Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer William F. Leiphardt, Jr.

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Saturday, May 13, 1978

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Reflections for Officer William F. Leiphardt, Jr.

I remember my cousin "Billy" as kind man and as a fun loving teen. I aways enjoyed his visits. He is and will always be missed.

Karen Leiphardt Grover
1st cousin

April 1, 2017

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”

Euripides

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 24, 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

May 13, 2015

My mom misses you Bill - she talks about the great times you had together as kids growing up. She will stand tall and proud next month as they dedicate a section of road to memorialize and remember you by. Mom's memory may not be so great these days, and it takes a bit for her to walk - but I know she remembers you always, and that nothing will stop her from being there to honor you. Rest easy Bill, your days were not in vain.

Jeff Record
None

April 27, 2014

Just found this site but knew that this had happened years ago. "Billy" Leiphardt grew up in Long Beach on Rose Avenue 4 houses from me. We played 'kick the can' 'hide and seek' etc. Good buddy. I knew his parents also. Sad to this day. My older sis was his baby sitter.

Bud Rasner

Reserve Captain Aero Squadron Commander
Orange County Sheriff's Department

April 5, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Leiphardt. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach the 31rst 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 the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer. He was shot twice when ambushed on April 23rd when he was on a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, 27 years after you were killed.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I am saddened by the disgraceful sentence that the drunk driver who killed two officers and destroyed their families received. It was a travesty of justice.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

May 13, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach the 31rst 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 the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer. He was shot twice when ambushed on April 23rd when he was on a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, 27 years after you were killed.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I am saddened by the disgraceful sentence that the drunk driver who killed two officers and destroyed their families received. It was a travesty of justice.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

May 13, 2009

You are not forgotten...................

Anonymous

September 17, 2008

Officer Leiphardt was a cousin of my mother. I wish I could have met him. May he rest in peace.

Todd Petersen

August 1, 2008

"All Roads - All Codes."

No fellow Southern California law enforcement personnel killed in the line-of-duty, should be forgotten.

On this 30th Anniversary(sic), Officer Leiphardt, may Your Soul Rest-In-Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD

May 13, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

May 13, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

May 13, 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

November 21, 2007

Been many years since you left us Brother But keep resting easy knowing the Blue and Gold NEVER forgets our own !! God Bless All

DB
Calif Hwy Patrol..Ret.

October 26, 2007

God Bless you officer and watch over your family here on earth. Thank you for your service.

Tom
Citizen

September 28, 2006

Dear Dad;

Imagine all the turmoil life has thrown our way since you were taken from us. Just to overcome these turmoils, I have reflected daily on the life's lessons taught by you; your daily guidance; and my great up bringing from your heart!! You would be as proud of your grandchildren as they are of you.

Love always,

Your Daughter Lisa, Your Granddaughter Brittani, & Your Grandson Brandon

Lisa
Daughter

August 23, 2006

You lost your life but undoubtedly saved many others. Your service will not be forgotten. Thank you brother.

State Officer
California

May 12, 2006

Rest in peace Officer Leiphardt. Thank you for your service.

January 26, 2006

YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN MY BROTHER. A HERO NEVER IS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. YOU SERVED WELL.

CHIEF RONNIE WATFORD-RET.
JEFFERSON POLICE DEPT,S.C.

February 10, 2004

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