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NOPD names 8th District Subdivision in honor of Detective Robert E. Williams


New Orleans, La.- Two years before Detective Robert E. Williams died of cancer, he was fighting through treatment and working through Hurricane Katrina.

He left a legacy of increased healthcare coverage for his fellow officers, like Officer John Passaro.

"Back in February of 2013, I was shot in the line of duty," said Passaro.

Passaro goes to rehab regularly to try to get movement back in his legs.

"I was actually in the hospital for over 100 days so it was quite a while," said Passaro.

It's an expensive treatment that likely would have been capped out by insurance had Detective Robert Williams not fought for increased healthcare coverage for his fellow officers while he was dying of cancer in 2007.

"He fought through Katrina, and his body was getting weaker," said his wife Debbie Williams.

Robert Williams was diagnosed with multiple myeloma just two months after he and Debbie married in 2002, and the treatments quickly added up to their $1 million claim cap.

"Family started to get together thinking what house are we going to sell?" said Debbie Williams.

"There was also talk about seeing about him retiring on disability, and he would have none of it," said Robert's brother Eric Williams. "It wasn't what he wanted."

What he wanted was to continue serving his beloved city even in the darkest days and through his most difficult treatments.

"He managed to stop two armed robbers on his way home from chemotherapy," said Debbie Williams. "On the day that he passed away, he passed away with his radio on the side, and that was really hard. He took his last breath and the radio was going off."

Now, his legacy lives on.

The 8th District Subdivision is now named for Detective Robert E. Williams to honor him for his dedication to his fellow officers.

"I appreciate every thing's he's done for the city and of course his service to the department and helping us who have followed him," said Passaro. "He has helped all of us out quick a bit."

Debbie Williams continues spreading her husband's goodwill.

Through the The Robert Williams Memorial Fund, she presented a check to office John Passaro, and to the wife of officer Rodney Thomas, who was recently killed in a hit-and-run crash.

Debbie Williams says she will enrich lives on behalf of the dedicated detective.

"He's, without a doubt, the bravest person I've ever met," said Debbie Williams.

For more information on the Robert Williams Memorial Fund, click here

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