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Special Agent

William "Buddy" Sentner, III

United States Department of Justice - Office of Inspector General, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 21, 2006
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Reflections for Special Agent William "Buddy" Sentner, III


This is such a tragic loss.

My prayers to the Senter family(s) and friends.

Lisa Bryant
Civilian police employee
July 5, 2006

You were a warrior and a true hero. I wish I could have met you in this world, but I will wait to see you in heaven.

My deepest sympathies to the family of SA Sentner. You have been and will continue to be in my prayers.

God Speed, brother!

Justin "Jay" C. Thompson
U.S. Probation Officer, Southern District of Iowa
July 5, 2006

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Everytime I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the man they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Agent Sentner, especially to his wife. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Buddy, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Buddy's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Buddy's life was about so much more than the way he died. Buddy will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Agent Sentner, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been three years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Dennis Ray McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)
July 4, 2006

Brother, you have taken your last breath,your weapon lies beside you and the approaching sirens have faded into a calm silence. In an instant you feel a gentle breeze on your face, its a bright new day, the trumpets are sounding,you have worked your last night shift ,this time you are strapping on the armor of God almighty.You will no longer hurt,fear or even shed a tear for you are at Gods Throne knowing only love. Brother, you served your land well,be proud!, your brothers and sisteers in blue will see you soon!

Rest in peace!

Lieutenant William R.Smith
Asheville,NC Airport Police
July 3, 2006

Special Agent Sentner,

Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotton. Rest easy brother. God bless and Godspeed on your new journey. You now walk a higher path. Thank You Buddy.

Patrolman Matthew Pine
Providence Police Department
July 3, 2006

While it is no consolation for your loss, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and fellow officers of Special Agent Sentner.

While I did not have the privilege to have known him personally, I am certain that he has found a place in heaven through his selfless service to those he swore to protect.

Rest in peace my friend; those of us who remain will cover your post on the thin blue line.

July 3, 2006

This is a note of thanks to all of you that have posted your message on OD. Every day you, as well as my son risked your lives for the good and welfare of the nation. The hole in my heart will never heal, but my reflections are made more bearable by your reflective thoughts. I am forever greatful.

William Sentner Sr.

William Sentner Sr.
July 3, 2006

My prayers go out to the co-workers of Agent Sentner and to his family. Its said to see that we lost a brother by getting shot by one of our own. Special Agent William Sentner......you are a true hero.

Deputy in TN
July 3, 2006

Buddy ,
May God keep you in the palm of his hand and shed light on thoes that are missing you
Rest In Peace you are in a much better place now wach over the one's you love and guide them through the tough times anb be there shadow in the good one's.
To the family
God Bless You ------I've been there

Brother of fallen officer
July 2, 2006

The policeman stood and faced 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 a badge
can'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 overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at time I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except 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 a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell"

July 2, 2006

I count the days, minutes, and seconds in my mind since I last saw you. Time has stopped for me as I still try to wrap my mind around that fateful day. That morning you were so easy going about the 3 minutes we had to wait for the coffee to brew as I nervously thought we were going to be late. If I had only known your fate, I would have waited an eternity for that cup of coffee. You let me be the control freak that I am, while you knew exactly where we needed to go but never let on as I got turned around on those one-way streets. What I wish for now is that we had never found it. We faced the beast with the confidence and knowledge that you had our "backs". I never thought in my wildest dreams that it would be for the last time. I think we all take for granted each and every time we face the potential of a threat and never have to actually confront it. On June 21, 2006, you not only confronted it but you conquered it with all your might, including your life.

Every one speaks of your bravery and your heroism in which you acted out in a way that no other could of ever have dreamed of doing. I am still on this earth because of you Buddy. Not only because of your quick reaction but by the example of your mindful vigilance in what seems to be minutes which were only moments. You are a true hero, a Superman without a cape, an a example of a law enforcement officer that can't be illustrated or described in words. I only hope that people remember your name forvever. I hope that they see your picture and know the feeling of appreciation and awe that I feel. I want all to know that I never knew how "true blue" Buddy's eyes were. In his last moments I know that Buddy saw me and knew that his efforts were not in vain. I know he knew that he had done his "job" and that he had "saved the day". I only wish and wish upon ever day that he were here to tell it first hand and in his own words. I promise you Buddy each day I will remember you and I will make it part of my mission in life on this earth that your memory and your bravery are commemorated by all. I can only attempt to live out my life by your example of the conviction you displayed on that day. You will be forever my angel on my shoulder. I only wish that you were still my fellow agent by my side.

I love you Buddy and I promise I will keep your memory forever alive.

July 2, 2006

Buddy: After reading through the reflections left in your honor, I wish I had known you.

