Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Wayne W. Olson

Summit Township Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Sunday, January 26, 1975

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Reflections for Patrolman Wayne W. Olson

Mr Olson was our neighbor on Lower Nemahbin Lake in the 1960's. I have fond memories of him in the water patrol boat visiting with citizens on their piers. I believe these early positive interactions led me to my interest in law enforcement when I grew up. I was shocked and saddened by his senseless murder.

Ptlm. Jim Wachholz

January 28, 2024

"To all who have given the ultimate sacrifice and now make that one final patrol. Their duty was to serve, our duty is to remember". Gone but not forgotten Patrolman Wayne Olson.

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

January 7, 2014

Just read an article that your killer, now 55, is being released but I hold your family in my heart's embrace and remember your service and sacrifice today.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

September 20, 2013

Officer Olsen, I never did get to know you because I was 4 years old at the time of your sacrafice. I did hear of your case throughout the years and want to say thank you for your service Sir. I'm looking at the Summit TWP line right now and seeing where you have served as our Hero. We selpt safely in our warm beds that cold night because we knew Two Hero's were out on patrol. May you RIP Sir, I will never forget.
Thank you for the update Ms. Loya, your son was a Hero as well and in my preyers.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

January 26, 2012

I researched the status of your killer and ws relieved to know that in June of 2011 he was denied his fourth bid for release.

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

January 26, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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.

Time never dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heat's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

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

January 26, 2012

Just saw on the news they are trying to get this guy out of prison. Let's hope that doesn't happen.

Deputy Klink
Kenosha sheriff

March 4, 2009

You are not forgotten Wayne. Thank you for your dedication and service to this area.
Rest in peace
Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Deborah Roelandts (911 retired)
Oconomowoc Wisconsin

Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc

March 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
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

February 22, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 22, 2008

Every hero deserves more than one reflection for courage, dedication, and outstanding service. Rest in God's care, hero.

Wisconsin L.E.O.

August 21, 2006

May God watch and protect your family
Rest in peace brother
Gone but not forgotten.

Walworth Co SO

December 20, 2003

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