Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Conrad Lee Birney

Alexandria Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, December 27, 1972

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Reflections for Detective Conrad Lee Birney

Another year has passed my friend, the loss remains deep. The impact caused by those responsible for your death affected far many more than any one could have imagined. I'm unaware if Mac Holland and his cohorts have come up for parole or not but I am in hopes that the life of a fallen police officer still counts far more than the hope of such men being reformed and deserving to be allowed to walk free among society. You have always meant a great deal to me and will forever be honored wherever I may go or whatever I do. May the Lord Bless you and your family in the years to come.

Trp ll M. Keith Nichols
KHP

December 27, 2018

Dad,
I am sorry I have not been here for awhile but I speak to you everyday in my heart. I read all the messages and see the constant ones that hold you dear to their hearts as well. You would think that as the years pass it would become easier but it actually becomes harder. This year I rode in your name in the Police Unity Tour and at the end of 240 miles I rode my bike into the memorial crying tears of pain and joy. The pain off your loss and the joy of being able to say I was your daughter. Thank you God for, although a short time, allowing us to have one of your greatest angels.

Judy R Schoenle (Birney)
Alexandria Police Department

August 1, 2018

Late due to illness, but you are never out of thought. The memories of being a kid in Alexandria, growing up in questionable times back then, seeing the changes to our country in the 60s and 70s was a real experience for a young mind. Having men such as yourself to look up to made a world of difference to me and I am sure to many others as well. I have wished so many times that I could have changed the events of December 27th 1972 but have had to live with the reality of being just human with humanly limitations. I hope there is some way that you know how many lives you touched and made a difference to. It's been 45 years without you with us but I carry your wisdom with me wherever I go. I am keeping on ...keeping on still serving, educating, and being in spite of what the world has become. I'll never forget "To make a difference, you have to get involved... if you get involved, make a difference." God Bless my Friend!

M.K. Nichols
KHP, Trp

December 28, 2017

Thinking of my Uncle Junior today. Good man, great loss

Patty Birney Sherwood
Niece

December 27, 2017

Thinking of my Uncle Junior today. Our family lost a great man with a kind soul 44 years ago today. I was a young kid when he died, but I remember his smile, laugh, and hugs.

Patty Birney Sherwood
Niece

December 27, 2016

It never fades from memory, throughout the years I have occasions that spark the thought of December 27th, 1972. That parking lot, that sidewalk, that bank entry, the delivery driver, the response but most of all the loss. 44 years later and my heart aches today as if it were just yesterday. Conrad Lee Birney known as a husband, son and brother, a Marine, police officer, and detective. To me he was a friend to a kid that admired him and many others on the APD. He was a good man then and remains a living inspiration for this man to follow. I miss you Detective, thanks for being there for me! Making a difference.

TRP M. Keith Nichols (ret)
KHP

December 26, 2016

I think of Conrad regularly and he is fresh in my mind. On a couple occasions, he drew sketches for me. He drew one of Officer Bob Lincoln, Fairfax P.D. Bob was 6' 150" tall and he rode motor. Conrad drew Bob on a Harley and it showed Bob's knees extending to the front fender of the Harley. I rode motor for APD and we would meet in the Hunting Towers area and ride the parkway.

Bob Fregoso
Spotsylvania Co. S.O.

December 21, 2016

To the Birney Family,
Less we ever forget the sacrifices made by those brave enough to stand in harm's way to protect and serve... 43 years and Conrad lives on in my heart and mind. I will never forget his saying to me, "To make a difference, you have to get involved, if you get involved, make a difference." I've tried to live by those words. Sometimes it saved lives, other times it caused me to be labeled a "Serpico" but it was all for the best in the long run. I wish there were more Conrad Birney s in the world today, we sure could use a few! Judy, Marsha and I had a daughter, Makayla Grace, named after my mother. Planning on another this year, perhaps a boy (???), if so his name sake will be in honor of your dad. Know you are forever in our thoughts and prayers. The day I last saw your dad, December 27, 1972, is a memory that I will have always. I too miss him. I so wish I had been able to do something that day to change the outcome of events. Love to all.

Myron "Keith Nichols, Trp (ret)
KHP

December 15, 2015

Proud to send my No Parole letter today. Rest in peace brother, we will do our best to keep your killer behind bars for life. God bless the family, friends, and former co-workers of Detective Birney as the wound is re-opened once again.

Sr. Ptlmn Donnie Meaders(RET)
Wewoka (OK) Police Department

October 15, 2015

Thank you Kathy for sharing that with us. It's very inspiring.

Sgt. McDaniel
Interlochen Center for the Arts

October 15, 2015

These guys are coming up for Parole. Hopefully Life means Life. I remember this clearly. This happened about 5 years before I started my career. I was in college studying Criminal Justice.

