Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant William J. Chapin

Ithaca College Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management, New York

End of Watch Saturday, March 15, 1986

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Reflections for Sergeant William J. Chapin

Sergeant Chapin, today marks 37 years since you lost your life trying to save the lives of others. You and your heroic acts have not been forgotten, Brother.

God Bless.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

March 15, 2023

Sergeant Chapin, it's now been 36 years since your tragic death while trying to save the lives of those students. You went above and beyond, especially it being your day off. We all wonder if our students will understand the lengths we'll go to for them. It's getting more and more difficult in today's society, yet we still are out there for them. I wonder if any of us could go the extreme as you did. I believe you must have been a very special guy.

God Bless you, Brother and may you continue to Rest forever in Peace. Thank you for your service.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

March 15, 2022

Rest in peace Sergeant Chapin.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 28, 2020

Rest in heavenly peace

Mark Mottola

March 15, 2020

I was working for Bill that day so he could attend a party. I will never forget that day. RIP my buddy, miss you all the time.

Jerry Tucker
Ithaca College Safety Division.

March 15, 2020

Sgt. Chapin,
On today, the 32nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New York. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 15, 2018

I said a little prayer today for Sergeant Chapin and his family. He may be gone but not forgotten. He will always be a New York hero.

Robyn Wilkes

March 15, 2016

We cannot fully honor our heroes of the present without paying tribute to our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 29th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 31, 2015

Brother, you took a huge chance because you put the lives of others ahead of your own. You are the epitome of what the word 'hero' means.

So long has passed since the event but the efforts of people who obviously saw your bravery as worthy of honor has finally gotten you the recognition you deserve.

To lose a fellow officer is never easy for the collective family, but those of us in the branch of law enforcement that work for colleges and universities have a special bond and it's heartbreaking when one of us is taken, even if we find out 29 years after the fact...and so soon after the anniversary.

God Bless, Brother and may your rest be eternal and peaceful.

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

March 31, 2015

Bill, I have been learning about your heroic efforts and what a great guy you were from a retired Ithaca Police Officer who has worked hard on ensuring you are recognized properly. Please know that we will be here for your family and coworkers. Thank you for your service to the Ithaca campus and NY State Parks Police.

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance/President Genesee Valley Concerns of Police Survivors.

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance/President GV C.O.P.S.

March 27, 2015

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