Md. Officer Dies from Contracting Illness During Blood Transfusion

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Police Officer William Talbert died as the result of contracting Hepatitis C following a blood transfusion in 1980 after being injured by a drunk driver.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, he was pinned between his cruiser and another vehicle when a drunk driver struck one of the vehicles. He was transported to a hospital where he underwent a blood transfusion. Later, it was discovered that the blood was infected with Hepatitis C.

Talbert, a U.S. Navy veteran, had served with the Montgomery County Police Department for 13 years until he was forced to medically retire in 1984. He passed away on Jan. 27, 2012.

For funeral information, please contact Chief of Police Thomas Manger at the Montgomery County Police Department: 301/279-8000.

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