Area officer remembered

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:15

    Andover-Fallen Andover Township Police Officer William P. Bosworth Jr. will forever be remembered by the community in which he served. Last Thursday, the municipality's new police headquarters was dedicated in honor of Bosworth, who died in the line of duty exactly seven years earlier. On Aug. 5, 1997, Bosworth's police cruiser hit a tree off of Limecrest Road while he was attempting to apprehend a speeding violator. Last week, police officers and officials from throughout Sussex County joined Andover Police Chief Phillip Coleman for the dedication ceremony of the facility located on Lake Iliff Road. In addition, more than 100 friends and family members of Bosworth attended, some of which spoke about their memories of time spent together. "It's something that you never forget," said Bosworth Sr. about the absence of his son. "You gradually learn to live with it, but you never forget it." Coleman described Bosworth's death as "a great loss for Andover Township." In addition to being a member of the Andover Fire Department, Bosworth also served in the United States Air Force. He had only been a police officer for 13 months when his accident occurred. "He was a bright and outgoing individual, and an asset to the department," said Coleman. "Who knows how far he would have gone here." Bosworth was born in Newton memorial hospital, and lived in Andover Township his entire life. As part of the event, a plaque was mounted onto the façade of the new police headquarters. "His memory will live on in our goals and our missions. That's the way we want him remembered," said Coleman.