Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Bruce W. Wilson

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Tuesday, April 26, 1977

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Reflections for Officer Bruce W. Wilson

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

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

April 26, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Wilson. Three years later on this day my dad passed. He too was a policeman with NYCPD for nearly forty years.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 14, 2020

Thinking about you and our enforcement efforts, "back in the day." I miss you Bruce. Rest easy, Jim Crotty

Former Richmond, VA Police Officer
ATF Special Agent (Retired)

August 3, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 27, 2012

I am privileged to pay tribute to you. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th 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

April 26, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 5, 2012

Hey Bruce, thought you could use a visitor in 2011!!! It's almost 2012 buddy . . by the way, what does an MPDC narc do in Heaven? I'll bet you "ease off" to the "other" location and work some UC . . what a narc you were too Bruce! Talk to you soon.

PS Those other visitors give you some long poems to read :-) !!

Jim Crotty, ATF Special Agent (Ret.)
Former Richmond, VA Police Officer

December 15, 2011

You were a hell of a narc Bruce . . a policeman's policeman.
Rest easy, watch over us . . miss you buddy

Jim Crotty

July 24, 2010

"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

September 27, 2007



September 4, 2007

Thinking of you, remembering the good times and missing you Bruce. Thirty years . . it's just so hard to believe and accept. You were the best, personally and professionally. Your buddy, Jim Crotty (Former Richmond, VA Police Officer.)

Jim Crotty, Special Agent (Ret.)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

August 7, 2007

30 years E.O.W.......Never forgotten!

Police Officer
Chesterfield County Police Dept., VA

April 26, 2007

"My Brother"

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He was idealistic and believed he could make a difference.
He was immensely proud of the uniform and the badge and what they represent.
He felt privileged to be of service to his department, his community and to his country.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He was friendly, courteous, and polite, yet firm.
He laughed and joked, but was serious when necessary.
He was competent, trained, and professional.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He had a strong sense of right and wrong and became
frustrated when true justice became sidetracked.
He felt the sharp criticism that goes with the job, but he
never wavered.
He stood by and for his fellow officers.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He longed for his family during the long hours.
He worried about them during his shifts and the lonely
weekends, holidays and midnights when they were apart.
He felt guilty about the lost time, but knew his calling
and prayed they would understand.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He was a good son, a loving husband, and a devoted father.
He was dedicated to the profession and cared about the
people he served.
He wanted to do the best job that he could and strived to
be the best he could be.
He was a good citizen and a good neighbor.

He was a cop.

Yes, I did know him.
He was a cop, he was my Brother.

Rest easy Brother Wilson, we have the watch...

”I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”
---Isaiah 6:8

You answered the call and made the ultimate sacrifice. Rest easy in God's kingdom and watch over us as we continue the battle here on earth!!!


April 8, 2007

You will alway be remembered as a good friend and Law Enforcement brother. Never forget the day you busted your tooth in the academy with your nunchucks. You were one of the best. RIP

Special Agent Tony Zgainer

March 19, 2007

Mr. Wilson,

I have heard so many stories about you and as I read the reflections posted on your memorial page, I am convinced that you were a very special man. As I look at your picture I see your son's face so clearly and as I read the descriptions of you given by others I understand where he got his witty personality. My daughter (your granddaughter) displays the same sweet, comical, and easy going demeanor. Your family misses you dearly and I pray that they will continue to keep your memory alive by sharing their stories with your grandchildren. I can definitely say that we are view you as a "super" hero.

L.K. Decker

July 21, 2006

Bruce, I will always remember your wit and sense of humor. I think of you often. Seeing your name and picture brings back clear memories of that day when you were taken from us. RIP friend. We will never forget your sacrifice.

MPO Jeanne Placon (retired)
Vienna PD, Vienna, VA

February 25, 2006

Rest in peace. You are remembered.

Offc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

August 12, 2005

Although I was just alittle over a year old when you passed, I want to thank you for your sacrifice. You are a true hero, and from what I read about you, a good man. You sound just like Keith. The Lord sure knows how to pick em. May you rest in peace eternally in the are of the Lord. God bless you Sir.

Kevin Cannon
Brother of Keith Cannon EOW 5/4/05

June 21, 2005

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

A hero never dies...

Rest in peace, hero.

December 29, 2004

Bruce, 27 years after your murder, I found the photo copy picture of you that was in the literature handed out to the several thousand officers, friends and concerned citizens who attended your funeral services. Several days ago I sent it to Chris Cosgrove at the ODMP and last week it appeared on your memorial page. Bruce, your memorial is finally complete. Thank you Chris. Bruce, I love and miss you buddy. Rest easy brother. Jim (Former Richmond, VA Police Officer.)

Jim Crotty, Special Agent (Ret.)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms

October 14, 2004



June 1, 2004

Bruce, I'll always remember how when you would come to see us at the Washington D.C. ATF Field Office, ALL the Agents wanted to be around you. You were funny, witty, genuine and one of the most street smart narcs I've ever known. You were so unselfish, always giving us investigative leads to follow up on. I used to love to come by the 7th District Station and hang out at your office, with you and your narc buddies. They were all so sharp. I remember that you all were known as the "7 Ups" after the police movie back in the 70s. I still can't believe that you're gone . . ripped off for your "buy money" and murdered. They got him buddy. We all miss you Bruce. Your personality shined among all the rest. I think of you every time I'm in D.C. and see a "Scout car" running Code 3. With brotherly love and respect, Jim Crotty (former Richmond, Virginia Police Officer and retired ATF Agent).

Special Agent Jim Crotty
ATF (SA, Retired)

February 12, 2004

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