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Police Officer Frederick Henley Wilson

El Cajon Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, May 22, 1970

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Reflections for Police Officer Frederick Henley Wilson

Officer Wilson,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of El Cajon. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 22, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Wilson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 22, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service. May the cowards who took your life rot and suffer.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 22, 2018

Officer Wilson thank you for your service to city of El Cajon. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten. As a former El Cajon Police Officer who was shot in the line of duty I can't imagine what you went through that terrible night over 45 years ago. Your heroism will never be forgotten.
Rest in Peace brother...

Mr. Cline thank you for your reflection of the events the night Officer Wilson was attacked.

Steve Van Slyke, retired officer
El Cajon Police Department

July 9, 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

May 22, 2015

I made an error on my previous post regarding your eow anniversary date. Today is actually 42nd anniversary of your death. I am sure you have been missed each of those days.

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

May 22, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 47th 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your heart is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

May 22, 2012

It was over 40 years ago that I was a 21 year old El Cajon Reserve Officer, riding in Unit 136 that night Fred Wilson was injured. I remember it like it was yesterday. Oceanside PD had requested help from several agencies regarding Viet Nam protests taking place in their city. El Cajon sent 3rd watch assist. First and second watch extended their shifts to 12 hours. Fred was working beat 109 that night. I don't recall the other officers who were on duty. A call came out of a 415 fight in the area of 1st and Mollison. Fred initially could not locate the subjects involved. My partner and I were driving in that direction to assist, however, we got a call to return to the station and escort some young people home who had been harassed by others. While handling that call, the station received phone calls that Officer Wilson had been attacked and was down. We finished our call and drove quickly to the scene. As I walked up, I could see Fred lying on his back. We were still waiting for an ambulance. The first officer on scene had made multiple radio calls requesting the ambulance to "expedite, expedite", however, it seemed like hours before the ambulance arrived. I returned to my vehicle and my partner and I began searching for the suspects. It was several minutes later when we heard a unit on the radio report he was stopping two individuals and requesting a back-up. We were just a block away so we responded. Faced with three officers and a K-9, the two suspects quickly surrendered and were taken into custody. I've often wonder if things would have been different had my partner and I not been called away to handle the escort call.
I just read about Officer Chris Wilson, SDPD, who was killed yesterday. The newspaper article did not list Fred Wilson in it's list of officers killed in the line of duty in San Diego County, therefore, I did some research and found this page. I felt compelled to leave my memories of the night Fred was injured. He died a few days later. PS: my son Daniel Cline, JR., worked for El Cajon PD for 3 years and transferred to Riverside County Sheriff, where he is still employed.

Daniel Cline, SR
RIverside County Probation-Retired

October 29, 2010

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

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

Even though it has been over 38 years since you were so savagely and cowardly attacked I have never forgotten all that you taught me as I started with the Grossmont College Police. You were the best and having had the honor and privilage to serve with you will always be in my heart. I visit the Wall at the Police Officers Memorial every time i go to washington and always say a prayer for you at the engraving of your name and End of Watch. You were a tough courageous, professional cop and it was my honor to know you. Budd

Budd H. Johnson, Senior Inspector
United States Marshals Service - Retired

September 7, 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
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

November 25, 2007

Officer Wilson..... Thank you for your service.

Off B.P. Engelhardt
El Cajon Police Department

June 19, 2007

Officer Wilson you are a hero. It has been thirty-six years since the end of your watch and you are still remembered. Thank you for your service. Rest in peace my brother.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

October 25, 2006

They go thru such training
They graduate with honor their uniform is neatly pressed
Their shields shine in the sun this is the pride that a police man takes

They patrol our streets with such pride
Day and Night they keep us safe
For the love of the job
for caring for others
Our Nation's Police Man
Patrols with such pride


Gary Dunsmore

October 7, 2006

Officer Wilson, thank you for your service. Continue to watch over your brother's and sister's in uniform.

Michelle - wife of LEO

June 23, 2006

Officer Wilson,
On today, the 35th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of El Cajon.


May 22, 2005

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