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Patrol Officer Justin Todd Wollam | Anchorage Police Department, Alaska Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

Patrol Officer

Justin Todd Wollam

Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch: Monday, July 9, 2001
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Reflections for Patrol Officer Justin Todd Wollam

 

"The Final Inspection"The policeman stood and faced his God,Which must always come to pass.He hoped his shoes were shining.Just as brightly as his brass."Step forward now, policeman.How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek?To My church have you been true?"The policeman squared his shoulders and said,"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,Because those of us who carry badgescan't always be a saint.I've had to work most Sundays,and at times my talk was rough,and sometimes I've been violent,Because the streets are awfully tough.But I never took a penny,That wasn't mine to keep....Though I worked a lot of overtimeWhen the bills got just too steep.And I never passed a cry for help,Though at times I shook with fear.And sometimes, God forgive me,I've wept unmanly tears.I know I don't deserve a placeAmong the people here.They never wanted me aroundExcept to calm their fear.If you've a place for me here,Lord, It needn't be so grand.I never expected or had too much,But if you don't.....I'll understand.There was silence all around the throneWhere the saints had often trod.As the policeman waited quietly,For the judgment of his God."Step forward now, policeman,You've borne your burdens well.Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,You've done your time in hell

Everybody Loves Officer Justin Wollam.
People's lives that you touched.
July 9, 2014

13 years ago, you were taken from us. Not a day goes by that I don't think if you. Kristy, Kristin, your Mom and Dad, and Russell are always in my thoughts and prayers. You ought to know that by now. I still remember getting the e-mail from Victor saying about what happened. To this day I still grieve for you. I wonder what life is like in Heaven where you live. I wonder if you are playing football there or if you just kick back and relax. I haven't called your mom yet. I'm going to after I send this. I still stop and thank the police officers in your memory. I don't want anyone to ever forget you and the person you were here on earth. The wonderful friend that laughed and liked to joke around. The friend who was always there ready to dry the eyes from tears that had come. You always took care of me. I will never forget that our that you called me DT in the 7th grade. Lol That one I will not say weekday it means. Just know that I love you and think about you all the time. God Bless You and your family Always and forever and ever. You are missed.

Georgia Schaatt-Smith
Justin was my best friend in high school and growing up.
July 9, 2014

Hey Justin! Happy 41st Birthday! I still think of you all the time. I also still stop and tell any officers thank you for what they do for us and they were in mutt prayers as well. I feel like still have the void in my life and heart since you went to be with Jesus and all of our loved ones there in Heaven with you. You are going to think I'm crazy but I've gotten into piercings in my ears. I goto a tattoo parlor to have them done. I've got my left nostril, done as well. I have my traguses, industrials, anti-traguses, conch, and snugs done. I have 4 more spots in each ear that l want done, the daith, rooks, helix, and forward jellies done. I can see you shaking your head at me. I've got both Kristy and Kristin as friends on Facebook. You would be proud of the way she has grown up. She is so beautiful. I'm sorry that I've been slack with not keeping in touch with your parents and Russell. I love them more than I can say. I cursed I had better close now. I don't have much to say these days. I just had to, on this May 16th of 2014. Happy Birthday Justin!! I love and miss you yesterday, today, and forever. Danbury High School Class of 91!

Love you,
Georgia

Georgia Schaatt-Smith
High School Best Friends Alumni Class Of 91.
May 16, 2014

You've touched our lives and made it so much of a better place to live. You were taken from us way too soon. We watched with tears them lowering you down at your burial site. You passed away taking part of each of us with you. We have since then watched your baby girl grow up into an amazing lady. We've tried our best to be there for your wife, daughter, mother, father, and brother. I hope we haven't let you down. I still stop and tell other officers thank you for what they do to keep us safe and that like you, they are my heros. You were taken home to live with Jesus on this, the 9th day of July, 2001. Your memory will never die! I love and miss you, Justin, please pray for me to be able to be united with you again. God bless you & May You Rest In Peace.

Georgia Schaatt Smith
High School Best Friends
July 9, 2013

Another anniversary........ Can't believe it's been 12 years. Kristin is in Danbury today. I'm sure your mom and dad appreciate her being there. Kristy is ready for her to come home. They are both pretty neat girls and are lucky to have one another. Kristin is going to be a Junior in HS this year!!! My goodness, she is growing up fast. She is really a good kid. Still can't get over the "you've got to be kidding me" feeling when she drives out to our place in her car. Yup, she's growing up. She'll be off to college before we know it. Of course, she couldn't ask for a better mom. Love them both with all our heart.
Love and miss you.

Charlie Cash
father-in-law
July 9, 2013

Heroes live forever, Officer Wollam, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Anchorage and the great State of Alaska.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.
July 9, 2013

Today, May 16th, 2013, would have been your 40th Birthday. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you. I miss you so much. Its hard to believe that you have been in Heaven for 12 years now. The time has gone by so fast. I bet they are really partying in Heaven to celebrate your Birthday. I love and miss you. Don't worry about your mom & dad, out Kristy or Kristin. We are there for them all. Happy Birthday Justin, my best friend, please pray and ask God to make me worthy of Heaven, so I'll be up there with you when my time comes. I love you always anld forever. You are in my heart forever.hugggs Lest you never new forgotten. I still thank all officers and tell them about you. May You Never Be Forgotten!!!

