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Officer Gregg William Winters

Muncie Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, January 8, 1991

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Reflections for Officer Gregg William Winters

I did an internship with the Muncie police department through Ball State University back in ‘87-‘88. When I worked the night shift Gregg was the only one who would let me ride with him. We patrolled and he helped with me with my questions. Very nice man. One night it was bitter cold, lows in the single digits. Nothing was going on so we went over to the FOP for two reasons, one they were having some issues with vandalism and two he wanted to chill for a bit. We sat there for awhile talking it was about two o’clock in the morning and I dozed off. In my half awake and half asleep state I thought someone had thrown a basketball at me and I jerked my hands up to catch it. Gregg freaked and said a few words in French and yelled what’s going on? I said I thought somebody threw a basketball at me and I was trying to catch it. After a few seconds of stunned silence we both just started laughing and probably laughed for ten minutes. I’m 56 now and still remember that. What a great guy he was. I did not end up working in policing I found my calling in corrections and spent the next 30 years doing that holding a variety of positions.

Lt. Shawn Wagner
IDOC

July 24, 2020

That night is always a terrible memory for me.
I worked afternoon shift that day and was held over for midnight shift.
Soon after the midnight shift if started, the call came in.
I was sent to block off one of the intersections leading to the scene of the shooting.
Th weather was a cold, windy and snowy night.
Why did Lambert have a gun on him?
He was patted down and we will really never know why the 25 caliber gun was not found during the pat down.
Only speculation.
The gun had been stolen from Lambert's employer.
I do know is Gregg was an excellent officer and a devoted family man.
Lambert was executed by lethal injection on June 15, 2007 at 12:29a CDT in Michigan City Indiana.
Lambert refused his final meal and had no last words.
I was present for the execution.

https://law.justia.com/cases/indiana/supreme-court/1996/18s00-9107-dp-544-4.html

Glen Wheat
BSUPD - Muncie Indiana

January 8, 2020

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 3, 2019

NEVER FORGOTTEN!
Cops Cycling for Survivors
Www.copscycling4survivors.org

Monica Zahasky
Cops Cycling for Survivors

January 8, 2018

Thinking about your sacrifice Gregg. Hope all is well with Molly and the boys. Rest in peace Brother.

Former Reserve Sergeant Bill Napier
Muncie Police Department

May 13, 2014

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

Officer 11169

April 6, 2013

The boys were here for Christmas and you would be so proud of them. They have lots of your qualities and are young fine gentlemen! Merry Christmas and here's to a new year!!!! I love you and miss you. Gregg. Xo

Molly

January 1, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twenty-first 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for aolace 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 California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 8, 2012

Hi you! I may not get on here often but think of you every day. The PD had a 20 year memorial service and thanks to Jay it all went well. Yip, had to tease him again about those cold-ass fries:) It is hard to believe that it has been 20 years and so many changes. Good, bad, indifferent, but many things change in such a short period of time. In 2 days I will marry Jeff. Can you believe it? I finally have it right. I know you send us your blessings and I know you are happy for us. thank you, Gregg, for all that we shared and for all that we were. I love you and I miss you. xoxo M

Anonymous

February 17, 2011

Remembering you brother.

Deputy Randy Bennett
Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept. (Indiana)

January 8, 2011

I met your wife Molly in Washington at Police Week. She is an inspiration. What a lovely lady. We shared a few tears together. You and your family are in my prayers. RIP

Margie Ward, wife
Lakewood PD, NJ

May 17, 2010

On the 19th anniversary of Officer Winters' death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Officer Winters is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

January 8, 2010

Gregg,

I reflect now upon your passing & how long ago it was. Your procession was the first officer's funeral I attended, & you were the first officer whom I had actually met that had lost his life. Your death encouraged me into training officer's survival & to be constantly vigilant. I hope & pray that your family has now had peace & know that years after you have left a distinguishing mark upon LEO's left behind. Continually rest in peace my brother, God had higher plans for you.

J B Hamblin, Sr Security Specialist
FedEx Corporate Security/Seymour (IN) PD

January 8, 2010

Gregg,

We are thinking of you always.
Rest in Peace, Brother!!!!

Deputy Randy Bennett
Henry County Sheriff's Dept. (Indiana)

January 8, 2010

Officer Winters just wanted to give my respects to you and your family. Today we had the privilege of having your wife talk to our recruit class she was and is a inspiration. It hit me kind of close because I have children myself. So from one new Officer to one who paid the ultimate sacrifice rest in peace brother.

Officer
NILEA CLASS 09-21

May 8, 2009

Gregg,

Thinking of you today and always.
We know that you are Signal 14 among us.

Deputy Randy Bennett
Henry County Sheriff's Dept. (Indiana)

January 8, 2009

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Cadets of the Basic Recruit Class 333 of Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, Tallahassee, FL, thank you for your sacrifice.

Cadet Strzalkowski
Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy

March 30, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 2, 2008

Rest in peace, my brother. We won't let you be forgotten

PJN
CCSPD, IL

November 12, 2007

"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
Sergeant
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

October 23, 2007

Gregg, it is now a few months past the day of justice. It was a very hard time for all of us. Brock is suffering the weight of the night now. Please continue to be with him and help to guide him to the right path of life. He so misses you and feels left out by not having any of his own memeories or you. He has a job and he sure makes a momma proud. Kyle is in his second year of college and they both get their height from you.

To all of our family, friends and supporters, thank you. It has been a tough battle at times but we always knew we had many thoughts and prayers with us as we continue through our journey of life without Gregg. Your well wishes and prayers are truly what helped us through. I have been blessed to have made so many new friends through the years and each one of you are very important to me.

I wish peace and love to each and everyone for you are a gift from God to us.

Molly
spouse

September 25, 2007

Gregg,

I never had the privilege of knowing you, but through tragic circumstances I have come to know your family as my own. You were blessed to have such wonderful people surround you. They have told me what a blessing you were to them. I have no doubts that you would be very proud of Molly, Kyle, and Brock.

The legal proceedings are now over for them. Justice has been served. Though it is over legally, it will never be over emotionally. Continue to watch over your family as you have been doing. I pray for them.

Thank you for your service and dedication.

Emily Beal-Nelis
Widow of Tpr Jason Beal
EOW 1/15/00

July 2, 2007

Rest in Peace sir. Your killer finally received the justice he deserves. I hope you can rest in peace alittle easier. Continue to protect us as we carry on your legacy.

Sgt. Michael Kunze
MN Dept. of Corrections

June 20, 2007

Gregg,

I was at the state FOP convention this past week and was in bed sleeping when I heard a siren pulling up just below my hotel window. Of course there were about 300 Officers and family members below having a good time and at first I thought, "One of those nuts has gotten hurt and an ambulance is pulling up" but as I looked closer I saw that it was one of your brother officers driving his Muncie PD Hummer H3. All the people were cheering and going crazy, just after midnight. I did not find out until the next day that the scumbag that had killed you had been executed. I knew that execution was soon to happen but did not know the exact date. We all drank a toast to you the next day. You are gone but you will never be forgotten. Molly is an unbelievable person and I hope she and your children are dong well during all of this. God Speed and please watch over us as all.

Detective Darron Sparks
Anderson IN PD Brother Officer

June 18, 2007

To the Winters family,
What a solemn and special evening we shared on June 14th...we stood together again and remembered Gregg. We will never forget Gregg or your family. God bless you all,

Mark Hannan
IL COPS and rider

June 18, 2007

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