Christopher C. WillemsSedgwick County Sheriff's Office, Kansas
End of Watch: Sunday, May 12, 1991
Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Christopher C. Willems
I wish you would remind me that you're here. I haven't felt your presence in so long..
September 8, 2015
24 years later and I can still feel your presence my brother. Your life was a gift to your friends, your family and the community you served.
John 15: 13. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
May God Bless Julie and your daughters and may the Holy Spirit always comfort them.
Sheriff Justin Smith
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
May 14, 2015
After 24 years, you are still remembered. Thank you for your service and God bless your family.
Sedgwick County Deputy Wife
May 12, 2015
Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 12, 2015
My name is Shawna Starr Daniels my farther and Chris are cousins and when I was very young I meet his wife and kids. I remember that they all where very nice. Well I just wanted to say I know my dad missed him and when I saw the memorial that is by the courthouse in downtown wichita ks I cryed for my extened family and for all the families that have lost dads moms ect.. I hope people never forget the men and women who make our lives safe and free
August 19, 2014
Rest in Peace, Deputy Willems. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
February 4, 2014
i never knew you but my dad knew you and talks about you and how great you were i love hearing the storys of you and my dad.
Doyle G. Mollenkamp
son of the fellow officer and friend
October 31, 2012
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service
July 14, 2012
Chris, It's taken me a long time to do this to and about you my good friend, and even though the years have passed my heart still bleeds for your sad passing from us all.
I came to know Chris because I was a new officer in the Park City PD and had not long moved over there from the reserves division at the Wichita PD and he would often stop by during his off duty times and chat with me as we sat in my patrol car on North Hydraulic St, or at the Hen House.
He was always just Chris the fun and true Law Enforcement Officer, and his vast dealings with many of the low lifes in our area's gave him such a good experience from which I learned so much from.
You were top of your class in Drug Interdiction in our county and I admired you so very much for all that you stood for and for how you treated other fellow officers.
I was in Houston, Texas when the news came and it shattered me to the core, and I just sat and could not accept it, you above all officers should lose your life like you did.
Even after all this long time I still can't look at your picture here on this reflection site and think back to our times together and not feel a tear start to fall.
One day we will meet again my friend in God's heaven, and then I will smile and see your cheeky smile back at me once again, and hear you say Hi My Little Englishman......
Bless You Chris, Bless You For What You Gave All Of Us.
Paul K. Miller. Patrol Officer (Ret)
Park City PD. Kansas.
December 21, 2011
I visit the ODMP site periodically to visit Chris. I can still remember my time with WPD and working third shift with Chris. Those were good days. I wish I could have been there, things might have went differently. Don't worry Chris we will meet again someday.
Wichita Police Dept.
Reserve Officer Division
November 16, 2011
On this 20th anniversary of Chris's passing, let us all honor his memory. He was a true hero that should never be forgotten. Chris's legacy lives on in all who had the honor of calling him friend. To Julie and his two girls, please know that Chris did not die in vain. He laid down his life to protect his community and I know that he shed's a tear for the emptiness that he left behind in your lives, but rest assured that he is with the Lord.
Sheriff Justin Smith
Larimer County Sheriff's Office, Colorado
May 13, 2011
I went through the sheriffs academy with Chris. He was always the class clown. Always able to make you smile even when smiling was the last thing that you wanted to do. He was even able to break the stern demeaner of our training sergent. Chris was an increidble person and a fantastic officer. He had an intuition that few possess. It doesn't seem like 20 yrs. I can remember hearing the news of his passing like it was yesterday. It seems as unreal now as it did then. You are missed Chris. I know that you are upstairs looking down watching over your family and guiding their way.
January 25, 2011
Chris, as this fateful date again approaches, I always find myself remembering where I was, and the feelings of that night return. You are often thought about, and I weave your story into my work. I fondly recall the many evening breaks spent at the Park City Hen House, and the many times I was honored to ride with you during my formative years in Kansas law enforcement. You are missed buddy. Tim
James T. Bryan
International Association of Chiefs of Police, Washington, DC
April 23, 2010
Chris was my training deputy and a friend. You are still missed my friend. Jesus said greater is no man then the one who lays his life down for another. See ya in Heaven someday. Until then, Rest in Peace Bro.
Sgt R Cook (Ret)
Sedgwick county Sheriff
February 23, 2010
I was also stationed in Wichita Ks in the 1980's. I was in the Reserves at SCSO for a few years, and while there,I met Chris and rode with him numerous times on Third shift. He taught me a lot about Law Enforcement also. I became very good friends with him, and I always teased him about his "off duty car". He loved that car. He also loved all of us at the Sheriff's office. I think about you every day Chris, and I will see you again my brother. RIP "punkin"
Deputy Walter R.Brown
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office,Tampa Fla
February 16, 2010
KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR
Dedicated to the memory of Deputy Christopher Willems
“...take this badge off of me,
I can’t use it anymore.
It’s getting dark too dark to see,
Knocking on heaven’s door.
Put my guns in the ground,
I can’t shoot them anymore.
It’s getting dark too dark to see,
Knocking on heaven’s door.”
A sad song for a sad day,
As we carry our friend,
To his final rest.
Blue skies over,
A twenty-one gun salute.
A widow bereaved,
A folded flag received.
Mourning bands cover
Badges of tin.
In a war we are not allowed to win.
Many years later,
All that remains is a simple grave
And the memories,
Of those who refuse to forget.
