Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Walter A. Schroeder

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, September 24, 1970

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Reflections for Patrolman Walter A. Schroeder

Rest in peace Patrolman Schroeder. To leave a widow and nine children behind, God bless your honest soul.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 9, 2019

Patrolman Schroeder, today marks the 48th anniversary of your brutal murder. An entirely new building stands where that bank once stood, but a plaque honoring your sacrifice is affixed to the exterior facing Western Ave. No real consolation, but it's truly a nice gesture to memorialize you in that way.

Brother, it's so gratifying to know that your family honors you and holds you in such high regard. The posts left by them are heartwarming and heart wrenching all at once, but they have proven that you are still with them in their hearts and minds. God Bless them and God Bless you, Brother. May your continued rest remain peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

September 24, 2018

Dr. Patrolman Walter A. Schroeder,

Your legacy has truly shined on since that fatal day in 1970. It's 2014, 44 years later and I shed a tear when I think of you. My grandmother, your sister Mary, will never let her growing family (of almost 50) forget about your heroic deeds. There isn't a family function that goes by without Nanny mentioning the love of her brothers. She's proud of you, and in turn, she's made her whole family proud of you, and John. I feel honored to be able to carry your family legacy on. Thank you for keeping our streets safe for as long as you did. You will never be forgotten. Please know the Rautenberg's think of you often. So much love. Rest easy.

- Melissa

Family member
Great-niece via Mary Schroeder - Rautenberg

November 29, 2014

It is now 44 years since your murder by the lowest of life forms.

The bank where you were murdered has been replaced by another building, but a plaque has been placed on the façade to commemorate your sacrifice, an act which was right and proper.

God Bless you and may you continue to Rest in Peace, hero, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

September 24, 2014

Memories;
I remember that day at St. Gabriels's when Sister Damascus came in the classroom and watched as Paul left the classroom with her. I figured in trouble again and glad it was'nt me getting called out the classroom. Then the rumor, buzz, wispers from my other friends began from Jimmy D. , Geno R. , John M., Mary R., Ann Marie S., other friends there in our 7th Grade classroom .
Clueless and innocent.

The world's ugly reality became known. Paul's dad , Walter Schoeder had been shot in the line-of duty, down in Brighten Center. Shock! What can you say ? I never knew what to say. Paul and I used to fight alot before that day. Fooling around , getting into trouble , etc. That stopped.

- Living in Fidelis Way, the projects together with the Nantasket ave crowd, the Saint Gabriel's Community as it were, it all happened so fast. The School, St. Gabriels closed later that year and I was off to Thomas Edison Jr. High, Then to Boston Tech and then into the US Army. Lost contact with anybody I knew back then from school or the big bad projects.

I never did pay my respects to the Family or say anything of consequence to Paul about this nightmare. I reget that -even though I had no idea what to say. I mean I went to Officer Schroeder's Requiem mass- I was in the soon tobe defunct St. Gabriel's Boys Choir ,sang at the Mass- it all seems a blur nowadays.

Years later reading about the scumbags who did the deed or others who evaded justice for decades - some later to be hailed as some kind of hero-victims by the Boston area press. I leave out their names because they will always be worthless bums. Unfortunately their kind will always be with us. More's the pity.

More importantly I read about the Schoeder Family, , Paul his sister. Walter's brother- they became part of the 'blue line', a geniune Hero family, honorable and faithful.

Thank you, all member's of the Schroeder Family.

John Milward

July 2, 2014

I viewed the funeral procession on the streets of Brighton, MA. 1970. It was the longest, largest, most somber I ever witnessed in my lifetime. I was 26, making a secret visit to St. Elizabeth's and unable to tell my father, a Malden cop, how proud I was to be able to view the procession. A cop's daughter, one of 11 siblings, It has never left my memory.

gov. retiree, J.C.ALLEN
passerby

March 27, 2014

Walter and John's sister Mary still lives in Hyde Park, where I grew up playing with the 4 youngest of her 8 children. Her husband (Ed) was also shot in the line of duty. I was too young to appreciate how devastating this must have been for the family. It must have been so incredibly hard for you, Mrs. R. and I am truly sorry. I will always cherish the memories of how rich and beautiful it was to have passed my childhood on that street in those years, but I am sorry to realize that you were dealing with so much tragedy. Love always.

Gail (Sunderland) Tsolirides
Friend

June 24, 2013

On Sept 24,, 1970, I was a Boston Police Cadet in district 10 in Rox Crossing. The call came in that A Police Officer was shot during a bank Robbery in Brighton Allston. When I heard the name Walter Schroeder....I knew that he was brought up with my father (Jim Hickman)..Who was also a Boston Officer). I was assigned with Boston Officer Leo Silvia...to keep picking up blood at the red cross center and rushing it up. to St Elizabeths Hosp in Brighton. That was almost 43 years. ago. I just retired after 39 yrs as a police officer. Where did the time go....God Bless Walter, John and the rest of the Schroeders.Officer

Officer Brian Hickman..Ret
Braintree Police Dept 02184

June 20, 2013

My partner and I were a few blocks away when Walter was assinated. The next few days were the most dramatic cop killer search I was ever on. Walter and his brother were heros. Another brother, Barney, served out his career as a commanding officer of the BPD. He too showed great courage in maintaining that quality that makes a great cop. This is a great heroic BPD family and I am proud that I knew Barney and mourn his brothers. Let us never forget our fallen Brothers and sisters.

