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Trooper Herbert A. Wirfel

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, February 7, 1982

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Reflections for Trooper Herbert A. Wirfel

Hello Dad!
You are always remembered. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about you! Everywhere I go there is a memory of you and everything you taught us. That always makes me smile. I couldn’t have asked for a better father. I am so grateful for your patience, your sense of humor, your guidance, your strength, your spirit! You taught us so much through what you did every day!
Your grandson Nathan join the Air Force in May 2021, and started his first day of BMT today. Please watch over him and give him strength and insight for this new journey!
I am truly grateful and know that your spirit lives with all of us every day! Until I see you again Dad, all my love!

Barbara Henzel

October 13, 2021

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

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

February 7, 2021

Rest in peace Trooper Wirfel.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 16, 2019

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th 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.

Time never diminishes respect and you will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Rest In Peace.

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

February 7, 2012

So many children left behind. It breaks my heart. I hope they know that you are remembered today.

Never forgotten.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 7, 2011

Mr. Wirfel,
Your legend remains and your memories abound! Thank you for the legacy you have left with your wife and children. I am grateful to be apart of their lives and to visit your grave site. Thank you for your service and dedicating all that you are to serve your family, your state and America. Your soul remains in my prayers (as does Nick) and I ask you pray for us... down here! You know we need it! Where there is death, there is new life...eternal life! With sincerey love, Bridget Behrend

Bridget Behrend
Friend of Family

May 29, 2009


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 5, 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

January 23, 2008

Thank you for your service and you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

February 7, 2007

Trooper Wirfel,
Twenty-five years later, and you will not be forgotten. Thank you for serving our state.

Pennsylvania citizen

February 7, 2007

Trooper Wirfel your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Care now. May you rest in peace brother.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept....Clarksville, Tennessee

February 21, 2006

You have not been forgotten Trooper Wirfel

February 7, 2005

You made the ultimate sacrifice. May the memory of your service, heroism and sacrifice remain forever. We are proud of you and thankful for all of your service. May God bless you and your family.

Pennsylvania State Police

February 19, 2004

Rest easy, troop. Your time here done, another angel to watch over those who continue. May your family know you are a hero and heroe's live forever.

De[uty M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

Though we never met, I place a flag at your grave site every year to honor you. God bless you Trooper...........

Trooper C.K. Mack
PA State Police

I am a Pennsylvania State Trooper. A soldier of the law. To me is entrusted the honor of the force. I must serve honestly, faithfully, and if need be, lay down my life as others have done before me, rather than swerve from the path of duty. It is my duty to obey the law and to enforce it without any consideration of class, color, creed, or condition. It is also my duty to be of service to anyone who may be in danger or distress, and at all times so conduct myself that the honor of the force may be upheld.

My brother, your memory goes on with the fellow Troopers who recite and live these words.

The Pennsylvania State Police

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