Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer William Herman Edwards, III

Henrico County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, February 2, 1998

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Reflections for Officer William Herman Edwards, III

Rest in peace Officer Edwards.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 16, 2019

We miss you and honor you!
We had our yearly gathering at the Henrico Police Memorial yesterday. We had Chief Middleton, 30 plus officers and staff and 40 new recruits officers standing is the misty rain in your HONOR! Members of the Motor Unit and others gathered after the ceremony to toast you with coffee in the same style styrofoam cup you use to drink out of. Sorry no one brought a cigarette. We can thank Brother Gary for bring the coffee and cups. Norm and I will visit you at the Police Memorial in DC in May. RIP, Brother.

Sgt. S.W. Jung
Henrico Police

February 3, 2012

Patrolman Edwards,
On today, the 14th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Henrico County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

February 2, 2012

A Hero is honored today, RIP Sir.

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

February 2, 2012

Remembering you on your anniversary!

Citizen NJ


February 2, 2011

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement

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

February 2, 2009

To the family and friends of Officer William Edwards III and his fellow officers:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to pay honor to Bill's memory on the eleventh anniversary of the day Bill so tragically lost his life. His heroism, valor and bravery will be forever remembered.

May you be continue to be comforted by the support and caring of your law enforcement family, and other police survivors. We grieve for you and with you. Our family lost our beloved Larry Lasater when he was fatally shot in April of 2005 during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, so we know the anquish you are still experiencing.

Please know that the brotherhood and sisterhood of law enforcement and police survivors will always be by your side on each step of the journey.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the years of service Bill gave to his community and the citizens of Virginia, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 2, 1998.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg, CA PD eow 4/24/05


February 2, 2009

Officer Edwards,

Thank you for your service and sacrifice..You are a Hero and will never be forgotten.. God Bless your family and friends...Rest in Peace..

Sister of Officer John P Harris EOW 8/19/1994

April 14, 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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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

April 2, 2008

Hard to believe it's been ten years since we lost Bill. Just last night a couple of us old retired guys were having a cup of coffee and swapping stories and his name came up.
Rest in peace Brother, you are not forgotten.

Ken Lindsey
HPD Investigator (Ret.)

February 2, 2008

Today on the 10th anniversary of your death, we pause and say a prayer for your loved ones who still mourn you.
Rest in peace motorman you are not forgotten.
Chief John Roelandts (retired and former motorman)
Deborah Roelandts (911 retired)
Oconomowoc Wisconsin

Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc

February 2, 2008

Rest in peace motorman.

Offc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

February 1, 2008



January 28, 2008

Hey Bill....
It is hard to believe that 10 years is coming up since that fateful day...I still remember you coming into the fire house that morning...saying hello to us at the kitchen table...and going out to do the job that you loved. I still remember feeling dumb founded when Kenny came and told us that you had been struck down. I remember your stories...I remember your smile..(We finally framed that photo of you...we tell some good stories when the rookies come in and ask who that guy up on the wall is...) Take care....I will always have a cup of coffee ready for you buddy...

A brother firefighter
County of Henrico; Division of Fire

January 22, 2008

My heart goes out to all the office,s family who died,speaken from experience the family grevie,s day in and day outBut there so proud to have there love one spoken so highly of. I never had the honor of knowing office Edward,s but I know his family now I wish I had the pleaser to meet and get toknow a find up standing officer .People take live for granded we need to relise how much police officer give up to protect us and our love one,s.May God have special place for them in heaven.

Patricia Chewning
Friend of family

August 14, 2007


I never knew you in life. I came on duty that day to discover that you had been killed on Route 1, and I went to direct traffic. I was still reeling from the death of my friend, Trooper II Jessica J. Cheney, EOW 01/18/1998. Everyone in Ashland either knew you, knew Jessica, or knew the Hanover Deputy who had passed away, so we were all in low spirits.

I feel compelled to tell you of this because your death, although tragic, was the reason my husband and I were brought together, and, in turn, married and had our wonderful son.

I decided to have people over to my house to unwind after the awful series of events during those 2 weeks. My husband, an investigator for APD at the time, was one of the people who came over. We began a friendship that night that eventually grew into marriage.

Nothing is ever good about an officer killed in the line of duty, but I look upon this as a bright spot. I know you are up there watching over us all, and I hope knowing this brings a smile to you. One day, I will thank you in person. Until then, peace be with you!

Celeste O'Reilly
Former Ashland Police Dept

July 17, 2007

Yu are always in my thoughts and my prayers. You are the man that gave me belief that there are good police out there. Always having a smile, hug and encouraging words made seeing you come in to the Harley store a joy. You and Bobby were a great team. I prayer for his continued safety in your name regularly. God bless you and I will look for you in heaven one day.


April 5, 2007

Nine years have passed and you have not been forgotten nor will that ever be the case. Thank you for your dedicated career to law enforcement. I only wish you could have experienced just a short time being retired as you so deserved it for the long career you had. Continue to watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You are a true hero.

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

February 2, 2007

Rest in Peace Motorman. You are not forgotten.

Motor Officer Danny Johnson
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

February 2, 2007

What a tragedy. May you rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

August 4, 2006

Billy, you were my best friend, brother in arms, and partner. Not a day goes by that I don't think of your smile, your humor, your friendship, and your positive attitude towards life. You lived and died doing what you loved best and did best - serving and protecting on a police motorcycle. I look forward to the day when we can spend time together again, at rest and in peace. God rest your soul, Billy.

Officer E. R. Senghas, Jr.
Hemrico County Police Motor Unit

June 5, 2006

On behalf of the men and women of the Virginia State Police we extend our condolences to the family of Officer William Edwards III and the members of the Henrico County Police department. He died while showing honors to a fallen officer. We continue on in his memory.

Senior Trooper
Virginia State Police

February 2, 2005

In the blink of an eye for the way that he tried, he paid the ultimate price.... Along with all others whom we honor each spring with words that we speak and the songs that we sing. Lies the question we all ask, which no one can say.....Bill gave his all....Did I come close today?

As you ride through your beat above....I pray the shifts are short, the calls are few and the pay is better....Bill I only met you a few times, but you always had a smile on your face and an outstreached hand to shake......may god bless and keep your family.....

L. Moss
Former Sgt.
Henrico Sheriff's Office

Patrol Officer Larry Moss
Lake Charles Police Department

October 6, 2004



Today my brother officer was killed. He was a mentor and friend. Bill always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone. I don't know how I will be able to tell my three year old daughter that it is not you riding that motorcycle. Everytime she sees one of the Motor guys riding by, she shouts, "There goes Officer Bill, Daddy!" What do I tell her when she sees the next Motor go by and its not you? I will be praying for you and the family you left behind. Life is too short!

We will miss you. Godspeed.

Officer P.W. Siepert
Henrico County Police Department, VA

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