Justin Todd WollamAnchorage Police Department, Alaska
End of Watch: Monday, July 9, 2001
Reflections for Patrol Officer Justin Todd Wollam
When I got that phone call from Texas I didn't understand how something so awful could happen to someone who is so loved.We have watched you grow up by pictures,letters and long phone calls.Of course your visit to Md was great,but our visit to Texas was unforgettable.You and Beverly fought from the time we left the airport to the time we went back,boy what a week you and Beverly had.Then you both cried when we left.Oh, you kids.I'll be in Texas in a few weeks,so I'll visit you.Mom and I have been friends for almost 40 years,so I'll keep a good watch out for her.We talk alot these days.You and my Beverly just grew up to fast.We will always remember you and think of all the good times our family has had.We love you.
Aunt Elsie,Beverly and Family
you were the best man in my wedding,my husband's best friend,you saved me from the monsters at the haunted house in houston,you laughed at me when i won that big ugly hat at astroworld. there are too many memories to list but i am gonna miss you dearly. i know i will see you again and we will have many more memories to make together. i will be praying for kristy and kristen everyday.
Hey Justin - I'm sorry we haven't seen each other in so long. This thing called life took each of us on separate journeys. My hope to see you again in this life has past. I'm so sorry it took you leaving us for me to finally meet Kristy and Kristin. Your little girl reminds me so much of you. I keep thinking about that summer day we went to San Antonio and New Braunfels - just you and me, no adults! We always had such fun whenever the family would all get together. And I haven't forgotten getting you into that Police Academy movie when you were WAY too young for an R-movie - but you loved hanging out with the "older kids." In the last month, I've made a point of saying "thank you" to any police officer I see. You'd love it! They all give me this funny look when I walk up to them, that little supscious look I think all police officers have. I hold out my hand, introduce myself, and tell each one "Thank you for all that you do in protecting me and the city." When the officer(s) hears that, I think they're surprised. I explain why I'm saying thank you - that our family lost you recently and that you were the type of officer that they would want to work with and have at their side and that all police officers should be told "thank you" by those they protect. I can tell that they're touched and appreciate my word of thanks. I'm going to keep doing it, Justin. Go with God, bud. I look forward to seeing you again in a better place. We'll miss you always. Your cousin, Barbra
Barbra Kamer (civilian)
God looked around his Garden and found an empty place.
He then looked down upon his earth and saw your loving face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
His Garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best.
You've left us precious memories, your love will be our guide.
You live on through your child, you're always by our side.
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you on the day God called you home.
With this, I send my love and prayers for you and your family.
I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know Justin. Growing up in the small town of Danbury, Texas, we were always friends. We shared crayons the first day of kindergarten, and I was there the day he left Texas for Alaska. I don’t think Justin ever really knew how deeply he touched everyone he came in contact with. Anyone who ever spent time around Justin can tell you they’re a much better person for having known him.
Justin was also a truly dedicated husband and father, something truly rare in this day and age. His love for Kristy and Kristen was always evident and undeniable. I know that much of the love I try to show my wife every day was learned from Justin’s shining example. I only hope I can be half the father he was.
Justin, I miss you every day and I can’t wait to see you again. In the end, the most important thing I know is that you always have been, and always will be my friend.
Robert P. Hanson
Sweetheart, I miss you terribly and try day by day to get through my life without you. My mind is constantly thinking of you and my heart breaks everytime I am shocked into the realization that you are gone. Thank you for all the beautiful memories of our life together, and more importantly, thank you for our beautiful daughter! I promise to try to make every dream you had for her come true.
Until we meet again and you can once again wrap me in your arms....
All of my love FOREVER,
It was with heavy hearts and many tears that my family bid you farewell one month ago. Our ray of hope has been your faith in Christ. Another has been the assurance we have that we will see you again one day. As a result of your faith, our 5 year old son accepted Jesus' gift of salvation. After watching your funeral service on t.v., he decided that he would like to meet you one day, in a far better place. Hopefully, your ultimate sacrifice will bring others to embrace the faith you lived out in your life.
"Thank you," from a grateful mother and citizen. I will never forget you and I promise to stand by Kristy and Kristin as long as I live.
APD Officer's Wife
I'm so sorry for the tragic and sudden death of your husband. I know you are very proud to have been married to such a wonderful man. My husband was a police officer too, he loved his job so much. He wasn't killed in the line of duty, he died from cancer. It was a horrible battle we faced, and unfortunately his body could not take anymore. I hope that you are doing ok, I know it's the hardest thing you have ever been through. Be strong and safe and take care of yourself.
