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Correctional Officer William E. Quinn

New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York

End of Watch Saturday, September 11, 1971

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Reflections for Correctional Officer William E. Quinn

Officer Quinn,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New York. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


United States Border Patrol

September 11, 2021

On this 49th anniversary of your heroic and untimely departure I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection left for you, that you are always remembered by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 11, 2020

I'm always amazed at when the topic of a biased and broken justice system comes up but it is never talked about from the view that the victims and their families are the ones who suffer from that broken system. If the argument is to be made that the justice system is broken, this is a clear cut example of that brokenness. Seven Correctional Officers dead, not only no charges for the suspect, one of several who were responsible, but a pardon and release from prison which leads to two police officers being shot and killed by the same suspect. Two trials resulting in a hung jury followed by a third trial which lead to an acquittal for the murder of two New York Police Officers, which leads to yet another murder in 1984. A conviction and sentence of 107 years in prison for that murder then leads to a parole in 2009, and somehow our justice system is broken but only because it is biased and unfair to the criminals.

To you sir and the several other brave men who sacrificed and left their families far too soon and far too young, we say THANK YOU, and know that you will never, ever be forgotten. Your assailants will surely face a higher court and form of justice at a later time in a different place. Rest in peace always!!!

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 1, 2020

Rest in peace.


April 3, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

September 13, 2017

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

October 9, 2016

The Truth about William Quinn's Death came in 2011 from the mouth of the man who was alleged to be William's murderer - Sad that he would wait all these years to come forward with this announcement.

Doug Brinkman
Civil Information Activist

May 11, 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 42nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged 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 the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

May 5, 2013

Bill, it will be 40 years in just a few days that you died in the line of duty September 11, 1971.... Ironic how the date 9/11 lives in the memory of the world, America and especially the state of New York. I am sure you have met each vicitm of 09/11/2001 in heaven. We will NEVER forget them or you!

I remember you growing up in Attica during those carefree post WW II days in a small western NY state town. You graduated from Attica Central School in 1961, two years before me. I knew your parents well and remember your dad, Al, when we worked together part time at the local grocery store. He was a hoot and kept me laughing all the time. Unfortunately your murder and what happened in the years after the riot destroyed the rest of their lives. They were never the same. Of course one could not expect it to be any other way.

I want you to know that I met your oldest daughter Dee in 2008 when I was home for my 45th high school reunion. Bill, you would be very proud of her. Not only is she a great lady, wife and mother but she worked tirelessly with the "Forgotten Victims of Attica" to bring some measure of justice to both the families of you and your brothers who died on 09/13/71 but also to those who survived. They were all treated so very poorly by the state of New York. It was a shameful thing they did to them and while the financial settlement wasn't what they really deserved at least the forgotten vicitms finally received some meaure of closure which they so much deserved!

I will be present for the 40th anniversary memorial service and you, the others, those that made it out and all your families will be in my thoughts and prayers......Take care and I will see you again, someday!

Retired PO, Robert C. Disinger
Montgomery County Police Dept. Maryland

August 31, 2011

I said a little prayer today for Correctional Officer Quinn and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

September 4, 2009

I remember you. I was high school junior on the west coast at the time and remember you were not much older than I. You were the first to die and we still debate the governor's actions that led to the deaths of your colleagues.

Thirty years later, the towers fell and most Americans remember 9/11. I remember both. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice so long ago.

Jim Grant
Los Angeles

April 16, 2008

You are never forgotten!

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 13, 2007

Thank you for the sacrifice that you and your brothers made on that day.

Former N.H. Police Officer
Fauquier County, VA

September 11, 2007

Thank you for your service. Always remembered.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 13, 2006

You died on the day i was born RIP

sarah cox

January 19, 2006


Each day I read the ODMP. Today I read the story of your death. Every officer who gave his/her life for us need never be forgotton. Rest in peace, sir.

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

March 19, 2004

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