Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Larry L. Wetterling

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, March 9, 1973

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Reflections for Officer Larry L. Wetterling

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”

Euripides

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 24, 2015

Dearest Larry: Can it really be 40 years ago? You are missed but remembered and I do my best to remind the new officers to be careful out there and I tell them of your sacrifice and how brave you were on all your stops.

Please continue to watch out for all in my beloved San Bernardino Squad.

Love,

Old friend LoVae Pray Martines

LoVae Pray Martines, Law Enf. Liaison
MADD, San Bernardino County

March 7, 2013

A "No parole" letter has been sent, so your cowardly killer remains locked up - and denied the pleasure of living in a world that you made safe for all of us.

Billy Russo (Det., Ret.)
Nassau County Police Dept. NY

February 25, 2013

I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!

My prayers continue to be with your family, friends and co-workers.

HEROES NEVER DIE...

Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

February 21, 2013

California Highway Patrol Officer Larry L. Wetterling Thank You for your Service to the Citizens of the State of California, RIP brother of the badge, and may peace be brought to your Family and Friends. My Letter will go out today and hopefully we van keep the POS Suspect in prison for life.

Bob Reed
Retired Police Officer, South Lake Tahoe Police Department

February 21, 2013

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

February 12, 2013

Officer Wetterling. I remember the day you were killed. I was just a kid. 12 years old. My father new you S.B. Fire Fighter Jack Webb. My Uncle Ne CHP Officer Paul H. Webb new you. I.m an Federal Officer with the BOP. Even now I can stell remember you and your Family. R.I.P. Z. Webb

Federal Officer Z. Webb
F.B.O.P.

February 1, 2013

God bless you sir.

Officer J. Jaynes
Arizona Highway Patrol

January 16, 2013

I had not heard your name in many many years. As soon as I saw your name on the Memorial sign on the side of the freeway I remembered you immediatly. My father Marvin H Chance #2965 served with you out of the Riverside office.
Thank you for your service. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kim Chance Schill
Daughter of fellow officer who served with Larry

September 17, 2012

Larry, this hip fracture I have will prevent me from going to Berdoo and your grave today...but you are ALWAYS ON MY MIND AND ALWAYS IN MY HEART!! You are missed and never forgotten. Odd how it seems like this just happened, even though it has been 39 years. You will always be remembered!! Keep watch over the Berdoo squad (As I'm sure you do!) Thank you for your sacrifice.

Love,

LoVae

LoVae Pray Martines
Friend from the old days

March 9, 2012

I think about Mr. Wetterling often. I was a young rookie cop with the LAPD when he was murdered. I kept the LA Times newspaper of that day in my car as a constant reminder how dangerous times were then and now for policemen. Just know that his life was useful to me and lots of others cop's.

John Harrell P2+6
Los Angeles Police Dept.

February 22, 2011

I joined the LAPD in 12/73. I carried a picture taken by the LA TIMES in my VW bug for many years. It served me well in my 30 years with the LAPD as a reminder to always watch my back and be agressive as it related to suspects I met up with. I always carried two guns with me because of Larry's situation.

John Harrell P2+6
LAPD

November 4, 2010

Officer Wetterling, thirty-seven (37) years later you
are still remembered, with honour.

Thank you for your service. You died a hero protecting the citizens of California. The community was always well protected under your watch. A tragic and unnecessary loss.

Anonymous

May 27, 2010

Larry, my son, Jacob Scott Lethbridge, just finished his 13th. week @ the CHP Academy & his 4 brothers an his sister, plus his Mom & I look forward to his servinr with honor, as did you. I attended your funeral & our 50th. reunion from SBHS is next month. You are not forgotten my friend. Scott Lethbridge, Ret.

Lt. Scott Lethbridge
Ca. Youth Authority

April 23, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 9, 2010

Rest in Peace, Officer Wetterling. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

Larry, I remember that morning like it was today. You were murdered, your patrol car stolen, the shoot out, Al Stewart murdered. The suspect wounded...the trauma we all went through and the grief at losing you. The office wasn't normal for more than a year. Your loss touched everyone...even civilians. And it was just before your birthday. Each March 9 I cry and each March 11 I wish you Happy Birthday. I know you are in Heaven and I will be joining you some day. Keep our young officers safe...especially the Berdoo ones. Give my love to Reuben Rios Sr. We love you both

Friend LoVae
from the old days

March 9, 2009

Brother, Keep resting easy knowing the Blue and Gold NEVER forgets our own ..God Bless All

DB
Calif Hwy Patrol Ret.

March 9, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Your family and the deputy's family did not get justice...30 years is insufficent for killing two officers and wounding a civilian.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 8, 2009

Rest in peace Hero.
Was this crime done by Billy Brenanstahl? I've known Billy from the 5th grade. I saw on the news one night in 1973 that he was wanted for killing a CHP Officer.
You & Meryl Andrews rest eternally.

James Howard Wade
Gulf War Vet Combat Photographer

August 12, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

March 11, 2008

Rest in peace.

Offc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

August 29, 2007

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

August 16, 2007

how can a person who killed 2 police officers only get 30yrs.I hope he did not survive prison.duty done R.I.P.

harry winch
emt.u.k. retired

April 4, 2007

Larry, you might look down from Heaven and note that every year I go to the Berdoo office and remind the guys of your sacrifice and I tell 'em about you AND Lt. Stewart. It's strange to know that almost all the troops there came on the patrol after you were gone. But youe legacy lives on and your spirit fills the office. Have you seen the new kids?? I can't remember being that young, but I guess you and Bill and I really were! Makes me smile. Each March 9 I take flowers to your grave and some young T.O. is assigned to accompany me so I don't trip and fall (I'm not happy about getting old!!) But though it's been 33 years...you are not forgotten by your old friends. We miss you.

Love,

LoVae

Friend LoVae Pray Martines

March 5, 2006

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