Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Special Agent William "Buddy" Sentner, III

United States Department of Justice - Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, June 21, 2006

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Reflections for Special Agent William "Buddy" Sentner, III

I think of you and Maria often. The emptiness in my heart each time I drive past FCI. It’s taken me a long time to write this. I still grieve for your wife, the only photo you had in your wallet. You are not forgotten.

(former) Officer Kate Nelson
Tallahassee Police Department/639

September 27, 2021

Buddy, as you know we speak often in my thoughts and prayers; however, every 21st, I replay this day in my head. I think of the the last moments, I wish I could go back and do over, and play "what ifs" in my head, wondering if my circumstances could have changed the course of that day. I think of all the others who were there, what they are doing, do they remember the ultimate sacrifice you made that day for our continued existence on this earth....
I'm sorry to hear about your mother, and I hope she has finally rejoiced to be reunited with you again. I can still see her pained and agonizing face feeling the loss of you.
I will always pay tribute to you Buddy, I will never forget that day, more importantly I will never forget the lives, especially my own, you saved that day carrying out your duties as a dedicated LEO, and I am very grateful to have worked with you.

Andrea Carbonell
Former DOJ OIG

June 21, 2021

I am very moved by this story, and the tribute of William Sentner. Thank you for your tribute and I have tears to imagine your pain and loss. I have a son in a dangerous occupation, as well, and every day live in the fear of THE phone call, or seeing an official vehicle pull up in front of the house. By this story, I am rejuvenated in my work and life. Know that there are continuing prayers for you and family. Buddy continues to inspire, and make a positive impact on the world. He is not forgotten. William, you raised him well.

Stephen P. Cutler, Special Agent (ret)

January 18, 2021

Son: I know this is an odd time to write, but it is the right time. I am missing you deeply today and wanted to reflect on how much. I hope that your mother connected with you and that you are both having a good time. Us Earthlings miss you and think about you. Vicki says hi and one day we will rejoice.
All our love until we get together

William Sentner

December 7, 2020

Hey Buddy. I had to come here to remind you of the time that you were giving me suggestions on what Monique should do in her free time when she was in high school. We talked about her getting jobs....suggestions. Your suggestion was for her to become a life guard at the "public" pool her school offered during the summer. You tried so hard to convince her (even providing her information), but she did not pursue that idea. The only reason I bring this up was because I was having a conversation with my grandson (yes, Monique's 18 year old son....WOW!) about his free time. Low and behold, he mentioned being a life guard. Is that crazy or what? Talk about deja vu! You always looked out for me and Monique, because that's who "Buddy" was.....a true friend. I talk about you sometimes when I see our polygrapher prepping for his sessions. Reminds me of the times I saw you staring at the closed blinds in your office....prepping. Seems like yesterday; and I miss those times. Buddy, you're still in my thoughts, the picture of me, you, Thurling & Susan is still on my desk. Until another time.....miss ya, Dude.


November 17, 2020

It's hard to browse by this section. I am really not sure what to say but I hope that everything is going good for what the situation can offer such as this. Anytime an agent goes down it is not something to be taken lightly.

The father of late Punch and Champ, k9
Supporter of Good Law Enforcement

August 20, 2020

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

July 2, 2020

Every year there is something new about something old...this year my thoughts are with your Father...I think of your Dad, who went through another year without you. I cannot imagine the loss that he feels, and the grief that is forever prevalent. I know he finds solace in memories, but its still not the same...I hope he knows that I do not forget and thank everyday that I'm still here, and how much has gone on in life and what is happening now in our lives...and wonder what you would be doing and what you would think...Buddy, you will always be a hero, my HERO. I want your family to know how much you mean to me and my family. God Bless you and my God bestow his blessings on your family.

SA Andrea Carbonell
SSA OIG, former colleague

June 21, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

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

June 21, 2020

Thought about you today bro. I can’t believe that it’s coming up on 14 years.

Rest easy.

Retired Peer

June 6, 2020

Sentner! I say your name every time I do a pull-up (I can still do them Thank God :) You will never be forgotten in my world. I think of you often. When I'm down, I summon your memory to push me on. RIP Buddy. We'll eventually catch up on the otherside. In the meantime, save a heavenly ice-cold beer for me. I'll bring the koozies. Your wrestling brother, RHS Class '81, 112# .

