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Sergeant Earl Phillips Wilkins

Portsmouth Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, April 9, 1968

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Reflections for Sergeant Earl Phillips Wilkins

Sgt. Wilkins,
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 Portsmouth. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 9, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 50th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

April 9, 2018

Sgt . Earl Wilkins was a gentleman, a friend, and a fine member of the Law enforcement Family. I spent several years working with him as a Radio Tech, And as a fellow Scout Master with the troop , sponsored by the PPD. It was with much sorrow that I had to respond that night to recover what was left. My thoughts are with you as they are for the PPD. and those who have served with distinction.

Radio Tech Supervisor (Retired)
Virginia State Police

January 4, 2015

For those that knew earl he was kind and generous i was there the might that i helped bring my fellow officer from th side of that highway and put ihim in the back of that police station wagon his memory will will always be etched in my mind rest in peace my. My brother

patrolman jimmy conner
portsmouth police

May 14, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 44th 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. I thank your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace

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

April 9, 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 9, 2010



May 1, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe

April 9, 2008

Uncle Earl,

I know I've never had the pleasure of meeting you, but a few weeks ago, your nephew, Ray (my dad), my siblings and I ate Easter dinner at your sister Catherine's house (my nannie). We spoke of you for a bit, and I could never have even imagined the pain you endured. What you were doing that day was truly honorable, and based on Nannie's accounts of the type of man you were, it seems you were nothing short of admirable each and every day. Nannie is so heartbroken over what happened so long ago, and she misses you deeply. I try to brighten her spirits. You may have passed too soon, but I see that your strong facial features and sharp eyebrows have been passed to my younger brother. These little reminders serve as proof that your legacy still lives and thrives today. You were an inspirational support system for so many, and I am so happy to be related to such a courageous, respectable, and loved person.

Your neice, Shannon

Shannon Doty

April 1, 2008

Rest in Peace Motorman. You are not forgotten.

Motor Officer Danny Johnson
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

January 16, 2007

Those who knew you well, spoke of you often. I was just a rookie the night you were taken from us; and though I didn't know you very well, I did have the honor to know you. Rest in peace knowing your memory lives on.

Retired Detective Jerry Barnes
Portsmouth Police Department

October 8, 2005

Time has passed so quickly, but you and your red socks are remembered.
Rest in peace, my friend.

Gayle Karpowski Newton
Chester Police Department

August 5, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace. God bless.

September 29, 2004

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003). Unfortunately, I had to add the name of another friend. Deputy Jeffrey Hewitt, Buncombe County (NC) Sheriff’s Department, E.O.W. April 4, 2004.

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

Sergeant Wilkins, you are remembered on this date of your death. You will always be remembered.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti Ingle (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 9, 2004

May you rest in peace. Your great nephew.

Deputy Dennis B. Boyles
Norfolk Sherifs Office

October 11, 2003

I have recently learned that you are my great uncle. GOD be with you in heaven.

Patrol Officer Adam Detamore
Virginia Beach Police Department

October 10, 2003

God bless will never be forgotten.

PO Doug Eatherton
St. Louis City Police

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