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William Thomas Duross, II
Birth: Mar. 18, 1925
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 15, 1960
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Police Officer William Duross
Philadelphia Police Department
Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Friday, April 15, 1960

Biographical Info
Age: 35
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Badge Number: 1988
Unit of assignment: Highway Patrol

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: Friday, April 15, 1960
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

In March 1955, brothers Patrolmen William and James Duross were members of a newly-formed motorcycle squad headed by Captain William Coaty which patrolled from 6 P.M. to 2 A.M., charged with preventing crime before it happened. After a police chase, they caught a stolen auto suspect. The March 5, 1955 Bulletin reported the following, "They were southbound on their cycles on 33d st. south of Columbia av. at 7:30 last night when a Oldsmobile convertible shot past them. Suspicious of the driver, they overhauled the car to question him, a routine measure of the patrol. They overtook the convertible at Girard av. and shouted to the driver to pull over. The driver shouted back, abuse, stepped on the gas, and sped westward over the Girard av. bridge above the Schuylkill. He sideswiped the cars of two other motorists, Charles Folk, of 147 N. 57th st., and George A. Lavin, Jr., of 735 Crescent drive, Glenolden, and continued on. Nearing 38thst., he braked, swung into an Atlantic gasoline station, and rammed the automobile of Caswell Curtis, 5465 Race st, parked in the station. William Duross pulled his motorcycle in behind. He dropped the cycle and gave chase on foot as the fugitive ran south on 38th st. Seeking to head him off, James Duross sped to 39th st to circle the block. The cycle skidded, throwing James to the street. He remounted and turned south on 39th. Meanwhile, William Duross' pursuit had carried to Cambridge st. He fired a warning shot into the air. The man ducked into a broad alleyway and went headlong under a parked car. James Duross arrived at this moment. The brothers pulled their man from under the car. Their prisoner said he was William Craig, 27, of Ross st near Montana, Germantown. The convertible turned out to be one that was stolen from the Royalist Provision Co., a meat firm at 900 Poplar st last October 25. With it had gone a gasoline credit card that had been used for gas purchases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. Investigation of one of these purchases last December disclosed that the car then bore a license tag issued to Craig, for an address on Colorado st near Susquehanna av. A warrant was then obtained for Craig's arrest, but he could not be located. He had moved from Colorado st. The original tag was back on the car when Craig was caught last night. He had altered his own owner's card to make it appear that the convertible was his. He was charged with larceny.

Philadelphia Bulletin, April 16, 1960:

Policeman Dies After Chase
Collapses When He Returns to Station

Highway Patrolman William T. Duross, 35, died last night after he and another patrolman chased a speeding automobile for five blocks in West Philadelphia. Duross, of 2809 Norcum road, complained of chest pains after the chase, in which the automobile they were pursuing got away. The chase began at 40th and Market sts., at 5:45 P. M. and ended when the officers gave up the pursuit at 41st and Spruce sts. Duross and his partner, Patrolman Ernest Smith, returned to their station, 39th st. and Lancaster av., and Duross collapsed in the washroom. Members of Rescue Squad 7 administered oxygen at the police station. He was then taken to Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:25. Duross had been a policeman for ten years. He is survived by his wife, Doris; a daughter, Margaret, seven, and a son, William, Jr., three and a half. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the League of the Sacred Heart for Policemen Firemen and Park Guards.


Sources:
1. Philadelphia Bulletin
2. Margie Duross Hueber, daughter. 
 
Burial:
Holy Cross Cemetery
Yeadon
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: 35-4-16-3 8
 
Created by: Researcher
Record added: May 07, 2009
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William Thomas Duross, II
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William Thomas Duross, II
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Happy Father's Day to the Best Dad a young girl could ever be lucky enough to have,you were a fantastic Dad, I will miss you forever..Love, Margie
- Margie Duross-Hueber
 Added: Jun. 21, 2010
 
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