Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman William E. Sheehan

Westwood Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Tuesday, February 11, 1975

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Reflections for Patrolman William E. Sheehan

It is hard to believe that it is coming up on 50 years,
I remember it like it was yesterday.
Whether he was a Police Officer, Fireman or a Cab driver it doesn't matter.
I remember Bill Sheehan as a GOOD AND DECENT man.

John S. Henchey
Owner: Jaess Patrol Armored Car Service.

September 5, 2021

I was a small boy from Westwood and would listen to the Police on the scanner. I heard the calls from this murder. Years latter I worked in the Mass. DOC and who would be one of the Inmates in my block but the murderer Armand Therrian. He was a very calculating and dangerous Inmate. He had some type of connections and years later requested a move to NH Corrections to be closer to his "family". This made me sick. Officer Sheehan never had the luxury of being closer to his family after Therrian took his life.

Therrian was granted the move over the objections of many. The Elementary school I attended as a child in Westwood is named in honor of this hero murdered by a savage.

I remember and hope all pause to think of this Officer who gave his life to protect us all. God bless him and his family.

Christopher Donovan, Cpt.
Department of Correction

February 13, 2016

All this talk of 'smart guns' that can only be fired by the owner is hogwash (a stronger term is warranted, but, not here) and this event proved that. Thank GOD your partner could get hold of your gun and end this.

I don't know where your partner is now, but I thank him and God for his heroics in stopping this animal.

Patrolman Sheehan, on this sad anniversary, I know you're still keeping watch over us all from Heaven. God Bless.

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

February 11, 2016

Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and our prayers. Thanks for your sacrifice.

-Westwood Police Relief Association

Sgt. Vinci
Westwood P

February 11, 2014

"My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends today as well as with your partner that day.

Wherever he may be today, he has my absolute and unyielding respect as a hero."

His partner is alive, well, retired and spoiling his three grand children.

B. Smith
Nephew of the Patrolman's Partner

April 19, 2013

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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect.and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace.

I am glad that your killer was aprehended after his escape, but a man who killed two people, including a police officer and wounded another officer should never have been given the opportunity for work release.

Rest In Peace

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

February 11, 2012

Gone but not forgotten.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi #1249
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 11, 2011

Officer Sheehan your sacrifice and dedication to duty is remembered by your brother and sister officers of the Boston Police Department. RIP

Det. Michael Kane
Boston Police Dept.

December 19, 2010



February 8, 2008

Patrolman Sheehan, today marks the 32nd anniversary of your murder. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends today as well as with your partner that day. Wherever he may be today, he has my absolute and unyielding respect as a hero. You both are.

Thank you for your 30 years of service to the people of the Commonwealth. God Bless you and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

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

February 11, 2007

Officer Sheehan, thank you for your years of service. May God bless, and keep you, and your family. Rest easy now my Brother in law, your watch on earth is over.

SGT. John L. Gulledge Retired
Escambia CO FL SO

November 21, 2006

This is the first I've heard of this because of the time that has passed. I lived in Westwood in the 50's and hung around at "The Woodshed". I remember officer Sheehan very well. He was one of the nicest, most pleasant people I ever encountered. He treated me, a goofy teenager, as a real person. I'll remember him in my prayers. my condolences to his family!

Paul Reagan

December 10, 2005

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

April 12, 2005

Patrolman Sheehan,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Westwood.


February 11, 2005

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