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William Gray, reserve police officer at the center of blood draw case, dead: Photos

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SALT LAKE CITY — William Gray, a reserve police officer who hogged limelight when a nurse refused to draw his blood when he was brought to a hospital by two police officers has reportedly died two months after the incident.

The nurse, Alex Shaffer Wubbels,  who was following the hospital’s policy and trying to protect the right of the patient, was thrashed, handcuffed like a common criminal and arrested. It was an altogether different matter that due to the outcry caused by media and common people, she was released within 20 minutes and no charges were filed against her. On the contrary the police officer responsible for arresting and mishandling her was deposed of his role.

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In the meantime, William Gray the reserve police officer who was also a commercial truck driver, died late Monday night of the injuries he suffered in severe crash that took place on July 26.

The officer had received severe burns all over his body with reports claiming that he had sustained burns over nearly half his body, University of Utah Health spokeswoman Suzanne Winchester said.

Rigby Police said that the 43-year-old reserve police officer lost the fight for life. “Tonight, his body lost this fight…We would like to offer our condolences to his wife, April, and their loved ones. We say “body” because his spirit will live on with all of us. Bill was truly the best of mankind. Always willing to help, always willing to go the extra mile. Bill was a big man, with a bigger heart. Everything about him was generous and kind” police said in a Facebook post.

Rigby Police Chief SamTower said that a suspect was fleeing Utah State Highway Patrol when the suspect’s vehicle collided with Gray’s truck. Gray was hauling a load of sand in northern Utah when a pickup truck speeding away from police crossed the centerline and hit his truck head-on, causing an explosion. State police had been trying to pull over the pickup driver after several people called 911 to report he was driving recklessly.

He has been praised for his jolly manner and his willingness to help common people. “Bill was truly the best of mankind…Always willing to help, always willing to go the extra mile. Bill was a big man, with a bigger heart. Everything about him was generous and kind”, police said in a Facebook post.

 

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