William Eric FreemanHuntsville Police Department, Alabama
End of Watch: Saturday, December 15, 2007
Reflections for Police Officer William Eric Freeman
Although I was never formally introduced to you other than seeing you in the report room of the jail,I catch myself thinking of you and your family often.My fiance that was in the police academy w/you has pictures of you at home and often tells me funny stories about you in the academy and how you earned the nickname "Dominguez" at work.From all his stories,I not only got to know you as a great officer,but a funny,down to earth man.Not to long ago,he recieved a poem you wrote for the 46th session from your wife.He left it for me to read and although I never told him this,I cried for an hour reading your poem over and over again until I had to force myself to put it down.All I have to say Eric,you was not just an officer to us and you will always be part of this family.In your words,ALWAYS YOUR BROTHER IN BLUE "46 BABY"
OFC JOY MCCALL
MADISON COUNTY JAIL
April 20, 2008
My deepest sympathy to the family of Officer Freeman, yet on the same note I would like to congratulate Officer Freeman for the Medal of Honor. I understand that the family is willing to trade everything to have him back, but GOD choose this route and there is no better way to honor an outstanding officer. Believe me when I say I know your pain. I lost my brother, Officer Jose Somohano, on September 13, 2007. People like them were destined to be what they were and all we could do is remember them, love them, cherish them, but let them go.
Brother of Officer Jose Somohano (EOW 13 Sept 2007)
April 18, 2008
4 months later and you are still a thought everyday. Everytime I am near the cemetery I think about stopping, but I just am not ready for it. I promise I will get by to visit. They are having a couple of workdays out at your place coming up. I am going to get over and see what help I can be. I looked on the PA website the other day and nosed through our session pictures. You are right in the middle of some of them. One is DUI night and you are doing the HGN on one of the older guys. I had to go to the academy this morning for recert on the Draeger. I got upstairs and the new class was going through inspection, and about half of them were in the front-leaning rest. I really don't miss the push-ups, but sometimes I do miss the academy. I know Trista kept somewhat of a count, how many did she say it was, something like 3000 (scheduled push-ups) in that last four weeks?
Officer Daniel Hogan
HSV PD/ Fellow 46th Session Graduate
April 16, 2008
You do not know me; we never met. I am not only father-in-law to two police officers, but I a grew up with your father, Uncle Rick and Aunt Vickie, and I have known and loved your grandparents most of my life.
I salute your sacrifice even as I mourn it. You walked the line. You did your job. Well done, Eric. Thank you and may God bless.
Friend of the family
April 7, 2008
Well I'm back. Its not the same without you. I walk into roll call everyday and look at your picture. Everyday I drive by the place, and look at the flowers that have been left for you. I wish I would have called you more when I was gone, I'm sorry I didn't. Joey, Nathan and I ate Lunch at Lil Pauls today and we saw your Minister. He wished us well and said your family is doing fine. Well I guess as well as could be expected. We all miss you, and we all know your watching over us.
OFC Michael Nelson
April 5, 2008
I never knew you personally but have encountered you freinds and other you have touched. Even today your life touches and helps others more then you could of ever realised. I have started to pray for your family now and know now more then ever that a life lived in service for others is never a life lived in vain.
Freind of Offiers across the country
March 31, 2008
Today is especially hard for me and I dont know why. Ive been thinking about you and that night a lot lately. I know one day the pain will go away I just wish it was sooner rather than later. Some of us ran into Cameron and Emily the other day. They looked to be doing well. Cameron said he likes to meet every officer he sees just to know if they were your friend. Everyones pitching in as much as they can to help Leslie and the all the children get through it. I wasnt able to help any for the Blue Line Benefit. I hope it was a success though. I have to go to shift now. Just know everyone is still thinking of you. I miss you now more than before brother.
March 30, 2008
Thankyoufor your service and sacrifice. You are a true hero for us all to look up too. Rest in peace with all our brothers and sisters who have gone before you. You will not be forgotten
March 29, 2008
Thinking about you today...Happy Easter Eric...We miss you.
March 23, 2008
I am currently a Criminal Justice Student here in Huntsville. My father was a police officer-turn-K-9 Captain, and so I have always had tremendous respect for them and other men and women who work on the 'right side of the law'.
I am just another person who is also in disbelief that this ever happened. I just couldn't ever understand what could bring someone to do something so terrible. He was killed my a sickening coward, and I look forward to the day he gets what he deserves.
When things like this happen, it only makes me more fueled to go to work for this state and help the others on the 'right side'.
We've shed tears for these great officers that have died while out serving to protect us, but there are no words that can comfort the family the way only God can. And I so hope that he does just that for the Freeman and Golden families...and all fallen law servants, for that matter! I was just on the FBI Hall of Honor page, and that is what led me here...the criminals have just taken too many of our good guys!
My father has been shot at in his career, but thankfully the bullet didn't hit it's intended target, and I am sure there are MANY that would love to see him dead...AND I AM SO PROUD OF THAT! GO GOOD GUYS! If there's a criminal that hates you...you are doin' some good!
