Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Harry E. White, II

Waukegan Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, November 13, 1977

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Reflections for Sergeant Harry E. White, II

The Waukegan PD protected me as a kid, growing up
in Waukegan 1960 - 1979. The Mason's, The Temp's,
The Tufo's, The Ello's. Just a great group of guys to
protect us. My dad was the Assistant Chief at this time.
Always had Ello on our "breakin' curfew" butts as kids.
That was awesome! Joe was always looking out for
our best interests; while we were not... Ha!

RIP Officer White. You are not forgotten.


July 2, 2021

My father worked with him and was part of this call. He told me stories about how great of a cop he was.

Ofc. Bullock
Sharon pd

June 17, 2021

Sergeant White's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 1-13-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

January 13, 2018

I have gotten to know Sgt. White's son David White over the past few years. Just like what is reflected of his father, he shows compassion towards all people, no matter their background, contagious humor, and willingness to help the people around him. David is a Navy Veteran and truly one of the most kind, fun, and genuine friends I've ever had.

I know Sgt. White would be very proud of his son. Thank you both for your service.

Family Friend

November 12, 2017

I remember working in the juvenile dept. next to Sgt. White’s bureau. Harry will never be forgotten not only for his achievements on the force but also for his kindness and humor, with a distinctive laugh that was heard throughout the offices and upon remembering, still brings a smile. He is still missed by those of us who have had the privilege of working with him. I remember to this day when we were told of his death in the line of duty.
So many police officers from neighboring departments came to honor Sgt. White the day of his funeral, the line of police cars in the procession was far longer than the distance from church to cemetery. The beginning of the procession arrived at the cemetery long before the end of the procession left the church. It saddens me to this day that some of the residents did not show the same respect for Sgt. White’s procession as it passed through the town to bury an officer who sacrificed his life in the line of duty.
I will always honor you, your service, your sacrifice, you will not be forgotten.

Anthony A. Mead
Juvenile Detective
Waukegan Police Dept.
November 6, 2017

Juvenile Detective Anthony A. Mead
Waukegan Police Dept. 1975-1982

November 6, 2017

I remember growing up with Harry and my dad Sgt Leo Graham. What a pair in the juvenile dept. Charlie Mason, Art Temp, Jimmy Sroka just some names of my youth that taught me how respect everyone no matter their background. Harry had a huge heart and I will always remember the funeral. I was a senior at East Campus and I was in a squad car with my dad. The hundreds of police cars and men to honor him was overwhelming. Harry, I think of you often and pray for all law enforcement everywhere! God keep the Waukegan Police safe each and every day!!!

Colleen (Graham) Sonnen
Daughter of a Waukegan Police officer

November 2, 2017

Chief Wayne Walles & the men and women of the Waukegan Police Department, cordially invite you,to the 40 year remembrance ceremony of the Line of Duty Death of Sergeant Harry White. November 13, 2017 @ 9:00 AM, Waukegan City Hall, 100 N. M.L.K. Jr. Ave.

Gabe Guzman
WPD Oficer

November 2, 2017

I still remember the day I was told that you were no longer with us and it was so hard for me to believe that you were gone. You always so full of energy and had a smile and a heart of gold. You were taken from us too soon. You are still one of the best brother-in-law that anyone could wish for....

Mari Owen-Lawler
former brother-in-law

August 27, 2014

Thinking about you and Charlie Mason. It was great to have know and worked with both of you

Frank S. Winans. Captain
Lake County Sheriffs Police

November 17, 2013

Just sat down to pray to you and the man upstairs in order to get some guidance, man I wish you were here, sure do miss you and your love and kindness.

White Family

October 26, 2013

Rest in Peace, Sergeant White. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 29, 2013

Gone, but not forgotten.

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

November 13, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th 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
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 13, 2011

They don't come any better than you Detective White.. I remember you well and the acts of kindness you showed me. You were truely a good man and the world lost a great guy on that fateful day, but Heaven gained a powerful Sentinal. God bless you and your family and I hope to see you again someday.. David S. Lewis

David S. Lewis

March 11, 2011

Hey Dad,
Miss you so much. Very proud of the life you led and being your son. Miss you......alot of folks respect and miss you.

Andrew White

June 24, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

November 28, 2007

On the 30th anniversary of Sergeant White's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Sergeant White is not forgotten.

Agent Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

November 13, 2007

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 23, 2007

RIP Sgt. White, I wish there were more I could say. You surely deserve it.

Thank you for your service...

Waukegan PD

December 16, 2004

The waukegan police are the best.


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