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 27, 2013

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