Retired Seattle Police Officers Association

Last Ring

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William “Bill” Hebert #2364, retired Seattle Police Sergeant, passed away on September 20, 2021 at 77 years of age. Bill was hired on September 16, 1963 and retired on September 22, 2004. .

Bill was born in Spokane; however, he was raised in Pasco.  He attended Pasco High.  There he was a member of the school band playing drums.  He also competed on the school's tennis team.  One of his classmates was Mike Burke #3140.  Shortly after graduation in 1962, Bill enlisted in the Army reserves.  He played in the division band and later was assigned to a military police unit for eight years.

Bill joined the department on September 16, 1963, as a cadet.  Three years later he became a police officer attending academy class #51.  Ever since high school, Bill dreamed of becoming a police officer.  After graduating from the academy, Bill's first assignment was to the East Precinct where he spent four years working second and third watch.  These shifts were ideal for Bill to start his family life.  

In 1968 he married Carolyn.  As children arrived, Bill decided he needed a regular business hour assignment with a small pay raise of $25.00 per month.  So, he transferred to Investigations working property crimes.  Bill spent fifteen years in C.I.D. often assigned to various task forces.  In 1985, he requested to go back to patrol.  There he was a wealth of knowledge working with informants he had developed during his time in investigations.  Over the next ten years Bill was known to be a squad leader.  In January 1995 Bill returned to the detectives for a couple years then back to patrol for seven years.  

On June 23, 1999 Bill was promoted to sergeant and assigned to the East Precinct.  He was a great teacher and mentor to his squad members.  When on patrol, Bill's uniform faithfully consisted of wearing the 8-point hat, Wellington boots, a six-inch service revolver and his pipe.  When off duty, his civilian attire was always cowboy boots, an old western hat, the six-inch revolver that he carried in his bowling bag and his pipe.  

After serving the department for forty-one years Bill retired.  All during his time he was known to be a cop 24/7.  He had police resource books, the S.M.C. and R.C.W at home always researching how to solve a unique crime or a community problem.  He even had a scanner going so he could keep track of what was happening in his district during his off-duty hours.  

Bill lived and breathed police work.

What a lot of us did not know was Bill loved the outdoors.  He enjoyed hiking, camping, geocaching, rock hunting and fishing for cod and salmon.  He so enjoyed all these activities that he moved his young family out of Seattle to Preston onto a five-acre plot with a log home.  His four kids enjoyed living in the rural setting.

All his hobbies continued in retirement, and he added one more - helping his neighbors.  Bill was a true grass roots community activist, not a political or paid one that was looking for a headline.

Bill his survived by his four children Heather, Jim, LaDonna, and Julianne along with thirteen grandchildren and his neighbor/fishing buddy Mark who always caught more fish than "Wild Bill".