Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Assistant Chief of Police Bill Jewel "Putt" Linder

Wisner Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, October 10, 2004

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Reflections for Assistant Chief of Police Bill Jewel "Putt" Linder

Happy New Year

Bryan
Som

January 1, 2006

Even though I didn't know Bill all that well, I always considered him a friend. Even while busy keeping Baskin safe from speeders, he never minded me stopping by just to chat. He seemed to enjoy having someone to talk to, as did I. Bill, you will never be forgotten for the sacrifice you made. I wish Bill's loved ones a wonderful holiday season. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Jason

December 19, 2005

Dear Bryan, Carol, and family,
You all continue to be in our prayers and thoughts...I know this past week has been difficult...please know that you are not alone in your grief. We continue to just look to find meaning in everyday, as I know you do too...like you said on Trey's EOW anniversary...we continue to look forward to the day when there will be no more grief, no more sadness, no more pain...when we will all be together, not only with the ones we love that have gone on too early, but when we will especially be with Jesus, our Lord, and will only know joy and rejoicing that our wait is over. Thank you so much for your prayers and friendship...it has meant so much to us. We continue to lift you all up, as you have gone through so much this year. Please call and stay in touch if there is any need any of you might have, even if it's just a shoulder to lean on or an ear to listen...you have become part of our "family"...
Love,
Wendy
Trey's mom, EOW 8/11/04

Wendy Hutchison,Mother of Trey Hutchison

October 17, 2005

We would like to thank everyone for their many thoughts and prayers through this first year. Because of you our heroes will never be forgotten. Thank You

bryan
son

October 11, 2005

With the one year anniversary of your sacrifice, I wanted to leave a reflection to say that you are a true hero and that you have not been forgotten nor will you ever be. There are no words of comfort I can offer your family to help ease their pain and help mend their broken hearts except that I know you loved what you were doing and gave your life while persuing your life long dream, "law enforcement." Keep watch over your family and those officers still out on patrol. I will end with a short notation that was given to me when I lost my son two months before your family lost you, it says: "Always in our hearts, always in our words, forever young, forever Blue, Our Guardian Angel."

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

Bob Gordon

October 8, 2005

Dear Family of Officer Linder,
I have been reading your reflections left for your dad, husband, and grandpa, and can feel what a precious, sweet, man he is to you all. This has been such an unbelievably horrible year, we lost our precious son Matthew one year ago in September and I cannot believe we are still standing.
We honor the law inforcement family for the amazing love and sense of duty that they actually put their lives at risk every time they go to work but would not choose to do anything else.
We are thinking of you and your family at this sad anniversary coming up. God bless you and give you an extra measure of comfort and strength to endure the day.
Love,
Linda Rittenhouse, Matt's Mom
Jesse Matthew Rittenhouse
e.o.w 9/16/04

October 6, 2005

To the family and friends of Assistant Chief Putt Linder and fellow officers in the Wisner Police Dept., and most especially to Putt Linder:

Your first anniversary is approaching within a few weeks. A year will have passed since Putt's brutal murder, but his valor and bravery will never be forgotten. His memory is being honored and revered today as it will be every day forward.

In reading the reflections about Putt Linder, I gained an appreciation for the good man that he was. He was well loved by his family and well respected by his peers. How noble to take another family member into your home, raise him as your own, and then adopt him. Putt, your granddaughter's reflection about you brought tears to my eyes.

To Sue, you are an inspriration as you continue to support your son's law enforcement career after this overwhelming tragedy. I agree that no matter how much we want to protect our children, we have to allow them to pursue their own dreams and goals.
May God continue to watch over all of you and may you continue to be embraced by the caring and support of your law enforcement community, and other police survivors.


This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the years of distinquished service Putt Linder gave to his community and the citizens of Louisiana, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 10, 2004.

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

September 28, 2005

I think about you every day and you are missed so much.

Candy

September 28, 2005

Ms. Sue,
I regret everyday not checking on you after Mr. Putt died. I know that you said Roy did. I'm glad that he took over where I failed. I know now exactly how you felt. Ms. Sue, I am so very sorry that we had to become friends this way. I am glad, however, that we have become friends and that we have each other to speak to. I have enjoyed each and every conversation that we have had. You were so right when you told me that nobody could EVER understand how you felt until they had walked that path themselves. God, now how I know.
I am always here for you, Ms. Sue. I want you to know that I am sincere about it...Anytime you need me, call.
Take pride in knowing where Mr. Putt is. He and Roy are patroling the streets of Heaven together !!! Remember what Roy's prayer on his memorial said,
"Step forward now, Policeman,
You've born your burdens well,
Come walk the beat of Heavens streets,
You've done your time in HELL...."
May God Bless You, Ms. Sue.....

