Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Don Richard Williams

Thompson Falls Police Department, Montana

End of Watch Monday, January 7, 1974

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Reflections for Chief of Police Don Richard Williams

We look so much alike. I would have loved to know you. Love and blessings to you, wherever you are. Your granddaughter.
-Rylee.

Rylee Williams
Family

May 28, 2018

Don, dad and I still talk about that day. He remembers each detail as if it just happened. He talks a lot about you and Gene. How great you two were. How much he would have loved to have worked longer with the both of you and got to know you better. To many Officers are getting killed here lately. Each time I think of you and Gene and how close it was for my dad on that day. Don, you and your family will be forever in my heart. Dad is 84 now and not in good health. Mom passed away in 2010. My son Jared is now a Great Falls Police Officer. Follows his grandpa. If you knew him, you would be proud of him Don. Dad sure did miss you and Gene.
Tom Wolf

Thomas Wolf
Son of retired Under Sheriff Robert Wolf

May 19, 2017

Today is my mothers Birthday, she passed not long after my father Don Williams was shot and killed In the line of duty. It's hard to look back at all the memories we shared. I was 15 when my father was killed. I remember all the great times we had. I also remember my father was a very devoted officer. I love you Dad RIP. Your son.

Kim Williams

October 13, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love ad miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

January 7, 2012

Don, it's been a long time sence we worked togather, I remember working with you and Gene on the long blue nights. I'll see you both sometime.
Ronald T. Kunkel MHP 330 Ret.

Ronald T. Kunkel MHP 330 Ret.
Montana Highway Patrol

February 6, 2011

On the 36th anniversary of Chief Williams' death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Chief Williams is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

January 8, 2010

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the year I was hired. While it's been a long time, I'm sure those you left behind and served with disctinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thanks for your service and for looking out for us you left behind. Rest in peace Chief Williams.

Sgt. Robert Mau, Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 16, 2008

RIP.You will never be forgotten by the ones who love you and knew you.

Anonymous

October 5, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

January 1, 2008

"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 11, 2007

Gone so long ago, but STILL remembered and honored.

Joanie
Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEOs

January 7, 2007

Rest easy Chief. Thank you for your service.

Deputy
Mesa County Sheriff's Office

August 30, 2005

You will never understand what is like to lose your best friend and Father. Dad, I love you and hope we see each other in the next life, I wish you well til we meet again.
Your Son
-kim

November 18, 2003

What can I say, the man stood for everything honest and just. I never knew a man that could calm any situation and understand the mind of the person in dispute. I miss him
-his son
kw

Mgr Kim Williams
Intel

November 17, 2003

I will forever be proud of you dad. We missed a lot in life, but the pride and love will always be in my heart.
Your son.

Dennis Richard Williams
Son

November 17, 2003

God bless you and your family.

Anonymous

October 23, 2003

Don Richard Williams, my uncle , my mothers little brother, I would have loved to worked with you but you left this world before I could. You used to take me riding in your hot rod over the Utah sand dunes when I was a little girl and you gave me pennies to buy candy. We had so much fun at our reunions in Leamington Utah when all the Williams clan would gather. You moved to Montana and marveled at the beautiful mountains , big rivers and the pine trees. You loved your job and worked diligently and hard never shirking your duty. You were so young when a bullet took you to Heavenly Father. You are Home with all but one of your brothers now in a Heavenly reunion. I treasure all the times I came to your office and shared time and a pop with you while I watched you work.
You took such pride in the Law Enforcement profession and you done good.....you done real good...

Dispatcher Sandra J Gingery
Sanders County Sheriffs Office

I will always remember, with great affection, my great-uncle, "Hunka Don". He was the youngest of six and the first to leave... the oldest, my grandmother, left us 9/00. I write for Grandma knowing how proud she was of her little brother.

Even if others have forgotten, there are a few that will always remember....

Janez Gingery
family

Rest easy, Chief. You are not forgotten. A hero lives forever.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

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