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Officer Colleen Ann Waibel

Portland Police Bureau, Oregon

End of Watch Tuesday, January 27, 1998

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Reflections for Officer Colleen Ann Waibel

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice are always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

January 27, 2021

Bless you, Officer Waibel. What a wonderful peace officer you must have been, to be remembered so fondly. A friend of mine told me about you, and I am praying for you today, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day, 2020.

Chaplain Kate Braestrup
Maine Warden Service

May 15, 2020

Rest In Peace Sister in Blue. Thank you Hero and your family for your courage, sacrifice and service. Always remembered.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 27, 2020

I remember seeing her at a minor traffic accident. She was walking among the chaos, smiling. None of the attitude some of us exhibit on our not-so-good days, but a genuine friendly, open smile. It was her smile that caught my attention, because so few first responders wear that expression: happy, friendly, relaxed. The stories told at her memorial drove home my suspicions: we lost one of the best that day. May I never forget that fleeting impression.

Lynda Claypool, paramedic
AMR (ambulance co)

December 22, 2019

I was a paramedic in Portland and my partner and I ran a call for an asthma attack. Colleen had responded to the call also and was there before we arrived. She would often respond to EMS calls and I think that she was secretly a paramedic at heart. As always she was helpful and friendly.

A few days later I turned on the TV and it was all over the news. It was difficult to accept that I had just seen her a few days earlier. I seem to think about her every now and then and hope that her family is doing well.

She is missed and I will not forget her.

Chuck Coleman, EMTP

December 22, 2019

Gone but never forgotten Colleen. It's been over 21 years and I still cry when I think about losing you in the Line of Duty. God Bless.

Terry Allison
Worked with Colleen in ID at Central Precinct

April 8, 2019

Driving home from my office at Tualitin Valley Center in East Portland I was listening to the news on the radio. The news of an officer shooting was breaking. It was noted the officer was a woman, age, heart skipped a beat and I lost my breath. The name was not given of course. Colleen was my daughter's sister in law and that day was my daughter's birthday. I made contact with my son in law and the news brought tears to my eyes, my heart was broken.

Delbert Schulzke, citizen

November 8, 2016

I was sitting at the ambulance console when the call came down. My heart sank when I heard Code 0. As a wife of an officer, it's a families worse nightmare. I know that you soar with wings, Officer Waibel. My prayers will always be for those that were left behind, until you are all rejoined again in Heaven. Thank you for your service.

Susan Pohlman
(former dispatcher) American Medical Response, Portland, OR

January 28, 2014

I still remember this incident. God bless you and your family. God bless your partners that day, Keist and Hudson. (Thankful for their recovery.). God bless Portland PD and law enforcement officers throughout this nation and the world. There is no greater honor than to serve as a police officer. You will never be forgotten.

Corporal Wendy S. Hunt, Retired
Rialto P.D., California

January 29, 2013

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

January 27, 2013

I took a photo of your memory badge on the new Police Car yesterday. Your memory is never far from my thoughts and you will never be forgotten.

Retired Sgt. Kim Keist
Porrland Police Bureau

August 20, 2012

Thank you for your Heroism Officer, you served well and shall never be forgotten. RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

August 8, 2012

As I read the reflection left by an officer on scene, I am again that those memories are forever branded into the minds of those who were with you on that fateful day, As a survivor, I can tell you that each family is comforted if they know their loved ones died in the company and care of those that served with them.

Thinking of you and your valor and sacrifice today.

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

January 27, 2012

I remember you at roll call that morning nearly 14 years ago. I remember you responding to the call for uniform assistance at a possible drug house, where DVD Officers were attempting a "Knock and Talk". I remember the shots fired and Officers down cries on my radio, and the continuing gun fire in the background. I remember you, laying in the street where you had been carried from the killing zone, and your comrade, also shot, and in critical condition laying neearby. I remember the shock in the faces of the other Officers crouching behind cars, guns drawn. I remember another officer kneeling beside you, tears running down his cheeks as he beseeched you to come back. I remember the emptiness that I felt then and still do when I think on that day. May you rest in peace Colleen, you deserved a better ending.

Officer A. L. Marshall
Portland Police Bureau (Retired)

December 29, 2011

You were always good to me when I was young and on the wrong path. You were one of the few that could catch me; when you did-you talked to me and tried to teach me; you always tried to point me in the right direction, explained to me about choices in friends; importance of not skipping School, being honest(integrity),etc. You would even stop by from time to time. You expressed towards me a "do good" Motherly kind of love :) You were a Teacher(A planter of seeds) and a Mentor to me. If other Officer's chose to live in the line of duty similiar to how you did/I believe it would cause an epidemic of positivity, and love between to Police and the community in the City of Roses. Today I am Clean and Sober-On the good path- You are missed- You are loved! Peace be unto you and your family.

Jesse O'Brien

September 8, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirteenth 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 for your selfless and distinquished service to our country. I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 27, 2011

You are my hero. You volunteered without hesitation for this, your last call, as you always did. You truly made my job as a dispatcher much easier. Though I no longer carry your picture with me all the time, I will never forget you. I am so very sorry I was not able to bring you home that day, though I know in my heart there was nothing I could have done differently to change the outcome. My prayers have been, and will always be, that you are at peace...

Cindy Swan Persons
Former BOEC Dispatcher

January 27, 2011

Officer Waibel,
Maam, on today the 12th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Portland. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



January 27, 2010

Coleen was very special. She was there to help people-when I heard that she had been killed it hurt me deeply. It was one of those things that shouldn't have happened-she was too good for that.

Mark, if you ever read this, know that Stephanie and I think of you both often. I am so sorry for what happend.

My very best,

Jason Saunders

Jason Saunders, PPB officer, '90-95
Fellow officer

November 8, 2009

We have lost another, 10 years to the day we lost Colleen. Again, an officer everyone respected and admired. Again, a wonderful human being who will leave a huge emptiness in all the lives that they touched. May God open His arms to Mark "Z-Man" Zylawy and welcome him to that special place in Heaven for those who gave their all. I know Colleen will be waiting for him too.

Former BOEC Dispatcher

January 28, 2008

A decade has passed since your were called away from duty but you have nott been forgotten. Continue to watch over all of your loved ones and those officers still out guarding over the Thin Blue Line. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

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

January 27, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 23, 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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

January 15, 2008

I met Colleen when she first came to the MCDC in 1982. She was the first criminalist sent to take over the job of printing i booking. I remember when I first saw her with her dark page-boy I though she's much too subdued to ever make it here. She surprised us all how she could in her quiet ways do her job amongst the chaos and was soon excepted as one of us. The next many years her face and quiet manner became a familiar part of the envirement. She never ruffled or lost her temper no matter what happened. I went on to work in other areas and would see her occasionally having small chats when she had some time or I did. Everyone I worked with spoke very highly of her.

When she was killed the man who had assaulted came to the jail. I could not bear to even look at him although at times I had to. To be perfectly honest I was glad when he died but on the other hand I wanted the death penalty for him so he could suffer for at least ten years before he died.

I was traumatized and working graveyard. I could not go or get time off to see the memorial service. I have never paid my respects to her gravesite because I do not know where she is buried. I keep in my heart all the memories and years I spent time with this beatiful person and miss her still.

I am sure there are many who miss her like me. Today I found the web site and want to pay her tribute as the unforgettable "human being" she was and is never forgotten.

Verena Gilbert-Retired Mult. Co. Deputy

September 3, 2007

Thank you Ofc. Waibel for your years of service, dedication, and ultimate sacrifice to the State of Oregon and the people of Portland.

Ofc. Eric Chiang
San Francisco Police Department

March 7, 2007

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