Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Special Agent William C. Sheldon

United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, March 2, 2015

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Reflections for Special Agent William C. Sheldon

I'm grateful for the service of this officer and will keep him and his family in my prayers. I'm sorry for their loss.

Maria DelaCroix
U.S.A. citizen

March 6, 2015

Thank you for your long and distinguished career serving the public and always putting their needs first. We will be praying for your family and friends as they begin to grieve.

Darlene Newton
friend of Story County Sheriff's Office

March 6, 2015

As a result of the 9/11 attacks you contracted cancer after ignoring your own safety to safe those in need as the towers collapsed. You are a True American Hero & thank you for your Service Sir.

Chief Albert Mares, Retired
Las Vegas City Police

March 6, 2015

Rest In Peace Special Agent William Sheldon and condolences to his wife and children and to his work family at the ATF.

Sgt. Tom Cotter
Chicago Police Department

March 6, 2015

God's Peace to you and your family sir- rest in eternal peace

PSA M.E. Berryman
Veterans Affairs Police Services

March 6, 2015


Deputy J. Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office

March 6, 2015

May the family's fond memories help them through this difficult time.

Terry L. Vice
Patrol Officer (1979-1984)
Greeley PD

March 6, 2015

God Bless You, Your Family, & Friends. Thank you for your unselfish service.

James Waggle

March 6, 2015

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Special Agent William Sheldon and we honor his distinguished service to the cause of justice and peace. Sadly, our nation has lost one of its finest citizens, a community has lost a friend and protector, and a family has lost an example of character and courage who they will love and respect forever.

To the family of Agent Sheldon, I would like you to know that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you strength and comfort during this difficult time. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Agent Sheldon is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family, and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Special Agent
FBI, Washington, DC

March 6, 2015

Another Law Enforcement Officer dies as a direct result of extreme radical Muslim actions. Rest in Peace Hero, you will never be forgotten.

Retired Detective Frank DeMarco
New York City Police DePartment

March 6, 2015


To the family, friends, and colleagues of Special Agent William Sheldon:

From the beginning of time after Cain killed his brother, Abel, there has been a need for law enforcement officers to protect the weak and to bring evildoers to justice. This work is necessary in a sinful world and is dangerous. In modern times, some two hundred and twenty-one special agents of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives have sacrificed their lives to protect the citizens of the United States of America. Today, we honor the sacrifice of Special Agent William Sheldon, of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; who died on Monday, March 2, 2015, as a result of cancer he developed as a direct result of participating in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001, in New York City, New York.

Lord God, we are grateful for the life of Special Agent William Sheldon. He died serving us. Help us never to forget. Help us celebrate the life of Special Agent William Sheldon and honor his sacrifice. Be with the family, friends, and colleagues of this fallen hero. Comfort them and give them your strength. Guide those who seek to take care of the family of this hero. May those empowered to do so, care for them with integrity. In commemorating the death of this hero, help those who mourn to remember that death is not the end. Death does not have the final say, but is simply the transition to the glorious life to come. They should look forward to that life to come with joy and thanksgiving.

As for the citizens of the United States of America, help them to faithfully equip their law enforcement officers with the best tools to protect their country. May their training be adequate to the task. Help the citizens of the United States of America to remember to pay their law enforcement officers fairly and treat them with respect. Help the citizens of the United States of America to obey the law and treat each other with dignity so as not to add to the burden of crime and pain to their country.

The time for mourning will soon pass. We have now remembered and celebrated the life lost in this great tragedy. As the family, friends, and colleagues of Special Agent William Sheldon go forward, they must celebrate the good things in their lives; and to celebrate life itself!

Finally, Lord God, we pray for the families, friends, and colleagues of all the law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line-of-duty and we thank you for their sacrifices. Bless the lives of their families, friends, and colleagues so they might find healing. Help their law enforcement organizations support the families of these fallen heroes. Even though their deaths might have been senseless, make something good come out of these situations so that their law enforcement organizations and the communities in which they lived and served might be stronger because of their lives and their deaths.

Now, Special Agent William Sheldon, may the Lord bless you, and keep you: the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Amen.

