Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Woodrow Wilson Whetstone

Junction City Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Monday, December 26, 1960

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Reflections for Chief of Police Woodrow Wilson Whetstone

Rest in peace Chief of Police Whetstone.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 31, 2020

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

December 26, 2013

On Dec. 26, 1960, Woody Whetstone was a good friend to me when I was 8 years old, and I didn't believe things like this happened to good people.
Without really knowing, I suspect that Woody might not have wanted his shooter hurt, and gave the killer too much
time and room instead of his own safety, and could have been killed because of it. While reading the account today, I saw more info than I have ever known about this tragic incident. I want to swear and wish all kinds of ugly things upon his murderer, but that won't bring Woody back.
Maybe an 8 year old mind doesn't know a lot, but I DO KNOW what a kind and good man Woody was. I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to call him my friend...I wish I knew about all that has happened to his family and others since that post Christmas Day in 1960.

Ray Michaels

Citizen - Ray H. Michaels

September 5, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the fifty-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 who was murdered in the 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.

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

December 26, 2011


You were taken from us on my fourth birthday. Little did I know then that I would have the honor of wearing Badge 825 in Junction City 27 years later.

We always kept your picture on the wall in the outer office for all our visitors to see and remember the sacrifice you and your family gave to Junction City.

While I have moved on to other work your dedication and loyalty to the citizens you served has motivated me to try and do the "right thing" when confronted with danger.

God Bless you Woody!

Chief Mike Cahill
Junction City

July 15, 2011

Although I was a mere 5 years old I still rememder you and your sweet wife Marion. I remeber your laughter when you played the trick on me saying you had a ball I could play with and when I couldnt lift it because it was an old cannon ball you and everyone else started cracking up. I took a shine to you right away. Not long after that I came into the house from playing outside to find my mother which was your niece Viola curled up on the floor crying. I knew something terrible had happened and then she told me what had happened sparing no details and then we cried together. Mom idolized you with good reason and I do so wish we could have spent more time together. May God bless you and keep you close Uncle Woody and I do truly miss you.

Love David

David Crumley
Great Nephew

January 22, 2011

Your bravery and sacrifice are not forgotten. Thank you for your service.

Daughter of another Fallen Officer
Detroit Police Dept.

December 26, 2009

Your bravery and sacrifice are not forgotten. Thank you for your service

Daughter of another Fallen Officer

December 26, 2009

'Woody' was a very close friend to my father and he was a great person with us kids. He would visit our home when my Father was the Chief of Police (C.o.P.) of Browsnville, Or. They visited many times espeicaly after dad had been gunned down during a traffic stop 24 March 1954. On the fw occasions that Woody drove his patrol car down, I would wash it while my brother waxed it. On his last visit to my dad he said that he would take my brother and myself fishing on the weekend, he never said which weekend. I still remember the night he was shot, all the police cars that came through town chasing the guy who shot him, my dad joined the chase until they cornered the guy and held him at bay while the shooter held an old couple hostage in Crawfordsville. Four years later my father would become the C.o.P. of Junction City and serve there until 1973. I still visit his grave and leave flowers on occaision. Woody was a great guy and a great Police Chief, may he rest in peace.

Richelle A. Kemnow
LPN (ret), HM2(FMF)/USN, Sgt/USAR, ACM/olc, VFW Life Member

Richelle A Kemnow LPN (ret)
Family Friend

January 15, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service, I am sorry justice was not served on your behalf.

Manchester, NH

December 24, 2007

Grandpa I wish I had the chance to know you but your life was cut short 21 years before I was born. Your memory lives on through the family and your grandkids get a chance to know what type of Man you was and how everyone liked you. Your first grandson whom is my daddy looks almost like you. I wish I could of got to know you but your life was cut short.

Love your Great Granddaughter Jessica

Jessica Whetstone
Great Granddaughter

September 2, 2007

Thank you for your sacrifice and brave service to your department and the citizens of Junction City. I was born less than two months before your death.

PSO CW Edwards
North Augusta (SC) Dept. of Public Safety

May 14, 2007



October 24, 2006

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