Wife of Corporal John Pursley II1
Bay Saint Louis Police Department
On behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police, our deepest heartfelt condolences on this tragic loss. We will never forget your dedication, bravery and ultimate sacrafice in protection our Nation, and your communtiy. This service was not in vain, for it displayed uncommon valor in this collective effort to make our nation free from the evil that exists in our world today.
'The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stonghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you Lord have never forsaken those who seek you." Psalm 9:9-10
John D. Sainz
Tucson Police Department
Brother I will keep you in my memories. It is so tragic that the Lord is always calling us one after another. We chose this job knowing its dangers. It is a thankless job only your fellow brothers and sisters can understand. But, you will never be forgotten. May god bless you and your family, and may he watch over your wife and daughter.
Seminole County Sheriff's Office FL.
This community lost a dedicated officer and I lost a great friend. Justin, the only comfort I find in any of this is that you are "on the job" in a much better place, watching over each and every one of us. While I find it impossible not to grieve your death, I shall strive to celebrate your life with us, for you made a lasting impression on those around you.
To a great friend, a wonderful husband, an outstanding daddy and a true hero......I will never forget you and shall one day be proud to stand by your side again.
Ofc. Ryan Rockom
Anchorage Police Department
Officer Ryan Rockom
Anchorage Police Department
What kind of Officer do you want to come to your call for help?
What kind of Officer do you want to wear your department's uniform?
What kind of officer do you want to arrive as your "back-up?"
What kind of Officer should we all strive to be like?
Justin T. Wollam. 6'4" tall, lean, strong, and technically and tactically proficient. Justin was always quick to smile and see the light and humor in any situation, but was compassionate and understanding with every complainant and victim he came in contact with. Justin had developed a command presence and confident bearing that let everyone around him know that he was "now in control" of whatever situation he was involved with. Justin could quickly assess any situation he got into, make a plan, and solve the problem at hand.
A.P.D. lost one of our finest. A better partner and friend I could never find. I miss that Texas "drawl",and big "cheesy" grin. Rest easy, Justin, and handle the call GOD dispatched you to. We all will 10-34 you from down here, and make sure KRISTY and KRISTIN are safe.
WELL JUSTIN, WE MISS YOU BUD. I MISS THE DAYS OF YOU AND I FIGHTING WITH ROBERT AND RUSSELL WHEN WE WERE YOUNG WHILE STAYING WITH OUR GRANPARENTS FOR THE SUMMER. I WILL FOREVER CHERISH THE MEMORIES THAT I HAVE OF YOU. COMING TO DALLAS AND RIDEALONGS WITH ME. YOU AND I GETTING LOST LOOKING FOR WHERE BONNIE AND CLYDE WERE BURIED. HAVING JENNIFER AND KRISTI WAIT IN THE VAN IN A NOT SO NICE PART OF TOWN. BOY WERE THEY HOT. YOUR DRIVE AND DETERMINATION HAS INSPIRED ME..SENSELESS ACTS HAVE TAKEN YOU FROM US AND I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND WHY. OUR HEARTS ARE BROKEN. HEARTS MEND, BUT, WE WILL FOREVER BEAR SCARS OF A BROKEN HEART TO SERVE AS A REMINDER OF YOU. THANKS FOR ALL THE GOOD YOU BROUGHT INTO THIS WORLD. IF ONLY WE HAD ONE MORE DAY WITH YOU. I GUESS I ALWAYS THOUGHT I KNEW ALOT, BUT YOU KNOW ONE THING I DON'T. WHAT HEAVEN LOOKS LIKE. SEE YOU WHEN I GET THERE..LOVE YA!!!!!!
ADDISON POLICE DEPT
Justin was a caring, compassionate person and loving husband and father. He will be missed forever by his family. When my daughter Kristy and Justin decided to marry, I told her I couldn't have picked a better son-in-law. I loved Justin as a son. He left behind a beautiful daughter, Kristin who is like him in many way's. I thank God for giving us Justin, and Justin for giving us Kristin. Justin, we will watch after Kristy and Kristin. As you watch over us from Heaven, know you are in our every thought. We love you.
