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Correctional Officer William Edger Quilliams

West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation, West Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, October 5, 1972

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Reflections for Correctional Officer William Edger Quilliams


Correctional Trainer N. Hill
WV Bureau of Training and Staff Development

February 2, 2023

Officer Quilliams,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the U.S. Army-especially during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 5, 2022

RIP Officer Quilliams. We have the watch now.

Fmr. Correctional Officer James Elam
WV Division of Corrections

July 31, 2020

Rest in peace Correctional Officer Quiliams.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 23, 2019

I never know my grandpa I bet he was a amazing man. I wished I could have of meet him just 1 time but he is with god cause of Bobby Jean Jarvis I would love to know more about my grandpa I'm wright this with a saddened heart because of one man who thought he had the right correctional officer and my grandpa turned around and he kmow he had the wrong correctional officer and kept stabbing him or be still be here.

Peggy Miranda

July 14, 2019

The inmate name is Bobby Jean Jarvis. My Dad was born in North Carolina. This is missing on his case summary. I am his son and still miss him after all these years. October 5th will be 46 years.

Warren Quilliams

October 3, 2018

The inmate name was Bobby Gene Jarvis. I am the Correctional Officers son. I still love and miss my dad. He had just retired from the U. S. Army one year and five days before he was killed. Was a Vietnam War Veteran and a Korean War veteran. My brother was a police officer for 30 years, his son was a police officer for 8 years, I have a degree in Criminal Justice. / Law Enforcement, and my son is certified and has worked as a Correctional Officers in Alabama and West Virginia. I drive a 18 wheeler now. May my dad and all of the other fallen officers rest in peace.

Warren Quilliams
Son of a Fallen Officer

March 31, 2015

It is fitting that the lockup unit at the new maximum security facility is named after Officer Quilliams. If the inmate who killed him is still alive, he lives in the Quilliams Unit along with all the rest of the "worst of the worst". In my career we have not had an officer killed by an inmate in the Division and it brings me great joy to know that ODMP still has a memorial to someone lost so long ago and often far from thought.

Anonymous Corporal
West Virginia Division of Corrections

December 29, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. 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 line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

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

I pray for solace for all those that call you beloved.

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

September 18, 2013

Today marks the 40th anniversary of your making the ultimate sacrifice. Corrections is the most dangerous and often the most thankless profession in all of law enforcement. You should be commended and your family proud of your heroism. Rest in Peace Officer Quilliams...

Danny McCoy
Corrections Program Coordinator
MI Dept. of Corrections

October 5, 2012

I never will have the opportunity to know or work with you, but your honor, valorous, and selfless sacrifice will be long remembered and respected.

COII Tony L. Deer II

May 12, 2012

Rest In Peace Brother Quilliams. I think of you often, each time I pass the memorial with your name on it and when I walk into the unit named after you. Your service and sacrifice for the citizens of West Virginia is remembered. Thank you Sir.

Sgt. Jarrod Wilson / K9 Officer
West Virginia Division Of Corrections

March 18, 2012

While on a visit to the TX-Mexico border, I met and had a random conversation with Officer Quilliams's son for 5 minutes, who is driving a truck for a Chattanooga-based company. Although he mentioned his father only in passing -- along with his brother's and nephew's continued dedication to the career of law enforcement -- I was inspired to look up the details of the incident leading to Officer Quilliams's death in the line of duty.

As we plan this year's annual friendly American football game between US and Mexican law enforcement communities, dedicated to one of the local fallen, I will also keep Officer McQuilliams in mind.


US Consulate in Mexico

March 30, 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

March 2, 2008

You are reembered today and thank you Sir for your service.

Pat Van DenBerghe

October 14, 2007

Correction Officer Quilliams, Rest in Peace.

C.O. Stephen Celestino
Westchester County Dept. of Correction, NY

September 9, 2007

i worked at the pen, until the final inmate was moved. i then went to mount olive and worked in the housing unit named for you. you are not forgotten. god bless. history always has a way of remembering, and you will always be there, as should be. RIP Brother.

co1 kevin jones
wv dept. of corrections

November 13, 2006

Rest safe with Our Lord.

October 5, 2006

Officer Quilliams,
On today, the 33rd anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of West Virginia. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement then that of a Corrections Officer.


October 5, 2005

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