Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Frank E. Walls

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, October 17, 1988

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Reflections for Police Officer Frank E. Walls

Dear little brother,
Just a short note to let you know I think of you often and wonder what you would look like now? I look like mom except 3 times bigger, ha ha, an ant is bigger than she was. Any way I now have gray hair, or let me correct that it skipped the gray and went straight to white. Remember that white spot mom than at the back of her head, well I inherited it. Holly and June
are both totally white-headed and have been for more than 10 years now. So I guess I am lucky mine just started to turn in the last few years. Well Frankie, just wanted to let you know you are not forgotten. You are in my thoughts and heart always. Miss you..... Gloria

Gloria Prescott
Sister

May 12, 2009

Mr Walla although we never met I rember the day of this incident. since then I've been told the story of Alpha One. then as well as now I have nothing but the highest respect for you sir Vader has told me all about you, he's now the Chief of Police and I want to thank you for your service to the city, you and others who have retired in the line of duty, as well as those who continue to serve. gone but never forgotten and it's true in the Marine Cops hymn the streets of heaven are guarded by United States Marines oorahh sir and rest in peace

Detroit Resident

December 4, 2008

It's been twenty years this week, but it seems like yesterday
you were eating dinner at mom and dad home in Yakima and we
played penny ante poker with all the penny rolls mom and dad had. I haven't played since that day because it isn't the same without you and Butch playing too. I don't know who was the biggest sand bager, you or Butch but it was always fun.
I miss you little brother,
Love,
Gloria

Gloria Prescott
sister

October 23, 2008

RIP Know that you will never be forgotten by everyone who knew and loved you.

Anonymous

September 21, 2008

I had the honor of knowing, loving, and being married to Frankie. His total committment and love for Detroit's finest was my only competitor for his heart. I miss him deeply to this day...I can still hear his laughter and silly jokes...so much like his Father, Frank. Frankie taught me how to play cribbage so that I could "hold my own" against Frank and June. I miss you so much and your dear parents. Thank you for your zest for life. Love you always for you just being you.

Dia Maldonado
Former wife

August 10, 2008

UNCLE Frank ! Think of you a lot ! Pleasant feeling of you with me in tough times ! Grandma june with a stern eye also ! I'm blessed to have you in my family . I love the detroit swat series on tv , gives me some insight on your work , and tons of pride for you and your kind !!Thank you to all of your friends at SRT and the precinct for the honor of you ALPHA ONE =) Until we meet again ... Love Phil

Nephew Phillip A Jent
Nephew , Gloria Walls-Prescott

August 3, 2008

Well yesterday Frankie would have been 59 years old and it has been 20 years since his last one. In our family birthdays were
recognized by having your favorite pie for dessert that night.
Frankie's was chocolate pie and mom would pile the whipped cream on 3 inches high. Frankie would have it on his nose because he had to smell everything first. He loved his pie! You are in my heart and mind always and while you may be gone you are not forgotten, love you little brother! Gloria

Gloria Prescott
sister

August 2, 2008

My son Lee told me of this web site and I wanted to add a note about this wonderful boy I grew up with. Frankie was always playing with his toy plastic soldiers and cowboy and Indian figurines. He would make ridges in his bedspread and line up his soldiers and enact battles with them for hours. When he died I stayed in his home and when I sat in his car one day what did I see but these little figurines placed all around his dashboard. It made me laugh, there was still that little boy I knew and loved so much inside that grown up guy. Frankie wanted to be called "Frank" now that he was a grown man, but I told him he would always be my "little" brother to me and since I was older he still had to do as I
said. He smiled and never asked me to call him "Frank" again. I never got to meet Mike Masters, his friend, because I married soon after we moved to Amboy, IL and moved away from the family, but I sure heard all kinds of stories about those two. Mom was especially fond of Mike and would always mention him when we talked about some of the things Frankie had done,like sending his dirty clothes home when he was in the Marines for mom to launder and iron. Not a day goes by that I don't think of Frankie and Mom and wish I had more time to spend with them. I too never thought Frankie could die, somehow I thought he was invincible, that he would always be there if I ever needed him. He was my brother and I love him still. Gloria

Gloria Walls-Prescott
Sister

July 20, 2008

Happy 4th Uncle Frankie !

Still looking for a friend who can provide my mother,(uncle frankies sister Patricia Walls-Olsen) in Michigan, with an Alpha 1 patch, it would mean SO much.

Kim Lidzbatski-Allen (corona california)

Kim Lidzbarski-Allen
Neice

July 3, 2008

Even though i grew up on the other side of the country and did not get to grow up around my uncle Frankie my mother his sister Gloria would tell me about my uncle and what a fine police officer he was it made me want to be a cop just like him i even joined the marines out of high school which made my grand parents Frank and June Walls very happy. I was very shocked to hear of his passing and i feel a deep sadness still to this day i want to say thank you uncle Frank for your service to our nation and the city of Detroit SEMPER FI

