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Residents Mourn Unexpected Death Of Former Troy Police Chief

By Steve Rensberry, Reporter

Officers and personnel with the Troy Police Department and other  residents in Troy who knew or worked with former police chief William C. “Bill” Brown mourned his death recently, which happened suddenly during a hunting trip in Kearney, Nebraska.

Brown had joined the Troy department in October of 1977, serving as a police officer with the city before rising to the ranks and becoming Chief of Police in August 1997.

Brown retired from the Troy PD in 2007 after 30 years of dedicated service.

“The Troy Police Department offers our deepest and most sincere condolences to Bill’s family, Marla, Jenny and Chuck,” a social media post released by the department states.

Funeral services were held on January 4, 2020, at Friedens United Church of Christ in Troy, with Rev. Nancy Gamache officiating. Burial was at Friedens Cemetery in Troy.

Brown was fondly remembered by many residents, including by teachers in the Triad School District and those who  knew him over the years.

As stated in his obituary, which is published in this issue of the Times-Tribune: “Bill retired from Troy Police Department with 30 years of service, the last 10 serving as Chief of the Department, and was a life member of IL Chiefs and SIPCA. He served as a Volunteer Fireman for 20 years, and Troy Fire Protection District Trustee for 18 years. Bill attended Friedens UCC, serving as Council President (1998).  Bill was a life member of Collinsville Masonic Lodge 712 AF & AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Southern IL, and Ainad Shriners.  He was a life member of Ducks Unlimited, Life Member of the NRA, Member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, and made Sir William Brown-Royal Order of Scotland. He enjoyed the sport of hunting and the outdoors.”

See page 4 for full obituary.

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