March 3, 1962 - August 23, 2014
William F. (Bill) Dement was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised on Staten Island, New York and moved to Ruidoso, New Mexico in 2002. He retired from the New York City Police Department as a lieutenant with 22 years on the police force. Bill believed in education and shared his extensive knowledge by teaching history in numerous schools in New Mexico. His three Masters degrees remain a testament to his continual interest in acquiring knowledge and his unrelenting ability to share this with everyone he knew. His family was his life, and he was always involved in the studies, sports and activities of his children. He focused all his energies into providing not only educational opportunities, but also varied cultural experiences for his children and family ranging from trips to Ireland to Australia to Morocco.
When 9/11 occurred, Bill literally dropped everything he was doing in Ruidoso to drive across country to participate in the 9/11-recovery effort at Ground Zero. This challenging event prompted Bill to write and publish along with his wife, Barbara, Delay, Deny, Hope They Die: World Trade Center First Responders-The Battle for Health Care and Compensation. Bill was a tireless advocate and voice for the afflicted recovery workers at Ground Zero.