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Patrolman Anthony Wayne Williams

Tampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Monday, November 3, 1975

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Reflections for Patrolman Anthony Wayne Williams

A hero for sure. The citizens of Tampa, Florida will not forget you, Officer Williams. Rest in peace. Thank God your wife also an officer took those heinous cowards to jail. A true heroine.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 5, 2018

Rest in peace Officer Anthony Wayne Williams. You were a police officer on and off duty.

None

May 8, 2018

You scolded my husband, Bruce, that morning for missing a tennis game with you. You both planned to play the next morning. Unfortunately, Ann called early to let us know you'd been killed. That day forever changed Bruce's life, for you were his best friend. A few years later he became a law enforcement officer and has never forgotten you. Neither have I. My heart went out to Ann as we spent time with her during the aftermath of this tragic event. It forever changed Ann also, no longer a rookie but still new to the force. She handed herself admirably, but struggled with being an officer after that. I also remember 'little Tony' was in the vehicle (about 3 years old) witnessing as this horrific event unfolded. He and Ann have been in my prayers & thoughts all these years. Let us not forget the ones who survive such losses - friends as well as loved ones. One last thing: Tony would have loved his memorial and funeral service. He wanted to be a cop so much, was so proud to be a Tampa Police Officer. His career was short, but the honor he received for giving his life in the line of duty was admirable. Thanks to all the officers throughout Florida and other states that honored him.

Jean Goodlife (formerly Jeanne Bargar)
Close friend

December 27, 2014

RIP You have not been forgotten

citizen
Tampa

November 16, 2013

Rest in Peace, Patrolman Williams. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 16, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th 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.

Your wife's courage and valor should also be acknowledged for she carried out her duty as a peace officer in what must have been the most agonizing moments of her life.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

November 3, 2011

May you continue to rest in peace Patrolman Williams, we will never forget the sacrifice that you made for all of us. HEROES live forever, and you sir are a hero.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

Deb

November 3, 2011

Never forgotten... Heroes live forever.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler FL

Anonymous

November 3, 2010

It is with deepest respect that I write this so many yrs after this occurrance for I was only a raw recruit in the Tampa Police Academy. The Memories of this great tragedy will always be with me. For you were one of the first T.P.D. officers I had the honor to meet. i hope the rest of your family has done well thoughout these years.

T.P.D. Badge # 225

Ist Class Dep. T. Perez
Manatee County S.O.

August 4, 2010

Patrolman Williams, thirty-five (35) years later you are still remembered, with honour.

Thank you for your service. The citizens of Florida were always well protected under your watch. You died a hero protecting the community. A tragic and unnecessary loss.

Anonymous

June 2, 2010

Tony, after all these many years, I still remember that fateful night that you and Ann stopped on the way home from work. Ann and I had attended the academy together and were still fairly new only 1 1/2 years on. But that night changed the way we would look at this job forever. Tomorrow, I will speak at the parole hearing for your assailant and keep the pledge to "Never Forget" and urge the Commission to keep him behind those bars that separate him from freedom. Rest in Peace Brother.

James Preston, Sergeant (Retired)
Tampa Police Department

October 13, 2009

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 31, 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
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

October 8, 2007

Officer Williams, I was a TPD Explorer and police dispatcher in the early 80's and remember your photo hanging in the lobby of the old TPD station. I saw that picture almost everyday and remembered how you were killed. Years later the store, where this incident happened at, was in the first patrol zone that I was assigned as a Hillsborough County deputy sheriff. I often stopped in there for a drink and everyime I did, I thought of you and situation you faced that day. I never forgot your face and I appreciate your service. Rest in peace.

Cpl. B.L. Taylor
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Tampa, FL

October 14, 2006

I grew up in that neighborhood,about 8 blocks from that 7-11,I was 11years old at the time.It affected me deeply.I pray for you and your family

tony goins

June 11, 2006

I've been by the 7-11 store where Patrolman Williams was killed. I think about him every time I go by there. REST IN PEACE Patrolman Williams.

Anonymous
Civilian

November 3, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace.

November 3, 2004

Dear Anthony,

We never met however as fate will have it I was thirteen years old and riding with my dad who owned a security patrol company the night that you were killed. My dad was also a deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office at the time and of couse responded to the scene.

I have always kept you in the back of my mind since that night and want for you to know that you will never be forgotten for paying that ultimate sacrifice! Walk safe in heaven my brother and until then...

Adam Hobbs
Polk County Sheriffs Office

ADAM HOBBS
POLK COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE

May 18, 2004

Not forgotten. Rest in peace.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.

October 31, 2003

God bless you for your sacrifice

PO Doug Eatherton
St. Louis City Police

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