Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Larry L. Wetterling

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, March 9, 1973

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Reflections for Officer Larry L. Wetterling

Officer Wetterling,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of California. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 9, 2023

50 years and you are still in our hearts and minds. I pray your family is safe and hope they always know how much you meant to us and that you are missed. May God bless you and your entire family. Rest in Peace.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol & US Marine

March 8, 2023

Rest in peace always and please know that your heroic death will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement family.

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

March 9, 2022

This is the 47th year since your passing. God Bless you and your family.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol

March 9, 2020

Semper Fi fellow CHPY...I remember this event 57 years ago from my early years on the job. Sad that your life was taken at such a young age. Your service to your brothers and sisters will never be forgotten. God bless you and your family. Rest In Peace because you have given the ultimate for all of us. The Highways and Byways are safer due to your service. You are missed.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol

March 9, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Wetterling.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 9, 2020

Larry, I met you a year or so before your death. I was a tow truck operator and did not know you away from work. But, I do know you were a nice man and a gentleman. I am honored to have know you and think of you often. I just wish I knew where your grave is so I can bring you flowers to show my respect..

Mike Pennington

December 24, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 45th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 9, 2018

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 24, 2015

Dearest Larry: Can it really be 40 years ago? You are missed but remembered and I do my best to remind the new officers to be careful out there and I tell them of your sacrifice and how brave you were on all your stops.

Please continue to watch out for all in my beloved San Bernardino Squad.


Old friend LoVae Pray Martines

LoVae Pray Martines, Law Enf. Liaison
MADD, San Bernardino County

March 7, 2013

A "No parole" letter has been sent, so your cowardly killer remains locked up - and denied the pleasure of living in a world that you made safe for all of us.

Billy Russo (Det., Ret.)
Nassau County Police Dept. NY

February 25, 2013

I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!

My prayers continue to be with your family, friends and co-workers.


Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

February 21, 2013

California Highway Patrol Officer Larry L. Wetterling Thank You for your Service to the Citizens of the State of California, RIP brother of the badge, and may peace be brought to your Family and Friends. My Letter will go out today and hopefully we van keep the POS Suspect in prison for life.

Bob Reed
Retired Police Officer, South Lake Tahoe Police Department

February 21, 2013

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

February 12, 2013

Officer Wetterling. I remember the day you were killed. I was just a kid. 12 years old. My father new you S.B. Fire Fighter Jack Webb. My Uncle Ne CHP Officer Paul H. Webb new you. I.m an Federal Officer with the BOP. Even now I can stell remember you and your Family. R.I.P. Z. Webb

Federal Officer Z. Webb

February 1, 2013

God bless you sir.

Officer J. Jaynes
Arizona Highway Patrol

January 16, 2013

I had not heard your name in many many years. As soon as I saw your name on the Memorial sign on the side of the freeway I remembered you immediatly. My father Marvin H Chance #2965 served with you out of the Riverside office.
Thank you for your service. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kim Chance Schill
Daughter of fellow officer who served with Larry

September 17, 2012

Larry, this hip fracture I have will prevent me from going to Berdoo and your grave today...but you are ALWAYS ON MY MIND AND ALWAYS IN MY HEART!! You are missed and never forgotten. Odd how it seems like this just happened, even though it has been 39 years. You will always be remembered!! Keep watch over the Berdoo squad (As I'm sure you do!) Thank you for your sacrifice.



LoVae Pray Martines
Friend from the old days

March 9, 2012

I think about Mr. Wetterling often. I was a young rookie cop with the LAPD when he was murdered. I kept the LA Times newspaper of that day in my car as a constant reminder how dangerous times were then and now for policemen. Just know that his life was useful to me and lots of others cop's.

John Harrell P2+6
Los Angeles Police Dept.

February 22, 2011

I joined the LAPD in 12/73. I carried a picture taken by the LA TIMES in my VW bug for many years. It served me well in my 30 years with the LAPD as a reminder to always watch my back and be agressive as it related to suspects I met up with. I always carried two guns with me because of Larry's situation.

John Harrell P2+6

November 4, 2010

Officer Wetterling, thirty-seven (37) years later you
are still remembered, with honour.

Thank you for your service. You died a hero protecting the citizens of California. The community was always well protected under your watch. A tragic and unnecessary loss.


May 27, 2010

Larry, my son, Jacob Scott Lethbridge, just finished his 13th. week @ the CHP Academy & his 4 brothers an his sister, plus his Mom & I look forward to his servinr with honor, as did you. I attended your funeral & our 50th. reunion from SBHS is next month. You are not forgotten my friend. Scott Lethbridge, Ret.

Lt. Scott Lethbridge
Ca. Youth Authority

April 23, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 9, 2010

Rest in Peace, Officer Wetterling. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

Larry, I remember that morning like it was today. You were murdered, your patrol car stolen, the shoot out, Al Stewart murdered. The suspect wounded...the trauma we all went through and the grief at losing you. The office wasn't normal for more than a year. Your loss touched everyone...even civilians. And it was just before your birthday. Each March 9 I cry and each March 11 I wish you Happy Birthday. I know you are in Heaven and I will be joining you some day. Keep our young officers safe...especially the Berdoo ones. Give my love to Reuben Rios Sr. We love you both

Friend LoVae
from the old days

March 9, 2009

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