Lee Jent
Nephew and marine brother-in -arms

June 19, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 16, 2007

I was serving as a Combat Photographer in the Marine Corps stationed in Yuma, AZ when I found out about my dear friend who died as a hero in the line of duty. I called his dad, who at the time lived in Seattle Wa. and he told me what had happened. This was a great shock to me and to this day I can't believe Frank is gone. I didn't think Frank would ever die! I loved Frankie as I would any of my blood brothers; I loved his mom June, and Frank Sr. who literally adopted me into the family in my younger days. I not only consider Frank my blood brother but also "Brother in arms as a Marine". To that I salute you Frankie and say "Semper Fi"!
"Frankie" as his mother "June" would call him, and I were "PALS" and ran around together in our younger days in a little town called "Amboy" Ill. I remember when he first came to town. He had that "big city" chip on his shoulder and I absolutely fell in love with it. Every once in a while a person knows when he comes upon someone who is "out of the ordinary" and "special". I never had so much fun in my life as when I was a pal of Frankie Walls. I can't remember laughing so hard and also getting into so much trouble. I will never forget his dad catching us on the roof shooting our BB guns at trick or treaters. That was the last time we did that! ;-)
Although he and his family moved back to Detroit a few years later we kept in touch. I even went to live with him and his parents for a summer. The summer of "68". Anyone from Detroit knows what kind of summer that was. I think that experience planted the seed in Frankie that eventually made him choose the path he loved so much.
We enlisted together in the Marine Corps while I was there in Detroit. I was only 17 and Frank was 18. Although I served later in my life, my mom would not let me go; so Frank went forth alone and wrote me letters about his experiences. He was always the leader.
I have so much to share with his family that I can't even begin to write what I know and how I feel about this special man. I have photographs of Frankie and his wife at the time he became a cop. He always wanted me to meet her. I never did. I deeply regret not flying to Detroit to see him one more time. I thought he was immortal! I just didn't know he would go away forever. If she reads this today I would be honored if she would contact me at [email protected] I extend this invitation to his niece too. I think I'm the one who taught him about the fireflies! ;-)
Well, I'm finished for now folks because in my heart I know Frankie is looking over my shoulder watching me write this and making wise cracks! I love you Frank "Frankie Walls". Take care my brother, my friend. I'll see you again. r/Mike

GS-12 Mike Masters
USMC

September 20, 2007

Uncle Frankie, I seen you last night on "Detroit Swat". I am so proud of you. I think back to the days you would play with jeri in joliet in the fields, showing her how to pull the butts off of lightening bugs, and putting them in a jar, so she could have a nightlight and not be scared at night. I remember you tossling my hair and playing airplane with me, I remember you young, in jeans, always helping somebody. I will always remember my uncle frankie, remember how crazy it was when you, grampa, and my dad were all at gramdma Youngs house, and someone would yell "Hey Frankie"...and you, my dad, and grampa would all turn to see which "frank" they wanted ? My mom (Patricia Walls-Olsen)has your pictures up in her house, she talks about you all the time, her baby brother. I would like to get her one of those Alpha 1 patches, to remember her brother by, she is getting very old now (68) and it would make her happy. If one of your friends sees this, please contact me at my e mail address, and thank you from a family that misses their Uncle, brother, and friend.

Kimberly Lidzbarski
Niece

August 22, 2007

Officer Walls, we mark the 18th year of your line of duty death. Your sacrifice has not been forgotten. Rest in peace.

October 16, 2006

Frank -

We worked together at the 7th Precinct and later when you were at SRT and I was at Narcotics you assisted in many, many search warrant excecutions. I remember you always as a hard working dedicated police officer who was always there when the going got its toughest. But most of all I always remember you as one of the truly funniest guys on the job who could break the tension of even our bleakest moments with your own insightful take on the situation at hand.

Although I was working on the day of your death I was not at the scene and could only monitor the situation from afar via radio. Your death was a tragedy on so many levels that only those of us who knew you can comprehend. Those who are never completely forgotten never completely die - you are remembered often Frank and you live on in the hearts of so many whose live's you touched.

Bill Gray (LT. DPD - Retired)

Director William Gray
Sanilac County Drug Task Force

December 2, 2005

Frank "The Hawk" Walls, it's been 17 years and your SRT brothers have never forgotten about you. Annually, we have a Belle Isle run and pot luck lunch (Hawaiin T-Shirts of course) with all the present and past SRT members in you remembrance.
One of the most important things that every new SRT member is instilled with is following in your footsteps. Your dedication and sacrifice lives on day in and day out.
A toast was given today, October 17, 2005 that you once started, and has proudly been carrying on in the finest of SRT tradition,

"TO US, AND THOSE LIKE US!"

P.O. Eric Vazquez
Detroit Police Special Response Team

October 17, 2005

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

A hero never dies.....

Rest in peace, hero. God bless.

September 29, 2004

Uncle Frank was fun to play with when I was younger. He helped me pick rubarb in Uncle Butches back yard for our grandma. I miss Him, he served our community with the ultimate, his life. Thank you uncle Frankie for protecting us.

Kim Lidzbarski

June 28, 2004

Frank was a personal friend of ours, a fine police officer, and a GREAT ping-pong player. He is sadly missed by my family. I met him back when he was at the 7th Precinct back in the late 70's-early '80's.

Narc. Inv. Gary Saccucci (ret)
Highland park,MI PD

March 3, 2004

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