Georgia Schaatt Smith
High School Best Friends
May 16, 2013

As a fellow police officer (Brazoria County Constable Pct 1 in Freeport, Texas) from Angleton, I remember this accident. Today, I am in cold Anchorage (on business) and wanted to go see the sub-station named in his honor. But I understand that it is not quite complete yet in Eagle River. I look forward to seeing it's completion during my next flight up here. Your not forgotten Sir!

Deputy Jo Giles
Brazoria County Constable, pct 1
March 1, 2013

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

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO
November 18, 2012

I was there in Anchorage when this happened. I watched the service on T.V. Even though I no longer live there I still think about you often. I hope as time has gone on that you are doing ok. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Kathy Clark, California City, Ca

Kathy Clark
August 18, 2012

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. I also lost my youngest police officer son to a drunk driver. I know what your loved ones feel every day for I walk in their shoes. I know they are keeping your memory alive by telling others about you and telling stories about you around the dinner table on holidays. They will never let you be forgotten. Continue to watch over all of your loved ones. I'd like to end with the following:

No person is ever truly alone,
Those who live no more,
Whom we loved,
Echo still in our thoughts,
Our words, our hearts.
And what they did,
And who they were,
Becomes a part of all that we are,
Forever."
By Richard Fife

Bob Gordon, Retired Deputy Chief
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04
July 9, 2012

Rest in peace, Officer Wollam. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Anchorage and the great State of Alaska are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.
July 9, 2012

Dear Justin. Today would have been your 39th Birthday. I think of you all the time. Not a single day goes by that you arent on my mind. Its hard to believe that its been 11 years now. I miss you and love you very much. I still stop the police officers and tell them about you and give them a hug and tell them thank you for what all they have done for you. I am sorry to say too that we had our 20th class reunion back in November 2011. It was really sad that you werent there. We all could feel the lack of your presence in out hearts. I hope that the balloons that we wrote on and released made it to Heaven. We even tied the black, gold, and green ribbon on your vase at your grave. I can imagine that Kristen is getting so big now and that she is very beautiful just like you and her mother Kristy. I try to think of stuff that I remember you by to tell her so she will know what kind of man her daddy was. I told JR. I dont know if you remember him or not but he went to school with us till the 9th grade about you. He sure was sorry and hated to hear of your passing. I remember so many things about you but the one I remember the most is when you would say. " I see the moon and the moon sees me, God made the moon and God made me" . You for sure is someone who cannot be duplicated. I wish you could see our 20th Class Reunion shirt. Ronnie printed them up and they look great, with a big photo of you in your officers uniform. Mrs Lemons, our 4th grade teacher, came down from Georgia for the reunion. Rebecca took us all on a tour of what the whole school looks like now. You would be shocked and amazed by it. Our little town isnt so little anymore. There is a Junior High that is two stories!! The Auditorium was so much smaller than I thought it was. All of the classrooms were different in the old middle school. Alot of them not having windows. I know if you seen them , you would be like, Holy smokes! ( putting it politely so that those reading this wouldnt think I had a potty mouth) LOL. Well anyways, The High School is still the same pretty much but they have a weight room inside the high school and the commons area is different as well as there is no more DECA taught in Danbury. The slab where Mrs. Jones painted the map of the USA isnt there anymore. I dont know where they moved the Band Hall to. Well, I guess I will let you go. I just wanted to wish the Bestest best friend a happy 39th Birthday. Remember, in a week it is your turn to wish me a Happy Birthday!.. LOL I love and miss you Justin. Happy 39th Birthday my friend.

Georgia Schaatt Smith
Best Friends In High School.
May 16, 2012

Justin,

I wasn't a member of the APD family yet when you were taken from us, but I think of you often when I'm patrolling the highway. Much has changed since then but then again so much stays the same. I hope you can rest a bit easier knowing that the lessons we learned from your passing are directly keeping your brothers and sisters safer!

Tragically, we almost lost a sister in a similar crash last week. I know alot of people were thinking about you, and I know you had a hand in keeping her safe!

Patrol Officer
Anchorage Police Dept.
August 5, 2011

Justin, ten years have gone by so fast, I cant believe it has been that long since I got a call at home that your were killed, we still miss you as much today as back then, I make sure that I remind others of what a great person and great cop you were. I came in to fallout the other night and wrote your name on the white board in fallout just to remind others how dangerous this job can be, I check in front time to time with Kristy on facebook and see that she and Kristin are doing great, rest easy brother until we see each other again.

