Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer William Washington

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, January 16, 1980

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Reflections for Police Officer William Washington

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 16, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Washington.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 5, 2020

January 16 1980 a sad day in southwest Philadelphia and the 12th police district. They lost a rising star on that day 40 years ago. Remembering Bill. Washington in prayers today January 16 2020.

Retired Lt. J.McLaughlin
Phila. P.D.

January 16, 2020

We, the Philadelphia Police Academy Class #388 (2018-2019), have dedicated our class to the honor and memory of Police Officer William Washington #9614.

We honor his brave sacrifice in saving the lives of those in danger. We honor his family members and those Police Officers, both active and retired, who served with him in the 12th District.

We laud him high as a hero and as an example of a dedicated public servant for our future officers to look up to.

May God ever bless his remembrance, and may his name and reputation be always great upon our lips and in our hearts.

Sergeants Timothy Fanning & Timothy Veal
Executive Officers - Class 388 - Philadelphia Police Department

January 21, 2019

I was a little girl when this happened. I was 7 years old and my brother was 6. We saw the whole thing. Officer Williams was on our street to protect a neighbor when this terrible act occurred. He was a very nice man and I will never forget that day or how sad we felt when we realized he died. For some reason, I remember him as Willie. I am not sure if that was his nickname or if my memory is just getting bad with age. I believe in my heart that he saved so many other people on the street that day. The shooter was a loose cannon he could have truly injured or killed so many others if Officer Washington was not on the scene.
Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice. God Rest his soul. God bless his family.

Kelly Thompson

July 29, 2015

A Hero now in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand

January 16, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty-first 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. He was also your brother in green so I also bid you semper fi.

Your memory will always be honored and revered for time never diminishes respect. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

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

January 16, 2012

Officer Washington you will never be forgotten. This upcoming Wednesday 4-7-10 we will be presenting a plaque in your honor outside of the district you worked in (12th 65th and Woodland). Your friends and family will be there and you are missed.
God bless you.
P/O Fidler#4666

P/O Fidler#4666
Philadelphia Police

April 1, 2010

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

February 8, 2010

God bless you, Ptrlm. Washington, you are not forgotten.

Sgt. G. Morace #322
Philadelphia PD

January 16, 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

January 24, 2008



January 6, 2008

I grew up and began my law enforcement career in the Philly area, I have heard your name mentioned many times in FOP lodge 3. Thank you for your sacrafice, and for making the streets of Philly a better place to live and raise a family. You will never sacrafice will never be forgotten my Brother. Rest in Peace we have the streets!!

H Miller
US Federal Agent

July 29, 2007

From your brothers and sisters to the South, you'll never be forgotten!

Delaware State Police

August 17, 2006

Officer William Washington, my husband John worked with you in the 12th and to this day speaks of you. You are a hero and will never be forgotten God Bless you as you sleep in Gods love and Peace and patrol the Heavens. You and all our Fallen Officers are remembered in my daily prayers
Kathi Halligan wife and mom of Phila. Police Officers

December 10, 2005

Although I never met you, your name is brought up often by my father
and the other men you worked with in the 12th District. They always
speak very highly of you. You are not forgotten about. May you rest in

Corporal John Halligan
Philadelphia Police Dept.

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