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Police Officer William Leonard Sikola

Bakersfield Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, July 17, 1983

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Reflections for Police Officer William Leonard Sikola

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

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

July 17, 2020

Always missed, never forgotten, and forever in our heart and soul.


July 17, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 35th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

July 17, 2018

I first met you in the academy in 1979. You with the B.P.D. And me with the K.C.S.O.. We became friends almost almost from the first day. You Jeff Taibbit, Jeff Nicolle and my self had some great times during our time in the academy. We were blessed by meeting your lovely wife. She took us in and treated us like family. She was a great cook and fed up many a good meal. Your children have grown up to be adults you would be so proud of. Your brothers and sisters in blue were there for them 24-7 no one was ever further away then just a phone call. There is now a 5K run in your honor with the money raised going to help the families of other officers that have fallen since your Watched Ended.
Miss you buddy and I'm still very proud to have called you a friend. Until we meet again. Carry On.

Police Officer W. Wayne Wallace Ret.
Arvin Police Department
Arvin, California

March 4, 2018

I remember that some of your peers coined the nickname "Pepsi Scola." Your loss was a terrible incident but probably later saved any number of other motor officers as the causes were discovered and changes made. Now retired, I reflect on the men like you who invested their lives in making Bakersfield and Kern County a better place to live. YOU are NOT FORGOTTEN.

Howard Eddy

December 19, 2017

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

June 27, 2015

Thank you for your service. I worked in Bakersfield around 1983, and had respect for Bakersfield P.D. As July 13th approaches once again I extend my gratitude for the efforts of this fine officer.

Tim Liddell
CA Hwy Patrol (retired) 5342

June 26, 2015

R.I.P. Officer Sikola. I hope that your family finds peace also. It breaks my heart that your children missed out on so much by losing their father.

James Carter

December 25, 2014

Thank you all for the kind words for my dad. I didn't realize that so many people left comments for him. I didn't know my dad since I was only 1 yr old when he died. I missed out on the opportunity to be a "daddy's girl" and I didn't get to have him be the overbearing dad in high school wen I started dating. I didn't get to have him walk me down the aisle when I got married. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Your kind words mean so much to me.

Amber sikola

July 18, 2014

rest easy pepsi cola, your friends won;t forget you...

deputy,bill flower
kern county sheriff,bakersfield ca.

July 8, 2014

I am finally able to comment on my brother, Bill. Not by blood, but by life experience together. We grew up together the only 2 caucasian kids in an otherwise ethnically diverse neighborhood. We met sometime in 1960 and went through everything together, as close as 2 people could be, sharing every growing pain and new discovery, his parents were mine and mine his. I remember the day in 1970 I believe, when he came to our house to tell us his dad had died the night before. We both began manhood after that, he moved away, married Becky, returned, fathered Danny, and Amber. Those are the only children I remember, sorry if I forgot anyone. When he left us, Danny was a young boy and Amber a tiny baby. Well Bill, here it is your birthday- July 3rd, 2011. You would have been 55 earth years old today. The funny thing is, to me you are still here. Happy birthday, pep. I miss your smile.

John Hancock
Lifetime best friend

July 2, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th 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.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 17, 2010

I'm thankful that there are people like you that will respond to the call of service when either a citizen needs help or a fellow officer requests backup. When I was a college student, my vehicle was stolen. Having a car stolen places a tremendous financial hardship, inconvineances, and a stressful state of not being able to do anything about it. Thank you for responding to recover a stolen vehicle for a citizen. Thank you for responding to the radio call for your partner. Thank you for doing your job, for placing yourself in harms way so that the community may breath a bit safer. Your professionalism and devotion to duty reflected great credit upon yourself and family and were in keeping with the highest traditions of a police officer. From the bottom of my heart I salute you and your family. May you rest in peace, we will take it from here.

Traffic Officer Enriquez

July 1, 2010

On this day, may you, your family and friends know and take comfort in this: You and your sacrifice are not and never will be forgotten. In honor of you and all the others before and since.

Asst. Chief Joey Cannon - EOW 06-19-2009

Officer Josh McCrary
Plumerville Police Dept, Arkansas

July 17, 2009

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

Officer 11169

June 8, 2009

"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

November 21, 2007

Heroes and the sacrifices they make are never forgotten. Officer Sikola, you are a true hero and you are not forgotten.

Salem, Va

December 13, 2006


You are not forgotten and you were a good man to work with. Vaya con Dios my friend. Do they have "Hogs" in Heaven? If so, I know you are riding one.

Agent Ted L. Bader
United States Border Patrol

November 28, 2005

Bill was my beat partner when I started my career. He was one of those quiet leaders that we "rookies" looked up to. After 25 years on the job, I have no doubt that Bill had a long & successful career ahead of him. He would have made a fine Police Chief & I would have been proud to work for him.
Rest in peace partner, we still miss you...

Bill Gentry, Lieutenant
Modesto, CA Police Depat.

October 12, 2005

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

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

April 27, 2005

Officer fallen officer on the ODMP should be without a reflection. Thank you for your service & God bless.

Special Agent Dennis Duncan
Norfolk Southern Railway Police

March 23, 2004

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