Officer Dorman O. Wheelock
End of Watch (EOW): April 23, 1970
Officer Wheelock was born April 12, 1930, in Lyme, New Hampshire and was a life long resident of Berlin graduating from Berlin High School, Class of 1950. He was a veteran of the Korean War, a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the American Legion. He was also an Assistant Fire Warden and a member of the New Hampshire Police Association and the Coos County Law Enforcement Association.
On the evening of April 23, 1970, Officer Wheelock, along with Officer Robert Devoid was traveling on Route 2 in Randolph. The two Berlin officers were on their way to Lancaster to pick up blood needed for a transfusion for Berlin Reporter Publisher Stevenson Munro who had been critically injured the week before. While Officer Wheelock was driving, the officers’ cruiser collided head-on with a vehicle carrying four teenagers. Both officers died in the collision, as did three of the teenagers in the other vehicle. Officer Wheelock was 40 years old and was a thirteen year veteran of the Berlin Police Department.
Officer Wheelock was survived by his wife, Anita, his parents, one brother, and three sisters.