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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


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

I knew I had an angel and I now know you are him. You and your family will be forever in my thoughts and my heart.

June 29, 2006


June 29, 2006

Special Agent William (Buddy) Sentner you are a hero. Now watch over the rest of your brothers and sisters who protect as you did.

Southgate PD, MI
June 28, 2006

SA Sentner, Thanks for your service to our country. Rest peacefully in heaven. My prayers are with your family and friends.

Special Agent
June 28, 2006

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 badges
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've 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 times 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 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 borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell.

Family of Fallen Officer John Logan
June 28, 2006

Thank you for your service.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol
June 28, 2006

I am now the Director of Security for The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. I spent several days with Buddy prior to and during an Al Gore visit. He was a great guy and we would sit in his car, watching the rain and reflecting on the career of law enforcement. Although only a few days, I'll always remember Buddy and that time in the rain in Arizona.

Ron Smisek
Retired-Montgomery County Md PD
June 28, 2006

Buddy, I will miss your smile, your wit, and your ability to make everyone laugh regardless of the situation. Your family is in my prayers. I will see you again someday, brother, and we will laugh together again. You are my hero.

Former SA, USSS
June 28, 2006

May we all show the courage throughout our lives that you showed that day. You are forever in our thoughts and prayers.

Special Agent
June 28, 2006

Thank you for you commitment to duty and the sacrifice you made. Rest easy in heaven now my brother. Your co-workers and family are in my prayers. Until we meet at the gates...

Kansas Highway Patrol
June 28, 2006


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