Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Wallie Howard, Jr.

Syracuse Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, October 30, 1990

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Reflections for Police Officer Wallie Howard, Jr.

We remember you on this tragic 30 year anniversary. Your killer walked free a few days ago and your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Retired Detective
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

October 30, 2020

On this actual 30th anniversary of your untimely death I would like to reiterate my previous reflection. Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren and may God Bless your family, your friends and the men and women of the Syracuse Police Department.

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

October 30, 2020

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice are forever remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 29, 2020

Proud to send my No-Parole letter sir. Prayers for your family during this trying time. You have not been forgotten.

Sgt Donnie Meaders
Wetumka (OK) Police Department

May 21, 2020

To the family, friends and colleagues of HERO Officer Wallie Howard, Jr.: Proudly mailed out a No Parole letter on his behalf.
I am very sorry for your loss; that you have to relive your pain with each parole board hearing.

To Officer Howard: Thank You for your service and sacrifice. You are not forgotten!


Allie Wroten
Proudly Supporting All L.E.O.’s
Wife of a Corrections Deputy

May 21, 2020

R I P Brother

Herbie Buck Ret. Officer

May 21, 2020

Officer Wallie Howard will never ever be forgotten. We will always honor your service to the residents of the City of Syracuse, N.Y. , and honor your devotion as a police officer.

First Sergeant Thomas M. Webb, Retired
New York State Police - Troop "D" Oneida

May 18, 2020

From this Watertown NY native, You’re not forgotten!!

Sgt. CCB (Ret)

April 22, 2020


God's Blessings To The Family

Former NSA Agent

December 4, 2017


God's Blessings To The Family

Former NSA Agent

December 4, 2017

As a religious leader of our beloved Syracuse; we stand strong with Police Officer Wallie Howard Jr.& family. On this Law Enforcement Appreciation Day; we celebrate the lives of all fallen Officers across this nation and especially our New York HERO. To our beloved police officers across New York State and America at-large: "Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9). God is with us in every transition.
Peace and Love,
Rev. Roosevelt Baums, Chaplain OCSO

Rev.Roosevelt Baums, Chaplain OCSO
Onondaga County Sheriff's Office

October 31, 2015

I said a little prayer today for Police Officer Howard and his family. He may be gone but not forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

October 29, 2015

I am the daughter of a retired Syracuse City Police Officer. I was 14 when Mr. Howard passed away. I remember how deeply it affected my father, and how saddened he was by it all, and still is to this day. I remember my mom filled with fear that it could have been, or would be him next. Police officers put their lives on their lines for our communities. Mr. Howard was a brave man. I can't believe it's been 25 years on 10/29 since this occurred. May God Bless him and his family. Respect and Love One Another.

Mandi Gardiner, LPN

October 26, 2015

I considered Wallie Howard a friend. He always had a smile on his face and a kid word to say about everyone. He was fair with criminals& citizens alike and was a true victim of this tragic murder. Wallie impacted many peoples lives and will never be forgotten.
Rest in peace my friend on this your twenty fifth anniversary of your death.
Paul E. Clapper

Investigator Paul E. Clapper (retired)
Syracuse Police Department

October 23, 2015

Officer Wallie Howard Jr gave his life to make life better for future youths growing up in the City of Syracuse. I solute and extol Officer Howard and his efforts to make life better for others.

Tom Webb - Retired First Sergeant
New York State Police - Troop "D"

May 14, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 24th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. 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 Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 2, 2014

I worked with Wally at Syracuse Blueprint, he always talked about being a policeman. It was so sad to hear the news that day.

Dan Donzella
DT Instructor

October 30, 2012

Wallie was a fun guy to work with on midnights. I got transferred to days and had just left a meeting on the north side when they dispatched the officer down call at Brighton and Salina. Your heart goes up into throat. So, so sad. We used to see his son, Wallie Jr., when he worked at Wegman's some years ago. One of my daughters worked with him. A very quiet, nice kid.

Jim Quick
Syracuse PD (Ret Lt.)

August 26, 2012

It saddens me to relive that day. I knew Wallie from calls in the city and he was very dedicated to his work. It is such a tragedy that such a good man had has life taken so early.


October 30, 2011

You will always be remembered by our family.

Friend & Neighbor

October 26, 2011

It has been 21 years now, and it still feels like yesterday. You will always be in my heart, beloved.
Today and always,


August 9, 2011

I recall the fond memories in 1983 of working 652 Car while on the 1st platoon, and you working 643 Car while on the 4th platoon. As of November 3, 2009, it has been 19 years since your brothers, family, and friends honored you at the Assumption Church on North Salina Street. Ever since that day, I have proudly displayed the Funeral Program bearing your picture in each and every office I have occupied. We shall never forget your charming personality, friendship, dedication, and your sacrifice.

SSA D. Aldridge

Supervisory Agent David Aldridge

November 4, 2009

You may be gone but the memories you left behind will always be there.RIP.


February 17, 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

December 20, 2007

Officer Howard, thank you for your service to the City of Syracuse. You are not forgotten.

Special Agent Rob Townley
US Postal Service Inspector General - Indianapolis, Indiana

October 30, 2007

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