On October 09, 2019 retired Officer William “Coot” Ferrell Jr.
Mr. William Ferrell Jr.
Mr. Ferrell joined the City of Fort Myers Police Department on September 2, 1966. While serving his beloved Dunbar Community, he received The Ned Foulds Officer of the Year award in 1986, The George Sanders Distinguished Law Enforcement award in 1991, as well as many other awards and accolades.
Most recently, on September 3, 2019, Mr. Ferrell received The Key to the city from Mayor Randy Henderson for his honorable contributions, service, and commitment to the citizens of the City of Fort Myers.
Throughout his tenure at the Fort Myers Police Department, Mr. Ferrell was involved in several large-scale criminal investigations, including Federal Investigations and a serial rapist case coined “The Corridor Rapist.”
Mr. Ferrell retired on February 1, 1992, with honors as the first African American Police Officer to retire from the agency. Due to his passion, love and commitment to the Dunbar Community, he returned after two short months of retirement as the Supervisor and Neighborhood Watch Coordinator.
Mr. Ferrell is survived by his wife, Lila, of 63 years, and his two sons, Lamar and Bill Ferrell III. Mr. Ferrell was affectionately known by many throughout the agency and
“On behalf of the Fort Myers Police Department, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to his family and friends,” shared Chief Derrick Diggs.
Mr. Ferrell’s service information is as follows:
Memorial Service: Friday, October 18, 2019, 6 – 8 pm @ St. Johns Church, 2044 Brown Street
Funeral Service: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11 am @ McGregor Baptist Church, 3750 Colonial Blvd