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Military Police Officer Derek Matthew Schultz

United States Military Academy at West Point Provost Marshal's Office, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, July 20, 1987

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Reflections for Military Police Officer Derek Matthew Schultz

It’s been a while since I’ve visited you here my brother but rest assured everything is cool. I hope your watching the $3!* going on down here, crazy huh lol. I’m still keeping an eye on your daughter, sisters & mom and you now you have your dad up there with ya. Merry Christmas Bro, I’ll see you at West Point in the Spring as Usual …
- Bill ‘JerZ ICE’ Pador 12/22

Specialist William Pador
West Point Military Police Partner

December 18, 2022

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 20, 2020

In recognition of Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Day, this morning we remembered Derek during the morning brief for Task Force Eagle (30th Troop Command-TN ARNG).

SFC Brian Grajek
269th Military Police Company TN ARNG

Lt. Brian Grajek
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Police Service

May 15, 2020

Rest in peace SPC Schultz, you served your country well. Having done MP duty at West Point, I know what you were facing daily.

SFC William L Farrell
US Army Military Police, Ret

July 20, 2019

You were a good man, always squared away, a team player, always helping others, and when appropriate fun.

I'm a better man having known you.

Rest in peace my friend. God bless.

Todd Alber, former Sgt E-5, Retired MPD
A-10 4th Platoon Ft McClellan, Al 85-86

May 29, 2019

Young and courageous. Rest in peace Military Police Officer Schultz.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 2, 2019


First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

December 14, 2018

I did not know MP Schultz but worked private security at Westpoint and stood watch at Washington Gate many nights in 2008. I saw his plaque at the gate and was grateful for his service but saddened to read about the incident that caused his death. Every July 20th I remember him and his dedication and sacrifice to provide safety and security to the citizens of our country and to the soldiers and cadets at the Westpoint Military Academy.

Detective James Maxson (Ret.)

July 20, 2018

On Friday, it will be thirty one years since we lost you. It seems like yesterday and we are still waiting for the winter and your visit home. You have touched so many lives and they still remember the special man you were. We now have another "son", Bill Pador (Jer Z Ice) who keeps your memory alive and makes sure your memorial is perfect. This Friday, 7/20/18, he will be pulling the cord to fire the canon in your memory. Your daughter Rachel is beautiful. We will be meeting her soon and really look forward to it. Your granddaughter was beautiful too and I know you have your arms around her. Until we meet again, we love you and miss you. SLTW SEMPER PRIMUS.

Robert and Laura Schultz
Father and "Other" Mother

July 19, 2018

Hey bud! How long has it been since we were hanging around in the barracks and going out on patrol? Riding that goofy white race bike off duty with the white jacket and helmet. I still remember the day I was told you weren't coming home. Bad ass baseball stud! We all miss you!

Joel Harvel

June 7, 2018

So many wonderful and heartbreaking reflections prove how special, loved and respected you were. That can never be taken away. You can never truly be replaced and it's evident, you've been kept well in all the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved you best.

God Bless, Brother and may your continued rest be eternally peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

March 15, 2018


Thirty years and 7 days ago; I still remember like it was yesterday and can hardly believe the time has passed so fast.

Bill has diligently been there to keep your memorials in top shape and remind those that are still standing watch of your ultimate sacrifice.

After returning from my latest deployment last month, I was able to tell your story to a USMA Cadet at Fort Bliss. I also asked him to visit the memorials and remind everyone he can in the Corps of Cadets that the Military Police lost a great Soldier there on 20 July 1987.

Rest easy Brother, we still have the watch.

Lt. Brian Grajek
Veterans Affairs Police Service

July 27, 2017

Hey - you still have a great friend here. Bill is taking care of you. Proud to have honored you today. God bless you and your family.

SA Ellen Pierson

May 5, 2016

I was searching the internet for pictures and came across this memorial. I was a Gate Guard, a very highly regarded position and Schultz and Rosa were the first MPs I met when I arrived at the 57th. I was scared to death and Derek you said, "Private, don't worry it's not gonna be that bad"! Thank you for making me feel better, cause I just wanted to go home! You were the reason I strived so hard to become a Gate Guard. It was extremely difficult for a female to become a guard and when this happened to you, I worked even harder to become one to honor you. I have never forgotten you. You know I didn't even get to thank you and was in such disbelief that you had been taken away from us all. May you rest in peace always and know that you inspired so many. I served in the 57th for my first duty assignment and it was truly an honor to have served it with you!

