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.