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Patrol Officer Charles Jeffery Williams

Rockford Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, June 1, 1972

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Reflections for Patrol Officer Charles Jeffery Williams

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

November 15, 2017

Officer Williams' story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 10-30-17 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police

October 30, 2017

I remember Charlie well. I was a police cadet when he was murdered. he was always friendly and had a wonderful sense of humor. the only time I saw him upset was when someone would complain about him chewing tobacco. One day when I was working in the jail section, Charlie brought an unruly male prisoner into the booking area. As soon as the cuffs were off the prisoner tried to punch Charlie in the face but Charlie avoided the punch because he was also a boxer. I remember Charlie telling the rest of us to,"Stand back, I got him." After a quick jab and a hard punch the prisoner was knocked out and on the floor. Charlie was a very good man and a very good cop. I am now 63 years old and still feel blessed to have known him and to have been his friend. Rest well, Charlie.

Cadet Robert Nelson
Rockford Police Department

July 1, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 1, 2015

I relive that night every day. John Vaughn and I were one of the first to arrive. Sorry there wasn't something I could have done to save you. Rest in Peace my brother.

Ronald Lyerla Patrol Div.
Rockford PD

March 18, 2015


It saddens me that I was never able to meet you. Your little brother Tim has told many a story about you. How you were not only a great brother but as a role model.

Like so many others you were taken from this world far too soon. You served our great nation in Vietnam and our community. You left this world a better place because of your actions.

May you rest in peace Uncle Jeff. You will never be forgotten.


March 4, 2014

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

Officer 11169

January 29, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th 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
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

June 1, 2012

"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 22, 2007

Officer Williams, thank you for your service. Neither you, nor your sacrifice, will ever be forgotten.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

September 26, 2007

May you Rest in Peace.

June 1, 2006


Even though we never worked together, I have heard about you for ever. I know guys that you worked with, and have heard the details of what happened that night. Chief Peterson spoke about you and the other cops who gave everything last night. God bless you, and the Rockford Police Department will never forget.


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