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Lieutenant William Douglas Oyler

Buena Vista Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, January 8, 1982

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Reflections for Lieutenant William Douglas Oyler

Lt. Oyler, Thank You So Much for Giving Your Best, the Best anyone can possibly give. Your Gift is FOREVER the gift of Life for all of us. May God Bless Your Family for many years to come for their sacrifice of You.

Karyl Bennett
Friend of the Family

October 15, 2019

I never met you but I know you’re looking over me sometimes. Thank you for making my dad

Camryn Oyler

June 22, 2018

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th 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.

Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for aolace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

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

January 8, 2012

even though i never knew you uncle billy if you were like your son you must been one great man.Remember you and my paw paw Oyler everyday


December 9, 2011

Lt. Oyler, thank you for your service and dedication. You have not been forgotten.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

February 9, 2011

Time has not diminished your service nor sacrifice.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

June 9, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

April 2, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 2, 2008

May you continue to rest in eternal peace. A hero is never forgotten.......

Senior Officer D. W. Reichhardt
Waverly PD, Va.

January 2, 2007

I was a young boy living in Buena Vista on the last day of your tour. I remember the day only as a sad one. I briefly knew your daughters and even at a young age thought of how difficult it must be for them. May God be with your family.

Sergenat Daren Fuller
New Bern Police Department

January 27, 2006

Brother Oyler,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables LE Motorcycle Club

January 11, 2006

always remembering you, your the reason
I am a officer.

officer Ron Reid
Waynesboro pd

January 11, 2005


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrifice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Lt. Oyler.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 20, 2004

On behalf of the men and women of the Virginia State University Police Department, our thoughts and prayers to the Oyler family and the Buena Vista Police Department.

Virginia State University Police Department


I remember the many good times we shared at the Virginia State FOP conferences. You were always upbeat and left those you were with feeling richer for having met you. Bob Brown, Tommy Baird and I have often spoken about you. You will always be in my heart and prayers.

Your Friend,


Detective Terry Baer
Arlington County Police

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