S/Sgt JJ Martin, ret
Massachusetts State Police

January 15, 2013

I can not believe it's been 45 years?He is my hero! That's when our family
life's change for ever.Our hearts were broken,and the anger came out.I agree with Clare,Sue Sax wanted to go home to her kid.What about Walter's children there were 8 of them.Some of them never got to know
or see him.I'll never forget how tall he was next to Nana,and his face.
My God bless him and the rest of his family,rest in peace.love Ya.

Regina Scott Myler
Niece

November 27, 2012

To my God father Jack,I well never forget you.I remember the last time
I saw you,Thanking of 1973.My God bless all of you! Wanda,Chris,Wanda.
Love ya!

Regina Scott Myler
Goddaughter,Niece

November 27, 2012

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.

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.

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

September 24, 2012

My memories of Patrolman Walter was as a small child in the Combat Zone in Boston. Officer Shroeder use to come over when my mom and I would go out to lunch to say hi..I must have been about 4 or 5..He always said "Hello Princess!!" I always referred to him as Sir Walter Raleigh after I saw him with a cigar. When one of the people turned herself in..about 1992..I had a visit from his spirit. the woman looked alot like my mom. This visit happened at night and when I woke up the next morning I heard about her turning herself in on the news. I always missed him and he was a wonderful loving generous human being. Rest in Peace Sir Walter Raleigh and may your family know how lovely you were.

Aprille Bernard
child at time of his death

November 3, 2010

My memories of Patrolman Walter was as a small child in the Combat Zone in Boston. Officer Shroeder use to come over when my mom and I would go out to lunch to say hi..I must have been about 4 or 5..He always said "Hello Princess!!" I always referred to him as Sir Walter Raleigh after I saw him with a cigar. When one of the people turned herself in..about 1992..I had a visit from his spirit. the woman looked alot like my mom. This visit happened at night and when I woke up the next morning I heard about her turning herself in on the news. I always missed him and he was a wonderful loving generous human being. Rest in Peace Sir Walter Raleigh and may your family know how lovely you were.

Aprille Bernard
child at time of his death

November 3, 2010

Patrolman Schroeder you are not forgotten by the men and women of your department. RIP

Detective Michael Kane
Boston Police Dept.

September 24, 2010

You are not forgotten. Thank you for Your service to the City of Boston. Rest Easy.

Dispatcher
Boston Police Department

September 24, 2010

I had the privilege of knowing a man who once worked with you. I believe he responded to the scene. He was a rookie then, not long out of the academy. He has written of you and remembered you as one the finest and most honorable of men. His name is William Bratton and for seven years he was the Chief of Police in Los Angeles. He is also a Vietnam Veteran.

I was three weeks shy of my 15th birthday when you left us. Your shooting was national news and if I remember was on the front page of the once great Los Angeles Times newspaper. I too protested the Vietnam War, even as I prepared to serve in it. No one was going to take my place. I remember your death and that of a graduate student in Madison Wisconsin and wondered then and now how can somebody kill in the name of peace.

The war ended before I could serve but I found other ways to answer the call. For all those privileged to know you and call you father, brother, friend I serve. In all those years since you and your brother paid the ultimate price I hope their lives have been blessed with peace, prosperity, and pride. You have touched lives well beyond the community of Boston. Your gallant spirit lives on.

James M. Grant, Crime Analyst II
LAPD Van Nuys Division

September 24, 2010

YOU WERE MORE THEN A POLICE OFFICER;
THE KIDS FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD LOOKED UP TO YOU;
YOU WERE OUR FRIEND AND OUR NEIGHBOR.
YOU WERE A ROLE MODEL OF THE HIGHEST CALIBER.
WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU!

DENNIS VILLA

July 7, 2009

Thank you for your many years of service with the Boston Police working to keep the old neighborhood safe. We'll never forget that awful day when you lost your own life protecting us and our community.
God Bless you and your family.

Dorothy (Artesani) Cochrane
Formerly of Allston and Brighton

October 8, 2008

Today marks the 38th anniversary of your murder. My the sacrifices your family has made, it's just too sad.

We can only hope that those who committed this vile act faced true justice, if not in this life, then in the next.

God Bless you Brother and may you continue to Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr
Harvard University Police Dept.

September 24, 2008

On todays date, the First Responder Unit of the U.S. Capitol Police honored Officer Schroeder's service during roll call by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job.

Lieutenant Ted O'Donnell
U.S. Capitol Police

September 24, 2008

Thank you for your service, Sir.

Michael Cleary
Waltham, MA

February 13, 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
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

November 7, 2007

The Rautenbergs think of you often and fondly.

Forest Ranger Rautenberg

September 24, 2007

Patrolman Schroeder,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Boston. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
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May 8, 2007

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