William D. “Bill” Talbert
Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland
End of Watch: Friday, January 27, 2012
Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 13 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Duty related illness
Incident Date: Not available
Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Suspect: Not available
Police Officer Bill Talbert died as the result of contracting Hepatitis C.
Officer Talbert contracted the disease following a blood transfusion in 1980 after being injured by a drunk driver. He was standing between his patrol car and another vehicle when a drunk driver struck one of the vehicles, causing Officer Talbert to be pinned between them. 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.
He was forced to medically retire in 1984 and his health continued to deteriorate until he passed away on January 27, 2012.
Officer Talbert was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Montgomery County Police Department for 13 years when he was forced to retire. He is survived by his wife, daughter, three sons, ten grandchildren, and sister.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Chief of Police Thomas Manger
Montgomery County Police Department
2350 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (301) 279-8000