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Private William Edward Connor

United States Department of Transportation - Federal Aviation Administration Police, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, January 12, 1974

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Reflections for Private William Edward Connor

Rest in peace Private Connor.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 12, 2022

Private Connor, today marks the 42nd anniversary of your tragic death due to the actions of a few idiots. We can only hope they took the incident to heart and straightened themselves out.

You are a true hero and served our nation on at least three levels. I thank you.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

January 12, 2016

Private Connor,

I just wanted to thank you for your service and let you know that you will always be remembered. As a former MWAA officer, I also worked the beat where you paid the ultimate sacrifice. When I first came to the agency there were a few oldtimers from the FAA that told us your story. I always remember seeing the HEROES plaque in the station with your name and EOW inscription. I also wanted to give thanks to Amy Bertsch , former PIO of Alexandria VA PD. Amys' tireless research and love of history, made it possible for your ultimate sacrifice to be rediscovered and remembered on this site. Rest in peace.

SPO Anthony Gabriel Jr (ret)
Alexandria Virginia Police Department

November 26, 2012

I am currently a police officer assigned to the very airport in which Pvt Connor served as a police officer. I patrol the very beat assignment where Pvt. Connor made the ultimate sacrifice.

I thank you for your service. I thank you for your heroic conduct. I thank you for your courageous actions. I thank you.

Cpl. Tonya Williams
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department

October 1, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Laslater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all of 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 12, 2012

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the year I was hired. While it's been a long time, I'm sure those you left behind and served with disctinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thanks for your service and for looking out for us you left behind. Rest in peace Private Connor.

Sgt. Robert Mau, Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 16, 2008

"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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 31, 2008

Private Connor, today marks the 34th anniversary of your tragic death. Thank you for protecting our nations airports among other things. You gave so much for your country and we are grateful, you are a hero.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

January 12, 2008


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

January 4, 2008

Pvt. Connor,
Finally you are being honored for your sacrifice. Rest in Peace.

Officer Kreis
Metro. Washington Airports Authority P.D (Dulles)

April 1, 2007

Pvt. Connor,
It has taken over 32 years, but you are finally being honored. I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as an LEO but also for your service in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy as well.



August 1, 2006

Rest in peace my will never be forgotten

Cpl. Gilliam
Metro. Washington Airport Auth. P.D. (Nat'l Airport)

July 31, 2006



July 30, 2006

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

July 29, 2006

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

July 29, 2006

God Bless Privat Conner's family & friends. Stay strong for one another - you are all in our prayers.

Cpl Jean-Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP Service, Traffic Unit

July 29, 2006

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