K. Armstrong
APD 1997-Present

Senior Patrol Officer Kevin Armstrong
Anchorage Police Department
July 13, 2011

I have told people this dream before, but I want to tell it again. I was heart broken and worried about my "baby", he was the youngest. In this dream I had of Justin, he was sitting on a stone wall just above the place where he was killed and on his face was this big smile looking down at me and saying " mama don't worry about me, I'm just fine".

Beverly wollam
mother
July 9, 2011

Justin & family, I'm often reminded how much we lost on that fateful night 10 years ago. You and your family are never far from my thoughts and prayers. I will never understand why we lose such wonderful people in our profession; your loss has forever affected our department and I'm honored to have known and worked with you.

God Bless you and your family!

Garry

LT Garry Gilliam
Anchorage Police Department
July 8, 2011

Ten years.........how in the world can it have been 10 years? It all seems so fresh to have been that long. You are just as missed and loved. Ten years hasn't changed that one bit. Kristy and Kristin are doing well. You know Kristy is a nurse now. She left the clinic a few months ago and went back to home health. She's a good nurse and can pretty much write her own ticket for what she wants to do and where. Kristin.....my goodness, can you believe she starts high school this year!!!! She's 14 years old and as tall as her mom. Sharp as a tack and a really good kid. I'm trying to talk her into going to OSU to school and be a vet. I really don't think it would take much talking to get her to do it. But in the end it will be her choice. She's smart and by the time she's out of high school and ready for college, she'll be able to go anywhere she wants and pick her career field. So, bottom line is both Kristy and Kristin are doing ok. The rest of us in Oklahoma are doing ok as well. You are never far from our thoughts and will NEVER be forgotten. The initials "JTW" are on a big Oak tree as you pull into the drive at our place. Tell my brother Ronnie I said hi. You guys can go find a tall shade tree to set under and tell "cop stories". Love and miss you.

Charlie Cash, father-in-law
July 7, 2011

hey Texas Slim, watch over everyone, say hi once in a while in your own way. oh by the way i put your picture up on coleman's door, couple of weeks ago, so he can smile when he see you.


take care
laura jo

laura
angleton pd
June 28, 2011

Justin - it's hard to believe that we lost you nearly 10 years ago. So many things have changed since then, it's amazing when one stops and thinks about it all. You're never far from our memories or heart. And there's a fantastic little boy living in Ohio at the moment who has been graced with your name. Bruce, Brandi, your Aunt Genny and I love to share stories & photos with him about the "other Justin" so he'll grow up knowing who he is named after. When I look at my nephew, it's so easy to see you at that same age, with your easy grin and laughter. I'm writing tonight because I've just returned home from our local Citizen's Police Academy. I'm learning a lot - and asking a bunch of questions...you're probably thinking "so what else is new?" But tonight's class was difficult to sit through as we discussed traffic enforcement, accident reconstruction and OWI. You and another officer from home were weighing heavily in my heart and mind during our class' conversations. I just wanted to write to let you know that I miss you and your smile. I know you've got Grandma to keep you & Grandpa company now, but those of us back here miss you all so much. Love you!

Barbra Kamer
Justin will always be my "little" cousin
February 7, 2011

JUSTIN WAS MY NEIGHBOR AND FRIEND GROWING UP IN DANBURY SINCE I WAS IN THE 5TH GRADE....I MESS HIM DEARLY AND WISH HIS WIFE, LITTLE GIRL, AND THE REST OF HIS FAMILY HAPPINESS AND JOY THROUGHOUT THIER LIFES......IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY WE WERE JUMPING ON THE TRAMPOLINE OR HANGIING OUT OUTSIDE OUR HOUSES.....YOU ARE GONE TO SOON...I KNOW YOU ARE WATCHING OVER YOUR FAMILY....LOVE ALWAYS!!!!!!!

Anonymous
July 13, 2010

DEAR JUSTIN,
FIRST OFF LET ME SAY I MISS YOU DEARLY. YOUR WERE ONE OF A KIND. LOSEING A BROTHER LIKE YOU WAS HARD AND LET IT BE KNOWN THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU. EVERYONE HERE AT THE HOUSE MISS YOU SO MUCH BUT WE HAVE PICTURES TO LOOK BACK ON. I MISS YOU AND WISH YOU WERE HERE.I LOVE YOU!!!

ASHLEE
July 9, 2010

9 years have passed since you were taken from us Justin, Kristy and Kristen have grown to be beautiful women and I know you are looking down on them and smiling, we miss you as much today as when you left us.

Rest Easy Brother.

K. Armstrong

Senior Patrol Ofc Kevin R Armstrong
Anchorage Police Department
July 9, 2010

Justin, I've not written on your page before now. But that doesn't mean I don't think about you quite often. I’m especially thinking of you this week, since we just lost Grandma Vonda on the 19th of June. Guess she's already given you a big hug by now. Just wanted to tell you how much I miss you and I will never forget You! Praying peace and comfort for your entire family today! Praying for the safety of all the Officers who put their lives on the line every day! Love You! ♥

Fay McIntyre Knape
Cousin
July 9, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the ninth 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

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
July 9, 2010

 
 

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