Lord, bless and comfort Special Agent Sentner's family, fellow officers and friends. Give them peace and restful sleep during the long nights. Help them to reflect upon the wonderful memories of Buddy throughout each day.

I look forward to meeting him in Heaven.


July 2, 2006

Thank you for giving your life so that the officers of the Bureau of Prisons can work in a safer environment.

You weeded out the 1% of those who make a black mark on the 99% of us who try to do the right thing and uphold the law everyday. It is a shame when we have to worry about our some of our fellow officers in addition to the inmates.

Go rest high on that mountain, Brother your work on earth is done. Thank you for all that you’ve done. I know you'll be keeping heaven safe!

Lenny Whetsel
BOP Officer / FOP #148 President
July 2, 2006


Imagine how our world would be
If every police officer quit
Turned in their gun, turned in their badge,
Just finally had enough of it.

No respect, no loyalty,
No appreciation of all they do,
They’d give their lives for all of us,
These wonderful officers of “Blue”.

Kicked at, spit on,
Punched, stabbed and shot,
Everyday assaults on officers,
Done…without thinking a second thought!

Our laws are in favor of criminals,
There’s always some loophole in their case,
Out again to commit more crimes and murders
…creates pain, that we, the family and friends
…in time will never erase.

Why should they do it?
Why take the risk?
Why put their life on the line?
Subject their loved ones to endless suffering,
When their precious life is lost while fighting crime.

More murders, more kidnappings, more robberies and rapes,
Just to mention a few,
Please ask yourself how life would be,
If there were NO officers in Blue!

Would you do it? Could you do it?
And for how many…would YOU give it all?
Rewards are a 21 gun salute, a Medal of Honor,
And your name gets added to the Wall.

Think about it. Why are they here?
And why do some hate them so?
Because they enforce the laws that put convicts and murderers
In jail serving time, or on “Death Row”.

All give some and some give all,
It’s a risk they chose to take:
To put their heart and soul in it,
To put their lives at stake.

So, please take a moment,
Please give it deep thought,
Think of what “you can do”…

To help show respect,
To help follow the laws,
So we’d quit losing our Heroes in Blue!

Written by Jaclyn Pocceschi Mosley
Sister of Fallen Officer Rodney F. Pocceschi EOW 6/23/03
Fallen Officers Remembered, Founder & President

fallen officers remembered
July 1, 2006


I still can't believe it's true. Seems just like yesterday we were goofing off at the field office in Phoenix...you, me, and "Big Money". Remember all the times at the Orbit cafe for drinks after work. We had some great times, Buddy. I will forever miss you and your friendship. You always had my back, and in true "Buddy" form, you had everyone's back on that fateful morning. Thanks for all you showed me and taught me. And as our "friend" Capone would say, "Man, man, man, look at you."


Former partner and forever friend, USSS
July 1, 2006

Thomas Paine in 1776 wrote:

There are times that try men's souls.The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis shrink from the service of their country;but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered, yet we have the consolation with us, that the harder the conflict,the more glorious the triumph.

To William Sentner and men and women like him we can only offer a very inadequate Thank you and uphold their memory with honor and respect.

June 30, 2006

My deepest sympathies to the family in this difficult time. Thank you, Buddy, for all your hard work and dedication to justice. God be with your family and friends during your absence, until you all meet again.

Karisa Wallace
Lilburn Police Department, GA
June 30, 2006

May your heroism never be forgotten.

New Jersey State Police
June 30, 2006

Rest in peace Brother, it makes me sick that you were killed by one who took an oath to uphold the law. my prayers are with you and you family.

Correctional Officer E. S. Perry
CaliF. Dept Of Corrections
June 30, 2006

Prayers and condolensces to the family and friends of a true American hero.

Greeley Colorado PD
June 30, 2006

Buddy - You brought us so much insight. I am better for having known you. Rest well Buddy. Teresa

June 29, 2006

SA Sentner you are a true hero.

My deepest Condolences to your family, friends and peers. They are in my prayers.

Rest in peace my brother in arms

Det. Michael Gebert

Detective M. Gebert
Broward County Sheriffs Office
June 29, 2006


June 29, 2006

SA Sentner; Gutsy move and execution of training in response to the deadly threat confronting you, your reaction probably saved the lives of others. Rest in peace brother.

Family and friends; you have lost a gallant comrade and an inspiration to us all. We grieve at your loss and the void he has left in your lives. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Commander Dean S. Nyhart
Arizona Department of Public Safety
June 29, 2006

Buddy, rest in peace my friend. You will always be in our hearts. Take care and god bless.

H. Wieland DOJ/OIG (Retired)
former supervisor/friend
June 29, 2006


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