Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Special Agent Supervisor William Hershall Garvey

California Department of Justice, California

End of Watch Saturday, September 24, 2005

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Reflections for Special Agent Supervisor William Hershall Garvey

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 24, 2020

Rest in peace Special Agent Supervisor Garvey.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 17, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

September 24, 2017

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 18, 2015

Thinking of you and your family today, this seventh anniversary of your tragic death. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

September 24, 2012

I just read on Google about the accident in 2005. I cannot believe he is gone. I last saw him in Santa Barbara. We met talked about old times, laughed lots and saw a movie. He was headed to Sacramento with a load of guns.......he loved his job and his family and he will be greatly missed.

Lifelong Friend

March 9, 2012

You ae remembered today.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 24, 2010

2010 comes upon us without Bill. It's been almost half a decade and I hope we will all reflect how much the Garvey family is a part of our family as the Holidays come upon us. I ask and I'm sure Bill would agree if he was still with us that all of us need to be careful during the holidays especially with DUIs. Such tragedy has taken many good people away from us.

Will Telish

December 5, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 4th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


September 25, 2009

Rest in Peace, Agent Garvey. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

June 8, 2009

This was suppose to be your 60th birthday. You were going to be retired by now and we were going to make that road trip......but we wouldn't go any place where we couldn't carry a gun. You are always in my thoughts. You have not been forgotten!!


January 21, 2009

Gail and Natalie there is not a day that goes by, when there is something that reminds me of Bill. I know he would have enjoyed being a Grandpa to little Alma and would have spoiled her rotten.

Bill Garvey was a friend and co worker. I met Bill when he was assigned to LA IMPACT ALERT NORTH TASK FORCE and I was the supervisor of this task force. He was reserved man but once you gained his friendship and trust there was nothing he would not do for you. Bill was thought of being gruff and unapproachable but he was not, he had this warm out going personality once you got to know him. He took a liking to one of my sons, Lyle, and helped him with his strength training while he played football at Cal Lutheran.

Bill was a very big supporter of The Survivors' Memorial Fund annual golf tournament which he was the Chairman for the Southern California area. Bill would have a way of enlisting or having you volunteer for this event.

The thing I miss most about not having Bill here with us. Is the phone call when he’d ask “What are you doing?” I’d always reply “talking on the phone with you!” Then the conversation would flow from there.

Bill rest in peace my friend and see you when I go EOW.

Tony Hollins, LASD Sgt., retired.

Tony Hollins
LASD retired & friend

January 13, 2008

I was surfing law enforcement sites and came across your memorial page for the first time. You were a good partner Bill. As I'm typing this, I'm looking at the lifetime California Narcotic Officer Assoc. (CNOA) plaque you presented me at my medical retirement. You knew it was hard on me, so you made sure to call or arrange an occasional lunch date with me and others from the lab team and/or ALERT North. You were big and strong, with a bigger heart and will not be forgotten. I'll let Tony and Gregg know about your page, I'm sure they would like to remember you too. I'm also going to talk to the Association of Special Agents (ASA-DOJ), about having all fallen CA-DOJ Special Agents linked to the ODMP site. I'll see you when my watch is over too.

Special Agent (Ret)

December 27, 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
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

November 21, 2007


Thank you for all your help to find a job as an officer ,your friendship and your service to Law Enforcement and the community you served. We all miss you. God bless you and your Family.

M. Parra - CIS II/R. Officer

September 12, 2007

I just stumbled on this reflection page while reading letters for fallen officer Kyle Ballard.

I thought I'd run your name Bill and see what was left here.

Yesterday, one of the guys came to me and showed me some equipment issued to him that had your business card still taped to it. Out of respect, he left the card intact and asked about you. It comes to show that as long as we all continue to talk about our friends and people we care about, no one forgets.

Special Agent Supervisor

April 26, 2007

It's been almost a year since we've had to say good-bye and it isn't any easier to accept that we aren't going to hear one of your great stories or the roar of your laughter again. We miss you tons and think of you often! We will forever keep you close in our hearts.

Felicia and Tim

September 15, 2006

To Special Agent Supervisor William Garvey and his loved ones:

On this the sixth month after your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart is still with your family and I look forward to meeting them in Sacramento and/or D.C. You’re all in our thoughts and our prayers.

William, 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, Agent William Garvey. I am so humbled by your valor and courage.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service William gave to his community and the citizens of Califonia, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 24, 2005.

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

March 9, 2006

Although we never met, I heard wonderful things about you.

My heart goes out to your incredible wife and daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with them as they continue to heal from the great loss of losing you, a loving husband and father.

I thank you for the work you did in law enforcement and the passion you did it with. I know you were respected by many.

My prayers are with your family now as you rest in peace, forever in their hearts.

Dr. Elena Michaels
Dr. Elena Michaels

February 5, 2006

We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of a loved one in law enforcement. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in support. As we personally know, sometimes there is little comfort that comes from words. Keep focused as you can on the memories and joyous times for these things may bring you comfort. Rely heavily on family, friends, and other law enforcement. Honor your fallen loved one, for their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Alissa Scott
Widow of Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-03

Co-Founders of Survivor Help Network

November 28, 2005

It has been 2 months since the death of Bill, and I just heard about it. I was shocked and saddened to learn of his passing. I remember Bill well. In 1990, Bill helped me get my start in law enforcement and I began an internship with DOJ/BNE Clan Lab Task Force. Bill recruited me at school and gave me some great lessons in leaderhsip and drug enforcement.

My favorite story...We were surveilling a suspected cook and the suspect was doing a lot of counter surveillance techniques. Bill was on point and we all had to drop way back as the suspect drove into rural areas. A line of chase cars really stands out. Well we come to a fork in the road, and had not heard which way did the suspect and Bill go. We asked over the radio a couple times "left or right" with no immediate response. Finally, we hear Bill respond "I went straight". We replied, the road only goes left and right. Bill said, "I know...I went straight. I'm in the drainage ditch." Sure enough, we found him about 30' below in the ditch with nothing hurt but his ego. At least the suspect stopped to check on him first before we got there. Then he was kind enough to drop a dime to the CHP too!:-)

RIP Bill - you will be missed.

Lt. Michael Rich
Los Angeles County Police

November 22, 2005

On 09/30/05 Boston Police Academy RTG 42-05 remembered Special Agent Supervisor William Garvey and dedicated our training day to him.

You are not forgotten.

Boston Police Academy RTG 42-05

November 22, 2005

My family would like to extend our deepest heart felt sympathies to the family, friends, and fellow co-workers of Special Agent Supervisor William Garvey. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We would like to let law enforcement officers everywhere know how much we appreciate them for putting their lives on the line everyday doing their jobs to keep their communities safe. May God watch over and protect each & everyone of you!

Gail M Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig eow 2-16-04

October 26, 2005

May GOD bless your family and friends at this terrible time. Thank you for your many years of service and dedication. Rest in peace, Sir.

Shirley Roberts
Aunt of Fallen Officer John Logan EOW-3-14-04

October 25, 2005




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