Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective William J. Holfester

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, January 22, 2008

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Reflections for Detective William J. Holfester

Not a day goes by that I don't think about you pop. I wear the badge now, and I hope I am making you proud. There have been so many times I wish I could have gotten your advise for a case or just shoot the breeze over a beer. I promise to honor your legacy. Rest easy dad, I'll take over the watch.

Deputy Sheriff Investigator C. Holfester
Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

February 10, 2024

Rest in peace, my brother.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

January 22, 2021

Bill joined Shirley Community Ambulance as a Student Member in 1983. I was Chief at the time and as Bill grew up we became close Friends. I watched Bill grow up. Become NYC Paramedic and than an NYPD Officer. Bill was goofy and Loveable. He served the public unceasingly and was a life long friend. We had fine times together. God Bless you Brother.

George Glew Ex Chief Shirley EMS

June 12, 2020

Prayers for William and the Holfester family. Worked in the same office while in NMI. He was always smiling when ever I saw him. Deepest condolences.

Set. Thomas Veale

January 26, 2020

He was my grandpa I only knew him when I was like 2 so I don’t remember him :(

I got no rank I’m a kid
He was my grand father he was my father step dad

September 21, 2019

Rest in peace.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores

January 22, 2019

Bill was the best. I started him in EMS around 1983. He grew up started as an EMT than a Medic. Went onto the NYPD. I am a bit selfish we were together often. I miss him a lot. He was my friend and a Hero. He truly for those that knew him did not have a bad bone in his body.

Paramedic (Ret)
NYC and Shirley EMS

September 11, 2018

Rest well brother on this your 10th year in Heaven.
Thank you for your service..

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

January 22, 2018

Rest easy my brother. We spent a lot of time either in the hole, landfill or the M.E., and we are all getting sick. You are a hero and N.Y.C. owes you and your family a lot of gratitude. May God bless you and your family. Until we meet.

N.Y.P.D. Lt. Ray Flores (Ret.)

January 22, 2017

Det. Holfester,
On today, the 8th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City and our Country as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 22, 2016

I said a little prayer today for Detective Holfester and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York hero.

Robyn Wilkes

January 20, 2016

May God rest your soul, thank you for your service.

Peter Kennedy

October 25, 2015

Bill and I were best friends from the age of 5.. I miss him and think of him often.. Rest peacefully my friend..

Sgt. David Tessari
City of Durham NC Police Department

April 15, 2013

RIP Bill


January 22, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 4th 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.

Time never dimishes respect and you will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. We will never orget our 9/11 heroes.

Rest In Peace

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

January 22, 2012

It was an honor to know Bill through out my days with NYC EMS we worked at the same station and again when I started with the Police Department we were assigned to the same Pct for a short time

RET PO Greg Durand

January 22, 2012

I didnt know Billly, I met him once a long time ago. I think about him Michelle and Marissa often though. I am the sister of his sister's husband(if that makes sense). Tears are constant for me of the sacrifice Billy and many NYPD and Fire Rescue that came to our aid that day. Billy, his mother Marion, and sisters and are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Leia Hatch
Sister of Billy's sister's husband

November 2, 2011

Bill, As the 10th Anniversary of September 11 2001 approaches, I will keep you and your Family in my thoughts and prayers. Love You Brother.

Det. Dennis Mooney (Ret.)
NYPD (Company 90-49 Police Academy)

September 7, 2011

Rest In Peace Bill... As your family approaches the 3rd anniversary of your passing I am reflecting on our time in the academy (company 90-49)... I hope it brings comfort to your family to know so many are thinking of you at this time! Keep watch over us and may God Bless you and your family at this time!

PO Chris Casella
NYPD (Ret)

January 19, 2011

Bill I knew and worked with you in EMS and in the 81 PCT I am honered to have had the pleasure of working with you and getting to know you Your memory is with me on this fateful day
PO Greg Durand SSB/FSD 9/11/10

PO Greg Durand

September 11, 2010

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones. You have not been forgotten.

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

January 22, 2010

To Det. William J. Holfester, his family and his fellow officers with the New York City Police Department:

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

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

January 22, 2010

"BILLY" God has definitely blessed us with your Humble Wisdom, Knowledge, Presence and Eventually Un-Hesitant assistance with helping others in times of need!!! We will keep your Legacy and memories with us always!! Thank You, Rest Easy Brother.........

Detective D. Reid

August 31, 2009

Det. Holfester,
It has taken over a year, but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



June 10, 2009

I will love you always and forever daddy....i miss you!

Marissa Holfester

June 6, 2009

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