Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Byron William Riley

Hollywood Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, August 30, 1973

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Reflections for Officer Byron William Riley

Officer Riley,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 30, 2023

Rest in peace Officer Riley. Those responsible for your death and Officer Yourman's will face justice from Our Lord one day.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 30, 2022

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven RizzoDelaware State Police (Retired)

August 30, 2020

You are still remembered by your wife and son after 40 years on 8-30-13. The department and all your friends still remember and have been there for us both. We miss you and love you always.

Teresa Riley Shepherd

August 28, 2013

Remembering your loyal service to city, country, your love of family and friends, the biggest smile ever and will always be in my heart. Your loving wife

Teresa Shepherd Police Widow
Hollywood Police Dept, Hollywood, Fl

August 31, 2012

Thank you for your heroism Sir, RIP

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

August 30, 2012

Officer Riley,
On today, the 39th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Hollywood. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

August 30, 2012

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you sir are a hero... Continue to rest in peace Officer Riley.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

August 30, 2012

I Miss you Dad.....

William Riley

May 9, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 13, 2012

Officer Riley, continue to rest in peace sir, you will never be forgotten. HEROES live forever....

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


August 30, 2011

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 who was murdered in the 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.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 30, 2010

To the Family of officer Riley:
I wanted to offer my sympathies even though it has been almost 37 years since you and officer Yourman were killed in the line of duty. I have been to Lakeside Cemetery where officer Yourman and 3 other police officers are buried. My dad was one of NYPDs finest for almost 40 years. Every Friday afternoon I drive by Lawn Acres on Hollywood Blvd., where you and officer Yourman were killed. I cannot fathom how someone can cause the death of 2 fine and brave police officers and yet be on the loose. You and officer Yourman were taken away from your families, community, and colleagues and justice must prevail. Rest in peace officer Riley and know you and officer Yourman were true heroes until the end. I go to Presidential Place where i conduct weekly services for their residents.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 10, 2010

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

December 13, 2007

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

A grateful citizen.

September 23, 2004

To Sgt. Paul Bissonnette of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

Thank you for remembering our fellow officer.

Sister In Blue

Hollywood P.D.

September 15, 2003

Officer Riley,

Thank you for your dedication. We still haven't forgotten your ultimate sacrifice.

Your sister in blue

Hollywood P.D.

September 15, 2003

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer. Tonight, August 30, 2003 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Officer Byron Riley and Officer Yourman who died on this date 30 years ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Officer Riley's and Officer Yourman's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

August 30, 2003

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