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Police Officer Everett Leroy Terwilliger

Fallsburg Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, January 6, 1973

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Reflections for Police Officer Everett Leroy Terwilliger

Hard to believe 50 years has gone by. Still miss you daddy.

Janyce Terwilliger

January 7, 2023

Officer Terwilliger,
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. Navy during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

January 6, 2023

On this special date of remembrance, I offer my sincere condolences to the family, friends, and community of Police Officer Everett Leroy Terwilliger, Fallsburg PD. God Bless you all.

Patrolman J.P. DeVaull
Waterbury Police Department, CT

January 6, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Terwilliger.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 30, 2019

Dad, Every day there is a tragic death of someone in law enforcement. I know you are watching and thinking why. That your death should take the place of any officer dying. I believe you and your fellow officers have an amazing organization and are watching over those that still walk in my world.
Thank you for being an awesome father to me for 16 years and being a role model for me to guide my life by.

Thank you to everyone who protects us everyday.

Janyce Terwilliger

April 5, 2018

In this time of tragic killings of law enforcement I think of my father and wonder what he would think. He was a peaceful man and tried to instill those thoughts in those around him. With the killing of a police officer now so frequent and senseless I wanted to stop and thank every law enforcement person for being what has become a target for helping to keep me safe. I think of my father and all you wonderful folks everyday. Thank You.

Janyce Terwilliger (ret. town justice)

August 27, 2016

I was working that night and remember it well. rip Everett. you were a good officer and a good man.

sgt ret james green
town of fallsburg pe

October 19, 2014

rip Everett, I remember you well.

sgt ret james green
town of fallsburg

October 18, 2014

My paternal grandmother was descended from the Terwilligers, the Dutch people of the Hudson River Valley of NY, and this good officer is one of my relations some way. RIP Sir.

Chief (RET) JA Millan
NC Public Schools LED, Avery Dist

April 13, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th 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. How nice that your family is able to honor you on this site.

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

January 6, 2012

My dad was a really neat guy who cared for family, friends and country so very much. I miss him everyday.

Janyce Terwilliger

December 4, 2011

I said a little prayer today for Officer Terwilliger and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He died a New York hero.


January 7, 2009

I remember Everett as the kind and gentle man who provided some of my training when I joined the Town of Fallsburg Police Department in 1972. He cautioned me about everything from concealed weapons to safe driving habits. He was dedicated to his community and problem solving. His loss was tragic and brutally inappropriate. He served his fellow man most honorably.

Sgt. Herman Wilson
TFPD Retired 1972-1994

January 9, 2008



January 1, 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
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 18, 2007

Hello Officer Terwilliger:

My grandmother's family descended from the Terwilligers and her roots are from your area of NY, the Dutch people named Terwilliger many generations ago. Though most of my family is southern, I am supposedly related to all of the Terwilligers in the Hudson valley region in some distant way. Regardelss of our relation, we are all relatives of the badge and I am sory that you died prematurely, though your death is reflective of selfless service, pride and courage. My condolences to your family, friends and colleagues. You are not forgotten and your sacrifice is appreciated. Keep an eye on all of us down here from up in Heaven as you walk the beat with St. Michael. God Bless and be safe out there brother and sister officers.

Chief JA Millan

February 1, 2007

G-d Bless.

January 6, 2007

I remember the day you died and the very tragic circumstances that caused it. I was a young policeman with barely five months as a cop. You are remembered fondly and with great respect. May you rest in honored peace as one of the heroes who died while protecting others.

Lieutenant Don Schwartzer
Los Angeles Police Department

June 8, 2005

Everett Terwilliger was a kind, considerate officer we all loved, who gave much to his community before joining our department. There he died tragically in the performance of his duties in 1973. Everett now rests eternally in the company of God. God Bless Officer Terwilliger, his family, friends and the men and women of the Town of Fallsburg PD.

Det. Charles Boklan
former Fallsburg PD (1971-1976), USSS ret.

May 29, 2005

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