Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Joseph W. Westlake

Narragansett Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Friday, August 22, 1902

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Patrolman Joseph W. Westlake

Joseph was my great great grandfather. His name was actually Joseph James Westlake. Not sure where the "W" middle initial on your page comes from. He was born in the UK in 1871. He immigrated to the US with his father and brother when he was a child. When he was killed, he left two young children. My great grandfather was 7 and my great uncle was almost 2. Also, his father outlived him by 7 years.

My family didn't know Joseph since his homicide happened so long ago. But we appreciate his service and are proud to call him our ancestor. RIP.

Bradley Whitmarsh

August 28, 2020

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)

August 22, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Westlake.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 6, 2020

Patrolman Westlake,
On today, the 116th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Narragansett.


United States Border Patrol

August 22, 2018

Rest In Peace

Chief Marshal Randy Ford, Ret.
Green Mt Falls, CO

August 22, 2017

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 111th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

March 25, 2013

Thank you for your Heroism Sir, RIP brother.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

August 22, 2012

When the Wall in Washington was being completed, I went to the home of Officer Westlake's son. He was in his 80's and in failing health. He said that he was only a child when his Dad was killed and remembered nothing about him as the incident was not discussed in the family. He asked why after so many years that his sacrifice was remembered and his name placed upon the Wall. I simply said that he was a "brother" and we never forget our fallen members.

Chief James J. Martin, retired

June 25, 2006

Every time I walk by your picture I think how senseless your death was. I hope you had a good life and that you are now with God and proud of the traditions in your department which still hold you in high esteem. Rest easy they carry on in your place.

July 30, 2005

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.