The Connecticut Police Chief's Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation will be adding Danbury Police Detective William Hull Sr. to their Memorial for his line-of-duty related death. Hull joined the Danbury Police Department in December 1969 and was made Detective in June 1979. He retired from the Danbury Police Department in 1986. Hull passed away on September 8, 2015 as a direct result of an injury sustained while on duty.
Officer Hull was on motor patrol duty one day in August 1978 when he was flagged down by a man, who was bleeding heavily, on Beaver Brook Road. The man was outside a house that had flames shooting out from it. Hull called the fire department and an ambulance. He then administered first aid to the injured 18-year old. They tried to retrieve a dog from the house, but were hit with heavy black smoke.
Neighbors helped move the man's car away from the house. Officer Hull ran through the smoke again so he could meet responding fire and ambulance units. When Officer Hull began coughing heavily and felt pressure in his chest, he was given first aid on the scene. He then drove himself to Danbury Hospital where he received additional treatment for smoke inhalation.
He was out of work for several days before returning to his regular duties. Detective Hull eventually retired due to ongoing health injuries related to this incident.
Detective William Hull will be honored as a Connecticut Line of Duty Death at the Foundation's Dinner at the Aqua Turf tonight.
On May 23rd, Detective Hull will be remembered for the first time since he passed away in 2015 at the Danbury Police Department Memorial and Awards Day. Detective Hull will be memorialized for the first time and his name added to the Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial during Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial Day at the CT Police Academy May 24th.