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Police Officer William G. Wortmann

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, January 15, 1971

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Reflections for Police Officer William G. Wortmann

You blessed me with two amazing children. I wish you could have seen the wonderful adults they have become. We will all meet again someday. Pray for us, Bill.

Martha / January 25, 2024


January 15, 2024

I can’t believe it’s been 50 years since we lost you. We think of you every day. Thank you for watching over us.

Bill Simms

January 15, 2021

Officer Wortmann,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Detroit. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 15, 2021

Thank you so much for your service. You have paid the ultimate sacrifice and it will not be forgotten and is still honored today . Rest in Peace and God Bless your amazing family. xoxo

Officer Donna Donovan
Buffalo Police Department

October 23, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Wortmann.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 5, 2019

RIP. Your service is not forgotten.

Future Detroit PO Ali .
Dearborn, MI

January 15, 2016

We remember you every day. You live on through your beautiful grandchildren: Alex, Anna, Matthew, Billy and Kirsten.

Billy and Shelley
son and daughter

August 17, 2013

You will forever be remembered and will live in my memory and heart. May you rest in peace.

Mike W

January 15, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the forty-first 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.

Your memory will always be honored and revered as time never diminishes respect. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

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

January 15, 2012



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

November 13, 2007

Thank you for your service Officer Wortmann. You have not been forgotten.

January 15, 2005

You deserve to be remembered for the sacrifice you made for your community. Rest In Peace & God Bless You!


November 2, 2004

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