Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Henry Richard Wolf

Oak Park Department of Public Safety, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, May 21, 1973

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Reflections for Patrolman Henry Richard Wolf

Rest in peace and olav hashalom Patrolman Wolf.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 25, 2020

The memorial is incorrect, as of Nov. 13, 2017, Rueben Herrera and Charles Meadows are both serving life with the Michigan Department of Corrections. The third defendant, whose name I️ do not know, got out many years ago. I’m not sure what that individual was charged with back in the 70’s.

Lieutenant (Ret.) Christopher Petrides
Oak Park Department of Public Safety

November 13, 2017

Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Patrolman Wolf. Your honor was appreciated.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 21, 2017

It has been many years Sir, "I will never forget your pain and sacrifice that morning, bless you and the good lives it has forever changed".

I was a young witness to Officer Wolf's murder. It opened my young eyes to the world and emboldened me to forever risk my life, to protect others lives.

I sincerely credit the lives I have protected or saved in my life... "TO THIS HERO".

O.P. Citizen

April 12, 2017

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 21, 2015

I was hired by Oak Park DPS in Oct. 1974, about a year and a half after your end of watch. One of the first things my training officer did was take me to the city impound lot and show me a heavily damaged rusty car riddled with bullet holes. It was then that he told me your story. I will never forget. Thank you and rest in peace Hank.

Retired Sgt (10 yrs)

August 30, 2013

Henry is my brother. We miss him so much. Forty years seems so long ago but only yesterday. May God protect his brothers out there doing their jobs and their families waiting at home for them.


May 21, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th 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 family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family and 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 21, 2012

Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Patrolman Wolf, your courage will never be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 21, 2012

I was one of four Officers hired after you were killed. It was fresh in everyone's mind. Some of your uniforms were in the basement and offered to us, as we were new and broke. I took your tie for our winter uniform. I wore it for 27 years in honor of you; I still have it. Your service made an impact on me and I have never forgot. You have a wonderful daughter. I did the best I could do in honor of Brothers like you. Thank you. Retired 11 years.

Fellow Officer
Oak Park DPS

October 15, 2011

Uncle Hank-you are thought of often and missed daily. I wish so much that I had gotten the opportunity to know you better. You have a beautiful daughter and her mother is an amazing woman. I rest well at night knowing you are watching over us all from heaven. We love you. Cathie

Catherine Felton

December 23, 2010

To the family of Officer Wolf: As the City of Oak Park mourns the recent loss of another officer in the line of duty, please know that your loved one has also been on the hearts and minds of the Oak Park community. He will continue to be remembered and honored by all, especially by those of us who view the wreath placed by his memorial plaque each May. It is a moving reminder of the service of all police officers. May God bless you and give you strength as this recent tragedy will no doubt stir painful memories for you all.

City of Oak Park

January 1, 2009

You are missed. Thank You for all you did. Keep an eye on us down here and keep us safe.

Your Fellow Officers In Oak Park

Police Officer
Oak Park

April 18, 2008

This was my uncle I never got to know, he was doing his job, and lost his life, his wife and daughter went on without him by there side, but in their hearts. Its sad to miss someone you don't know. I miss you Uncle Henry, but I know you are now protecting heaven.

K. Vaughn

December 19, 2007

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

November 26, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

April 26, 2006

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


A grateful citizen

October 19, 2005


March 4, 2005

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