Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Peter James Kneeland

Worcester Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Sunday, October 7, 2012

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Reflections for Police Officer Peter James Kneeland

I knew Peter well. I went on the job, in 1977. He came on the class after, in 1978. He was an easy going guy, with a great sense of humor. I enjoyed riding with him. After all the years, I can still remember his voice. God bless him and his family.

PO Neil Jonielunas
Worcester police department

November 21, 2020

I remember Peter well. As a young Officer, and a young Trooper, we had occasion to interact often. Great sense of humor, always working to support his family

Lieutenant Colonel/ret
Mass State Police

October 7, 2020

Thank you for your service and know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

October 7, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Kneeland.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 2, 2019

Rest well my brother. You are at peace now. Watch out for your loving family who keep your memory alive.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

October 7, 2018

One need not die immediately to be line of duty, we all know that and your situation proves it once more. Your struggle, your perseverance, your courage is to be an example for all. The challenges you faced head on, were it seems, massive, and yet you fought through, refusing to give up.

You were no doubt a hero before the devastating encounter with the animal who eventually killed you, but only those who knew and loved you then, knew it. Now, we ALL know what a hero you are.

God Bless you, Brother and may your eternal and well earned rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

October 7, 2018

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

Thank you for your service.

Dominick Murry

October 7, 2017

Rest in peace my dear brother. You have suffered so much because of a drunk person. May you always watch out for your family and friends, who will keep your memory alive always.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

October 7, 2017

Massachusetts suffered the death of 5 Police Officers on this date over the years. On this 3rd anniversary of your passing, Officer Kneeland, I pray to God you are the last. I feel it's tragic that you joined the ranks of those who gave their lives at all. I am sure you went straight to Heaven whereas you suffered for so many years in a Hell on Earth, that any sins you may have committed in life (and I doubt there were many) were atoned for. You are truly a hero.

God Bless you and those left behind. I firmly believe that they have kept you close in their hearts and minds and you will never really be gone from them. Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

October 7, 2015

Thinking of you today and holding your family in my heart's embrace for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 3, 2013

Rest in Peace, Officer Kneeland. I admire your sacrifice to protect the people of your community and our nation

Police Explorer

October 7, 2013

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

To my active duty 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



December 18, 2012

My prayers go out to all of those who protect and serve. Thank you for your service to the people, the town, the community. You will be greatly missed.

#1 Fan of todays Superheroes, Those who Protect and Serve

November 15, 2012

We honor your service to your community as a law enforcement officer and you will always be remembered and revered. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of our entire family, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Peter was lkilled. May his loved ones continue to be supported by their law enforcement family and other police survivors. Our family grieves with you and for you. To his family, you are in my heart's embrace today.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinguished service Officer Peter Kneeland gave to his community and the citizens of Massachusetts, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 7, 2012 and the intervening years between 1991 and his death.

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

November 12, 2012

Rest in Peace Police Officer Peter Kneeland. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family, and your department at this time. Thank you for your service to this country and your community.

Sgt. Reuben C. Black
Barnwell Police Dept., Barnwell, SC

November 2, 2012

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


United States Border Patrol

October 24, 2012

Rest in Peace Officer Kneeland, Bless your family and the Worcester Police Department.

Wm Jean-Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP Service, Trafic & Escort Unit

October 21, 2012

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
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 awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just 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 unmanly tears.
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 had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
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Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police Department

October 19, 2012

Rest in Peace

My heart goes out to the family, friends & fellow officers, Make these officers be safe each year.

Samantha Love from Calgary, Alberta

October 19, 2012

Another "Hero" taken. May God grant you eternal peace. Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret)
Nassau County PD, Nassau NY.

October 19, 2012

Rest in Peace Officer Kneeland. Gone but never forgotten. May god watch over your department and dedicated family who helped you during that horrible time. GODSPEED!

Officer Aaron P. Sparks
Newbury Police Department NH

October 18, 2012

God Bless you Officer Kneeland. May the good Lord above cradle you in His arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue. I offer my prayers and sympathies to each and every one of your family members, friends, and co-workers. Rest easy Sir.

Chris Walley
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department

October 18, 2012

Sir, Rest in peace in the presence of God.

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray, “Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with loving, caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name, Amen”

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for 20 months. Feel those prayers. God is with you, He knows and will ease your pain.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

October 18, 2012

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