Police Officer William Lawrence Nichols

Police Officer William Lawrence Nichols

Miami Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, February 4, 1936

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William Lawrence Nichols

Police Officer William Nichols succumbed to injuries sustained three days earlier while directing traffic at an accident scene on the County Causeway (Road A1A).

He and another officer were crushed between an ambulance and an automobile. The other officer suffered critical injuries. The woman who struck them was charged with manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, and reckless driving.

Officer Nichols had served with the Miami Beach Police Department for 11 years. He had previously served with the Savannah Police Department and Charleston Police Department. He was survived by his wife, daughter, son, sister, two brothers, and three grandchildren.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, February 1, 1936
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged with manslaughter

accident scene, directing traffic

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88 Years ago today .... We honor you this day with a moment of silence on our police radios. Your bother and sister officers still are at great risk every day from the tragic type of event that took you from us (MBPD).

Our FOP Lodge is in your name Sir.

Thank you for your service Sir
Rest easy Officer Nichols we will take it from here .

Officer E Schultz
Miami Beach Police Department

February 4, 2024

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