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Turlock Police Association / Widows & Orphans

Widows & Orphans Foundation

Our Fallen Officers

Lavon B. New

August 14, 1935

Ofc. New was attempting to catch up with a vehicle on his motor bike when another vehicle pulled out in front of him, causing him to strike the vehicle so hard it dislodged the rear axle. Ofc. New was an officer for only four months when killed in the line of duty.  

Joe E. Kerley

November 1, 1949

Ofc. Kerely and another officer were instantly killed when their patrol car struck a train in dense fog, and a third officer also in the vehicle succumbed to his injuries three days later. The three officers were responding to a prowler car when the accident occurred; the impact was so great that the refrigerated car that they struck was derailed. Ofc. Kerely had worked for the department for 7 years

Glenn E. Winans

November 1, 1949

Ofc. Winans and another officer were instantly killed when their patrol car struck a train in dense fog, and a third officer also in the vehicle succumbed to his injuries three days later. The three officers were responding to a prowler car when the accident occurred; the impact was so great that the refrigerated car that they struck was derailed.  

George G. Bredenberg

November 4, 1949

Ofc. Bredenberg was in the back seat of a patrol car when it struck a train in dense fog. The impact was so great that it derailed the refrigerated car they hit, instantly killing the other two officers in the front seat. Ofc. Bredenberg succumbed to his injuries only three days later. The three officers were responding to a prowler car when the accident occurred.  

Raymond C. Willert

February 9, 1973

An employee at Western Union Bank was on the phone with a woman at the Turlock radio station when two armed men rushed into the bank and demanded money. The bank employee dropped the phone and left the line open, allowing the woman at the radio station to hear what was going on while she called the police. The first officers to arrive on scene saw a man exiting the office of the DeLuxe Motel, that was located on the same property of the bank, and believed he might have been a suspect. The officers stopped him at gun point and called for back-up. But the real suspects were inside the bank office. Ofc. Willert was the first back-up officer to arrive and took position, using the bank office as cover. As he cautiously approached the other officers, he passed directly in front of the bank office. As a suspect inside the bank saw Ofc. WIllert outside the bank office he fired a single shot at Ofc. Willert. The shot alerted the officers to the suspect’s location which lead to one suspect’s capture and the other in a vehicle chase that ended in Modesto’s Airport district. Ultimately, the suspect was finally caught in a warehouse in Modesto, along with the get-away driver and another suspect in the vehicle. Ofc. Willert was rushed to the hospital but died later that evening. Ofc. Willert was 25 years old, leaving behind a young wife and a 3 year old daughter.