Former Gate Guard

October 25, 2015

Yo Partner., I'm still kicking it! Springs here & Summers coming soon meaning I'll be making my trip to the Point to make sure your memorial is still sharp & straight on the wall as it should be according to your Gate Guard standards buddy lol .... I'm still in touch with your sister Tracey & trying to make sure I keep a small watch on her so she smiles. I know you would do the same for me. I miss Ya man, just sayin .... Chow for now Brother

Spec. 4 Bill Pador (ret.)
Partner-Room Mate-FRIEND 57th MP Co. West Point

March 31, 2015

My Partner & Friend Derrick ... It was 26 years ago you & I stood in our barracks room laughing as you got dressed for work and I got ready to work 19 patrol. Just hours later I would see you chuck a quick peace sign under your leg to me as I went to the out lying areas to patrol, minutes later you were down & then gone. Ill never forget you my friend & partner. One of the proudest moments of my life was to escort you back home to your mom & sisters where you belong brother. Rest In Peace Buddy, I'm still holding it down back in the rock brother ...... Fight - Be Proud - Your my Hero Bro! I went on to make you proud dude I'm sure.

Bill 'JerZ ICE' Pador (Spec. 4)
U.S.M.A Military Police Ret. 85-88'
West Point Honor Guard

Spec 4 Ret. Bill Pador
West Point Military Police

July 27, 2013

Derrick, I was back home in WI when a friend phoned me and told me what happenened anf that you had died. It was hard to beleive, you were the same age as me and you should of had your whole life ahead of you, and nothing ever happens at U.S.M.A.. Nothing is fair in life nor can it be taken for granted. we learn this lesson as we go through life and for some it comes sooner than later, but for you it was way too soon.
All the years that have passed, and the names and faces of people I have met over that time I have not forgotten yours. It seems like yesterday that we were looking forward to the weekend, dating, or you borrowing my car to go out. If not that, you were playing sports, riding your motorcycle, or talking about life in California.
I will always remember the dude from California with the happy-go-lucky smile and laugh. nothing ever seemed to get you down and you always could see the bright side of things. I was blessed to meet someone like you and call you my friend, and I hope to see you again someday when God calls me home.

Kevin Zebro
Former MP U.S.M.A. M.P. C.O.

April 3, 2013

So many times, I stood at the Washington Gate and Thayer Gate through the nights, when it was hot or cold. I often relieved the daytime Gate Guard for a few moments and you could tell the difference of the pace..... I met Derrick shortly before I left and he was an awesome soldier and a sharp Gate Guard. Hearing what later on to him was absolutely tragic and it hardly seems that over 20 years have passed. Derrick lives on his family, friends, and fellow soldiers. Peace on brother. Hoo-rah!!

Lynda K. Rhodes, SPC
U.S.M.A. MP CO West Point, N.Y. 1986

July 27, 2012

I can not believe that this happens after he relieved me at the gate. You were a great friend and co-worker. I will always remember you and honor your memory. To your parents my best regards!!!!!

SSG. Ramon L. Rosa-Silva
US Army - Retired

July 27, 2012

Derek my son. I miss you so much.I truly wish we could have had more time together. Derek I love you. Your Dad, Bob

E-5 Bob Schultz
Father 1963-1967 USAF Air police

December 24, 2011

Derrick it seems not so long ago we meet at the Point. Even though we didn't work together we shared times like playing football. You are missed by all who knew you, you were the best of the best. Rest in peace fallen Soldier I salute you!!

Casey Anslow former MP USMA MP Co.


October 18, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 23rd 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 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 who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 20, 2010

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement and to your country.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

July 20, 2010

Dear Dad,
Even though we never got the chance to meet I still think about you everyday. I wonder what it would be like to call you dad to your face. I was adopted and my life now is soo great. I just wanted to thank you for creating me and giving me this life. I hope to meet you someday in heaven

Love your daughter

Rachel Marney

October 5, 2009

I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



July 30, 2009

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