Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Chief George "Bill" Stanford

Cheyenne Police Department, Wyoming

End of Watch Monday, August 13, 2007

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Reflections for Deputy Chief George "Bill" Stanford

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

August 13, 2017

I miss you every day little brother. You were an inspiration to many and the world is a better place for having you in it.

Terry Stanford
Sister

August 13, 2017

Bill was a an inspiration to all of us. I still miss playing golf with him. God Bless You.

Retired Dale Bratton
Cheyenne Police Department

April 30, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 24, 2012

Deputy Chief Stanford,
On today, the 5th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cheyenne. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
U.S. Border Patrol

August 13, 2012

Happy Holidays Bill, I hope all is well with your family. God Bless and keep watch over us.
Its been 4 long years, but feels like yesterday since you went to be with our heavenly father.
I think of you and CPD all the time. Thoughts and Prayers to your family and friends.

wayne cespedes

January 2, 2012

That was Sgt. Olsen's office, sorry.

wayne cespedes

August 13, 2011

Mr. Stanford, even thought it has been 4 years, I remember it like it was yesterday. I can still visualize the scene in the gym after Chief Fecht came out calling for people's help. I was down the hall sitting in Sgt. Owen's office when you left us to be with thw Lord.
God Bless you sir and your family. May I one day see you again and we can sit and have a chat like we did in the restaurant area of Little America in March of 07 with Lt. Munari.

Wayne

wayne cespedes

August 13, 2011

Happy New Years in Heaven Mr. Stanford. God Bless you for your honor and sacrifice to the citizens of Cheyenne.
Keep watching over your loved ones as we head into the new year, always smiling and always laughing like you used to at the police station.
I, for one am proud to have known you even though it was for a short time.

wayne cespedes

December 31, 2010

Merry Christmas Bill,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of year.
I know you are watching over them and keeping them safe.

wayne cespedes

December 22, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Sir. Thanks for ALL the snow here in Utah. I wish your family many heart filled thoughts this time of year.
Say hello to my little angel up there, Nathanial (2005-2009)

God Bless you sir, for the lord has what is one of the most honorable and respected men from Cheyenne in his presence.

wayne cespedes

November 21, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the third 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 those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 13, 2010

Happy Memorial Day weekend sir. God Bless you and your family. Miss the fun times at CPD,you were and still are an honorable man.

Rest easy sir.

WAYNE CESPEDES

May 30, 2010

Hard to believe it's been two years little brother. My heart is still broken and I miss you terribly.

I know you have welcomed many fellow officers since you've been there. All of you are special and we appreciate what you did for us.

Keep smiling down on us. We need all the help we can get in this world.

Terry
Sister

August 13, 2009

To Deputy Chief George Stanford, his family and his fellow officers with the Cheyenne Police Department:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Deputy Chief Stanford’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Deputy Chief Stanford and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

August 13, 2009

Merry Christmas to your family sir. Wish you were here, but I know you are in spirit. May the Lord bless your loved ones as you sit beside him and watch over all of us too.

wayne cespedes

December 6, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving to your family and to you sir. God Bless and may you watch over your loved ones this holiday season Mr. Stanford. One day I hope to celebrate the seasons with you beside God. Rest peacefully Sir.

wayne cespedes

November 27, 2008

Happy Halloween sir. A year has passed since you left us and are standing next to God's side. I pray for your family through these tough times coming up with the holidays. I know you will be there with them in spirit enjoying the peace of Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have since left CPD back in February of this year and now reside in Utah. I regret not being able to go to the peace officer's memorial in May up at the academy in Douglas. I hope someday soon I can make the trip and see your honorable name on the plaque. Then I can pay my respects to you sir and say a little prayer for you and your family sir. God Bless you and your family sir. Rest easy and peaceful Mr. Stanford

wayne cespedes

November 1, 2008

You were my Sgt for two years more than a decade ago, but I will never forget you. May God bless and comfort your family, Sarge.

Ed Lloyd, P67
Former Cheyenne Police Officer

October 21, 2008

Thinking of you all of your loved ones. Continue to keep watch over all of them and those close to you. You are a true hero and have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 13, 2008

I just wanted to let his family know that I feel for your loss. I was fortunate enough to ride in the Police Unity Tour this year and I rode with Chief Stanfords bracelet on my wrist. I selected his name, due to both of our agencies being somewhat western, in relation to the rest of the tour. I will keep it on display in my office and think about the 2008 ride and the many times I looked at the bracelet and thought how sad it was that my brother had died. Take care of your family, once again I am sorry.

Lt. Anthony DiMauro
North Las Vegas Police Department

May 15, 2008

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9).

Bill, I miss you still seven months after the fact. It was comforting seeing you in the morning, always with the neck of a Diet Pepsi pinched between your pinkey and ring finger. That was your tradition- just popping your head into day shift ongoing to say hi. I also remember you never sent out "crabby" emails like some other administrators do... Yours were always to show concern for the troops- check the numbers on your peanut butter, use sun screen, don't talk to strangers (or DO, for the patrolmen), dress in layers... Bill, we knew you cared about us professionally and personally. And for that, you have inspred me professionally to be a better cop, and personally to be the best husband and father I can be.

Thank you DC

Casey

Patrolman Casey Patterson P65
Cheyenne Police Department

March 22, 2008

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Everytime I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the man they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Deputy Stanford. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Bill, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Bill's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Bill's life was about so much more than the way he died. Bill will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Deputy Stanford, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been almost five years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,


Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Surviving Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

December 30, 2007

Mr. Stanford,
I wish I could say "Hello" again every morning when I would see your smiling face. I will always remember the day you came out to Little America with another staff officer to offer me this position in training. It was an honor to have known you and work for you in such a short period of time sir. Thanksgiving was snowy and cold this year and I know you were watching over your family from above, as you always will be. God Bless you for all the hard work and years you served the community of Cheyenne, for the citizens were lucky to have such a man in a leadership position for the police department. God Bless your wonderful family also sir. Rest peacefully Mr. Stanford.

Wayne Cespedes
Cheyenne PD- Backgrounds

November 29, 2007

"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
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 12, 2007

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