Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Walter T. Williams, III

Waterbury Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Friday, December 18, 1992

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Reflections for Officer Walter T. Williams, III

I am sitting here thinking of you Walt, we were suppose to retire together and have a wonderful time enjoying our families. Many nights we sat in the cruiser and discussed our lives and our families. Working A-3 with you was the best time of my career. You were a great friend, policeman, partner. Waterbury PD remembers you every year where the incident occurred. We will be there tonight at 0400 hrs. You would be proud. You were such a great person , I miss you dearly.

Donald S. Costa
Retired Waterbury Police Detective

December 17, 2010

What a really sad story, I pray for your family. Your wife and sons deserved to have you in their lives. Please watch over them and keep them safe.

God bless you & rest in peace.


December 18, 2009

I remember this brave officer and how he died so tragically. My God continue to watch over his family. Walter is with God and suffers no more. Thank you to all our police officers - guardians of peace.


December 8, 2009

Though I never knew him, the memory of this tragedy will remain with me the rest of my life. My heart aches for each officer lost through the years and my only comfort is knowing that true justice lies with God. He will take care of it. I have been in law enforcement over 30 years, and the death of any of my law enforcement family never gets any easier. I wish I had known each of them, but look forward to embracing them all in heaven one day. See you then, Walter!

Vicki Hare
Salisbury NC PD

March 26, 2009

My last reflection was 5 years ago. Today is the 16th anniversary of your EOW.
Time has not diminished your service nor sacrifice. God be with all those who
love and miss you. Such a huge loss for your families!
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


December 18, 2008

RIP officer and god speed.

June 6, 2008

as years past the memory never fades it only lives and justice against the person charged will prevail


May 16, 2008

Thinking of you and all your loved ones on this anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You are a true hero and heroes are never forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

December 18, 2007

Today is the 15th anniversary of your death so we pause and say a prayer for your family as they go through yet another holiday season without you.
You are not forgotten Officer, rest in peace and May God bless and continue to watch over your family.
Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Deborah Roelandts (911 retired)
Oconomowoc Wisconsin

Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc

December 18, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 10, 2007

I am pleased to see more memorials on this pase than are pm the offices that have passed before.

You protected the City of Waterbury well and made a huge sacrafice for them.

This writed remembers you today and thanks you for the years your protected it Citizens,

God Bless you Sir and may you always have eternal peace.

Pat Van DEn Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors fpr a Better Manchester, NH

October 4, 2007

"The Badge"
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.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

September 25, 2007


May you have comfort in knowing that your legacy lives on at WPD and that your life and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Jeannine and the boys will always be part of the WPD family. We miss you.

David Jannetty

David Jannetty
Waterbury PD

June 6, 2007

Not a Christmas goes by since your tragic death that you and your family are not thought of and prayed for.

Det Calhoun
Naugatuck Ct PD

April 3, 2007

Walter was a good friend of mine when I lived in Waterbury, Ct. I knew him for several years growing up. There is never a day that goes by that I don't think of Walter. I still have a memorial sweat shirt when Walter passed. You were a great friend Walter, and I will never, ever FORGET you. It's still sad to me why someone would take your life away, when you worked everyday protecting the ones you loved and even the ones you didn't know. I'm also very angry that your son never got to meet you, as he was just 2 weeks of being born. Walter was a caring father, a great friend and an awesome officer. He liked to work alone so he had a nickname of "Robo Cop".
Your in a safe place now buddy, so FEAR NO MORE. My prayers will always be with you Walter and your family. God Bless

Res. Officer Ray Bessette
Port Gamble S'Klallam Police Dept.

January 21, 2007

Officer Williams you are a hero. Thank you for your service to your fellowman. May God continue to bless you and your loved ones. Rest in peace my brother.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

December 18, 2006

Heroes and the sacrifices they make are never forgotten. Officer Williams, you are a true hero and you are not forgotten.


December 18, 2006

Officer Williams,

I came to this website to let you know you are not forgotten and never will be! You actually shaped my career path at a time when I was lost and did not really know what I wanted in life. I was a 20 year old college student when I heard the news of your death and it broke my heart. I did not understand how such a good man could be taken by animals like. From that day forward I made it my goal to protect people and pursue a career in law enforcement.

Here I am today, a ten year veteran and detective.

Special Agent
State of Florida

November 30, 2006

I just found out about this site, and think that it a wonderful thing. It has been 13 years since Walter's death, and the boys & I miss him everyday. They have grown up knowing what kind of man their father was...good, kind and loving. Hopefully those traits will continue in each one of them. So far so good. They are good boys.
Thank you again for keeping Walter's memory alive.

Jeannine Williams

March 5, 2006

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer.

Tonight, December 18, 2005 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Officer Walter T. Williams III who died in the line of duty on this date thirteen years ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Officer Williams' sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

December 18, 2005

May God continue to bless him and his family.

January 2, 2005

12 years ago today
Officer Walter T. Williams III
tragically lost his lost in
the service of his country and
community. We honor and remember
this hero's sacrafice by dedicating
all of our shifts today in his memory.


Chief of Police / Olen M. Young
Wauneta PD Nebraska

December 18, 2004

I grew up in Waterbury. I remember Walter when I was a kid. He was the neighborhood paperboy. He always had a smile and a kind word. When I grew up and married, my husband was a cop who worked with Walter. Funny thing, Walter hadn't changed. He was now a cop, always with a smile, always with a kind word. "Bad guys" didn't like him though. He had no kind words for them. He dealt with them as an officer of the law is meant to deal with them. The creature who killed him knew that. Now he sits on death row. Although we can no longer see Walter smile nor hear his kind words he and his family are remembered always.


May 24, 2004

Such a sad ending to a life of sacrifice and service. Thinking of your
loved ones left behind today and wishing God's blessing and comfort on
all those who are still grieving your passing. Life is difficult at times
and the Lord Jesus wants to help carry our burdens. He gives us many
beautiful promises in His Word to help us through our valleys. I pray you
will feel His presence and know His peace. God bless!

Lynn Kole
Washington State

October 15, 2003

No officer that gave his life should be without reflection……

“For those who pledge to uphold it, Freedom requires a sacrifice the protected will never know”


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