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Corporal David William Witmer

Shamokin City Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, November 13, 1983

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Reflections for Corporal David William Witmer

Shamokin still remembers you and what you sacrificed your coal black memorial still stands tall keeping watch over our little town I was only a little boy just a few months old when this happened but you are my hero we will never let you be forgotten

Justin Wetzel

May 24, 2022

A Hero now in Heaven, Always remembered and Never forgotten.

Kim Weigand - PA C.O.P.S.
Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand E.O.W. 9/14/2008

November 13, 2014

Rest in Peace Corporal Witmer and May God bless your family.

Mahoning Township PD (Montour Co)

June 22, 2014

Corporal David W. Witmer was sent to assist my brother in the shooting rampage. He was an officer in a neighboring town. The cruiser that my brother was pinned in was riddled with armor piercing rounds. My brother pulled his body from the line of fire, only to find him dead. I am adding to this because I heard from another brother that he died yesterday.

Jim B
Brother of a surviving officer in that shooting

October 18, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 28th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 13, 2011

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 24, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

November 28, 2007

I was born on the exact day that Corporal David Witmer lost his life. I do not usually leave reflections on this site, but this connection between us stirred something within me. To Corporal Witmer's family: I am greatly sorry for your loss 24 years ago. May he rest in peace.


November 22, 2007

Here we are, one year later honoring and remembering you as always.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

November 13, 2007

Today, on the 23rd anniversary of your courageous departure, we say thank you and rest in peace. We'll take the watch from here.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

November 13, 2006

You will always be loved and missed very much by friends and family.


December 12, 2005

Cpl. Witmer,
On today, the 22nd anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Shamokin City.


November 13, 2005

God bless your memory..

November 13, 2005

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