Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer William C. Prettyman

Riverside Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, December 12, 1973

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Reflections for Police Officer William C. Prettyman

Rest in peace Officer Prettyman. A hero forever.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 9, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 12, 2017

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

February 10, 2013

You were serving your community when your life was taken by a criminal act. Your service honors your family, your community, your profession, colleagues in the Riverside Police Department and throughout the greater law enforcement community.

Now the community of Riverside, and your department, must deal with another criminal act resulting in the loss of one Riverside Officer and the serious wounding of another. My thoughts and prayers are with these most recent victims, their families and friends, the department and the community.

Continue to Rest in Peace - and welcome another Riverside hero into the next Life.

Retired Police Chief, Colorado
Former Riverside Resident

February 8, 2013

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

Officer 11169

January 19, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th 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.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 12, 2009

You were a wonderful brother in law and you have a wonderful wife, daughter and granddaughter.
I was honored to have been a part of your life.
You could never be forgotten.

Maureen

April 6, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

vandenberghe
manchester, nh

December 6, 2007

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 5, 2007

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

April 6, 2005

Officer Prettyman,

Although many years have gone by..you will never be forgotten my brother...

Officer
NC

June 26, 2004

Thank you for your dedication and service,you are a true hero.
REST IN PEACE

TMP

June 14, 2004

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