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Detective William Thomas Whitehead

Jacksonville Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, May 28, 1981

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Reflections for Detective William Thomas Whitehead

Bill, I still think of you often. You worked for my mom at Paradise Pier on West Onslow beach end of Topsail Island shortly after leaving the USMC in70's. You talked to me about life, I've never forgotten your gentle manner. You are missed by many. I'm sure God is pleased as you are with him now.

Dennis Reel
NC DOC-Ret. Correctional Officer

November 25, 2011

It's been 30 years since you're passing, but, I will never forget what a kind and thoughtful man you were. You were always look after me, especially after Terry was killed. I will always remember you and your children coming into the 7-11 store to visit with me. That helped me get through alot of my grief. You will always be remembered.

Thank you and May God Bless you,
Debbie

Debbie Laflam
friend

October 17, 2011

Grandpa I wish I had the chance to met you. Your son is a wonderful day I thank him each and every day for everything he has done for me. You'd be proud of him. He has a beautiful family :) I wish I could share and cherrish my childhood and adult years with you, BUT I do know one thing i will met you in heaven <3

Love always ,
Kaitlyn Whitehead

Kaitlyn Whithead
Granddaughter

August 31, 2011

I went to visit your grave today. I was there for a family funeral. I went and sat with you a while and talked to you about the times at JPD and then my life with RPD. Your life ended way to quickly. I carried that picture of you winning the very important award in my citation pad every day I hit the street. I learned a lot from you and think of you often.


Jimmie L. Baysden
Jackskonville Police Officer
Retired Raleigh Police Department

Retired Raleigh Police Dept.
Jacksonville Police Dept.

June 20, 2011

I went to visit your grave today. I was there for a family funeral. I went and sat with you a while and talked to you about the times at JPD and then my life with RPD. Your life ended way to quickly. I carried that picture of you winning the very important award in my citation pad every day I hit the street. I learned a lot from you and think of you often.


Jimmie L. Baysden
Jackskonville Police Officer
Retired Raleigh Police Department

Retired Raleigh Police Dept.
Jacksonville Police Dept.

June 20, 2011

I went to visit your grave today. I was there for a family funeral. I went and sat with you a while and talked to you about the times at JPD and then my life with RPD. Your life ended way to quickly. I carried that picture of you winning the very important award in my citation pad every day I hit the street. I learned a lot from you and think of you often.


Jimmie L. Baysden
Jackskonville Police Officer
Retired Raleigh Police Department

Retired Raleigh Police Dept.
Jacksonville Police Dept.

June 20, 2011

Dad, you're always in my thoughts. I look at your grandson and I see you. And yes, you would be very proud of him. I look at your granddaughter and wish you got to hold and spoil her as you did your own daughter. Your daughter-in-law, well let's just say you would have been proud of me for finding such a gem. I reflect back now and realize how young you really were when your life was taken away so quickly. I know you're our guradian angel and therefore we'll always sleep soundly knowing your looking over us. You'll forever be in our thoughts and our hearts! Love always, your loving family!

Randy Whitehead
Son

June 10, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 28th 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 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

Anonymous

May 28, 2009

"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
Sergeant
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

December 27, 2007

You are not forgotten Brother.

Former Police Officer (Dist.Hghts. MD)
Warrenton, Virginia

May 28, 2007

Bill ,
Thanks for all the training and wisdom you gave me. I wish you could have received the J.Edgar Hoover award in person , you deserved it.
A friend always, Carl

Carl Lynn , Reserve and Special Officer
Jacksonville Police Dept.

August 7, 2006

Detective Whitehead,
On today, the 24th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and and sacrifice, not just for the citizens of Jacksonville, but also for your service as a United States Marine in the Vietnam War.

R.I.P. Devil Dog
A fellow LEO;former Marine

May 28, 2005

I wished I had the opportunity to have known him.

Marylee Bond, Records Clerk II
Jacksonville Police Department

May 5, 2005

Rest in peace Brother William, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

May 28, 2004

Rest now in peace Brother Whitehead for your watch here is done. Your service and dedication is not forgotten. I hope with all of my heart that justice has been served to the suspect in this horrific event.

Officer Kevin R Turley
Jacksonville (Alabama) Police Department

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