Served: 1½ years
July 1, 1950 to October 17, 1951
Walter Williams served in the United States Army Air Force during the second world war. He was honorably discharged as a corporal on December 1, 1948, and moved into 1723 Central Avenue. He became a Cincinnati Police Recruit on July 1, 1950, successfully completed Recruit School, was promoted to Patrolman, and assigned to District 7.
On October 17, 1951, at 2:30 a.m., Patrolman Williams, was operating a 1950 Chevrolet Coupe in west on Laidlaw Avenue. Victor Heinrick (28), of 114 South Main Street, Sharonville, drove a 1951 Ford sedan northbound on Paddock Road. The two collided at the intersection. Patrolman Williams suffered a skull fracture and broken neck.
Patrolman Miley, Highway Safety Bureau, transported him to General Hospital where, at 3 a.m., Doctor Keerle pronounced his death from multiple body injuries and traumatic shock. Heinrick was also killed in the collision.
Patrolman Williams was survived by his mother Pearl and buried in Vine Street Cemetery on October 20, 1951.
During 1995, the Cincinnati Police Planning Section rediscovered Cincinnati Municipal Code Section 306-40 directing that “the badge and badge number of any police officer who is killed in the line of duty or active military duty shall be retired from use by the Cincinnati Police Division.” Cincinnati Police Chief Michael C. Snowden determined to retire affected badge numbers going back to 1950. Some of the badges were already assigned to other officers and they were notified that surrendering them for this purpose was voluntary. Police Officer Bonnie Kreimer was assigned Patrolman Williams’ badge number. She surrendered her badge and the Police Division retired No. 455.
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This narrative was revised January 29, 2012 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society President. All rights are reserved to him and the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.