Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Walter Slusarczyk

Gresham Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Wednesday, September 8, 1999

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Reflections for Officer Walter Slusarczyk

Wally..We miss you buddy

Officer Blake
Gresham

It has taken me a long time to find the right words to write.  I still don't have them.  I can only say that Wally was one of a kind.  We had 12 years together, I wouldn't trade a minute of them for anything.  The kids and I miss him so very much, but his memory lives on in each of us.  I especially miss his laugh, you know that deep belly laugh...it was so contagious.  If I had to pick one memory above all others it would be the day our son was born...I think it was one of his happiest days as well.  He was a great cop, and a remarkable man.  There will always be a special place in my heart for him that no one can ever fill.

Laura Slusarczyk (Former wife)

Wally was one of a kind. I grew up around Wally and became very close to him, in a lot of ways he was like my father. I always knew that I could call on him, no matter what time of day. Wally had a way about him that made everyone feel like they had known him all his life.



It has been very hard to deal with his death but I know that he is watching over us. And I know that he loved us just as much as we loved him. At the services the last words of the radio call best describe my feelings..."gone but not forgotten." We miss you and love you Wally.

April Schmitt

Wally, thanks for all of the laughs. Letting me laugh at your big shoes, for all the times I told you the Chief was looking for you when he wasn't - I miss your company, your tremendous sense of humor, your compassion. Thank you for teaching me just how important a sense of hunor is in this world. We will continue to look after your children. You'd be so proud of Michael. One day Wally, he'll join us here at the department and fill your post.



Friends,

Sherry Connolly
Gresham Police Department

"Do it right, and do it right the first time." That was the main thing my dad had always taught me. As a child I had grown to love and look up to my father. He showed me the values of life and the trials of responsibility.


My dad was always there to lend a helping hand or give some encouraging advice to help me get through whatever life threw at me, be it graduating high school or getting through basic training.


I'm sure there will be times when I miss my dad more than others but I am certain he is watching over me and everyone else he left behind, making sure that we are doing the right thing.


My father was a loving father, respectable role model, and most importantly my best friend. I have lived a large portion of my life for him as well as myself and knowing that I made my dad proud of me makes things a little easier to deal with.


I will always remember you dad, no matter what life should bring my way...I promise to do my best to continue to make you proud of me... I love you bud.



Love Always and Forever

-Your Son & Soldier-

PFC Michael D. Slusarczyk
United States Army, Military Police

I grew up with Wally and his Brother Tim and went through many wild times with Wally. I laughed with him, competed with him, fought with him and grew to be proud of him. Wally's early years were not easy (having been left fatherless at a young age) but he dealt with it and grew to be the "go-getter" everyone loves today. I had not seen Wally in many years but had recently talked to him on the phone and for this I am grateful. When Tim called me with the terrible news I was stunned.... another piece of our childhood was gone. In trying to console Timmy I stumbled upon the realization that even though young in years upon his passing, he packed many lifetimes of friends and memories along his journeys. Take care my friend. You will be missed.

Edward Rigazzi
Childhood Friend

Wally was full of life.... He lived life to the fullest. He was one of the few that actually cared. Wally always liked a good challenge. He was challenged all his life and it just became a part of his personality. There are so many memories that he left us with. He always knew a good joke and was the first to volunteer for hard work. His friends knew that could always count on him to lend a helping hand.

I'm going to miss that guy. He was a true friend and a bud. But what I'm going to miss most, that big ass grin he always had on his face. You never saw him without it.

Detective D. Wall
San Diego Police Dept.

I have many things in my life to be thankful for, and alot of them come from my friendship with Wally. I fist met Wally as a college freshman in 1990. Throughout the last nine years, he was like my "big brother" and best friend to me, all rolled into one. He taught me many qualities that I posess today. I have my beautiful wife today, because of him. I asked her to marry me at his house, hatched out of a plan we made together. I love Las Vegas because Wally took me there my first time. ( not that his arm needed twisting to go to Vegas....he loved that place!) Wally was the most trustworthy person I have ever met. He and I shared things that I wouldnt be able to share with ANYONE in the world. He treated me as if I were his brother, and was never afraid to tell me how proud he was of me. Fact is, I loved the fact that the things I did made him proud, as I have never respected a friend as much as I respect Wally. I can only take pleasure in the hope that he knows how much he was loved by all of his friends and family, as I realize that there will never be anyone quite like Him. I am truly thankful for the memories that I have. The things I miss the most are the little ones. I will miss you always. Until we meet again, I will continue to 'Roll Some Bones' in your memory!

Jonathon Lee

Wally was one of my best friends. He lived a life of caring and giving. He was the first one to jump in to help any time he thought he could. I hope him memory will be one that people will look back on and admire. There was only one Wally and we all will miss him. I know he was very proud of his children and they were his life. He was the kind of friend you could call for anything and he would be there in a flash. I will miss his comming over to just say hi or to get a cup of coffee. We were like brother and sister. Rest in peace wally ... you deserve to! We love you and will miss you!

Connie S

Wally will always be my best friend. we had dinner every wednesday. we could solve the worlds problems in thirty minutes. wally was what i thought a cop should be. a pillar of the community. trying his best to right the wrong. you could not ask for a better cop. as a friend he was the best, always there when you needed him, day or night. wally loved life, he worked hard and he played hard. living life to the fullest. he loved to snowmobile. when he went to work his cruiser was called his sled. wally may be gone but his spirit lives on in all who knew him. wally, rest in peace,

i love you brother. goodbye my friend

Randy Soria / best friend

WALLY WAS A GOOD BROTHER HE LOVED ME A LOT I HEAR HE WAS A GOOD COP FROM ALOT OF PEOPLE HE ALLWAYS HAD A INTREST IN HELPING PEOPLE IN THE COMUNITY I DONT UNDERSTAND WERE THAT CAME FROM IT JUST WAS ALLWAYS THERE HE GOT FUEL FROM THAT IT SEEMS I AM SO PROUD OF MY "BRO" WE ALLWAYS CALLED EACH OTHER THAT I HAVE SEEN AND BEEN TOLD THAT HE HELPED ALOT OF PEOPLE WE WILL ALL MISS HIM BY BRO LOVE YA.


TIMOTHY E SLUSARCZYK

BROTHER

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