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Patrolman Alvin Williams

Woodbridge Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, September 6, 1979

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Reflections for Patrolman Alvin Williams

Honored to be friends with your grandson and work in your department. I walk by your mural in the hallway everyday and always offer a friendly “Hey Al!”
My dad told me stories about you when you guys worked the road together. His eyes were glassy every single time. You were a hero to him and all of us. Thanks big Al!

Patrolman Mike Harris
Woodbridge PD

October 17, 2021

I was a rookie when you passed, and only worked with you for a year. It's approaching the 42 year of your passing trying to save those kids. I still remember you fondly, and thank you for giving me a shining example of service.

Lt. Rudy Modeszto (Ret)
Woodbridge PD

September 3, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service, heroic and selfless actions and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 6, 2020

I grew up in Colonia(Woodbridge). I remember Al. He knew all of us kids names and would always stop and talk while on patrol. I was 24 when he flew away and was very saddened. Will always smile when I think of him. RIP

Michael K.

January 13, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Williams.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 19, 2019

Patrolman Williams,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Woodbridge. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 6, 2019

I am not an officer of law although I do have several NJ troopers and many military members in my family . I was bringing a family member to a doctors appointment in Woodbridge and during my walk whilst waiting for them to text and let me know they were through , I stumbled across Alvin's memorial park in Sewaren . I'm a curious man and despite information being scarce online , I found his story . I was brought to tears by this selfless and genuinely true hero. People like Alvin are the true paragons of virtue . I wish that this man who passed when I was merely two years old was around today because the world in its current condition needs people like Alvin.

Jeffrey Neiss

September 28, 2018

A Hero is now an Angel.

TFC Len Widener
Connecticut State Police Troop H

September 6, 2018

Al, job well done. You had a great career and left a lasting impression on all of us. Thanks for being my radar TO.
You are with God and with us, always!

Al Jankowski,. P.O
Woodbridge P.D.

September 6, 2018

Thanks for your sacrifice and selfless courage. You no doubt lived a honorable and selfless life. I hope that your relatives and those who came after you always honor your honorable and selfless courage.

J. Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (ret)
Washoe Sheriff (Reno) and NVDPS

September 6, 2018

You not doubt lived as you died--as a hero and an honorable man. I hope that your family still honors your sacrifice and that your loved ones and those who have come later live by your example of selflessness and service to mankind.

J. Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (ret)
Washoe Sheriff (Reno, Nv.) and NVDPS

September 6, 2018

Brother Williams I ride in 2018 Unity Tour in honor of the ultimate sacrafice you made in 1979 alomg with all fallen brother and sister officers. Rest easy ride with me...I got you.

Sgt. Joseph E. Jankowski
Plainsboro Twp. Police Department, NJ

May 12, 2018

Thank You for your service brother.

Mr. Devon Thomas

September 6, 2016

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th 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 Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 29, 2013

Patrolman Williams,
On today, the 33rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Woodbridge. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. You sir, are a true hero. You didn't hesitate to try to safe those two children.


U.S. Border Patrol

September 6, 2012

Today is 33 years since your passing. I remember where I was on that day and of my thoughts to you and the kids that you so valiantly tried to save. I did have the honor to have met you and your partner, Angelo (Sonny) Zullo, on several occasions. I believe that you are both in Heaven patrolling for the good and well being of others, as you did down here. May your name ALWAYS have a place of honor, not only to those in law inforcement, but to everyone or anyone who ever needs to know the heart of a true HERO.

Capt. E. S. Candon C.I.M.M.

September 6, 2012

I grew up in that area, and remember hearing about the creek you lost your life in when I would go to that nearby shopping center. You also died six days prior to my birth. As I write this, we are preparing for Hurricane Irene and see the power of nature is just as dangerous as man is to law enforcement. Thank you for your service and may god continue to be with your family, and the family of the children who lost their lives that day.

Police Officer
DC Metropolitan Police

August 27, 2011

I grew up in Woodbridge Township ( Avenel & Colonia). I was starting college (Kean) and I remember the awful downpour of rain. I remember hearing about Patrolman Williams and his heroic act to attempt to save these kids.
G-d Bless!

Shari Freedman Reitman

August 6, 2011

I look forward to visiting the park named in your honor this weekend, Dear Cousin. I will never forget watching the officers come to your front door to deliver the news to the family. Things weren't the same without you, but we all carried on as best we could, as you would have wanted. I am moved by and find comfort and joy in all these reflections left by those whose lives you touched--whether they knew your personally or not. Your impact was immeasurable. We love you always.

Lisa D.B.

January 22, 2010

Stumbled across this page and I just had to leave a reflection, should any of his kin read them. This officer was as brave as they come, there is no doubt about it! May his family members rejoice in knowing what a hero Officer Alvin Williams was/is. God rest his soul.

Tom V.

November 20, 2009

Every year i touch your name on the memorial wall in Washington.. and every year i think of what a hero you are.

Officer E. Harry
Willingboro PD NJ

March 20, 2009

I was 9 yrs old iremember meeting you on main st that day in october. I still remember the news that day.. What you did inspired me to become the officer I am today.. Godd bless you officer Williams

Middlesex County Sheriff Dept

August 22, 2008



August 22, 2008

Alvin Williams, I was in 8th grade when you died, my father was on Rahway Police Department at that time. He told me about you, and that you were a terrific friend and a great cop! Thank you for making the world better in the short life that you had, I am praying that the Lord has taken you under his wing by now! And also, many prayers to your family, Love, Diane Lang-LaMorticella

February 7, 2008

You are a true hero and will be in my prayers. God bless.

Deputy Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.

January 22, 2008

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