Col Joseph S. Rogers, USAF (ret)
High School Wrestling Teammate

March 12, 2020

It would be easier to forget I think for a moment, then I realize I'm still on this earth because of your courage. I remember this day when I saw pure evil collide with sheer strength and gallant talent. You are a hero, a four letter word that means so much more than what we can imagine. Thank you Buddy for your sacrifice. I'm still pondering and trying to find the ultimate way to speak the truth and honor your memory. You are never far from thought and you will never be forgotten. I posted on Instagram today igrene077, a tribute to you I do every year. Thing have changed in the last 13 yrs, but my appreciation for you never dulls. RIP Buddy

Andrea Carbonell
Your survivor

June 22, 2019

What a brave and selfless hero. You're sacrifice will never be forgotten. I pray for peace in the hearts of your family and loved ones. You are and will always be a hero!

A citizen that backs the blue Rebecca W.

June 21, 2019

Rest in peace Special Agent Sentner.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 20, 2019

Happy birthday today brother, I am sitting here at my son Andrew's graduation at DAR


May 29, 2019

Thinking of you since its another birthday you don't get to celebrate. I was asked a couple of days ago, by "new friends" why it was that I don't celebrate mine. I answered ever since a traumatic incident that occurred on June 21, 2006, it has never been something I can bring myself to do since every year, my birthday follows up a couple of weeks after. I get the odd look, in that they don't understand even though they themselves are in law enforcement. I don't explain further, and they don't follow up with questions. I ease the tension with adding that I was blessed with my first born the day after my birthday. I make it all about my child enslaved on my birthday to make the impending 24 hours glorious for my child. Everyone thinks I'm that crazy parent who's the perfectionist in making their child's birthday over the top perfection.

I'll share a secret with you, its my self persecution, it's my penance, my way of making it about someone other than me. Survivor guilt is real, it doesn't go away, it morphs into coping mechanisms, superstitions, and idiosyncrasies. It doesn't seem right, and I don't feel that I'm allowed, I just feel lucky that I'm still here after all these years.

I have a moment of appreciation on my birthday, I try and celebrate my existence. After all, I was given the chance to continue on this earth for you are the reason I'm still here. I take a moment of silence on my birthday, remembering how yours was taken from you.

Your Survivor

May 28, 2019

I ever knew you but I read the story of your death. You are a hero for sure. Then I read the reflections of your friends and your father. You are deeply loved. May you rest in Heavenly peace.

Special Agent Christopher Di Leonardo
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

April 8, 2019


I think of you so often when people don't know what it is like to wear the badge and defend good from evil. Every profession deserves criticism, but recently those that wear the badge seem to get an unfair shake. I wish I could tell them your story of bravery and heroism. You epitomized what it means to sacrifice for the better of many. I wish more people knew you like I did. I will always look to your memory in the face of so much negativity. Always missing you.....


July 21, 2018

Happy Birthday Buddy. Miss you like it was yesterday.


May 29, 2018

Happy Birthday Buddy....its a bittersweet sentiment...
I'll be back on the 21st, sadly, I know of your birthday now that you're gone...
Wishing you peace and tranquility, and hope that you feel the love from all of us here!!


May 28, 2018

Bill. Its been a long time since our days at Maryland. I reflect on the good and "silly" times we had our senior year. I think of you often and I pray you rest in peace. My daughter wants to follow my fathers path into law enforcement and she speaks of serving as you did in the secret service. Let it be known that our loss was Heavens gain..... Rest in Peace Bill..

Your Friend Mac

Mayor Michael McPartland Edgewater NJ
College Roomate

February 5, 2018

Son we are on year 11.. My thoughts are with you every day. I speak to some of your friends each year. As I grow older each year I look forward o seeing you, when my time is up. May peace come to this earth and bless all of mankind You helped.

William Sentner

July 13, 2017

When I knew Buddy and worked with him in Phoenix, Arizona He was a United States Secret Service Agent. He was a hard worked who always was available to assist local law enforcement. He also made me laugh with his humor. RIP Buddy, I think of you often and your tragic loss of life. RIP Buddy

Senior Investigator, Chuck Jones retired
Glendale Police Department

July 8, 2017


Another year has passed and I want you to know that I still carry your memory with me. Whenever things get tough, I think of the courage you had to fight and save so many lives. You are my the standard of courage in my eyes. I was recently in Tallahassee and once again saw the site of your bravery. So many people walk by not knowing that a hero saved so many lives there. I want you to know that I will never take you for granted and never forget your sacrifice. I miss you Buddy....

Your friend,

A Friend

June 22, 2017

A few tears were shed today thinking about you and the years that have passed. Miss you Buddy, every day.


June 22, 2017

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