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Police Officer Winfred Sylvester Hunter

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, June 4, 1990

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Reflections for Police Officer Winfred Sylvester Hunter

Oh man one year I had the opportunity to hang out with Officer Hunter, and Officer Merritt. We worked in adjoining districts and we hung out for Officer Hunters birthday. We went out and had drinks at a local bar at 15th and Fairmount, that is now condos or apartments. Every time I pass that intersection, I think about that night. A few nights later, I couldn't hang out with them because I was on morning shift, and Officer Hunter was killed, and Officer Merritt was seriously wounded by some thug who had just got released from prison. I will always remember my friend Officer Hunter. One more memory. It was snowing one day and I drove him home. On the way an old man was stuck in the snow. I hopped out of the car, and Officer Hunter after saying why, jumped out also, and helped free the man from the snow drift. He turned out to be a Baptist minister. God put both of us in the right place and time. RIP my friend!

Police Officer
Philadelphia P.D.

August 2, 2017

You and my uncle were partners soon after he graduated from the academy back in the 70s. You guys were always hanging out together, and occasionally, you guys even let a young brother tag along. The two of you both had a joy for life and lived it to it's fullest. As I reflect on his recent passing, I also reflect on those whom he knew and cared about. Rest In Peace Officer Winfred Hunter, may God continue to bless and keep your family.

Civilian

August 11, 2015

A Hero in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand
PA C.O.P.S.

June 4, 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.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

June 4, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd anniversary year 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 16, 2012

Gone but not forgotten. Rest easy my brother.

P/O Fidler #4666
Philadelphia Police

June 4, 2009

Rest in peace, brother, you are not forgotten.

Sgt. Greg Morace #322
Phila PD

June 4, 2009

God Speed, Brother.

P.O.K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

October 21, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

January 24, 2008

Hi my name is winfred l. house.I am the son of fallen officer winfred s. hunter.I miss my father awhole lot,He was a great man .Winfred was a 19 year veterian of our cities police department,He"s gone but never for
gotten.

Winfred l.house
son

November 29, 2007

Your memory lives on and your sacrifice is never forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

June 4, 2007

Thank you for your service. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Daughter of an officer

June 3, 2007

Dear wynn,

I remember that friday when you and I were talking about what we were going to do that weekend. That monday, I remember receiving a phone call informing me of your encounter.

Years have passed since that time, and I still can hear your laughter in the locker room. You had a crazy laughter that was unique. Everyone in the 22nd. district who heard that laugh, knew it was you.

We all miss you and will never forget you.

Officer Harold Braxton
Philadelphia Police Department

April 8, 2007

I pray that you are still resting peacefully and I hope that you are still watching over us down here.

Cpl. Egendoerfer
Mishawaka PD

June 4, 2006

God Bless you Officer Hunter, as you continue to sleep in God's Love and Peace. You will never be forgotten and are remembered daily in my prayers along with your family.Thank you for all your hard work, your dedication and the sacrifice you made protecting the people of Philadelphia/
Respectfully,
Kathi halligan Phila PA,
wife and mom of Phila Police officers

March 8, 2006

I used to live on 28th & Lehigh Avenue; which is a couple of blocks from where he was killed. I actually heard the gunshots and heard the police and ambulance sirens that night. Cops were everywhere.

I knew his daughter and was so hurt when I saw her picture in the picture during his funeral.

I'm glas they caught the gunmen, so her and her family could have closure.

I didn't know him personally, but by the way he raised his daughter, I'm sure he was a great man.

R.I.P. and may God keep you in his everlasting arms.

Abdul Chestnut (civilian)

November 17, 2005

No fallen officer should be without a reflection.
Although I didn't know you, I'm sure that you were a good policeman, based on the fact that even off duty you still cared enough to do your best to preserve the peace.
Your untimely death is a tragic loss to all of us who served and still serve.
Rest easy up there with our Lord, you are a brave man and you will always be remembered.

Retired police officer.

August 11, 2004

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