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Corporal Paul James Walters

Silver Spring Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, January 19, 1975

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Reflections for Corporal Paul James Walters

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

January 19, 2021

I just listened to a video outlining Corporal Paul Walters' story while doing some research on law enforcement memorials around the country. I saw the memorial bridge dedicated to him. I am working on naming a Police Memorial Bridge in honor of local fallen officers in Rockford, IL after my cousin, Officer Jaimie Cox, was killed in the LOD on 11/5/17. May Corporal Walters rest easy and never be forgotten. I thank him and his family for his service.

Andrea Cox
Cousin of Fallen LEO Jaimie Cox, EOW 11/5/17

June 26, 2018

Paul and I were good friends and fellow police officers in Cumberland County.
After all these years, it is still hard to believe that he is gone.

Dick Smith, Sgt (ret.)
Carlisle Police

February 6, 2015

Rest easy Corporal Walters. You will never be forgotten.

Officer J. Craven
Silver Spring Township, PA Police Dept.

January 19, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.. I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

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

January 19, 2012

"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

January 24, 2008



January 11, 2008

Paul and I were good friends through our working relationship.
I rode with him many times in the patrol car and knew his love for the job and for people.
I was working at Cumberland County Control the night he was killed. We had given him and the other officer on duty the call about kids throwing snowballs at passing vehicles. Gerry dropped him off at one end of town and Paul apprehended the kids and was walking them along route 11. He had them walking in front of him and he was walking to the outside and behind them to protect them.
I will never forget him and think of him often and laugh when I remember his proposal to used Datsun 260 Z's for patrol cars.
I purchased his S&W .357 mag. from his father because I wanted something that was his and something he loved. I treasure that pistol for all it represents.
Paul was a truly unique man and one who made a lasting impression on my life.

Mike Fitzpatrick
Messiah College DOS Dispatcher

March 5, 2007

Always remembering you sir.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

January 19, 2007

Paul and his ex-wife and I were best friends in High School together. We grew up in the same hometown. The night Paula was killed my father responded to the call and found Paula lying on the ground. My father told me that Paul died in his arms at the scene. I will never forget hearing the call come across the monitor for Officer down.
Paul was a good friend and person to know. Paul will always be in my thoughts forever.

Barbara Shoffner Shrawder
Friend from High School

June 22, 2006

I remember when this happened in 1975. I am very thankful for people in this world like Paul Walters. He looked out for my well-being when I was a young man. I enjoyed riding my bicycle through Silver Spring Township when I was growing up and I am thankful today that I could do this back then because of people like Corporal Walters.
Easy Gene 2

MAJ Eugene B. Mizdail II
Pennsylvania Army National Guard

February 14, 2006

RIP Cpl. Walters, thou many years have passed we remember your sacrifice!

Explorer Mike C
Newton PD (MA)

March 1, 2005

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