Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective William H. Ballard

Wichita Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Tuesday, July 20, 1920

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Reflections for Detective William H. Ballard

On this 100th anniversary of your untimely departure we say thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice and heroism. Rest in peace always.

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

July 20, 2020

Det. Ballard,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wichita. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 20, 2020

Detective William H. Ballard is my late mother's grandfather

James D Orth

July 1, 2019

I was reading this book called “Her Name, Titanic” about Dr. Robert D. Ballard’s 1985 discovery of the famous 1912 shipwreck site, and it stated in chapter 11 that Ballard’s grandfather was a lawman of Wichita, Kansas, who was killed along with two deputies in a shootout with cocaine peddlers around the turn of the century. After doing some research, I know that William Henry Ballard is the famous ocean explorer Robert D. Ballard’s grandfather, and if you look at photographs of the two men you can clearly see the family resemblance.

Brian Joseph Bommarito
Amateur historian, genealogist

June 3, 2019

Great Grandpa, how different would my mom's life been had you lived to raise her father. Your my Hero even though I never knew you.

Mary La Torre
Great Grand-daughter

April 24, 2014

Rest in Peace, Detective Ballard. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 4, 2014

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

July 9, 2012

Thank you for protecting the citizens of Kansas. i am a relative, a Ballard from VA, just as yours were. may we all meet in Heaven--and thank you. you are a Ballard family hero.

Sally Swan
A cousin

March 9, 2012

May you rest in the mercy of God and may St.Michael the Archangel aid protect all those in law enforcement.

James Orth

July 16, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 90th 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 20, 2010

I pray that you are still resting in peace and hope that you are still watching over us down here.

Cpl. Egendoerfer
Mishawaka PD

July 20, 2006

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