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Police Officer II Gene Valgene Williams

Maui County Police Department, Hawaii

End of Watch Monday, August 9, 1999

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Reflections for Police Officer II Gene Valgene Williams

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 14th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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 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. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace for all those that love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 4, 2013

Thank you for your service and helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

October 24, 2012

I had the honor of playing football with J. Val as we called him at Benjamin Franklin Senior High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Val was an undersized yet scrappy fullback whose strength far surpassed his stature, and he could deliver crushing blocks that left defenders prostrate on the ground. A man of extreme intelligence, his comments on a peer-reviewed collection of my poetry were insightful, concise, mature, and showed deep intelligence and understanding of life. After high school, we shared an apartment together in New Orleans as we started our college careers. Val was a man of his word, a great friend, a patriot, and the first person who I would want beside me in a fight. The cowardice of his killer cannot be overstated. If there is any justice in this world, the suspect will spend the rest of his life in prison. God bless you for your service, Val, and thank you for your friendship.

Chris Turgeon
Football captain and teammate, roommate, and friend

June 28, 2012

RIP, Gene, I remember him as a police recruit in the firearms class. He was always upbeat and adhered to the instructions we instructors passes around. It was a shock when I learned that he had been killed by a DUI just directing traffic. I want to thank Dep. W. RICHTMYER for guiding me to this site.

Retired Detective, Dennis KIM
Maui Police Department

June 6, 2012

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

Officer 11169

April 7, 2012

My Friend,

I think of you often, and still tell stories of the funny things you did. Although your humor was always there, your dedication to your job and family can not be touched. Although I know your family misses you dearly, they were so fortunate just to have you in their lives.

To Mrs. WILLIAMS and the children, your husband and father "Chase" was an awesome officer who will always be remembered by me, as one of the finest M.P.D. ever employed.

Aloha my friend.

Lt. Don SIMPSON
M.P.D.

February 26, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 29, 2007

"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." -- Maya Angelou

Aloha Police Officer II Gene Valgene Williams,
Thank you for your service and dedication to your community and your country. You and all officers that continue to lay your lives on the line and pay the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities and country safe, will NEVER be forgotten.

I personally pledge, (after one of Hawaii's own, Honolulu Police Officer Steve Favela, lost his life in the line of duty protecting our Commander in Chief, President George W. Bush), to become a continuum of the "ODMP Light". That light is in the form of an ODMP tribute.

People from all walks of life, regardless of age, race, religion, profession, education, and geographical location can share here a word or two on behalf of each and every fallen officer.

Every fallen officer is an hero. The ODMP serves as a place where that continuum of "LIGHT" can be seen through and within, the heart and soul of each and every person who honors our fallen heroes with a reflection and/or tribute. As we say in Hawaii, we are `Ohana. We are family.

May God comfort the family and loved ones who have lost their beloved Gene. May God also comfort those who have lost a fellow officer and friend that can never be replaced in this lifetime.

I wish you peace and love beyond all understanding.
May you rest in peace Police Officer II Gene Valgene Williams.
Me Ke Aloha Pumehana. Amen.

**I pray all find comfort in this Hawaiian prayer I leave you.**
THE PEACE OF " I "
KA MALUHIA O KA "I"

Peace be with you, All My Peace,
O ka Maluhia no me oe, Ku'u Maluhia a pau loa,

The Peace that is " I ", the Peace that is "I am".
Ka Maluhia o ka "I", owau no ka Maluhia,

The Peace for always, now and forever and evermore.
Ka Maluhia no na wa a pau, no ke'ia wa a mau a mau loa aku.

My Peace " I " give to you, My Peace " I " leave with you,
Ha'awi aku wau I ku'u Maluhia ia oe, waiho aku wau I ku'u Maluhia me oe,

Not the world's Peace, but, only My Peace,
The Peace of " I ".

A'ole ka Maluhia o ke ao aka, ka'u Maluhia wale no,
Ka Maluhia o ka "I".

Moana V.C. Molale (Private Citizen)
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island

January 5, 2007

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL FAMILY,A TRUE AMERICAN HERO.RIP MY FRIEND

LT.CAROLLO
NYPD

May 4, 2006

We see your name on the 1999 Roll Call of Heroes and think of you with gratitude. Our hearts and prayers go out to your family.

Friends of GAC Beuf Phx PD eow 11-1-99

February 10, 2006

This is a truely tragic story. How inhumane that this Officer was offered no help. It just breaks my heart. I hope his family will find some comfort in knowing he IS a TRUE hero, and will always be remembered as such. God Bless. You are in my heart and prayers as we enter into this week of Thanksgiving.

OHIO
11-19-2005

November 19, 2005

God bless you and your family for your tragic loss. You are a true hero to us all.

DE
St. Louis City Police

June 13, 2005

I still pray for Gene's family and hope they continue to heal from this tragedy. I met Gene's wife at police week 2000 and remember her pain. I hope she is well and that the kids are stronger now that some time has passed. God bless.

Amy Gaston Stehr - Widow
Indiana State Trooper Richard Gaston EOW 3-4-99

December 12, 2003

Gene was my academy classmate. I had the fortune of working with him for several years, on several special duty details, as well as in patrol. Gene was one of the most enthuisiastic officers I have ever met. He was so excited to be a police officer. He was also a family man, very devoted and very proud. I have met few officers as diverse or as intelligent as Gene, a man conversant in Russian, Greek, Latin, and German. He touched a lot of people, and I think of him often.

Dep. P. Whitney Richtmyer
King County Sheriff's Office

I first met Gene when he & I were assigned to the same Hawaii Guard unit, I was already in the department, and he was applying to get into the department. Later, I worked with him briefly after he was "on the road" and thought he was a nice guy who I never saw without a smile or good thought. The last time I would see Gene, he & I were in court and he was telling me about a case he had. He was up-beat, smiling as we spoke.
I still think about that day now and then. God bless you, Gene.

P.O. II William Melton
Maui County Police Department

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