Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Charles E. Attig, Jr.

Shamokin Dam Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, June 10, 1983

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Reflections for Patrolman Charles E. Attig, Jr.

I ran with Charlie on the Seals X-Country team. I believe that I recall at some time, and possibly the newspaper, the movie title of "An Officer and a Gentleman" itself used to describe Charlie. That was so appropriate. "He was the best of us ..." also works well in his case. Charlie was a wonderful person senselessly cut down way too early in life. To his family, I want you to know that we still remember Charlie and sometimes at the most random of moments.

Jim Benner
Former Teammate

June 30, 2021

You were my my first cousin once removed. Thank you for your service! Hugs to your mom.

Corinda Clark, MA
Family of Officer Attig

November 20, 2020

I served with Chuck in the US Army in Germany from 1977-79. We were members of the 501st Military Police Company in Ansbach, Germany, and we worked patrol together on numerous occasions. Chuck was an outstanding soldier, and great gentleman. He will always be remembered as an American Hero.

Susan Walker
US Army Retired

June 29, 2020

Many years later but time will never erase the sacrifice you made and your true heroism that day. Rest in peace knowing that your LE brethren will never forget you.

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

June 10, 2020

Today, June 10, 2020 marks the 37th anniversary of your passing. I want you to know that I miss you every day. You were my brother and best friend. You were the best man at my wedding. I became a police officer because of YOU. That day so very long ago remains in my memory and will for the rest of my life. Rest easy dear friend. Until we can patrol together again.

Chief Mark A. Wolfberg
Selinsgrove Area School District Police Department
Retired Officer -Selinsgrove Borough PD (30 yrs)

June 10, 2020

Today is the 37th anniversary of the most tragic day I’ve ever been associated with. I want you to know that not a day goes by that I don’t reflect on your memory and friendship. You are so missed my friend. Rest easy buddy.

Chief Mark Wolfberg
Selinsgrove Area School District Police Dept.

June 10, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Attig.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 31, 2019

Today is the 35th anniversary of my Ordination to the Diaconate in The United Methodist Church, and I can remember as though it were yesterday traveling "the strip" along US 11 & 15, seeing all the flags at half mast and the tribute signs at every business along that highway....then later kneeling before a cross fashioned from straw realizing that the first Deacon of the New Testament, Stephen, had given his life for the faith just as Officer Attig had given his life for the people of Shamokin Dam--and wondering (and still wondering) if I would prove so faithful if put to such an ultimate test.

Chaplain J. Thomas Shelley
Penn Township Police (York Co, PA)

June 16, 2018

I liived in Herndon when this happened.I was 18 hrs old ,it had a profound impact on me ! I became an NYPD police officer because of this awful incident ,i did 20 years and for the last 5 years I've been a police officer in the 4 man dept of bolton landing ny.I have always remembered Patrolman Attig and the Sacrifice he made.I sent the newspaper article to my parents who were living in Ireland where they are from . Rest in Peace Brother in Blue !! You inspired me even though we never met !! I wanted to finally say what your Sacrifice meant to an 18 year old who became a Police officer because if you ! rest in peace ! You died in a noble cause !

Policer officer m j keane
Bolton landing ny police dept

October 6, 2016

Exactly 33 years ago today. Time doesn't make it any less senseless or tragic.

Jack Attig
Extended Family

June 10, 2016

I served with Chuck as we called him, from 1977 and 1978 with the 501st MP Co in Ansbach FRG. He was a great friend and was always in need to help translate. We talked about what we were going to do, once we got out of the Army and we both wanted to become police officers. As I look towards retirement next month after 36 years in Law Enforcement. I wish he would have been able to retire from the profession he looked forward to serving.

I plan to travel to your city and visit with you and your department.

Rest in peace

MP Motto: "Of the Troops and for the Troops"

Sergeant Manuel Martinez
Round Rock Police Dept, Texas

May 19, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 15, 2015

After more than 30 years, I remember this terrible incident as though it were yesterday. I worked with,, loved and respected this gentleman officer like a true brother. Our FOP Lodge asked me, as the Chief of Police in the neighboring Borough of Selinsgrove, to organize the logistics of the funeral location and other Departmental functions. This was a distinct honor, which I readily accepted and appreciated. I will always remember the Chapel at Susquehanna University, which seats 1500 persons, filled to capacity and overflowing with Charlies family, friends, and fellow police officers from PA and 6 surrounding states.
The murder of Charles E. Attig, Jr. was totally and blindly uncalled for and was totally senseless. The shooter has or will spend the rest of his days in prison; a fate which in the opinion of some of us, is too lenient.
Charlie, you are sadly missed and thought of every day. God speed and rest in peace.

James W. Hartley, Chief, retired
Selinsgrove Borough Police Dept.

February 22, 2014

He was my best friend, and will remain so until the day I die. He was the best man at my wedding. So many good memories.....
He was the reason that I met my wife. I will never forget his laugh..... Charlie, I will remember you always.

Gale Wenrich, a friend
Closest of friends.

August 21, 2013

Today is my 30th Anniversary of Ordination as a Deacon. I can never forget passing all those signs along the 11/15 strip on my way to that service in Bloomsburg.

May your Memory be Eternal!

Chaplain Tom Shelley
Pennsylvania State Police

June 16, 2013

I went thru high school with Charlie and worked in law enforcement with him too. He was an icon representing a likeable, fair and honest police officer. I drove the lead patrol car in his funeral procession and remember like it was yesterday R.I.P. Charlie

Ptlm. Todd H, Cox
Shamokin Dam Police Department

June 10, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 29th 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

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

November 17, 2012


I can't believe it has been over 25 years. Your friends miss you, but you influence on the community lives on.


Friend Kevin Shaffer

December 29, 2009

Charlie, I can't believe it is 26 years ago that you were taken from us. RIP my brother.

GREG ULSH, Correctional Counselor
United States Penitentiary, Lewisburg PA

June 10, 2009

Gone but not Forgotten...Peace to your Family and Friends

Officer Debra McFall Ross
East Buffalo Township Police

June 9, 2009

God Speed, Brother.

Union PD, NJ

December 10, 2008

I was just thinking of you, reflecting back on the good days. You are deeply missed.
May God be near you always, until we meet again...



December 3, 2008

On this 25th anniversary of Charlie's murder, May God Grant his Family, Fellow Officers, and Friends, the Serenity to accept the things they can not change, the Courage to change the things they can, and the Wisdom to know the difference. We will never forget his sacrifice and our prayers and thoughts are of all you today...For those who pledge to uphold it Freedom requires a sacrifice, the protected will never know....

Officer Debra McFall Ross
East Buffalo Twp Police Dept Lewisburg, Pa

June 10, 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
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 24, 2008

Always remembered.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

June 10, 2007

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