Shelley Gonzalez,
Wife of Sgt. Roy Gonzalez
Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office
EOW:7/15/2005

SG

September 10, 2005

Dear Papaw,
This year has been really hard without you. Spring and summer were especially the hardest times to deal with because I have so many memories of you from those seasons. Ones of you working in the yard and me trying to help you the best I could. I'm so proud of you! I miss you so much! I can still remember everything about you. The way your voice sounds, the way your face would feel when I'd hug you, everything. Everyone says that it'll get easier with time, but it doesn't seem to be. It hurts so bad, and people can try to console me, and it makes me feel better, but it doesn't help the fact that you're not here. But, I'll never forget you, EVER! I love you so much and I'm so proud of you!
Love always and forever,

Dana Linder, granddaughter

August 17, 2005

PUTT, I WAS SITTING HERE CRYING ABOUT YOU AND JERRY.WONDERING WHY YOU'LL HAD TO DIE.BUT,I GUESS WE ALL ARE GOING TO ONE DAY.I'M SORRY THE SYSTEM DIDN'T STAND BY YOU,WHEN YOU TRYED TO DO YOUR JOB,BUT THEY FAILED YOU.I THANK YOU PUTT FOR STANDING UP FOR ME OUT IN THOSE STREETS AND AT HOME.I KNOW GOD HAS A PLACE FOR YOU IN HEAVEN,FOR HELPING ME, MY KIDS,AND GRANDKIDS.THIS OLD HILL IS GETTING HARDER TO CLIMB WITHOUT YOU AND JERRY,BUT GOD'S GOT A ROPE ON TOP OF THIS HILL PULLING ME AND SUE UP. WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU!

BECKY
SISTER-IN-LAW TO BILL"PUTT"LINDER E.O.W.10-10-04

August 16, 2005

Mr. Putt, we miss you so much and wish you were here. Dana is as sweet and pretty as ever. We were looking at pictures the other day and came across the ones taken on her very first visit to your house. A picture of you smiling as you looked at her and held her for the first time tells the tale...she stole your heart right away (and you stole hers, too). Leighton is Bryan's carbon copy with Shane's personality. He is so funny sometimes. Wish you could have been able to watch Byron and him play baseball this summer after they matured in their playing so much in just a year. You would have been so proud of them and would have actually enjoyed watching them. They look and act like brothers, not third cousins.

We all love you and miss you terribly.

Carol Dee, daughter-in-law

August 6, 2005

Memories of you today have been sweet,'always in my heart'.Love You!

sue
wife of bill"putt"linder

July 31, 2005

Wisner 2 you will never be forgotten.

Vol. Firefighter

July 30, 2005

Dear Bryan, Carol and the Linder Family,
I am so sorry for all that you have been through this past week. I have prayed for you daily and you have been on my mind all the time. I know this is another one of those "I can't believe this has happened"... especially so soon after your dad...please know how much concern, sympathy, love, and especially prayers I send to you...when I don't know what to ask for, I just ask God to give you whatever you need at the moment. You all will always have a special place in our hearts and lives.

Wendy Hutchison,Mother of Trey Hutchison
Bossier City PD, EOW 8-11-04

July 22, 2005

BRYAN,I KNOW I SHOULD WORRY ABOUT YOU BUT I DON'T,I PRAY INSTEAD.GOD SHIELDS MOTHERS OF POLICEMEN FROM WORRY.YOU LOVE YOUR JOB AND WHY SHOULD I NOT WANT YOU TO DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.YOU ARE GOOD AT WHAT YOU DO AND I'M SO PROUD OF YOU. I WOULD NEVER DISCOURAGE OR DISHONOR YOU IN ANYTHING YOU CHOOSE TO DO IN LIFE.WHEN GOD GETS READY HE IS GOING TAKE YOU HOME SO UNTIL THEN ENJOY YOUR JOB. LOVE MOM

SUE/MOTHER OF BRYAN LINDER
WIFE TO BILL LINDER E.O.W.10-10-04

July 21, 2005

it's 7:00am in the morning i'm getting dress to go to the funeral of another police officer and i'm told so many times to go on with my life,but how?

sue/wife of bill"putt"linder

July 21, 2005

my uncle putt was a police officer that died protecting us and we thank him.R.I.P. WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU.

SARAH

July 21, 2005

i,m proud of you.i just wanted you to read this.love,A PROUD MOM!

sue
mother to bryan linder f.p.s.d.

July 19, 2005

ANOTHER OFFICER DOWN CALL CAME OVER THE RADIO THIS PAST WEEKEND.ANOTHER BRAVE POLICEMENT DIED. ANOTHER FAMILY TO SUFFER THE LOST OF A HUSBAND,A DAD,A HELPER,A FRIEND,A PROTECTER,A LEADER,A LISTENER,A BABYSITTER, A LAWN PERSON,A HANDYMAN,A VET,A COOK,A DISHWASHER,A GUIDANCE COUNSELOR,A FINANCIER, A STRONG SHOULDER TO CRY ON,AND SOMETIMES A STRONG BACK TO CARRY THE LOAD OF LIFE, NOW 'SOMEONE' ELSE WILL HAVE TO BE ALL THIS PEOPLE.I MISS YOU SO MUCH,YOU ARE IN MY EVERY THOUGHT. LOVE!

sue
wife

July 18, 2005

HEARING THE FIRST WORDS OF DEATH IS HORRIBLE,LIVING IT IS HELL.

sue linder
wife of bill''putt'' linder e.o.w.10-10-04

July 16, 2005

I was just leaving a reflection for an officer who was killed near where I live, and thought about my old friend, Bill. Bill, even though we didn't know eah other all that well, I just wanted you to know that I still think about the times that I used to stop by your speed trap in Baskin to chat with you, and when I go home for a visit, there is a big empty space in front of the store where you used to sit. I miss you, old friend.

Jason

July 8, 2005

TODAY OUR ADOPTION WAS FINAL.YOU HAVE ANOTHER SON.LOVE YOU!

SUE
WIFE

July 5, 2005

I STILL MISS YOU SO MUCH!I LOVE YOU ,HAPPY 4TH OF JULY.

sue
wife

June 29, 2005

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY~YOU WILL BE MISSED!

YOUR CHILDREN, BRYAN,SHANE,BYRON
THE LINDERS

June 19, 2005

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