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Well known former South Bend Police Lt. Norval Williams dies

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Several friends and former colleagues confirm well-known former South Bend Police Officer, Lt. Norval Williams, has died.  He was 69-years-old.

The Civil Rights Heritage Center honored Norval and his wife, Sareena, earlier this year, naming them "Trailblazers." It's a program that "honors local members of the minority community who are considered pioneers in their respective fields of endeavor."

The Civil Rights Heritage Center wrote the following about Norval and Sareena:

Norval and Sareena Williams have worked in the field of public safety and community uplift since making their permanent home in South Bend. Both were born in South Bend, but Mr. Williams remained and eventually graduated from Adams High School before serving his country as a Marine in Vietnam. Mrs. Williams moved with her family to Niles, Mich., graduating from Niles High School and attending Western Michigan University. The couple married in 1969 and lived in California for a while before returning to South Bend. Mr. Williams served his community as a police officer for the South Bend Police Department from 1970 until 1997, retiring with the rank of lieutenant. He then worked as director of security for the Juvenile Justice Center, as assistant chief for the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department and provided security to Oprah Winfrey for 14 years. Mrs. Williams has been active in the NAACP since her youth. She was crowned Miss NAACP in 1963. She is also a member of South Bend Drifters and Women in Motion and Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church. She retired from AM General in 2010, a job she held since 1972. The couple has two children and four grandchildren.

We'll have reaction to the death of Norval Williams on FOX28 News at 10.

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