Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant William S. Wells

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, September 27, 1948

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Reflections for Sergeant William S. Wells

Sgt. Wells,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Kansas City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 27, 2023

Sgt. Wells:
Thanks for being there and attempting to save your men, who were under fire. Obviously you were attempting to save others, while cut down by violent offenders with no regard for decency or the sanctity of life. There is no better example of leadership. You laid your life down in an attempt to save others in peril. Thanks again. It is good to see you are still revered by your family, as you are by peace officers near and afar.

Jim Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff (Reno, Nv.) & NVDPS

September 20, 2021

God Bless all four officers and their families. Rest in peace always and know 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 27, 2020

Rest in peace Sergeant Wells.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 15, 2020

Marcia and family,
My brother and I are collaborating on family genealogy research. He recently discovered that you and the maternal line of your family, as well as the maternal line of our family, are related. My brother's research recently led him to an article published by the Kansas City, MO Police Officers Memorial about the September 20, 1948 Paseo Massacre. I am contacting you through this Reflections site for two reasons: First and foremost we want you to know that we are so very sorry that your family, as well as the families of the other three police officers, had to experience such a terrible tragedy, and we offer our sincere condolences. No doubt it has had far-reaching effects for at least three generations. Secondly, if you are willing to perhaps help with our family research, we would appreciate it if you would so indicate, and I will send you contact information.

Janet Andrews
Family Member

May 26, 2015

To Marcia,
I served 26 years with the Kansas City Police Department, retiring March 1997. I learned about your father and the other officers in the police academy, which was a class about officer safety and that gun fight assisted in the policy of the "One Man Car Procedure" being created for the department.
I know you and all members of your family are bitter about what happened.
We lost many more later on in years and it always hurts.

Ret. KCPD/Christopher Sager

June 21, 2013

I appreciate the reflections. Not a day goes by that I dont say a prayer for my dad..I do have some memories of him..My mom died last year almost 95 years old.She had remarried a long time ago so do I feel they are together??No I dont..

marcia ( wells) jeffries

April 25, 2011

What a joyous reunion Sergeant Wells and his beautiful wife must be having! They were so long apart and now they are together again for eternity. May they both rest in peace. May we never again have to hear such tragic news as our city did on September 20, 1948.

gerri clark imm
friend & former neighbor

April 10, 2011

Thanks to everyone for the reflections. My grandmother recently passed away last year, and I know your messages would have meant so much to her.

Elisa Jeffries

April 3, 2011

Fondly and affectionately remembered by family and friends as well as the Kansas City community. Your sacrifice and dedication to duty have not been forgotten. May you forever rest in peace.

The Clarks, Chester, Laura & Gerri

September 27, 2010

Today would have been Sgt. Wells 98th birthday. Probably the life expectancy back then was 70 years or so. He was killed when he was barely 36 - at least half his life was stolen from him and his family. How sad. Rest in Peace.

Gerri Clark Imm
family friend

September 13, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the sixty-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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


September 20, 2009

Thanks to all who have left reflections for my grandfather. I know my mother & aunt miss their father terribly & growing up without him in their lives was a tragedy. I hope no other family has to endure what they did. Stay safe & take care.

Jennifer Sigmund

June 5, 2008

I salute you, Sir, on the 59th Anniversary of your brutal and tragic murder. Thank you for your bravery, service and sacrifice. You will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten. May God bless and comfort your family and friends.


September 20, 2007

What an absolute tragedy at the hands of two cowards. Your bravery and courage are nothing short of spectacular and you will never, ever be forgotten as you rest in peace always.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 20, 2007

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and all the members of the Kansas City Police Department. We were made safer by his service and we all suffer their tragic loss. The family of Sergeant Wells deserves our appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifice. No greater love has a man than the will to give his life for another. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Sergeant Wells is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas Doyle
Cary Police Department, North Carolina

June 21, 2006



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