Sgt D L
Retired from Virginia

October 15, 2015

I just came across this and had to leave a reflection. When I was 16, and beginning to head down the wrong road, Detective Birney took me into his office. He sat there and built me what he called the reputation tree and for two hours talked to me. Before I left he told me he wanted me back in 5 days and at that time I had to memorize the Ten Commandments. He was a tough man with a very gentle soul who truly cared about the people he served. He made a big impact on my life.

Kathy Sutphin

April 15, 2015

Missing my Uncle Junior today on the anniversary of his death. He was a fun, joking uncle and a wonderful man. I wish I could have known him longer and had him in our lives more. I loved him very much

Patty Birney Sherwood
Niece

December 27, 2014

You were my mentor. Prior to joining, you told me all the bad and the good things that might happen. You were right, they did. But I always tried to remember the things you told me. I still miss you, my friend.

Retired Officer, Hampton Virginia Police Division
Retired Senior Officer, Federal Reserve Police
Former Officer, Alexandria Virginia Police Dept.

February 22, 2014

Thinking of you, Uncle Junior, this Christmas. I still remember your smile and laughter. Hope you and Dad are watching over each other now.

Patty Sherwood
Niece

December 29, 2013

Another year has come and gone, and yet your memory never fades... you will forever be a part of me and my life. I share the memories of us with those I have circle with today, letting them know how you impacted me in earlier times. I don't know where Kathy, Bev and the others of the JB are today but I too remember their service and give tribute to you and them for a job well done! I was in touch with your daughter, hope to hear from her again...Rest in Peace my friend for you are missed and loved by many.

TRP II Myron "Keith" (Cleveland) Nichols
KHP/ Friend

December 2, 2013

Forty years ago I stood in the parking lot and wondered why?.... At seventeen ya think you have all the answers, until something like 27 December hits you square in the face. As with every other year at Christmas I think of you Detective and say thanks for your being a friend to a kid whose own father wasn't around much. I always counted you a friend and have missed you over the years. Know that you will forever be remembered by boy grown to be a man without a father to claim his own. Barbara, it's been awhile since I last spoke with you. I hope you and the family are doing well and enjoying life. I have remarried, selling the farm in KS and moving to Hot Springs, AR area. I hope we can be in touch soon. Love You. Myron "Keith"

fmr TRP II Myron K. (Cleveland) Nichols
KHP. Family Friend

January 2, 2013

Thinking about you this holiday season and the great memmories we all had together. Try to think about the good times and not horrible way you had to leave. I'm thinking canasta game... Christmas Eve, 6 kids, parents yelling at them to go to sleep so Santa can come, Kids hearing jingle bells outside...then "Gosh darnit!". A little different vocabulary though. Santa was running around outside but tripped on something. Didn't know Santa cussed. Thankyou for the great memmories! You put true meaning to Hero! Give Dad a hug!
Love you! Smallchange xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Colleen Birney Wheeler
niece

December 26, 2012

Junior, I went to the cemetery last week and put some flowers on your resting place beside your mother. Now your brother Leonard is with you and I would like to hear that conversation. God bless you both.
Bette (your sister-in-law)

Bette Birney
sister-in-law

November 17, 2012

As I sit here reading some of these reflections especially Officer Nichols I am humbled that so many people not only remember my father but that he had an impact on their lives. Dad you were a great man and as far as I am concerned shall live forever if only in my heart.

Love Forever your daughter,
Judy Birney

Judy Birney
Daughter

August 27, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

December 27, 2011

Detective, it's been 39 years since that day at Seminary Plaza. It was an unbelieveable day in my life that lives with me every day, I was just 17 when Mac Holland and his bunch destroyed the lives of so many in taking your life. I thought of you as a good and decent man, a roll model for me that I wanted to be just like. I so wish I could have done something that day to have changed the events that took place. I have always remembered you and appreciate the times you took to stop and speak with me. As I told the media then, when you saw Detective Birneys car coming, you knew there was a friend on his way... I ve been in touch with some of your fellow officers and Barbara over the years. Know you are thought of often and always missed. I love ya man !

Myron Keith (Cleveland) Nichols
KHP

October 24, 2011

Happy Birthday


Love you,
Barbara

Barbara Birney
wife

August 9, 2011

Hi,
Another year without you and Rob. Thank god I have my two yorkies to spend Christmas with. As you know Cheryl and family are living in Fl. and Judy has a new man in her life and can't be bothered with anyone else.
You and Rob have a nice Christmas and I will talk with you later.

Love you,
Barbara

Barbara Birney
Wife

December 24, 2009

It's hard to believe another year has past, yet the events of December 27, 1972 are as real today as they were 36 years ago.

Even-though I only rode with you for a very short time in my rookie year what you taught me was the foundation on which I built a successful career.

I will never forget you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Rick Moore (Sergeant - Retired)
Alexandria Police Department

December 27, 2008

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