Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective William "Wally" Rolniak, Jr.

Riverdale Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, February 4, 2004

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Reflections for Detective William "Wally" Rolniak, Jr.

I love you

Maureen rolniak

February 4, 2022

I've been reading a lot of your post and although I've never met you, from the threads, it looks like you were one hell of a copper and devoted family man. It's nice to see that your family (especially your wife) still reach's out to you to update you on what's going on in their lives. When I was new an old copper once told me that in 100 years people won't remember you or talk about you for what kind of car you drove or how big your house was, they will remember you for what kind of family you raised. Again I never met you but I think you and your wife did a great job! Rest In Peace Wally

A fellow copper
St. Louis Police Department

November 1, 2021

I have never had the fortune of meeting you, Detective, but I have heard great tales of you. I hope that you are resting well and just know we have this watch. Your name and memory will live on forever, brother.

Detective D. Lopez
Merrionette Park PD

March 16, 2021

Another Feb 4th - I am working tonite (the 3rd) thru the morning. Seeing the date on the radios and logs never gets any easier. None of this gets any easier. You and Tommy are the reasons I train hard, and I hammer in how important our role as dispatchers are. God bless you both, your families and I will continue to keep you close to my heart and keep you as an important role in my career.

To all my officers now, I got your back and will forever back the blue.

Sherry Wright - Dispatcher
Lake County Indiana 911 - Ex Riverdale Police

February 3, 2021

Thank you for your service

Nick mottola

August 21, 2020

Well kid it’s been awhile since I’ve been on here . Been talking to u in other ways . I miss you so much times have been real hard with this lock down ..... I know you have been watching over all of us !!! Love you and miss you !!!

Maureen Rolniak

April 17, 2020

Lenny Brezak I presume, I grew up in Riverdale

Miss you Wally

ASST Director
SW Division DCIS (Ret)

March 17, 2020

Another year - another Feb 4th - taking day off tomorrow - just can't work at 8pm on that date anymore - too difficult - DD, JD, Lenny, McWaa, Sam, Sinde, Vito, Mo, the girls, all of you - love you all and thinking of you.

You are all in my prayers. I have become the dispatcher I am today because of this incident and I pray everyday it had never happened.

Sherry Wright, 911 Telecommunicator
Lake County Emergency Communications, Ex Riverdale PD

February 3, 2020

Miss ya kid so much! The babies are getting so big. love you

Maureen Rolniak
Riverdale IL

July 22, 2019

Detective Rolniak, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 19, 2019

Hey Wally, I was just reading all the posts to you. I really miss working with you. Thanks for all your help.

Tach ofc. Mike Belliveau

September 4, 2018

Love you miss you with my whole heart.

Maureen Rolniak

August 26, 2018

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones. Continue to watch over all of them. Know that you have not been forgotten.

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

February 4, 2018

14 years later, it is still raw, Wally.

Protect your brothers and sisters in Lake County and continue to give me strength to be the best I can be.

Never forgotten.

Sherry W - 911 Dispatcher
Lake County Emergency Communications - Ex Riverdale PD

February 1, 2018

Detective Rolniak's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 10-16-17 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police

October 16, 2017

Well kid you got to meet Big Ed. I miss you so much words can't describe this is been a busy year and going to get busier. Me and the girls miss you more each day. love you Your moejoe


May 2, 2017

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Continue to keep watch over all of them. Know that you have not been forgotten.

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

February 4, 2017



February 4, 2017

Love you and miss you

Maureen Rolniak

May 10, 2016

Thank you for your service. reading these comments from your family i can tell you are still well with us. i could not even imagine what they have gone thru. i wish them the best


April 16, 2016

Well kid its been a long couple of months more than normal ;{. Well Friday marks are 27th wedding anniversary. I remember that day.I miss you so much! Happy 27th wedding anniversary. Your always on my mind hug and kisses. love you !! Moejoe

maureen rolniak

April 7, 2016

Happy 52nd Birthday Beloved Son! Miss and love you every day of our lives. Hope you heard the terrible rendition of Happy Birthday we sang to you as we let the balloons fly off to greet you. May you Rest in Peace and Love in the arms of Jesus.

Mother and Father

March 7, 2016

When I lived in Riverdale I would listen to my police scanner and I remember hearing the guys joke about Wally saying, Oh Wally! Like on the radio show. Pete, I know that was you. I know you guys all loved each other and had your fun times. This is how I remembered Detective Rolniak.

Aaron Dabrowski
Schools City of East Chicago

February 5, 2016

So sad..R.I.P. my brother. Prayers to your family

Sgt. Ava Evans
Cook County Sheriff

February 4, 2016

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Continue to keep watch over all of them. They say time heals all wounds but in reality it doesn't. My thoughts are with your loved ones for I walk in their shoes every day.

Bob Gordon

February 4, 2016

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