Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff William Hauley Coleman

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Sunday, January 8, 2012

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff William Hauley Coleman

Bill, I never met you. Tonight I had the privilege of meeting your son, Connor. I was his driving instructor. I am retired from the Glendale Police Department. Connor is a fine young man and I enjoyed helping him learn to drive on the freeways.
He is a great driver that would do you proud.

Phil D’Andrea retired
Son Connor’s driving instructor

April 28, 2021

Hey Wild Bill, I look back today being just over 9 years ago, still feeling like I'm on the way to work excited for the shenanigans we'd be getting into. It's taken me this long to leave a comment here. I'm still torn not to have been able to see you drive home at the end of watch in Big Red. Hell it's taken me 9 years just to be able to drive around the old 431 beat without being a complete emotional wreck.

There were many shifts and special assignments to include Task Force and off duty gigs we worked as partners together which I do miss. I constantly wish I never observed that suspect inside his van that morning. All things happen for a reason which God has pre-planned for us all. After I was able to leave that scene being taken to the hospital and receiving the news you had passed. I was devastated, seeking reason and explanation to include trying to blame myself for your loss.

It's taken so long to accept, you purposely placed yourself in the position we made contact to protect me, knowing I had the vantage point to render the scenario safe if it went south. You and I being unaware, fulfilled what was planned by God to remove an evil threat from committing more cold blooded murder. You sacrificed yourself for the better of mankind that early morning, I'm forever in your debt.

Seeking inner personal Peace is difficult to achieve because I still have a major void in my Soul which was created that morning at the end of our incident. I respectfully apologize for becoming disconnected with Beth and the children. I feel like I failed them which makes seeing them more difficult as time goes on.

Thank you for visiting me when I need your help, I appreciate the "get off your ass and motivate messages".

This is written on a headstone in Ireland;

"Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."

My Brother, May God Bless and Peace Be With You Always Bill.

Deputy S. Osborn #R1162 (Retired)
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

April 11, 2021

You will never ever be forgotten sir, RIP.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb, New York State Police.

August 5, 2020

Knew you for a short time. You were an asset to the Sheriff's Office. RIP brother.

S. O'Farrell S1631
Maricopa County fellow Deputy

May 13, 2020

You taught me a lot as a rookie (#1045). To me, you were the epitome of the right things to do as a deputy. We had a great shift and I will never forget you. I was involved with my first fight at Rip Griffins with you. Man, was that a ruckus! I tried using every technique taught in the academy, which finally wound up as a full on tackle. I never will forget when I drove the guy into the door jamb and then nothing (he was on speed). Next thing I knew you picked both me and the suspect up and slammed us to the ground with me on top. The guy had the wind knocked out of him long enough to allow us to cuff him. You taught me a lot Bill.
I will never forget you.

Jock, Retired
fellow deputy

October 2, 2019

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Coleman.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 23, 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 17, 2018

Never a day goes by that I am not reminded of that night or of your impact on us. I am eternally in your debt for your sacrifice that has allowed us to carry on. Every time I teach the young and old on officer safety, you are right there beside me. I will never stop looking out for you family. I will never stop teaching and protecting our Deputies. I will never stop protecting those we serve. I will always cherish life and be thankful.


January 8, 2017

Rest in Peace.

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

January 8, 2017

I am not sure if our paths crossed professionally, but I remember the funeral service at my church (Vineyard Church North Phoenix) and the amount of people in attendance. I am fortunate to have retired from MCSO Detention just prior, but I did not have to give all as Bill did. It is because of Heroes such as Bil that we can feel safe in our homes. Thank You Bill for serving Maricopa County as you did. Rest in Peace with our savior Jesus Christ!

Detention Officer Gregory Miller A4505
MCSO Detention

April 25, 2015

Prayers for Deputy Coleman's family, friends and coworkers. May God watch over them and keep them safe. We have another Blue Angel in Heaven!

P Oswald
Retirered MCSO dispatcher

January 9, 2015

It's so hard to believe it's been 3 years Bill. It seems like only yesterday you were giving me such a hard time in radio. I miss you buddy and you will live forever in my heart. You are a true hero.

Your Dispatcher

January 9, 2015

R.I.P., brother.

patrick mccully

May 18, 2014

God Bless you sir for your service to the citizens of Maricopa County, Your bravery will not be forgotten. May Christ comfort you wife, father, children and siblings. Former MCSO Reserve from 1975 until 2002.

Detective Robert McCarty
Williams AZ Police Dept

February 17, 2014

It will be almost 2 years soon and I still remember it as if it were yesterday. You are truly missed and loved by everyone. Rest in peace, sir.

Your dispatcher

December 22, 2013

Still missing you so much BC :) I think about you all the time. I hope all of GODs angels are taking great care of you. I am sending you big hugs. You will never be forgotten. Always in my heart!! xo

D :)
Close Friend

December 4, 2013


MA Court Officers

August 10, 2013

Rest in peace, my brother...

Sgt. J. Sawyer A7979
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

July 26, 2013

Still missing you so much BC!! I can't seem to get over that you are not here physically. It was such a great loss for us all when God called you home. You will forever be missed and always in my heart :) I will never forget you! xo

D :)
Close Friend

June 7, 2013

I am honoured to be riding in the 2013 Police Unity Tour in memory of Deputy Sheriff William Coleman. RIP Brother!

Patrolman Erik Heller
Harding Township Police, NJ

April 16, 2013

OMG BC I am having such a hard time dealing with the fact you are not here. I miss you so much!!! People say it gets better with time, but I do not think myself or anyone who cared and loved you will ever get over you not being here and just being a call away. FOREVER in my heart, FOREVER in all of our hearts! xo

D :)
Close Friend

February 13, 2013

Bill, I will not forget your "Duty with Honor" my Brother.
You were a mentor and a friend!

Deputy Sheriff

January 18, 2013

I miss you so so much BC!! I still can not believe you are not here. Always in my heart!!!! xo
For the officer that was with Bill, just know that he had someone with him who loved and cared for him deeply and he knew you were with him and he was not alone. I can not imagine how it was to see that and my heart truly breaks for you and for everyone else that was there. But know the hole you can not seem to repair, repair it with knowing you were there for him and you are there for him now, protecting everyone he would be. He is with you on every call as your ANGEL :) He is everyones ANGEL, as you was his ANGEL that terrible night :) Sending hugs!!

D :)
close friend

January 11, 2013

~o(. softest hug to his wife, four children, father, and siblings. he's in the light and warm embrace of truth, justice, and love.

S Cloudcroft
private citizen

January 8, 2013

As we start a new year(2013), your service and sacrifice will always be remembered!
Rest in Peace my Brother.

To my active Brothers and Sisters, PLEASE STAY SAFE!

Master Senior Investigator Cardell L. Dobbins #188 (Ret.)
Illinois Secretary of State Department of Police District 01, Region 01

January 1, 2013

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