Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman William J. Kennedy

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, October 15, 1993

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Reflections for Patrolman William J. Kennedy

Rest in peace.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

October 15, 2020

Rest In Peace Warrior

Sergeant William J. Kennedy
NYPD - Retired

October 15, 2019

Rest in peace my brother hero. We honour your sacrifice and service.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

October 15, 2018

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

October 15, 2017

My parents lived next door to the Kennedy's from 1973. Officer Kennedy was always a friendly man and always had a pleasant smile. RIP Officer Kennedy.

Mr. Bill Riordan

August 5, 2017

I said a little prayer today for Patrolman Kennedy and his family. He may be gone but not forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

October 13, 2015

You have not been forgotten.

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

October 15, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 16th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


October 15, 2009

On the anniversary of your passing I just wanted you to know that you have not been forgotten. Rest in Peace.

Sergeant Chris DiToro

October 15, 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
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 2, 2008

Sir, you are commended for the sacrifice you have made. What a heroic story you have.

We remember you today almost 9 years to the day of your passing, and we thank you so much for you service and commitment to police work.

God Bless you.

P Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 12, 2007

You have not been forgotten Officer Kennedy nor will the Blue Family ever let that happen. You are a true hero. Keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol.

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

October 15, 2006

You are still missed. You gave without question when there was a need. You were a good cop, and an even better man. May you rest in the palm of God's hand until I can join you.


April 12, 2006

Thank you for your sacrifice, Officer Kennedy. Rest in peace.


September 3, 2004

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