Police Officer William “Bill” Dewitt Talbert, 64, of Berkeley Springs, died on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at his home, while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle. Officer Talbert died as the result of contracting Hepatitis C. He contracted the disease following a blood transfusion after being injured on duty by a drunk driver.

Officer  Talbert was standing between his patrol car when another vehicle driven by drunk driver struck one of the vehicles located behind him. Officer Talbert was pinned between the vehicles. Severely injured he was transported to a local hospital where he underwent a blood transfusion. It was discovered later that the blood he received was infected with Hepatitis C.

A few years later he was forced to medically retire in 1984 and his health continued to deteriorate until his death.

Bill joined the Montgomery County (Md.) Police Department in 1971. As a decorated officer, Bill received numerous awards for meritorious service and valor in the line of duty. He received multiple lifesaving awards, including a Governor’s Citation and a Commendation for Heroism by the Veterans Administration. Bill received multiple awards from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, was an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Alabama State Militia and was recognized in the State, House and Senate of Maryland, in Maryland Senate Resolution 71. In 1978, he received the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Bronze Medal of Valor for heroic lifesaving measures. He was a member of the Montgomery County Police Alumni Association and the Morgan County Farm Bureau.

Officer William “Bill” Dewitt Talbert, is survived by his wife of 36 years, daughter, three sons, ten grandchildren, and sister.

Gone but never forgotten !

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