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Sergeant Gary Dale Wilson | Duluth Police Department, Minnesota Duluth Police Department, Minnesota

Sergeant

Gary Dale Wilson

Duluth Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 10, 1990
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Reflections for Sergeant Gary Dale Wilson

 

I was at the funeral. Officer Jim Rose also got shot. It was painful to see Jim in a wheelchair and Gary's wife and child crying at the funeral.

Detective
Superior P.D.
April 11, 2017

Sergeant Wilson, it has been nearly 27 years since your End of Watch. We appreciate your selfless service and sacrifice to our community. Please know your memory lives at the Duluth Police Department.

With Great Respect and Admiration,

Mike Tusken

Mike Tusken
December 7, 2016

Many thanks for your honorable service to our country. I hope your family can find a way to heal from losing you. RIP

John Haseltine - Civilian
July 29, 2016

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for others". To the family of Officer Wilson, remembering your loved one for his sacrifice and honorable service and the family left behind.

G. Birkholz
Mother of Officer Craig Birkholz, E.O.W. 3/20/11
March 23, 2016

Thank you for putting your life on the line to keep duluth a wonderful city to live in. Thank you for your family's and your ultimate sacrifice.

Anonymous civilian
November 9, 2014

Sgt. Wilson was killed prior to me being hired by the Duluth Police Department. I worked with many of his partners through the years and have heard many great stories of him as a police officer but more importantly about the person he was.

Early in my career I worked in the district the Seaway Hotel is located in and have paid my respects in the location of his murder. I am humbled by the location every time I stop there. Thank you Sergeant Wilson for your service to the citizens of the City of Duluth and the Duluth Police Department. Your picture is on the wall as you enter our new police department and will hopefully remain there for eternity as a remembrance of your (and your families) ultimate sacrifice to our community.

Lieutenant Chad Nagorski
Duluth Police Department
October 20, 2014

Thank you, Sgt. Wilson, for you're ultimate sacrifice. Your bravery is an inspiration to us all. Rest in Peace and May God's love be with you always. God Bless your wife and family that they may feel comfort in knowing your service and presence has never been forgotten.

A. Martinez, P. O. (Ret)
Union City Police Dept, N.J.
April 16, 2014

I had the honor of meeting Susan Wilson tonight while vacationing. After learning that I was a fellow officer, Susan told me about Gary and how Gary still has a huge part of her heart. I hope Gary can look down to see what an amazing and strong woman Susan is. Paths cross for a reason and I am beyond honored.

Sgt. Kimberly Elphick
Secaucus PD (NJ)
April 16, 2014

Sgt. Wilson,
On today, the 24th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Duluth. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
April 10, 2014

Officer Wilson,

I have met your family and I can see the love for you is still strong. Everyone is proud of you and is missing you very much. I'll be marrying into your family in August. I know you will be there in spirit. Thank you for what you have done for this wonderful city of Duluth...Thank you.

Fiancee of your Nephew
March 12, 2014

Respect, Honor, Remember. May we never forget your dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice. RIP hero.

G. Birkholz
mother of Officer Craig Birkholz, Fond du Lac PD, EOW 3/20/11
March 5, 2014

I am sure God has his arms around him. Bless the family members.

Neal Trautman
Police Instructor
January 7, 2014

RIP Sgt. Wilson.

Duluth Police Explorer POST 244 was formed in honor of Sgt. Wilson. I was blessed to be a part of this organization in my younger years. The Explorers helped form me as a peace officer for the last ten years. It's been a few years since I've had any dealings with them, but, I hope they still honor Sgt. Wilson.

Scott
Friend
April 10, 2013

My grandfather Robert Brown (Brownie) was a Rice lake constable and friend of bozo and his son. and also won the good guy award at proctor speedway while helpig in the pitt with the mcmanns. my other grandfather James Copeland was a ricelake sheriff. and chief of police

Daniel
Friend
October 13, 2012

I grew up in Duluth and everytime I have passed the Seaway Hotel since that night I have thought of you and your sacrifice. I am a cop in Florida now and that night was the first time I realized the danger of our profession. I still remember the news coverage. I remember how upset Chief Miletich was and I remember you after all these years. You are not forgotten. Rest in peace.

Sgt. Matt Koski
Kissimmee Police Department, FL
July 16, 2012

I remember Gary from our days working for Med-A-Van Ambulance on Superior Street. Great guy and a lot of fun to work with. Gary always stayed calm and knew exactly what to do to help others in need. I think he learned a lot from his dad Bozo, and it showed on every call.
Gary and I just loved working the old Proctor car races together. He is sadly missed, but we all know that we will all see each other again some day. Take care my friend.

Jeff Damm Captain/Paramedic retired
Virginia Fire Department
January 7, 2012

I had been dispatching for only 10 months when Gary was killed. I will never forget that day and how incredibly devastated and saddened we all were. That day made me realize that yes the worst can happen and how important our job to officer saftey can be. Gary was a great man and truly a hero. RIP Gary, We will love and remember you always.

Julie Fogarty
Duluth/St Louis Co 911 dispatch
December 10, 2011

Yes, I remember Gary, I remember him as he grew up.
I worked with his father Bozo at Wilcol and Gold Cross ambulance. He always aspired to be a police officer, his
late father was the constable in Rice Lake TWP.
I was a very frequent guest in the Wilson home.

When I first recieved this horrific news, I was both
saddened and enraged.

The citizens of Duluth lost more than they will ever
realize, the day that Gary laid his life down for
this community.

Larry G. Zeleznik
Former WI Police Officer
June 28, 2011

Sergeant -

Thank you for your service, brother. RIP.

Officer Jason Antrim
Woodbury PD
June 9, 2010

Sargent Wilson sir,
I have always remembered the day your watch ended, but recently learned of the webpage. my brother's watch ended on September 7th 2009 of the North St. Paul Police Dept.
on behalf of the entire Crittenden Family, our condolences go out to your Family. Your ultimate sacrifice will naver be forgotten. Rest in Peace Sir
Wayne & Wanda Crittenden

Wayne M. Crittenden Sr.
Brother of Officer Richard s. Crittenden Sr.
October 24, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 19th 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.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
April 10, 2009

Sergeant Gary Dale Wilson,

The circumstances in which you were involved on the day you died are as dreadful as can be. Each of us who wears a badge can at anytime be invovled in a similar situation. None of us can guarantee that we will survive regardless our amount of training. We can only respond to our call of duty and place ourselves on the scene and do our job. That a reckless scroundrel would fire through a wall killing whom ever his bullets would hit qualifies him only as a coward and the worst among them. That those law officers who were with you would bring him down demonstrates our bond in law enforcement, and nothing can bring that down. We can all look to the sky and night and see only stars, but our brothers and sisters who wear a badge see a legion of heros whose badges shine brighter than ever. Each who has given his life in the service of others has earned the title of hero. And, Sergeant Gary Dale Wilson has now locked arms with them and, having obeyed our Creator's commandment, will enter, I am certain, the gates of Heaven. Well done sergeant, ... well done.

Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza (Ret.)
Pennsylvania State Police
July 6, 2008

YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH
May 1, 2008

"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
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
November 26, 2007

I love you and miss you so much

Your son,
Chad

Chad
Son
October 26, 2007

 
 

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