Banning Police Announce Death of Sergeant

Chief Leonard Purvis released a statement on the police department Facebook page.

Banning Police Department is mourning the loss of one of its own this week, after the death of Sgt. Bill Caldwell on Sunday.

Chief Leonard Purvis released a statement on the police department Facebook page:

"The Department is saddened to announce the death of Sergeant Bill Caldwell who passed away on July 15, 2012.

Sergeant Caldwell was a 22 year veteran with the Banning Police Department, beginning employment in October of 1989, and most recently assigned to the Patrol Bureau.

Memorial Services have been scheduled as follows:

Friday, July 20th – 1000 hours
Weaver Mortuary
1177 Beaumont Avenue
Beaumont, CA 92223

On behalf of the entire Department, we extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Sergeant Bill Caldwell."

No further information was immediately available.

nettie hester July 18, 2012 at 09:09 PM
So sorry for his family,,his wife an two daughters,,,He will be missed
Leon Schrader July 18, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Bill was a close friend, he was much more than a friend, we were like brothers, we did everything together, we were roommates when he met his wife, I got to know his family and was welcomed as one of them, I choose to remember the Bill that I knew, and not the one who just left this earth. My thoughts and prayers are with all those he left behind, May GOD ease your pain and sorrow...
Cynthia (Ham) Bowlin July 18, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Our Prayer's go out to his Family n Friends ,He will be Missed, Special Prayers to his Beautiful Wife n 2 Daughter's.
Mariana Zuelsdorf July 18, 2012 at 11:42 PM
My thoughts and prayers for him and his family.
concerned citizen July 19, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Oh my God. How awful. How tragic. Prayers to his family. But what happened? If he had been killed in the line of duty, that would have been stated. Was he killed in a car accident? Did he have an illness?
Jack McCafferty July 19, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Bill will be remembered by all, for the good he did in serving this community. Those who know hem personaly were bless to see and know the love and respect he held for every one he met on and off duty. May he rest in peace and may our Lord grant His love and peace in these dark nights to his wife and children.
summer July 19, 2012 at 05:04 PM
To Concerned Citizen: I'm not sure the cause of death is relevant, especially right now when his family and friends are grieving. Perhaps they don't want that information disclosed right now.
concerned citizen July 19, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Sorry Summer, I don't mean to be disrespectful. But, normally police officers have a good life insurance policy on themselves. The obit says instead of flowers to make a donation to the Bill Caldwell Foundation. And after reading what Leon Schrader said, well, it just seems strange. If he died from cancer, ect I would rather donate to a cause that fights cancer. If it was a drunk driver, then I would donate to a cause that fights drunk driving.
Juan De La Fuente July 19, 2012 at 06:34 PM
We want to extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to the men & women of the Banning Police Department on the loss of Sgt. Bill Caldwell. Our hearts go out to you, and please know that each and every one of you along with Sgt. Bill Caldwell’s family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mariana Zuelsdorf July 19, 2012 at 07:17 PM
A Foundation is normally different from a fund to help the family. They are donations set aside and managed for specific cause, such as a scholarship in Sgt Caldwell's memory/honor. A Foundations becomes a living memorial depending upon family decisions.
Dev July 19, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I will always remember the jovial Detective Sergeant that made me smile every morning when he walked past my desk and said, "Mornin Dev" in a monotone voice. I will miss his smile. RIP Sergeant!
David Anderson July 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Such a loss for the family and fellow officers - our prayers are with you all
Debi Mirghavami July 20, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Leon, I was so sad to hear the news when my family called me. I couldn't believe it. I have not been in contact with his family for years so I have no way of contacting them to send my condolences. Will you please let them know that my thoughts are with them. Debi Sanderson Mirghavami
derek boyd July 20, 2012 at 07:13 AM
To the family of Bill Caldwell will be in our hearts and mind forever and he was the best neigbor and a great peace officer i give my deep and strongest condolences to his family and 2 daughters. Bill was like a second father to me when i needed someone to talk to he gave the best answer to any question you have or had. Bill wqs a wonderful person and loved his career and family. I wish i could be there for the memorial. Bill will be remembered as a wonderful father, peace officer and best friend may the thoughts and memories be remembered. Rest In Peace Sargent Bill Calwell you will always be remembered The Boyd Family
Misty Hooker July 20, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Leon, you were family to us!!!
Kandy Hester July 20, 2012 at 02:44 PM
RIP Bill, you'll be missed. I will miss yours & your families happy faces at work & around town. :/ So sad. I remember years & years ago when I lived with him & he let my cousin & I sit in the back seat of his cop car, & told us if we were bad that's where we'd end up! Lol First & only time in that car! ;) Love ya Bill.
SEANNA WAPLES FORREST July 21, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Carla July 22, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Concerned citizen, You are being disrespectful and rude. What the heck does a life insurance policy have to do with anything. You are intruding into the privacy of a family that is grieving and you know it, otherwise you would post your name. You should be ashamed of yourself.


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