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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 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

Buddy, I will never forget what you did for so many that day, including me. A change of duty and position, will forever be the pivotal moment that changed the course of our respective fates. I try to not dwell on the facts that anger me so, or the people who have long gone and have forgotten. I try to dwell on the ultimate sacrifice you gave that day. I share every opportunity to tell of what a tremendous person you are, to pay homage to so many of those who miss you so much! I want you to know that you are always in my thoughts, you are always in my family's prayers, and you will forever be a hero!

Andrea, SA

June 21, 2017

Son: We think about you every day. Life will never be the same. I thank all of your friends that think about you. All have moved on, and all have not forgotten, a wonderful guy, my son. Glen called and we reflected, Our close friends reflect and we have laughs over some of the stories. Mine of course was the State Fair that Max you and I went to and how you joined the country singers. I of course thought you were nuts.

William Sentner

June 27, 2016

Miss you Buddy! You have been a great example in my life and I am proud that I was able to work with you and learn from you!


June 21, 2016

10 years today. Preventable and tragic. Your family and friends miss you.

Anonymous Not DOJOIG

June 21, 2016

Hi Buddy,

I am unable to grasp that it has been 10 years since we lost you. Many things have transpired since then, but one constant is that I have forgotten about you or your heroism. People come and go in this organization and some have attained higher positions and status. I only hope that honoring you hasn’t become ordinary and without reflection. I hope that people take the time to actually reflect on what you did and how you saved many lives. Your selfless actions in defense of others were nothing short of heroic.

Although I don’t talk to her much, I often think of AC and how she how she honors your memory. She has moved on and raising a family of her own. However, I see that she pays tribute to you and that makes me smile. Others like RH, I have not spoken to in years. He honors you differently and quietly- which is how he always was. However, I know your actions positively impacted him. I know because before he left he told me how he felt.

I speak to your dad a few times a year, not nearly as much as I should. He is a strong man and he carries your memory with him. It seems he has learned to forgive and focus his energy on positive reflection of you. I wish I had his strength, because I’m not sure if I have reached his level of forgiveness. I haven’t talked to Maria in a few years, but your dad tells me she is doing fine. I’m happy that she has been able to find happiness in all of this. You would be the first to agree with that.

I miss you dear friend!!


June 21, 2016

Watching the dawn come up today reminded me that 10 years ago, was your last one, my cup of coffee this am, reminds me of the one you so desperately tried to find me on this morning ten years ago before that fateful op. I'm still here because of are the bravest individual I know, every training I think of you, I will never forget how you kept fighting even when you were down, you kept fighting even upon your last breath. I know you are remembered because of those that have reached out. I know that the last few days you have been honored and toasted by those that remember the ultimate sacrifice you made and miss you as their loved one and friend. A moment of silence is to be had today, but it is by no means justice for your ten years of silence. I still try to live by your words, "Sit and Relax, Life is too short"....RIP Buddy.

SA Carbonell
Colleague and Friend

June 21, 2016

It's been ten years and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Your heroic actions and bravery will always be remembered.


June 20, 2016

Reading and reflecting on the time we spent together. Miss you, Buddy.


June 20, 2016

Well son you would be retired now, living the good life. With your Birthday in 4 days, we remember all the good times. I will remember and look forward to seeing you when my time comes. We love you and miss you.

William Sentner
Dept of Justice OIG

May 24, 2016

Those closest to you got together today and reflected on your life. It included only those you would have wanted to be there. It was powerful and moving. I know you were there with us. God bless you.


May 14, 2016


You were a great Officer when you served with the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division. In was proud to have been your Sergeant. Your kind, tough and ALWAYS willing to learn. I am very proud of you and sadden by the way you had to give the "Last Full Measure" of devotion.


May 9, 2016


I remember going through the academy with you!! Wow how I hated running but you by my side telling me we can do this and it will get easier really made a difference!

You are missed very much!!!!

Rest in peace Bill


TSD Specialist Don Clark
US Secret Service

October 2, 2015

Buddy, another year has passed and your memory still shines brightly in my heart. I have your pin in plain view in my office that reads "Sit and Relax, Life is too Short." Just like you, those words help me maintain proper perspective.

I spoke with your dad about a week ago. It was very comforting hearing his voice and talking about you. I plan on meeting him the next time I'm in his town.

Your are tremendously missed Buddy!! I wish you were still here and our families could have gotten the chance to grow close as we had planned.


June 22, 2015

Another year gone but still living in my thoughts. ❤


June 22, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 21, 2015

Oh Buddy, I've thought about what to write all day, and now I'm trying to find the time to gather my thoughts in just what to say, to somehow ease the pain, or lessen the reality that has already become a part of history. I have little ones at my heels, trying to figure out why I don't come to bed. All the while, knowing that my children and my life as I know it would not exist if it weren't for your bravery that day...It is truly hard to imagine that it's been 9 years. Someone I am so connected to and know so much about, sadly only because he is gone and not with us. I truly wish I was Andrea, I can't remember her last name because she's been gone for so long, or you've retired and moved on into another phase of life and forgotten all of us still on the hamster wheel. This year is no different than any other year, still the same feelings of sadness, anger, and reflection, feeling alone in understanding the events of that day. The same questions still remain, and the same non-answers are maintained. The only existence of history is the reading of the use of force by the other agency involved when there is a joint operation, which just makes me want to get up and scream at the top of my lungs that you are the only reason that it occurs. Don't think that through the years, I haven't made it a point to acknowledge the truth of the matter at times, just not in the true sense I've described. What really saddens me today the most, more than anything at all, is that your 9th anniversary falls on Father's Day, the day that your loudest advocate, and simply your Father, doesn't get to spend his day with you because of stupidity and ignorance. I agree with your Father's anger synonymously. I pray that God and Karma will in the end serve the humble pie that awaits those that have set themselves on such a high pedestal. I know that one day the truth shall set you free, in the meantime you will always be remembered. My children will always know your name. And we will honor you for the years to come. Not that it lessens the loss or unweighs the burden, but your sacrifice will not go unrecognized, and you will never be forgotten.

Former colleague and survivor

June 20, 2015

Buddy, I want to honor you on the 9-year anniversary of your sacrifice and again take time to reflect on the bravery and courage you exhibited when action was necessary, you saved lives that day while giving yours. You will always remain a source of inspiration to me and many others and please know that you are sorely missed and never forgotten. God Bless.

ASAC Vic Bello
U.S. Department of Justice

June 20, 2015

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