Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Policeman Leo Wise

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, March 17, 1957

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Reflections for Policeman Leo Wise

Thank you for your service.

I acknowledge and appreciate the your commitment to serve, knowing the dangers, knowing the risks. I reflect on the liberty and the freedom I have as a citizen and now as a recruit. I am embarking on a life path that will be plagued with unknown threats but will honor your memory and all those on the Memorial Wall.

I aim to be as courageous and inspiring as you were. To sacrifice my personal safety to protect the citizenry and give them comfort, console their fears of danger, remind them there are people out there who will stand in the face of danger to stop crime and protect life. I shall never forget this opportunity I have to reflect on the life of an officer and what it means to me.

Hector Balcazar, recruit

April 4, 2019

Officer Wise,
On today, the 61st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USCG during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Paratus!

United States Border Patrol

March 17, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 17, 2018

Thank you for your service to the City of Los Angeles and being part of the storied history of University Division. I worked Southwest Division (formerly University Division) over 25 years ago and I saw all of the memorial photos in the front lobby. I am proud to walk in your footsteps as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department and hopefully be half of the street cop that you were. Rest In Peace brother... KMA-367

Sergeant R. Alvarez
Los Angeles Police Department

April 7, 2015

I have been thinking of my dear Uncle Leo - I was in my mother's womb when he was struck down- I was born 8/15/57. My grandmother ( his sister Betty) spoke fondly of him. I believe that he watches over and protects our family. Thank you my dear Uncle Leo, Kim

Kim Kovach Trout
Great- niece

October 9, 2014

Steve, that's just heartbreaking. I'm sorry for your loss. Though your father died way too young, I hope you and your family have found comfort in the fact that he was a true hero from the "Greatest Generation." He ran towards trouble, while other people would run the other way. I thank him for his service and wish you and your family well.

Sergeant John Dimitres
Mashpee, MA Police Department

March 18, 2014

.thow i was 9 at the time of my dad's death to this day, at 65, there something missing. As my 2 sisters and brother agree it is the missing of our dad! And that will live with us all as it should. Foot note....there were 4 children he fathered; 4 to many to have lost.......well, dad steve

stephen m wise

August 10, 2013

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

March 17, 2012

Rest in Peace, Policeman Wise. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 14, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 17, 2010

You will always be a hero and never forgotten. You paid the ultimate price to protect and serve your community. May you rest in peace always. Thank you for your service!

Nancy W
Surviving Spouse of an officer killed in the line of duty

January 1, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 52nd 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.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 17, 2009

Officer Wise your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

June 1, 2008



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April 9, 2008

Some years ago, I had asked for reflections, to be sent to me at Southwest (formerly known as University) Station, of the officers killed in the line-of-duty, there. A retired cop by the name of Ralph Kelly , wrote to me from Yarnell, AZ and shared the following about Leo Wise:

"Leo was walking the footbeat on Pico, near Figueroa. A bartender had complained about a drunk who was causing a disturbance. Leo shook (patted) the drunk down, took him outside the bar and told him to go home, or he'd go to jail. The drunk left.

later, the same bartender complained to Leo that the drunk was back and causing more trouble. Leo took the drunk outside, but this time didn't shake him down. As Leo was at the callbox, calling for the wagon, the drunk fatally shot Leo from behind.

I remember Leo as a gangly, gregarious-type, who loved to joke and kid. He was well-liked. Because insurance was scant, then, there was worry about the financial future of his wife and five children.

It was one of life's rewards to have had friends of such fine caliber...they will not be forgotten."

Ralph Kelly

Sgt. K. Moreland

December 3, 2005

Patrtolman Leo Wise was my uncle, my father's youngest brother. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to meet him, but I do remember my parents talking about him. He had a large family and his untimely death created a serious hardship. As a dedicated patrolman and a loving husband and father, who was killed on duty by an intoxicated arrestee who shot and killed him with his service revolver while attempting to use a department callbox in the university area.

Law enforcement is deep rooted in our family. Now retired from a very rewarding career, I continue to be involved in law enforcement as a member of the Arizona Choir Boys Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the families of fallen officers, firefighters and correctional officers. To all those brothers and sisters in active and inactive service, stay safe.

Chuck"Stoic"Wise, President
Region V, Arizona Choir Boys

Chief Deputy U.S. Probation Officer, Ret
U.S. Probation and Parole, District of Arizona

April 13, 2005

In your storied department, it is hard to believe no reflection has been left. Let me say that I have done what you did that night, too many times to remember. I honor your sacrifice, and hope you look over us mortals as we continue the fight you started. God Bless and Keep You, Policeman Leo Wise.

Sgt. Bill Richardson
Anchorage, Alaska PD

September 8, 2004

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