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Sergeant Wayne M. Warwick

Hot Springs Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Friday, September 5, 1986

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Reflections for Sergeant Wayne M. Warwick

I knew Wayne in Viet Nam, we were foxhole partners and he was a dependable, rock solid guy who you could trust to not leave you when the going got tough. Very sorry to read about his demise.

Jim Hanser

August 28, 2021

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)

September 5, 2020

Rest in peace Sergeant Warwick.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 17, 2020

32 years ago today I lost my husband, Thomas Altringer, in the same incident in which Sgt Warwick was wounded. Rest in Paradise, Sgt Warwick! Thank you for your service

Lynette Altringer Block
Widow of Thomas Altringer

July 25, 2016

29 yrs ago July 24, 1984, I lost my husband Thomas Altringer, the Fargo ND truck driver who was killed in the same incident where Sgt Warwick was wounded. We never met but I wanted to say thank you for your courage and bravery. Our 4 children and I suffered a grievous loss that terrible day. But for your courage many others could have suffered as we have for these many years. Thank you and may you rest in peace.

Lynn Altringer Block
Widow of Thomas Altringer

October 8, 2013

Wayne Warwick was my last field supervisor and my friend. A soft spoken man and professional police officer who cared about his officers and his community.

Stephen W Brooks, Division Chief
Department of Homeland Security

November 23, 2012

Wayne Warwick, an individual that epitomized the qualities of an outstanding police officer. It was my honor to serve with him as my Sergeant, when I started my career in 1982. He was a friend and mentor. Sgt. you are not forgotten.

Captain Michael McCormick

October 22, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 23rd 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 8, 2009

You have not been forgotten. Continue to watch over your loved ones and thos still on patrol. You are a true hero.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 5, 2008

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Warwick. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

July 28, 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

August 6, 2007

What you did in service to your community meant more than you'd ever guess - Thank you so much for your service

Sgt Don "Boots" Jensen Retired
Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee, WI

May 19, 2007

My Dad's cousin. My dad admired and respected Wayne other mutual relatives; like this dad and uncles. I have a strong attachment to Hot Springs as I once had many relative who worked and lived there. Most of them have passed away. I recently was in town (late February) due to another relatives death. I spent a year in Southern Iraq and Kuwait supporting Iraqi Freedom and our troops on the ground. I saw the price of complacency in the war zone. I would encourage any peace officer reading this to learn from the complacency Wayne was experiencing when he was shot. Never assume the person your are preparing to encounter is unarmed, decent or not willing to harm you. Take the extra steps to safe guard yourself. God Bless You! – Howard Lee Warwick of Houston, Texas [email protected]

Distant Relative

March 9, 2007

On your 20th anniversary, thank you for your dedication, service and your ultimate sacrifice with your life. may God continue to craddle you in his loving arms.

September 5, 2006

It has been 2 decades since your tour of duty ended, you have not been forgotten and are a true hero. Keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol looking after the Thin Blue Line.

Bob Gordon, fatber of fallen Chicago Officer
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon, Chicago Gold Star Father

September 4, 2006

Rest in peace Brother Wayne, you are a true hero and are not forgotten.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs Police Dept. Okla

October 16, 2003

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