Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Special Agent in Charge William Thomas Parr

United States Environmental Protection Agency - Criminal Investigations Division, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, January 17, 2002

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Reflections for Special Agent in Charge William Thomas Parr

The most outstanding marine I ever knew. Served with you at marine Barracks. Have thought of you often. Just learned of your passing. May God Bless you and all God's Blessings to your family

Sergeant Bob Portis USMC
Friend and fellow marine

September 17, 2016

Love and miss you Bill! The Parr family means the world to us!

Sarah Delahanty

January 28, 2014

i attended Secret Service School with Bill and as one of the youngest in our class I looked up to the military hero Bill was, and as a former Marine, Bill was one of those guys who gave the Secret Service credibility. He was always a gentleman. When i was SAIC of the Baltimore Field Office Bill would visit and lament that he never attained the Baltimore position he would have loved. Well Bill, let me tell you sir, you would have made a far better SAIC in Baltimore than I could, or did. I think of you often with admiration and pride. Rest in peace!

Tom Sloan SAIC
US Secret Service

October 5, 2013

SAC Parr,
Sir, On today, the 11th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as an LEO but when you served with the USMC in Vietnam as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

January 17, 2013

Specia Agent William Parr is my father. Not a day goes by that I don't think about how incredible of a man he will always be to me. I can speak on.behalf of my mother and sister in saying your remarks and respect you have shown touch us. We always knew him to be a great man and to know all that he has done and those he has helped reinforces what we already knew. Thank you for always remebering him and he will never be gone as long as he is always remembered!! While I was serving with the Marine Corps myself I know my father looked over me and brought me home safely just as I'm sure he watched over his marines in Nam. SEMPER FI.

Rabbi I'm not sure if you will check back in but we are not related to Jerry Parr. Jerry Parr served on President Reagans detail at the same time as my father with the Secret Service and many confuse the names.

Cpl. Derrick Parr
Son

April 4, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 10th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. You served our country in so many ways. 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. He was also your brother in green so I bid you semper fi and thank you for your service in Vietnam.

Your memory will always be honored and revered for time never diminishes respect. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss 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 17, 2012

Rest in peace Agent Parr. I'm wondering if you are related to retired Secret Service Agent Jerry Parr who was assigned to protect the late President Ronald Reagan?

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 17, 2012

Corporal Parr was my squad leader in Viet Nam in 1968. He was grooming me to take over the squad when he rotated home. In June of 1968 I was seriously injured by a B-40 rocket near Con Tien and was later sent back to the US. Corporal Parr was with me just after being hit and helped get me to the helicopter. Over the years I have thought of him often. I remember him as being very kind and patient man – unlike so many others I served with. I regret not being able to serve with him longer and to have lost touch with him over the years. I was further saddened to find this memorial for him during my search. Thank you Mr. Parr for all of your help, understanding and friendship during a very difficult time in both of our lives.

Rick Droz
[email protected]
Sept. 30, 2011

Rick Droz
Fellow Marine, Viet Nam, 1968

September 30, 2011

Corporal Parr was my squad leader in Viet Nam in 1968. He was grooming me to take over the squad when he rotated home. In June of 1968 I was seriously injured by a B-40 rocket near Con Tien and was later sent back to the US. Corporal Parr was with me just after being hit and helped get me to the helicopter. Over the years I have thought of him often. I remember him as being very kind and patient man – unlike so many others I served with. I regret not being able to serve with him longer and to have lost touch with him over the years. I was further saddened to find this memorial for him during my search. Thank you Mr. Parr for all of your help, understanding and friendship during a very difficult time in both of our lives.

Rick Droz
[email protected]

Rick Droz
Fellow Marine, Viet Nam, 1968

September 30, 2011

Bill Parr grew up on Cottage Street, across the street from where I live in Norwood, NY. Bill was nine years younger than I am, and I always remember him as a very out-going, friendly neighbor while he was growing up, and when he would return to Norwood to visit.

He was pretty much a person that everyone in the village was proud of, if they were aware of the job that he was doing. (He was too quiet to do any "bragging" about his job.)

He will be remembered for many years as a Norwood boy who made good. Thanks Bill for your devotion to this country!

Chuck Morgan

Chuck Morgan
neighbor

March 24, 2011

Bill was my friend and colleague during his time with us at EPA. He was a wonderful person to work with and to see every day and we remember and miss him.

Jonathan Cole, Assoc. Dir., USEPA-OCEFT
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

June 3, 2009

Forgive me for missing the anniversary of your E.O.W., but I felt as though I could not continue to read about so many tragedies. I now realize the visit each day to leave a word of encouragement and hope to the loved ones of others, helps me to remember that I am not alone with my pain and heartbreak. So may I say to your friends and loved ones that my thoughts and prayers are with them now and always. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol and may they know you will never be forgotten.

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

February 23, 2009

"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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

March 31, 2008

Rest - In - Peace, Devil Dawg

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD

January 17, 2008

You had a distinguished career of service to your
country. You are a special agent, indeed.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

January 17, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR LONG AND DEDICATED SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, MJ

January 6, 2008

It has been five years since God took you home. May He continue to provide love, guidance and comfort to your friends, family and co-workers.

Thank you for your willingness to secure others.

APD LEO Wife

January 17, 2007

Special Agent Parr, just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you today. You will never be forgotten, thank you for a job well don.
To the family my thoughts and prayers are with you, may the good memories live on.

Connie Barker
Mother of Clint Walker E.O.W. 1-14-04

January 17, 2006

My fiancé, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis was a Deputy Sheriff with the Davis County Sheriff's Office in SE Iowa. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure William did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and William be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Agent Parr's family, friends, and co-workers must have gone through in losing him. My heart goes out to you all, especially to his wife. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. Please know that my thoughts are with you and that you are not alone in your "journey". Should you ever need anything please do not hesitate to contact me. (Dennis' department will also always know how to reach me.)

As a fallen officer "survivor" and a friend, please accept my condolences on behalf of myself and the McElderry family. I never got the opportunity to know RWilliam but, I am certain he was well respected and well loved. William will live on in the hearts of all the lives he touched. You were all blessed to have been able to know and love William, even for a short time. I pray that William will continue to watch over us along with all the other fallen officers all as only they can.

Thank you Agent Parr for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiancé Dennis for me.

Wishing you and all those who loved you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancée of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

August 28, 2005

Bless you brother. Thank you for serving our nation. May God continue to bless your family and friends.


Chesterfield County Police Dept., Va.

January 17, 2005

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