The Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc. — Michael J. Palladino, President

The DEA Honor Roll

Official Line of Duty Deaths

Robert W. Williamson

Robert Williamson

Rank: Detective

Shield Number: 6381

Command: Street Crime Unit

Date of Death: 05/13/2007

Cause of Death: Illnesses contracted as a result of work on the rescue and recovery from the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001.

Detective Robert W. (“Bobby”) Williamson passed away in the wee hours of May 13, 2007, after a five-year battle with many illnesses, debilitating diseases, and conditions linked to his service working on the rescue and recovery efforts related to the World Trade Center attacks.  He was one of the officers who responded immediately to the scene of the disaster.  While at the site, Building Seven collapsed, but Williamson managed to escape unharmed.  He was a physically large man was a big, warm heart.  But the grueling, 16-hour days Williamson logged at both Ground Zero and the Staten Island Landfill ultimately wreaked havoc on his body.  His pancreas, spleen, gall bladder, most of his stomach, and parts of his intestines and lungs all became cancerous.  Those who knew and once worked alongside of him were amazed at his bravery and good humor in the face of so many exhausting conditions; and no one could help but be affected by his never-ending optimism and his ability to persevere through so many medical and physical challenges.  Detective Williamson served 20 years in the NYPD, making 368 arrests, 203 for felonies.  Appointed January 1982, he was a PBA Delegate from the 5th Precinct for several years.  He was transferred to Street Crime, where he was promoted to Detective in June 1999.  His last command was Patrol Borough Manhattan South.

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