Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant Francis William Wilt, Jr.

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, May 20, 1980

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Reflections for Lieutenant Francis William Wilt, Jr.

Your actions and selflessness are what identifies a true hero. Thank you sir.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo (Retired)
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 8, 2020

Lt. Wilt,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Pennsylvania. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 20, 2020

Rest in peace Lt. Wilt.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 28, 2019

This was my grandfather and I was his first grandson. This happened 4 days before my fifth birthday. I will always remember him and share his story. He was and still is my true hero

David Wilt

October 2, 2019

Lieutenant Francis Wilt is a hero in the true sense of the word. Five people owe you their lives. Thank you.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

May 20, 2018

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

May 20, 2015

Rest In Peace Lieutenant Wilt, your service and sacrifice is remembered.

Sgt. Jarrod L. Wilson / K9 Officer
West Virginia Division Of Corrections

May 20, 2013

Lt. Francis W. Wilt jr., you are a true hero!
R.I.P Sir!

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

July 28, 2010

Today, the anniversary of your great deed, I printed this page and had every CO trainee in my charge read it. The lesson was, "define a hero". You made the point better that I ever could. God bless you.


May 20, 2010

Lt. Wilt,
On today, the 29th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Pennsylvania. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. You sir are true hero. Five people are alive today because of you.



May 20, 2009

The funeral line was long, There's an awful lot of cars, Folks came out of the restaurants, They came out of the bars.
The workers at the construction sites All let their hammers drop. Someone asked. "What is this all for?" And they said, "Aw, just a cop."
Some chuckled at the passing cars. Some shed a silent tear Some people said, "It's stupid," "all these dumb policemen here."
"How come they are not out fighting crime?" "Or in a doughnut shop?" Sure is a lot of trouble, For someone who's just a cop."
They blocked the intersections, They blocked the interstate. People yelled and cursed, "Damn, it's gonna make me late!"
"This is really ridiculous!" "They're makin' us all stop!" "It seems they are sure wastin' time, On someone who's just a cop."
Into the cemetery now, The slow procession comes, The woeful Taps are slowly played. There's loud salutes from guns.
The graveyard workers shake their heads "This service is a flop." "There's lots of good words wasted, On someone who's just a cop"
Yeah, just a cop to most folks. Did his duty every day. Trying to protect us, Till they took his life away.
And when he got to heaven, St. Peter put him at the top. An angel asked him, "Who was that?" And he said, "Aw, just a cop."
His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

May God be with everyone!!!!!!!!!

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, TX

April 15, 2009


If any heros need someone to look up to, it would be you. You define Hero. You lived a Hero. You died a Hero.

You will never be forgotten.


April 13, 2009

R.I.P. Lt. Wilt. You will never be forgotten.

Deputy Sheriff

April 2, 2009

You sir made God's army one stronger. You are nothing short of a real life hero in my book. God Speed Sir.

Ross County Ohio Deputy Sheriff

March 31, 2009

Lt. Wilt, Jr., Sir you are a TRUE AMERICAN HERO! Not everyone would have done what you did. Alot might have sounded the alarm but not everyone would have went into a burning house like you did! We call the wrong people in this country Hero's. It's not the men and women who play sports, rather its the men and women who Serve and Protect this great country we live in! GOD BLESS YOU & Rest In Peace...........

Detention Deputy G. Carew
Seminole County Sheriff's Office, FL/J.E.P.C.F.

March 30, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 29th 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 who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 27, 2009

Thank You Lieutenant for your service to the citizens of the State and Country. You died with dignity and Honor, doing something that your family can be forever proud of.

Lt Amborn

March 27, 2009

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