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Patrol Officer Peter Arthur Larsen

Beloit Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Sunday, November 15, 1998

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Reflections for Patrol Officer Peter Arthur Larsen

In 1980 I was hired to go under as a security officer to investigate theft of drugs at the local hospital. That's when I met Officer Larsen. Can't say how good it felt when he, or any Beloit Police Officer, (OK, Township Officers too....) would respond to the ER for whatever reason. Pete was special. As was Chief Tubbs, and now Chief Jacobs.... Officer Fahrney.... we did good work at the college and I wish you were around the night I got beat up. I know you would have had my back. Or when we lost the student we had warrants after we took him out of the T-House. I never told you I called the frat that trashed your car. I told them we knew it was them and one of them confessed the next day. Also, part of the retaliation was the bust for all the weed in Chapin. Wasn't that funny when you torn your shoulder up on your first forced entry... oh the good times. My respect to you all.. we do what we need to do.... because evil prevails when good men/women do nothing.

Cpl Erickson EMT
Beloit Hospital/College

November 18, 2016

I work for the railroad and travel through the City of Beloit often on my way around Wisconsin. I noticed your tribute on the back of a squad car “In memory of #23” . I thought that was pretty wonderful. I was saddened to hear there was a plan to phase out and remove that tribute. I am happy to say that plan was met with strong opposition and your tribute will remain on the squad cars. I think it is great that your spirit will still be riding along with each Officer. In the rain, snow, or sunshine #23 will still be on patrol. It’s impossible to put into words how horrible it is that you had to give your life. It is to you and those like you that possess that unwavering courage that we need to always remember, you knew that risk better than anyone, and yet you still stood to protect. Your family brings honor to your name and memory by enduring. Thank you for being unyielding and brave. Thank you for wearing the badge!

Johnie Blanchett

January 23, 2014

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Retired Wisconsin L.E.O.

September 15, 2013

Just wanted to say I am still a member of the Beloit PD Honor Guard after nearly 15 years of service with this Department. I joined the unit in your honor, although I never had the honor of meeting you in person. I think of you often, Pete. Each new employee we train...I sneak up and direct them to your plaque on the wall and quietly tell them your story. You are so missed.

Jon Ammeson, Patrolman
Beloit Police Department

February 24, 2013

I remember Pete from putting up with me as a dumb rookie. I still remember Pete's humor, the way he'd stand in the hall when we were waiting to go 10-42, his hat pulled down crooked, his feet all pigeon toed and his jacket mis-buttoned just to make us laugh.

Sergeant Mark Franseen
Beloit Police

November 15, 2012

I love you more today and less than tomorrow. I miss you Pete!

Pamela Larsen

September 14, 2012

Thank you for your sevice Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

April 9, 2012

I miss you more than words can say.

Pamela Larsen

August 25, 2010

I never met Pete but am proud to serve. My squad, as do all of ours, carries "in memory of #23" on the back. Rest in peace brother.

Officer Rick Sears

May 15, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 11th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 17, 2009

A Part Of America Died

Somebody killed a policeman today
And a part of America died...
A piece of our country he swore to protect
Will be buried with him at his side.
The beat that he walked was a battlefield, too,
Just as if he had gone off to war;
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half-mast
To his name they will add a gold star.
The suspect that shot him will stand up in court
With counsel demanding his rights,
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids
And spend many long, lonely nights.
Yes, somebody killed a policeman today...
Maybe in your town or mine,
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors
A cop put his life on the line.
Now his ghost walks the beat on a dark city street,
And he stands at each new rookie's side;
He answered the call... of himself gave his all,
And a part of America died...

~~Author Unknown~~

Jon Ammeson
Beloit Police Department

May 2, 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

February 22, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

November 28, 2007

My thoughts to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Larsen on the anniversary of his passing. He paid the ultimate sacrifice. God Bless you all.

911 Dispatcher

November 15, 2007

Remembering you and the fight you fought on this earth. You have not been forgotten and are a true hero. Continue to watch over those that love you dearly.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

November 14, 2007

You were truly one of Beloit's finest and I have been honored to work with you. Kind, soft spoken man, putting others first. And, you always enjoyed your sports! I remember you often along with my Father who died in the line of duty also at a young age. I think of your family often and for paying the ultimate sacrifice I would like your family to know the necklace badge(s) made in your likeness was my tribute to you and my gift to them.


October 10, 2007

As I came to the ODMP today you were the featured officer. I am so sorry that you had to suffer so much due to the actions of a cowardly man.
Rest easy, sir, you have certainly earned it.
You and your family will remain in my thoughts. When I go to the Memorial Wall in Madison in May, I will find your name and say a prayer for you.

Linda Lamm - LEO wife and sister of
Jay Balchunas EOW 11.05.04

January 31, 2007

On behalf of all of your fellow Officers, we miss you and will never forget.

Patrolman Jon Ammeson
Beloit Police Department

January 17, 2007

On behalf of all of your fellow Officers, we miss you and will never forget.

Patrolman Jon Ammeson
Beloit Police Department

January 17, 2007

On behalf of all of your fellow Officers, we miss you and will never forget.

Patrolman Jon Ammeson
Beloit Police Department

January 17, 2007

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement and your long fight to be with your loved ones. My thoughts are with them on this day. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol.

Bob Gordon
Father of fallen officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

November 15, 2006

Thank you for your service and dedication to the City of Beloit and this country. May God continue to comfort you in His loving arms.

Michigan State Police - Paw Paw

November 15, 2006

Thank you for your service and sacrifice, Officer.

A Citizen

May 22, 2006

Officer Larsen, thank you for your service and your bravery. You like so many others in our line of work were just trying to make the world a better place to live. Thank you, rest well my brother.

Preston Ellis
Kinston Police Department NC

July 3, 2005

I first met Officer Larsen when he contacted me about a stolen boat that was on the mighty Rock River here in Beloit. It was'nt long after that when I was called into work early because of this shooting. I was a rookie then and had to stay with his shooter at St. Anthonys hospital in Rockford. I had to pull guard duty on the shooter(Hatch) while the good doctors tried to save Pete. Hatch has since commited suicide while in Prison. This and all the other incidents are such a waste and I find it hard to understand how our fellow men can do this to each other. Lets all take care of each other just a little better and respect people just for being PEOPLE. Lets all take care of our children and raise them with respect for who they are so we can slow or end this senseless waste of lives. PAX VOBISCUM...…


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