In His Service,

Police Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Retired Captain of Police of the Nashua NH (USA) Police Department
Police Chaplain of the Merrimack NH (USA) Police Department
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry

Police Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Merrimack NH Police Department

March 6, 2015

Thank you Special Agent Sheldon for your years of hard work and dedication and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of New York. 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.


Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

March 6, 2015

It never grows old, calling someone a Hero !!!
Our Family has a proud Heritage of both Military & Law Enforcement, proud of all of them.
The 9/11 attacks prompted us to honor the Fallen Warriors by creating our own Family Memorial / a constant Prayer & Candle Light Vigil ... we never want to forget ... or let others.
When people leave our home, we hope they have gratitude for those who have sacrificed for them ,to live Free another day.
The 'Purple Heart Candles 'will burn this day for William & the other 9/11 Heros, including Fireman & The Dogs of War & Rescue ...
Thank you William for your unselfish Devotion to Protect & Serve your Family, Fellow man & Country ...
Our prayers for Healing are sent to Family, Friends, Department, Community, & Country.
RIP William, Son of Valor , with Honor.
Gone from Our Arms ... Forever in Our Hearts.

Ms. Karen Morgan, Psy & LE , Grad.
Eagles Wing Baptist Church, S.D.

March 6, 2015

As I set up my personal 9/11 memorial every year I reflect on that glorious blue sky & still can't fathom it; When I visit the Fountains at the memorial..I still can't fathom it; When I stop and gaze at that wild flower filled field in Shanksville, PA..I still can't fathom it; Seeing that soaring memorial at the Pentagon;I still can't grasp the reality and horror of it all. Thank you, William Sheldon for your ultimate sacrifice.Your wife and your children should be so proud of you, and I will be eternally grateful. I will remember you especially next 9/11 when I put up my memorial candle is beginning to burn low...may i NEVER, EVER have to add any more names !!

Carolyn Almassy
Mother of 2 first responder police officers .

March 6, 2015

Thank you for your service. Rest in Peace. God Bless your family

OFC Michael Koegel

March 6, 2015

Thank you for your many years of service and for your sacrifice in helping to keep so many safe during the tragic events of 9/11. Sending our thoughts and prayers to your family at home and to your colleagues on the ATF Task Force during this time. You will always be remembered.

Cover Your K-9 Team
The Police & Working K-9 Foundation

March 6, 2015

May God be with your family and friends during this difficult time. Thank you for your bravery and your service.

Detective Barbara Slayton-Bell

March 6, 2015

Bill I wish you weren't on this memorial, but since you are I can think of no better place than next to ATF S/A John Capano on the ATF Roll Call of Honor. You guys knew each other from your time together working in New York and now you can work together again to watch over those of us still here serving, protecting, and carrying on your legacies. We'll watch out for your family Bill and make sure that as your little ones grow up that they know the great man that there father was. We love and miss you.

Fellow Orlando I Special Agent
ATF Tampa Field Division, Orlando I Field Office

March 6, 2015

A police officer should be remembered not by how he died, but how he lived! A great man has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!


March 6, 2015

TY TO Special Agent William Sheldon AND TO ALL THE HEROES OF 9/11 WTC TRADGEDY!
Unfortunately people do not understand the entire concept behind what these terrorist did that sad day in NYC. I live out in Suffolk county on Long Island, Ny, 45 miles from the WTC. I could smell the fires from my house. This was a terrible tragedy that unfortunately will keep on killing with the treacherous path it is taken OUR HEROES down. The attack on The WTC 9/11/2001 was the start of the end for many of our heroes because of the contaminated air the had to breath in.
MAY YOU REST IN PEACE Special Agent William Sheldon and ty for your service!

Joseph N Billone
newphew of ODMP Nicolo Danisi

March 6, 2015

Rest on peace brother. Thank you for giving so much of yourself in the service of our great country. God speed and God bless.

Special Agent Daniel Delaney
Norfolk Southern Railroad Police

March 6, 2015

Heroes live forever. Prayers to family and friends.

Team Texas

March 6, 2015

RIP Brother

Deputy Anita Price
Bexar County Sheriff's Office, San Antonio, Texas

March 6, 2015

Nemo Me Impune Lacessit
"No one harms me with impunity"

Ofc Chet Blue
DoD / DAF Police

March 6, 2015

Rest in peace brother.

Officer Kyle Groose
Laramie Police Department, WY

March 6, 2015

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