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Patrolman Edward Bryan Wheeler

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, April 1, 1934

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Reflections for Patrolman Edward Bryan Wheeler

I work as a Dallas Police Officer and I am a former Highway Patrol Trooper. I want to thank you for this posting. My Sgt grandfather gas station was robbed in Grapevine Tx by Bonnie and Clyde during this ordeal. I agree with you Highwaymen is a great movie that pays a great attention to detail on these events.

Deputy W. Paul
Dallas Marshal's Office

April 18, 2019

I recently watched “The Highwaymen” which is the story of the hunt for and the eventual justice brought to Bonnie and Clyde. This film, in my humble opinion, unlike the previous movies, acknowledges and shows respect for the Law Enforcement Officers who lost their lives to these animals and does not show them to be any kind of folk hero. It was long overdue.

Though the name of each and every Officer is not mentioned, some are and I believe the sacrifice by all is honored.

God Bless you Patrolman Wheeler, and may your eternal rest remain ever peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

April 8, 2019

I have visited their memorial on Dove RD just north of SH 114 in Southlake, and I think about them every time I drive past. Shot down by West Dallas trash.

Jerry Walters, Sgt, (Ret)
Dallas Co Hospital Dist DPS
Intl Police Task Force, Bosnia
Baghdad Police College
JIPTC Amman Jordan

April 6, 2019

Officer Wheeler was my grandfathers brother. Although he passed many years before I was born, I remember going to the cemetery with my grandmother to keep up our family plots. It was there that I heard the story of his life. Thank you for your service. May you rest in eternal peace.

Paris Wheeler Simmons
Relative

December 3, 2018

Thank you for your service. As had been said may those who took your life and that of your partner Rot. Forever

Retired Chief of Police Johnny McCurry
West Point Ga P.D.

August 15, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service. May the scum who took your life and other LEO's find no peace and rot.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

July 16, 2018

These were horrible people your service will never be forgotten

Retired Chief of Police Johnny McCurry M
West Point Ga P.D.

March 6, 2018

It is so sad that the Bonnie and Clyde Gang are so well known. As a society we glorify the criminals and either ignore Hero’s like you or make the Hero’s appear like the criminals. It is very sad that the names of Bonnie and Clyde are known even to our children, when it is your name Patrolmen Edward Wheeler that should be known. You are a hero and a man to be looked up to. May you rest in peace and thank you and your family for the ultimate sacrifice. WE are a better people today because you walked among us yesterday. God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

June 26, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 79th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 9, 2013

You and Murph got out with a 10-46 assist motorist: something we do every day.

In an instant, you were propelled into law enforcement history--not that that even begins to compare to 2 lives unlived and 2 families that, even 78 years later, still feel the hurt--as evidenced by some of the reflections you read here. The pain remains, just like the old buildings and intersections associated with those events of 1932-1934, that you can still visit today. In some cases run down; in others upgraded and modernized. But, still there.

Have recently been reading about Bonnie and Clyde, and you and your partner, and the 7 other guys. I'm not gonna write any of the standard cop coloquialisms that you usually read here. Just wanna say I was thinking about y'all. Don't really know what else to say.

I lost a friend under similar circmstances a few years ago: thought he was helping somebody and took a shotgun hit.

April 1, 1934, was just the other day. Pray none of us ever get out with anything that will put us in the history books. And that no one will ever again be added to this website.

Officer Chris Ruse #785
EOW 12/29/04

Lt JNB
Georgia Deputy, 23 years

October 23, 2012

I never had the pleasure of seeing your face, hearing your voice, or experiencing all the interactions between a grandfather & grandson, but i miss you all the more for it. You were gunned down in the prime of life 15 years before I was born. You are not forgotten and are my hero even though we never met. May your memory be in the hearts & minds of all who knew you and rest in the arms of Jesus forever. Your grandson David Pracht 03/08/2012

Airfield lighting Supervisor
Denver International Airport

March 8, 2012

Thank you for your service Sir. Another hero lost but not forgotten. RIP>

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

January 27, 2012

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

April 1, 2010

You are a hero.

SGT.
NYPD

November 23, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

Pat Van Den Berghe
MANCHESTER, NH

April 9, 2008

You will always remain an honorable man, a beautiful person taken from your family far too young by scum. It pains me to see them glorified. You own a piece of all our hearts. I am sure that time has not erased your memory in the hearts of those who love you.

December 29, 2007

don,t worry edward thy got in a ambush

November 6, 2007

Bonnie and Clyde will be rememberd for sickening deeds, You are remembered for being a hero. Thank you for your service.

LEO SPOUSE
OHIO

March 12, 2007

The family you left behind does not forget you. Your memory is honored and there are many named after you.

Donica Wheeler
Niece by marriage

December 17, 2006

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

April 24, 2006

Patrolman Wheeler,
The scene of your murder is shown in the Bonnie and Clyde movie and it sickens me everytime I see it. Two officers offering assistance just to be "gunned down" by two pieces of scum!
R.I.P. Sir.

Deputy Adam R. Hobbs
Jefferson County Tn. Sheriff's Office

April 1, 2006

April 1, 1934.....72 years ago today. We will never forget.

Patrolman Doug Hutchison
Irving Police Department, Texas, (Retired)

April 1, 2006

R.I.P Patrolman Wheeler. It is a shame that Bonnie and Clyde(and the whole Barrow gang) are often mythologically viewed as a "Robin Hood/romantic" type entity. They should always be seen as what they were: cold blooded killers who took the lives of good peoplew such as yourself. Again...R.I.P.

anonymous
anonymous

July 16, 2005

I never knew you,you passed 22 years before I was born. but came to find out that you were my GrandFather James Robert Wheeler's first cousin. He never mentioned painful things of days past. However, I know now that he honored you in the way he lived his life and the way he loved his family. I am truly proud to be a member of the Department which you so honorably served

CMV INSPECTOR II KENNETH R. WHEELER, JR.
THP/CVE

May 23, 2005

you will not be forgotten rest in peace my brother

Jake Youngmark
CFPD

February 13, 2004

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