Slain deputy's uniform will be a part of history

Sgt. Ben Wilder, Jr. was killed during an arrest in 1962; his uniforms will now be part of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office museum


By Laura C. Morel
Tampa Bay Times

TAMPA, Fla. — She plopped the albums on the dining table. Dorothy Wilder Alster, 87, sifted through the delicate, yellowed pages filled with photographs from decades past.

One showed Alster and Ben Wilder Jr. laughing in the Philadelphia snow the day he proposed. Another page held a telegram from him. "Darling," he called her.

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