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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

It's never easy for me to come here and remember that day you were taken from us. So many days have passed, so much has taken place since then... Times have become uncertain and blinded for so many and the creeds and oaths we once lived by seem to fade away daily. I miss you my friend. I wish you and many more like you were here today with us to strengthen a seemingly failing future. I thank you for your service and your sacrifice. I will forever more carry the thought of a good man known to me as Conrad Lee Birney with me. You shall not be forgotten. God Bless.


March 1, 2021

I was 18 when you were killed. I was just a kid . My friends and I had interacted with you a few times while we were hanging out( probably loitering). You had an incredible manner about you. Just thinking of you today and found this. God bless you.

Private citizen- Jack Packard

May 20, 2020

As you know Monday was my 60th birthday and the day Mom came to join you in Heaven. I promise you Cheryl and I shall take care of each other and your grandchildren until we meet again.
We Love you two Forever,
Judy Birney

Officer Judy Birney
Alexandria Police Department

February 16, 2020

Forty Seven years have passed and I still think of you often. I remember that day as if it were yesterday. I remember telling the reporter; "when you saw his car coming, you knew there was friend on the way." I miss you. I wish we had a lot more officers today like you. The streets haven't gotten any safer and it seems there are fewer willing or able to serve but those that are continue to serve communities in hopes of making a difference. As you look down on the rest of us help us all in living by your words to me many years ago... "To make a difference you have to get involved... If, you get involved ...Make a Difference!" God Bless my friend.

Trp II Keith Nichols (ret)

December 27, 2019

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

December 27, 2018

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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