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Hero Down: Coralville Police Sgt. John Williams Dies After On-Duty Medical Emergency

Coralville, IA – Coralville Police Department (CPD) Sergeant John Williams died in the line of duty on July 3 when he suffered a medical emergency after responding to a shooting.

The 59-year-old sergeant had responded to a call involving the fatal shooting of a three-year-old boy shortly before the medical emergency struck, WHO reported.

The CPD confirmed Sgt. Williams’ passing in a press release the following afternoon.

“It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Sergeant John Williams,” the CPD said. “Sergeant Williams suffered an acute medical emergency in the aftermath of a child shooting call to which he responded yesterday.”

Sgt. Williams served the Coralville community for more than 28 years.

The CPD said the longtime sergeant dedicated his life to the safety and security of the city’s residents.

“His knowledge, experience and leadership will be near-impossible to replace,” the department said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, co-workers, and all those he helped throughout his career.”

Hundreds of people offered their condolences on the CPD’s Facebook page in response to the department’s announcement.

“Definitely one of the best and will be missed,” one post read. “Rest easy, John. Thanks for everything you did for me throughout my career.”

“John was a fantastic human, and a good cop,” another person wrote. “He will be missed. Condolences to his family and his blue family at CVPD.”

Sgt. Williams leaves behind his wife and “greatest ally,” Kim, as well as his children, Brandon, Benjamin, Sarah, and Rebekah, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his siblings and his six grandchildren.

“John was a man of integrity, precision and love. He cared deeply for his community and loved his family endlessly,” the tribute read. “The grief we feel for John is immense, but his memory and legacy will be carried on through all who love him.”

Sgt. Williams will be laid to rest on July 11.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Coralville Police Department Sergeant John Williams, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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