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

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

"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

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

This may be re-posted in the Honor of his death and the death of any Law Enforcement Officer!

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

January 8, 2012

Rest well brave brother.

Captain Bennie Cobb-retired
Shelby County Sheriff Office

January 8, 2012

Sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayer.

Officer Jerry Allen Jones
Cousin Paula Shepherd


January 8, 2012

As the rivuets follow the waves to the sea,
So may His blessings follow thee.

Bill Mann
Civilain Supporter

January 8, 2012

God Bless Deputy Coleman, his family, friends and coworkers. "I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom." Abraham Lincoln

Officer Jeffrey Blose
Lake Alfred Police Department FL

January 8, 2012

My prayers go out to your family. Thank you for doing a mostly thankless job, Deputy Coleman

Sgt Mark Simmons
Marion County Sheriffs Office IL

January 8, 2012

God bless, all our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Deputy Coleman and Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Michael S DeWilde

Police Officer
Dallas Police Department

January 8, 2012

Rest in peace and thank you for your service!

Officer.Justin Cave
Queensland Police Service

January 8, 2012

"Wild" Bill. I am proud to have known you and prouder to have called you friend. My heart is heavy with your passing. You were a Deputy's Deputy and your loss is felt and carried by all of us at MCSO. Go easy Brother.

Detective R. J. Neville #1665
MCSO District 2

January 8, 2012

Rest in Peace thoughts are with your family, friends, and the members of the MCSO during this most difficult and tragic time...

Lt. Joseph Ward, Ret.
Jackson, NJ PD

January 8, 2012



January 8, 2012

Go easy brother, My thoughts to your family and our fellow MCSO brothers and sisters.

Deputy B. Hall
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

January 8, 2012

To Serve, Protect & Die for people you don't know and don't know you. That is the Oath our sworn men and women in law enforcement make to us every day.

Our most sincere condolences are sent to the family and loved ones of Sheriff Coleman and to his Department.

You will not be forgotten!

GOD BLESS AMERICA and those that wear its uniform whether it be in military or civilian life.

Dennis Mitzner
Oak Forest, IL PD

January 8, 2012

Rest in Peace Brother. We will take the watch from here.

Police Officer
Town of Poughkeepsie, New York

January 8, 2012

R.I.P. Deputy Coleman.

James Hall (Explorer)
Kenosha Police Department

January 8, 2012

May you rest in peace brother Deputy

Former Volunteer Chaplain David Duffany
Former Chaplain of PG County Fire Station 813

January 8, 2012

Thank you for your service protecting our small suburban community from those will ill intent. Rest in peace Deputy Coleman.

Derek Johnson

January 8, 2012

So sorry that your life was cut short, but thank you for your service to all of us.

Asst. Chief Kevin R. Landers
Enterprise Police Department

January 8, 2012

Thank you Deputy Coleman for your bravery and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in Maricopa County, Arizona. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!!

My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers. May you forever, rest in peace, my brother !!!

Mitch Cheselka
CA-OR (Retired)

January 8, 2012

God Bless you Sir. Thank you for protecting others. Thank you to your family, for their sacrifice is great. RIP Sir, we will take it from here.

Amy Uribe
Survivor of Phoenix PD Hero 4276, E.O.W. 5/10/05

Amy Peterson- Uribe, CEO
The TAPS Foundation

January 8, 2012

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