Officer John C. Williams

Fallen HeroOfficer John C. Williams 

Officer Williams was seated inside his radio car writing a report as his partner was fueling the vehicle at the Northern District. (Keswick and 34th St.) The car suddenly caught fire and exploded, severely burning Officer Williams. He died several weeks later as a result of the injuries sustained. On this day in Baltimore police history we lost our brother police Officer John C Williams - Officer Williams was killed when his patrol vehicle caught fire as his partner was filling it with fuel. Officer Williams was sitting in the car writing reports when the incident occurred and he became trapped inside.

Officer Williams had been with the agency for 19 years. As his brothers and sisters of the Baltimore police department we will keep his memory alive, thank him for his service and may God rest his sole.

Robert Yamin I had just parked my unmarked car about 40 feet from the Car being fueled. I was almost in the building when the fire erupted and the car was completely engulfed in flames. Another Officer was immediately calling KGA. The Flames and heat was so intense from 30 to 40 feet away it was impossible to get closer. Our cars were not equipped with Fire Extinguishers at that time. I ran thru the archway to the front of the building and pulled the Fire Alarm, and waited to direct the first arriving Fire truck to the archway. Was a horrible incident to observe? There was absolutely nothing any of us who were there could do. This occurred at the old ND, Keswick and 34th.

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More details

End of Watch August 21, 1967
City, St.     Keswick and 34th St.
Panel Number 35-E: 16
Cause of Death      Fire
District Worked Northern

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