Charles Cash, civilian (Justin's Father-
Justin, I didn't know you and yet I still feel a great loss from our family in law enforcement. I worked for the Anchorage Police Department briefly and it truly is a great family that suffered a great loss by your death. I believe now you are patrolling the best beat a cop can have.
Farewell, Officer Shaun Henry San Diego Police
Officer Shaun P. Henry
San Diego Police Department
Are thoughts are with you we just lost an deputy on Saturday. It is tuff to deal with!!
Deputy Brent Martin
Morgan Co. Sheriff Indiana
The citizens of Anchorage may never know how much of a difference you made out there but those who knew you understands the void that is left with your passing. Every day you put on the uniform you realized that this could be your last day but that never affected the way that you conducted yourself and the professional way you handled your calls. I will cherish the times we worked together in Eagle River.
Kristy and Kristin having lost a father at the age of 13 I know first hand the void that is left in your hearts, eventually the pain will fade and will be replaced with fond memories of the kind of person Justin was as a husband and as a father, Kristin your daddy was a true hero may you never lose those memories. You are forever a part of the APD family and we will be there for you.
You, Lord, are my shepherd. I will never be in need. You let me rest in fields of green grass. You lead me to streams of peaceful water, and you refresh my life. You are true to your name, and you lead me along the right paths. I may walk through valleys as dark as death, but I wont be afraid. Your are with me, and your shepherds rod makes me feel safe. You treat me to a feast, while my enemies watch. You honor me as your guest, and you fill my cup until it overflows. Your kindness and love will always be with me each day of my life, and I will live forever in your house, Lord. Psalm 23
Justin you will be with me each day of my life. Good bye brother.
Patrol Officer Kevin R Armstrong
Anchorage Police Department
I wish to say this officer is also a hero, a man who took the risks to make society safer, and in the progress, may have saved another life, with his own....God surely holds you tightly now, and He never forgets those whom mourn your loss, he will strengthen those who ask, and He too grieves, America grieves...we will NEVER FORGET!
Rest in peace comrade, a job well done....
Former Harris County Deputy Constable
Mere words cannot express my true feelings right now. I have been involved with way too many 'Officer Killed' funerals. They take their toll on us all. This senseless act has resulted in four needless deaths, the hardest (in my eyes) is that of our brother, Justin.
Justin is the youngest to have given his life at our department. The true story of this incident is gut wrenching - but the shortened version is that the young adult driver INTENTIONALLY drove at Justin's vehicle. This was NO acccident.
To the Wollam family - my deepest regards and heartfelt sadness are the feelings that I share with you. Know that Justin will never be forgotten, that his wife and child will be part of 'our family' forever. My prayers, and those of my family are with you one and all. Get close to your family, and believe in the strength of God as you begin the journey of grieving and healing.
Justin, rest in peace our brother!
Sgt Paul Honeman and Family
Sergeant Paul Honeman
Anchorage Police Department
It is not fair that a husband/father of his quality was taken away from those who love him by an intoxicated, delinquent teenager. I pray that Justin's wife and child can overcome the grief from this horrible incident and move on with the hope of seeing him again someday in a better place.
Our prayers are with you Justin and family.
Officer Rob Lund
Anchorage Police Dept.
We are forever indebted for the great sacrifice that Justin made. May the Lord forever bless and keep your family and loved ones.
Your enduring smile, warm heart and Texan gait will never be forgotten. God had a reason for taking you that will always be beyond our understanding, but I like Rick's sentiment, God must have needed a 34, code. God speed my brother.
OFC Mike Raleigh
Anchorage Police Dept.
Justin was a hard worker, and good at being a cop. He was not heavy-handed, badge-heavy, nor a coward. He was easy to get along with, easy to talk to, never complained at work, and always handled more than his share. Justin would back up officers without being asked. To Justin's family, I'm so sorry for your/ our loss. He will be sorely missed, and never forgotten.
"The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. The face of the Lord is against evildoers, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. The righteous cry and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
With tears, we bid you good-bye, until we meet again.
Your friends, Brett & Carol Sarber
Patrol Officer Brett Sarber
Anchorage Police Department
To another fallen brother...rest in peace and remember you are now patrolling the streets of heaven with your fellow brothers who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
God Bless Family and Friends of Officer Justin T. Wollam.
Ptl. Matt Morton
Traverse City Police Department, Traverse City, Michigan
We will miss your willingness to help and to learn. Thanks for the chance to work with you.
You are not forgotten.
Det. Scott Jessen
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