Officer Joseph Wilson was a Burbank Police Motorcycle officer when he died on the night of June 17, 1961. Officer Wilson had been employed with the Burbank Police Department since December 9, 1957. On June 17, 1961 9:25am Officer Wilson was on patrol when he was broadsided by a motorist who failed to stop for a stop sign. Officer Wilson was killed instantly. The Motorist was booked and subsequestly convicted of misdemeanor manslaughter. Officer Wilson left behind a wife and three children.