It is with a heavy heart that we announce that the Mountain View police family, along with the Mountain View community, lost an incredible legacy Sunday -- police officer Bill Crawford.
He was 78 years old.
Bill began his time with the Mountain View Police Department in 1967, hired first as a reserve officer before being hired as a police officer in 1969. His path to law enforcement may sound unconventional to some; prior to becoming a police officer, he was a brother with the Order of the Holy Cross, serving as a teacher, counselor, bus driver and band director at Saint Francis High School. In truth, there was no one more perfect to serve the youth of Mountain View.
During his career as a police officer, Bill was fondly known as "Brother Fuzz," and he started the School Resource Officer program in the late 1970s, a program that continues to this day. He was also instrumental in the foundation of our "Dreams and Futures" program, which serves elementary and middle school-aged students in Mountain View every year. He was also the chief operator of and voice of Officer PAL, a police robot that often visited elementary schools (often to much fanfare).
Bill was the recipient of the Challenge Team "Champion for Youth" award and was named Officer of the Year, just two of his many well-deserved accolades during his tenure. He was much beloved among the younger generations of the Mountain View community, and that passion for promoting and supporting students of all ages is well-remembered to this day by many who had the great fortune to know Bill Crawford.
Police work wasn't Bill's only love -- he was also quite an accomplished trumpet player and even played in a band. Bill, for many years, also served as our department's longtime photographer.
Bill is survived by his wife and son.
“If you met Bill, you will never forget him," said Mountain View Police Chief Max Bosel. "He was a caring and giving person who dedicated his life to helping others. A true role model who had a positive impact on his colleagues, people in the community, and countless children, even after retirement. We will miss him.”
Please join us in sending love and thoughts to Bill's family, and join us in taking a moment to remember a true community guardian and friend.