Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman William A. Burgholzer, Jr.

Oswego Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, January 18, 1972

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Reflections for Patrolman William A. Burgholzer, Jr.

Officer Burgholzer's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 9-28-17 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police

October 2, 2017

Dad I miss you and love you. Watch over Mom and Norine who are with you.

Police Commissioner Tom Burgholzer

April 21, 2014

Pappy, it is great to see that you are finally recognized as you should have been years ago. I had the honor of knowing you and your family when I was much younger as my father was your Chief of Police. You were a good and honest man and a fine officer.

Lt. Robert Mizel, Jr (ret)
Sweetwater County, Wyoming Sheriff's Department

January 27, 2014

Rest in Peace, Patrolman Burgholzer. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 29, 2013

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

Time never dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honoed and revered.. 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 18, 2012

"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

January 8, 2008


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

January 7, 2008

William möge ruhen in Frieden.Er hat dem Namen im Dienst für die Allgemeinheit Ehre erwiesen.

Vielleicht haben wir die selben Wurzeln unserer Vorfahren.
Germany, Passau, Bayerisch Haibach?

Alois Burgholzer
Office for agriculture Passau,Bavaria

October 26, 2006

To the grandfather I never met. Thanks for you sacrifice.


September 18, 2006

To my grandfather I never got to meet, RIP.


September 6, 2006

For Officer William A. Burgholzer Jr. and his family: Know that a life given in service to others is never forgotten. And though we have never met, you will be remembered in thought and prayer during the weekend of May 13, 2006.
- The Burgholzer Family in MA

Catherine Burgholzer-Hirst

March 15, 2006

Rest in peace sir

March 15, 2006

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

March 12, 2006

Rest in peace in the loving arms of God.

Mary Kay Balchunas
Mother of Special Agent Jay Balchunas, EOW 11/5/04

March 8, 2006



March 6, 2006

Patrolman Burgholzer,
It has taken over 34 years, but you are finally being honored. I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Oswego.


March 4, 2006

Thank you my brother for your service to our state and the village of Oswego. God bless you and your family.

MPO Paul Moeller
Joliet Police Department, Illinois

March 4, 2006

Sir, you are remembered.Rest in Peace.

March 4, 2006

Sir, you are remembered.Rest in Peace.

March 4, 2006

Sir, you are remembered.Rest in Peace.

March 4, 2006

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