Two Richmond policemen on an air surveillance mission were killed July 5 when their Cessna 172 collided with another small plane and plummeted into a warehouse.
Ronald H. Fuller, a narcotics officer, and William C. Whitty, the pilot, died instantly. They were just beginning a narcotics enforcement operation at the time of the accident.
Fuller, 35, was a 10-year veteran of the department and had worked about a year in the narcotics investigation division. He was described as a quiet, modest and unassuming man who was “an outstanding officer.”
Fuller is survived by his wife Vickie and three children.
Whitty, a 14-year veteran of the Richmond Police Department, who was named 1977s Officer of the Year, lived in Richmond all of his life and was active in a large number of community organizations.
He headed an Explorer Scouts Post and was a past board member of the city’s YMCA. He also was active in the Parent-Teacher Association and served as a visiting police officer in several elementary schools.
Whitty, also 35, and is survived by his wife Pamela and two children.
Tributes in honor of Officer William C. Whitty
Mr. Bill as we called him growing up, you were the best always making us laugh and teaching us something new. You passed the day before my 10 birthday, from that point on and 36 years later, I take a moment to wish you hello. Fly high with your wings MR.Bill
Remembering my stepfather, William C. Whitty, today and everyday….
Another year is behind us now and not a day goes by that I don’t think of you each and every day. You were always there for our family day in and day out. We will never forget that. You are missed more than words could ever express.
We love you….
I think about and Ronnie Fuller often. I considered you not only as a coworker, but a true friend. Rest in peace brother…