Officer Benjamin "BJ" Wilcher Jr.

Photo of Officer Benjamin "BJ" Wilcher Jr.
End of Watch: Sun, Aug 12th, 2007
Date of Incident: Sun, Aug 12th, 2007
Cause of Death: Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Service Time: 1 year
Age: 28

Survivors

His wife and two children.

Incident

Officer Wilcher was injured when his patrol car collided with another patrol car during a vehicle pursuit after a woman claimed her boyfriend had forcibly taken her car from her by pushing her out of it.

Officer Wilcher was heading eastbound on 35th Avenue at the same time Officer Arthur Lemme was heading southbound on Virginia Avenue. Officer Wilcher was critically injured and died in surgery after being taken to St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields, Illinois.

The suspect was apprehended approximately 30 minutes later hiding in the house of the girlfriend who reported the car stolen.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Agency

Gary Police Department Patch
555 Polk Street
Gary, Indiana 46402
(219) 881-1207

Tributes

There are 6 tributes for Officer Benjamin "BJ" Wilcher Jr.

Officer Benjamin "BJ" Wilcher Jr.
Left by EMT Ron Brehmer on Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

My condolences go out to Officer Wilcher's Family and to his co-workers. This is a great loss to to Police Department and to the City.