Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police William Thomas "Bill" Bauer

Wyoming Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, August 6, 2010

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Reflections for Chief of Police William Thomas "Bill" Bauer

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

August 6, 2020

Rest in peace always knowing that your memory, service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 6, 2020

Chief Bauer,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wyoming. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 6, 2020

I am a 23 year veteran of the Portsmouth Police Dept in Virginia and participating as support for Law enforcement United (LEU) again. This year I am wearing a bracelet with Chief Bauer’s name and EOW on it in his honor. Rest In Peace brother

Lieutenant Glenn B Smith
Portsmouth Police Department

May 9, 2019

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 30, 2018

Chief Bauer's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 2-19-18 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

February 19, 2018

Rest in Peace my brother. You are not forgotten .

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

August 6, 2016

Sure do miss seeing you around town. Its that time of year you always loved. All kids going back to school. Fun things that are happening this time a year.This town really misses you..

Some one thinking of you.

August 31, 2015

Rest in Peace, Chief Bauer. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 29, 2013

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones on this day. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You have not been forgotten.

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

August 6, 2011

Chief Bauer,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wyoming. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



April 13, 2011

sometimes i wonder if it will ever get easier the answer to this is no. Heaven and i sat and cried for quite sometime the other day, she heard me listening to a song Hillary sang at your funeral and we both broke down, we miss you so much and we just dont feel safe anymore without you here. i hope you know how much you meant to all of us. Lilly will be having heart surgery this week i know you will be watching over her please keep her safe. we miss you :(


November 30, 2010

You will remain in my thoughts and prayers forever. It's been several months since that day in August and I still think about it. I prayed for you at the site and I pray for you every day. You are missed today and every day.


November 30, 2010

A Dedication to the Fallen Officer:
A million times we've missed you, A million times we've cried. If love could have saved you, You never would have died. Things we feel most deeply, Are the hardest things to say. Our dearest one, we have loved you In a very special way. We often sit and think of you And think of how you died. To think we couldn't say good-bye Before you closed your eyes. No one can know our loneliness And no one can see us weeping, All our tears from aching hearts While others are still sleeping. If we had one lifetime wish, A dream that could come true, We'd pray to God with all our hearts For yesterday and you.

~author unknown~


November 19, 2010

To the family and friends of Chief Bill Bauer and his fellow officers:

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Bill tragically died.

To Bill's family, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in the Bay Area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Bill gave to his community and the citizens of Illinois, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 6, 2010.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD (CA), eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 16, 2010

My deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and co-workers of this fallen officer. May you REST IN PEACE SIR.

Diane Waynant Murray
Sister of Fallen Officer Inspector Brian Waynant EOW 3/1/10

August 16, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with those friends and family members that are left behind and cannot follow. Rest in peace my brother in blue...we will take it from here.

PFC Adam F Laser
Westminster City Police Department

August 16, 2010

Rest in Peace my Brother, God Bless you, your Family and your Dept.

Officer Bob Swope #5609
Olmsted Falls Police Dept.Ohio

August 15, 2010

Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Chief Bauer. God Bless him for his service the Wyoming Police Department. Rest in Peace sir, you will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, North Carolina

August 14, 2010

My deepest condolences. Too young, too soon. Rip brother.

Sgt Robert Craig
Chicago PD

August 14, 2010


I rode the streets of Wyoming tonight on my bike, but it was just not the same. I could not find you. I miss your smile, the conversations, the friendship. I will always remember you and come to your page on this site often. God Bless!

Philip Nenadov
Personal Friend

August 13, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Chief Bauer as well as the brotherhood at Wyoming Police Department. May you rest in God's eternal peace our brother!

Detective Mark Techmanski
City of Syracuse (NY) Police Department

August 13, 2010

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain; but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

August 13, 2010

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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 whose 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

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

August 12, 2010

Chief Strzelecki and the entire Niles Police Department extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Chief Bauer. Godspeed.

Niles, Illinois Police Department

August 12, 2010

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