Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Juvenile Corrections Officer William J. Mann

Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections, Idaho

End of Watch Tuesday, March 12, 2002

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Reflections for Juvenile Corrections Officer William J. Mann

Juvenile Corrections Officer Mann, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 15, 2020

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

March 12, 2020

No one knows what it is like to look into the eyes of his legacy like I do- your hair, your eyes, your smile... thank you for leaving this legacy for us to continue. In God we trust that we will carry on the honorable tradition. RIP Bill, we will never be the same.

#1 Daughter-in-law

September 22, 2013

Rest in Peace, Officer Mann. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 7, 2012


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

March 12, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 12, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 12, 2009



March 12, 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

December 29, 2007

Officer Mann, thank you for your service and dedication to the great State of Idaho. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace brother.

Officer Paul H. Boehmke
Idaho Department of Corrections

September 9, 2007

It has been over 4 years since your tour of duty ended. My thoughts are with your loved ones. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You will be remembered always as your family will see to that and so will the Blue Family. Keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol.

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

Bob Gordon, Chicago Gold Star Father

August 29, 2006

Rest in peace sir. Thank you for your service.

Collins Fire Dept. (Mississippi)

May 12, 2006

To Officer William Mann and his loved ones:

On this the fourth anniversary week of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.

Officer Mann, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Officer Mann.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Officer Mann gave to his community and the citizens of Idaho, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 12, 2002.

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

March 14, 2006

Rest in peace Officer Mann, We will pray for you and your family.


June 8, 2004

We mourn your loss and offer our sincere condolences to your family.

Officer Rizzo
Juvenile Justice Comm. ST. of N.J.

"Ye, though I fly through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I shall fear no Evil; For I am at 10,000 feet and climbing."

Keep climbing, brother!

Darin L. Paul, Special Agent/Pilot
Federal Bureau of Investigation - Detroit Division

To the Family of Officer Mann, I just wanted to tell you how sorry I was to hear of your loss. My son was killed in a helicoptor accident in Oct. of 2001. My heart, prayers and love go out to you in this time of need.

Kim Talbott, Father of Officer Damon K. Talbott, NM State Police

It is special men like your loved one that make The United States of America truely great.

May the God of all comfort place his tent over you. Please remember to throw all your burdens upon the Lord and he will sustain you. PS.55-22

Don't grieve for me, for now I am free,
I am following the path GOD laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh…to love…to work…to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
For I found peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
These things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with time of sorrow,
For I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undo grief.
So lift up your heart and share with me,
GOD wanted me now...He has set me free. live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die

Policeman's Wife

When God Made Peace Officers

When the Lord was creating peace officers, He was into his sixth day of overtime. An angel appeared and said,"You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."
And the Lord said,"Have you ever read the specs on this order? A peace officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, and enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch and not wrinkle his uniform. He has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stake out, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses and testify in court the next day. He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals. And has to have six pairs of hands."
The angel shook her head slowly and said,"Six pairs of hands, no way."
"It's not the hands that are causing me all the problems," said the Lord,"it's the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have."
"Thats the standard model?" asked the angel.
The lord nodded. "One pair that sees through a bulge on a pocket before he asks,'May I see what's in there, sir?' (when he already knows and wishes he had taken that accounting job.) Another pair here in the side of his head for his partner's safety. And another pair of eyes here in the front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say,'you'll be alright ma'am,' when he knows it isn't so."
"Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve,"rest and work on this tomorrow."
"I can't," responded the Lord,"I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."
The angel circled the model of the peace officer very slowly. "Can it think," she inquired.
"You bet," declared the Lord with pride. "It can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes; recite Miranda warnings in its sleep; detain, investigate, search and arrest a gang member in the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop, and still keeps a sense of humor. This officer also has phenomenal personality control. He can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim's family and then read in the daily paper how law enforcement isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."
Finally the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the peace officer,"There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."
"Thats not a leak," said the Lord,"it's a tear."
"What's the tear for," asked the angel.
"It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, and for justice."
"You're a genius," proclaimed the angel.
The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there," He said.
When God decided on the criteria for a peace officer, He modeled it after Billy.

Officer David K. Day
Lexington PD

Officer David K. Day
Lexington (Ky) P.D.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family Of Officer Mann

Uncle of Mississippi State Trooper
Paul Denham

Danny Gibson

To Officer Mann family and friends my heart and prayers goes out to you. May God bless you and May your love one rest in peace.
D. Jones
Mother of Officer Ron Jones
EOW 12/26/01

Rest in Peace !! Please keep watch over us still doing the job!! 3/21/02

Officer Matthew Kelly
Haverford Twp Police - PA

To the family and fellow officers of Officer William J. Mann, may you find peace on our Lord Jesus Christ, hold your memories close and he will never be far from you. After losing a friend in November I come to this site daily, in some ways it helps, in another it only accentuates the loss, my prayers to all.

Isaiah 40:31
FCPS/DLE unit 265 Lexington, KY

To Officer Mann family and friends our hearts and prayers go out to you.

God Bless you

Terry Miyares
Officer Emilio Miyares
Hialeah PD, Fl

Terry Miyares,
Hialeah Police Dept, (SOUTH FLORIDA COPS)

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