Sgt. Oscar R. Thomasson
Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office
October 16, 2009
Chris, things have sure changed in the past 18 years. I'm no longer in Kansas, but Wyoming. I'm here looking again, because I heard another Sedgwick County Deputy met the same fate you did. It seems only yesterday you were telling me you would miss me when I moved to Missouri and then you welcomed me back two months later. We were such good friends. I could talk to you about anything. Then one day just as I was coming to work, you had just recently transferred to 2nd Detail, I heard them give out the dispatch of officer down. I will never forget. Chris I still cry for the loss of your life, for your friendship, for all the times I rode with you. I miss hearing you call me sis. Rest in peace.
Former Records Clerk, Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department
October 2, 2009
This is the first time I could bring myself to look up Chris here. We lost another young deputy this week in Sedgwick County and it has been difficult. I wasn't on the radio this Monday but I was on the radio on Chris's last night.
His last night was my very first night on 3rd shift. His last traffic stop was the first thing said to me once I sat down to work the channel. Other than the cowards who shot him, I was probably the last person he spoke coherantly to. At this point, I was about a month and a half out of training with Sedgwick County. I had previous experience in Oklahoma so it isn't like I was a complete rook but God I felt like one that night.
So much self doubt on my part. I got home that morning after what felt like a thousand hour shift. My fiance was asleep and even though he had a law enforcement background and is now a deputy for Sedgwick County, I didn't wake him. I sat on the kitchen floor, bawled my eyes out and called a Sgt from my old department. Dennis talked me through it and made me realize I could go back to work that night. I never thanked him for that and we've never talked about it since. I regret that.
I didn't know Chris but I wish now I would have known him. I've heard stories about him and I know I missed out on knowing a good guy.
I want his family to know that even after all this time... I remember Chris. It would be difficult not to remember him.
Rest in peace Chris.
Sedgwick County Emergency Communications
October 1, 2009
This week yet another brave officer lost his life in Wichita! Watching about it on the news, hearing the details on the radio made my heart twist in my chest and it brought tears to my eyes when I thought of his family and friends, becuase I know how it felt we we lost you! Although I was only 14 when your life was taken I very clearly remember my parent's tears and broken vioces as they gave my brother and I the news. My dad recieved the call shortly after the incident took place and rushed to the hospital to be by your side. His heart was broken when he lost you, and in reading the other posted reflections it is clear to me that all who knew you suffered a broken heart when your life was taken! I remember the BBQ's, the get togethers, and listening to you and dad telling stories and laughing about your CRAZY nights patroling the streets of Wichita. Your funeral and memorial services were both so moving; I felt a multitude of feelings; pain, anger, confusion, saddness...and overwhelming pride to have know such a great person! My heart sank as I watched your wife and girls walked to the front of the church, I breath caught in my throat! Your daughters Chris grew up to be so beautiful! I often babysat your girls in the years following your death, and I remember a time when the both of them took me into the front room and opened the chest where your uniform and folded flag were kept! As I listened to them explain, with such pride, how you had worn it, and how you had protected people, it was all I could do not to cry...but they were so happy and so proud as they talked about you, I didn't want to spoil thier stories with tears! Your memory is still very much alive today, and you are still loved and missed greatly!
Daughter of a fellow officer and friend
September 30, 2009
I never knew Chris but from what I have read, he has meant a lot to many people. I have however been fortunate enough to recently meet his oldest daughter who is an absolutely wonderful person! She's kind, funny and beautiful in every way.
I can't imagine what she and the rest of her family has been through but she has definitely persevered and I know he would be extremely proud of the legacy he left behind.
Rest in Peace
June 26, 2009
Your heroism and service is honored today, the 18th 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.
Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.
Rest In Peace.
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
May 12, 2009
Its been a while since I last come to this page but not a day goes by I do not think of you.
I once again am tearing up, reading what others are saying and thinking about how great a loss it was.
I suddenly chuckled while reading the dedication from the daughter of another officer whom worked with you. I could picture the moment your foot going through that door! I having been there on some of those occasions when such thing would happen to you. I will be going to the benefit movie showing tonight for the memorial. I will walk slowly around it when built reading the names and remembering the faces and voices of at least three of them. But Chris you have already build a memorial to yourself it is in the mind of those whom knew you. It is something that no stone or words could hold with such joys and tears.
Rick D. Liebst
Sedgwick co s.o.
February 12, 2009
Deputy Sheriff Willems,
On today, the 17th anniversary of your murder, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Sedgwick County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
May 12, 2008
Chris, This is the first time I have been able to bring myself to read how you were killed. I knew how it happened but reading it is somehow so much harder than I thought it would be. My Daddy loved you like a brother. I was only 13 when it happened but I remember so well the night you died. I remember my Dad's broken hearted crying and the dark days that followed. I only met you once or twice when I was young, but I remember you. I remember the stories Dad would tell me about the nights you worked together. I remember him telling me about the night you kicked a door and put your foot right through it. I remember how Daddy wished he could have saved you and how much I hated the cowards that killed you. I remember your funeral and the profound sadness that permeated the air that day. I remember your last call. The somber tone of dispatch and the desolate quiet at your graveside are indeliby etched in my memory. I ordered a rubbing of your name from the wall in D.C. today. It's for my Dad who still misses you so much. I know you are in a better place. You will never be forgotten, Rest In Peace brother.
Amanda (Crafton) Conrad, Officer
Mulvane Police Department
December 12, 2007
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
October 25, 2007
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