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Police Officer William Francis Lowry

Tacoma Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Thursday, August 28, 1997

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Reflections for Police Officer William Francis Lowry

Rest in peace Officer Lowry.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 26, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten.

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

August 28, 2020

I think of Billy everyday. He was my ATL on this operation. He was a great team mate and Police Officer whom we all enjoyed being around. Time has moved on but that day remains burned into my soul. I will always remember his smile and drive on attitude.

Sergeant Pete Habib
Tacoma Police Department

January 6, 2019

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

December 2, 2016

The loss of another brave TPD Officer brought memories of losing Bill in '97. God bless all those who Protect and Serve.

Jennie Lou Holbrooks Shirer
FPHS Class of 1975

December 1, 2016

Hard to believe it's been 19 yrs, seems just like yesterday, RIP Bill...

Gone But Not Forgotten

PPO Mike Romaine (Ret.)
Tacoma PD

August 28, 2016

Bill, I will always remember you as the great friend you were in high school, and the good times and laughs we had. Thank you for your Service to all of us and how you touched so many lives in a positive way.

Roy E. Brazzle

December 24, 2014

I had the privlelage of riding back and forth to the academy with Bill. He was a real go getter and a good friend. I will never forget you my brother. Thank you for your service to this nation.

Former PCSO. Kevin gray
Pierce County Sheriffs Dept

November 10, 2013

16 years ago today changed many many lives. It took almost this long to have the suspect go through all his appeals (all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court) to end in the dirt bag spending the rest of his life in prison. Thank you to the judicial system for doing the right thing.

Jolin Lowry

August 28, 2013

Your memory and the honor you brought to TPD is held with great respect in everyone who enters our department. Though I never got to meet and work with you, your name and presence is still strong in everything we do and try to do each and every day. Rest well

FS C. Roller, I951

August 28, 2012

I had the distinct honor of working with this man. He helped break me in to police life and always was a class act. That shows in that twenty years later he still lives in my memories and I think of him.

Former PPO

May 3, 2012

I was in the fifth grade when i lost my uncle Billy, but i remember it like yesterday and miss he alot. He was a good family man, he loved to spend time with his wife and new baby,neices and nephews, brothers, sister. He was a great police officer and was always willing to help others. We love him very much and i really appreciate everyones reflection its nice to remember him in little ways thank you

Heather Lowry

February 27, 2012

I was with LT lowry most of his time in the milatary I was his section sgt and plt sgt at FT.LEWIS ....I have much to add about him....ill respond if anybody wants more info ..he was very funny and as much as we differed we were the same.... he was a damn fine infantry officer . I miss him to this day 2011.

us army ssgt
he was my PL

November 2, 2011


Emory - Arlington, WA
brother of Ferry County WA Undersheriff Matthew J Lane, EOW 5/30/2003

December 1, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twelth anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was murdered on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I hold your family in thought and prayer and pray for their solace.
Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya


August 28, 2009

Thinking of you today. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 28, 2009

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for being the hero that you are and the dedication and service you gave to law enforcement.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 28, 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
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

April 29, 2008

Your name came up in a conversation the other day. I told the story of when I was a lateral hire to KCSO and you were returning to TPD from the military and we both had to do some re-cert work at the academy. I still laugh when I think of the tricks that the instructors tried on us during mock scenes and traffic stops. After losing one of ours recently, it made me think of you. Rest in peace.

Jon Holland
King County Sheriif's Office

December 20, 2006



October 21, 2006



August 28, 2005

I am honored to share the last name, Officer Lowry. Thank you for your service and and attempt to protect the peace.

Joe Lowry

June 5, 2004

Rarely is it the Lieutenants, the Commanders, or the Chiefs that bare the scars of bad decisions. It is the field officer who wears the physical scars, the team Sergeant who ultimately take blame right or wrong, and the co-workers that carry the mental scars forever more. I made the call to call Tacoma and let them know what was coming. Had I not made that call, who knows? Maybe the cop-killer would have gone home and slept it off. Maybe he would have gone home and killed himself. The world is full of what ifs. I am sorry to Officer Lowry, his team, and his family. My only hope was that by notifying your department, this killer would not surprise an unsuspecting officer.

Ofc Hamilton

A word of thanks...

I want to express my thanks to some people in your life Bill, words that oftentimes go unsaid.

To your Mother and Father, Thank you for giving us your son and raising him with the courage and dedication to want to serve his community. Bill was an exemplary officer, and even though we served on different departments, I go to work each day secure in the knowledge that my fellow officers in the Tacoma Police Department will keep my family safe while I am away.

To your wife and children, Thank you for giving Bill the support at home he needed to keep doing his job. I know it is not an easy thing to be married to a cop, but he knew he could go out and face the evil in this world because you believed in him to try and make it right.

To the men and women of the Tacoma Police Department, Thank you for carrying on in the face of incredible odds, where more often than not you are faced with criminals who hate you, a system that frustrates you, and a public that is oftentimes indifferent and mis-understanding of the job you do.

And to Bill, one of those special people who, like most of us who wear this shield, could not ask another man or woman to do a job and face the dangers that he himself was not willing to do. I know that you are sorely missed, and that God now holds you close and gives you rest. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for us all, and may we never forget you.

Thank you Bill. I only met you once or twice but you were a great person.

Officer George Curtis
Brier Police Department

Bill, I talked with you over a cup of coffee days before you died. I never thought that I would lead a team of negotiators in talking a man into surrendering after he killed you. It was a strange day. My anger at him will never die. But, I know that you stood for a constitution that demanded: bring the man to justice who kills your brother. It was not my place to determine his destiny. I am a better person because of you. Thank you B-low. You are the consummate Peace Officer!

Sergeant Mark Mann
Tacoma, Wa Police Department

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