Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Ralph Dwayne Wilder

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Monday, January 10, 1972

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Ralph Dwayne Wilder

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 21, 2017

Deputy Sheriff Wilder,
On today, the 45th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

January 10, 2017

Hi brother-in-law. I think about you often. I have your picture on my desk in my office at home. I often think about that fishing trip a week before that tragic incident. Rest in peace brother.

Master Trooper Doug Robertson
Louisiana State Police Retired

June 28, 2015

DWAYNE AND I LIVED AS APARTMENT SECURITY AND WERE VERY GOOD FRIENDS IN THE COMPLEX AND ON AND OFF DUTY. WAS A SAD DAY FOR ME; AT THE TIME I WAS WORKING IN THE FAIRFAX COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT!! LOVE YOU BROTHER!!

DETECTIVE, JUVENILE DIVISION 1969
EAST BATON ROUGE SHERIFF

May 14, 2014

To the family of Deputy Sheriff Ralph Dwayne Wilder,
I'm sorry that we have to share the same date of 1/10/'72 in such a way. Every time I think of my dad or attend a memorial I think about the events of that day and wonder how Deputy Wilder's family has been doing all these years. I seem to remember that his widow was holding their baby at a charity auction to raise money for our two families. I often wonder how they are doing. I actually met and work with the youngest son of Bob Johnson, a news journalist that was severely beaten near death on that day and remained disabled and bedridden until his passing last year. I have always been proud that my dad, Deputy Ralph Hancock, and Deputy Ralph Wilder served together and shared the same first name. God Bless your family and all who serve to protect us from the evil in this world.

Patrick Hancock
Son of Deputy Ralph G. Hancock

June 9, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th 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. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 10, 2012

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE, YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS?

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 3, 2008

"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

October 31, 2007

Rest in Peace. Always Remembered.

Dy M. Martin
St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office LA

January 10, 2007

G-d Bless.

January 10, 2007

Rest in peace brother-in-law i have never forgotten you or our fishing trips together.

Master Trooper Doug Robertson
Louisiana State Police

March 11, 2005

Rest easy, Brother, you are not forgotten.


Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, In.l

January 10, 2004

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