It takes a special person, a very driven person, to go to work in the field. And I certainly have that drive. I will not be a police officer, because it is just not what I am bred to do...but I will certainly be an asset to the overall fight/cause one day against the criminals!.
God watch over us all. And please, please, be with our justice system...we need so much to improve in that area!
Just another person...
on the RIGHT side of the law!
March 8, 2008
I can't believe that HPD has had to go through this again. The wounds that haven't yet healed (and never will) from Golden's murder have been ripped open all over again. This is just a senseless tragedy that never should have happened. I never got a chance to meet you; but Jason would talk about how much fun he had with you goofing off when ya'll worked the front desk together. I pray for Leslie and your kids and the rest of your family, and the HPD family. We have lost a true hero.
future HPD wife
March 4, 2008
I just left a reflection for Daniel. I was telling him how much we always talk about him still to this day. We talk about you all the time too. In fact, Channel 48 did some special the other day about HPD soon becoming short staffed and I thought I saw you during the airing of the special. I pray for Leslie all the time. I pray all is as good as can be expected.
Miss you brother in blue...
February 22, 2008
Our sweet dear Eric: your birthday just passed...not a second went by that we did not think about you...We miss you so much every day..We know you are up there with God doing what you love..taking care of all of us...We love you and can't wait to be with you once again in Heaven. R.I.P
Margarita and Steve Rousseau
February 20, 2008
I have the utmost respect for your service to the community. My brother and his wife both are proud Houston Police officers. No one really knows what courage and strength it takes to selflessly serve your community.
My heart and prayers go out to your family.
Sister of Houston Police Officer
February 14, 2008
May God Bless your family and give them peace. You are a true hero and very much loved from what I have read. My only sibiling my brother Officer Keith Houts was shot just like you 16 months ago and there is not a day that goes by that I don't think about him. Since I heard of your loss my heart just sunk and my prayers are with your precious family.
To Mrs. Freeman, your children may enjoy a book called "HEAVEN for Kids" I purchased my children one from the Family Christain Book store. And it really helped us. May God bless your children. We love you and will be praying for you.
Sister of Officer Keith E Houts EOW 9-30-06
February 8, 2008
Eric, I sit here in front of this computer tonight and It still feels like a bad dream that I haven't woke up from. I think about all the good times we all had during the academy. I remember the morning you showed up in the academy with that hair cut( by the way to this day that was the funniest hair cut I have seen yet) we all gave you a hard time about it but you just laughed along with us. I remember during the academy the staff told us if we have any involvement with any police we better report it. You showed up Monday morning and told us in the locker room that you had been stopped in Tennesee because your truck had to many lights on the front of it. I just laughed because it seemed like you had about ten on it.Its amazing how you can throw 30 people in an academy for 18 weeks and by the end its like you've known them for you whole life, you become very close. After we graduated I would see you on a call(when you worked over for third shift,after you already worked your shift) and I used to wonder how in the world did you have that much energy, you were always 100mph every time I saw you. But now I know you just loved your job that much. You will never be forgotten, your family will always be in my prayers. I know you have a special job in heaven now and I know what ever it is you'll be doing it a 100mph. love you always brother.
HPD south precinct
February 6, 2008
Ive been typing for the past 30 minutes but the words just didnt feel right, so Ill make it simple. Happy Birthday Brother. I miss you. One day I promise Ill be strong enough to tell you everything I need to say. For now though, I just hope Im strong enough to make it to your resting place today. Happy Birthday again, Eric.
January 31, 2008
I pray for you everyday in my heart. May God be with you.
January 27, 2008
Your family is still in my prayers.
January 23, 2008
You would be so proud of Leslie. She has handled herself with such dignity and humility. She just announced that she wants the proceeds from the sale of your memorial shirts to go toward the fallen officer's memorial to honor you and all the others. What an amazing, selfless family you have! It is very refreshing to see that for a change following such a tragedy!!! My prayers continue to be with them.
January 22, 2008
I didn't know you Officer Freeman but I hold my son longer because of you.
brother in blue
January 20, 2008
God speed brother. I know your family will be well taken care of.
DFC Angela Crocker
Forsyth County S.O. (GA)
January 18, 2008
God bless you, Officer Freeman. Every night we pray for the safety of all the Huntsville Police Officers.
Please, please keep watch over them.
January 15, 2008
hello brother. Just wanted to let you know that your wife is making us all very proud by going after the dirtbag that took you from us. You are gone for now but never forgotten and your family will constantly be in our prayers. If you get the chance, talk to Darren Medlin while you're up there. His wife's a hero too. Thank you for your sacrifice and too Mrs. Freeman: you have everyone of us (LEOs and military and more) supporting you not only on your decision but in everyway. May God bless you and your family. Thank you Officer Freeman for your sacrifice.
January 15, 2008
i still pray everyday for your immediate family and your extended family (your police family), one of those being my husband. no one except a police officer can really know what you all deal with day in and day out. all the crappy calls, all the good calls, all the gory calls and all the funny calls. I don't even know what else to say except rest in peace.
January 14, 2008
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