Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman William F. Brown

Lima Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, January 5, 1974

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Reflections for Patrolman William F. Brown

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman William F. Brown of the Lima Police Department, Ohio and the additional 66 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

January 5, 2022

I remember meeting you as a boy as my dad and you worked together as Patrolmen at the Lima Police Dept. Your son Mike and I were friends and your daughter was my baby sitter. You will never be forgotten and will be remembered for your bravery and as a man who believed in God. You gave everything to your City, State and your country in a way the job was meant to be done. Every Law Enforcement Officer around these parts always remember what you gave up. I continue to pray for your family. As I know they still suffer that day you left . But I know they know you are with God and his son Jesus Christ. God Bless you and your family.

( Ret.) Sgt. Mark G. Pierce
Allen County Sheriff's Office Lima, Ohio

November 15, 2021

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorney Generals Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman William F. Brown of the Lima Police Department, Ohio and the additional 65 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

January 5, 2021

Many years ago I attended his funeral with 3 other officers. Rest in Peace!

Ptl. Bryan Waltz (Ret)
Avon Lake PD OH

August 21, 2019

Rest in peace Patrolman Brown.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 6, 2019

To the family, friends and colleagues of Hero Patrolman William F. Brown: I proudly mailed my No Parole letter, on his behalf. I am so sorry for your loss.

To Patrolman Brown: Thank You for your service and sacrifice. You are not forgotten!
God Bless You All!

Allie Wroten
Proudly Supporting All L.E.O.’s
Wife of a Corrections Deputy

February 7, 2019

We attended this Officers funeral back in 1974. As a fairly new Patrolman it was a very sobering experience.

Rest in Peace!

I was with the Bay Village PD at the time.

Ptl. Bryan Waltz (Ret)
Avon Lake OH PD

May 15, 2018

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman William F. Brown of the Lima Police Department, Ohio and the additional 64 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

January 5, 2018

Today as we Honor The Fallen Officers across this country I want to take the time to Thank the officers who are out there everyday putting their lives on the line for us all. Our family misses our father every day that passes, Always in OUR Prayers and Thoughts.
We so appreciate the support of our local Police agency's, our family members, friends and community across this nation.
Thank you for your support. God Bless !


William G Brown

Greg Brown
Officer Brown's son

May 3, 2017

Today, in Lima, a tree is being planted in honor of fallen Officers from the Lima Police Department. In your memory, Officer Brown, the life you dedicated to serving others is celebrated. Decades after you taken from them, your family mourns and embraces a loving husband, father and grandfather. Coworkers, friends and citizens remember your kindness and the impact you had on the lives of others. You are not forgotten. With deep gratitude and respect from a former Lima citizen.

T. Huber
USAF Security Police Law Enforcement (retired)

October 9, 2014

Dear Dad,
The years have passed but you have never been forgotten. You have been in all your children's hearts, thoughts and prayers and always will be until we join hands again in "Heaven". You are truly our "Guardian Angel". I only wish you could have met my wife of 33 years Tammy (Selvaggio) Brown and our only son Patrick. They are blessings to me. WE LOVE YOU. GOD BLESS.

William (Greg) Brown

April 15, 2014

I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!

My prayers continue to be with your family, friends and co-workers.


Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

March 17, 2014

I am deeply touched by Gary's reflection. I never knew William but I didn't have to know that he was a hero in every sense of the word. I encourage all officers that have the ability to participate in every "No Parole" letter campaign that you can through ODMP.

Stallon Springs Police Department

March 13, 2014

Dad as I sit here with tears rolling down my face I want you to know I miss you more and more every day. There are days I just want to get to heaven so I can rub my hands along your face give you a kiss and say I did my very best just like you had always said. I only wish my wife and children and grandchildren could have met such a loving father and wonderful man. You touched so many lives and hearts I'm learning about everyday. I miss and love you so much. Everyday I wake up your wonderful picture starts my day. I love you so much dad.

Loving son

March 11, 2014

you were taken 40 yrs. ago yet seems like yesterday, we miss having your advice and hugs and all you did as a wonderful father. We are facing another parole hearing in a week and we will always be your voice for justice. Your fellow Officers & our community have never forgotten you, we are so grateful for all their help blocking these paroles. You are remembered for your faith in Jesus and that has been our rock to continue. Rest an soon we will see you again. Miss you so much


March 10, 2014

We still remember you.

Patrolman (retired)

January 5, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th anniversary 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever,

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

January 5, 2012

I was 13YOA and living in Lima when you were taken from your family doing the job you loved. I am the son of a Lima firefighter (retired station Captain) and a servant of the people by choice. I too, understand how it feels to wonder if your dad will come home or not when his watch ends. I also carried a sidearm for over 20 years in my career and wondered on the other side if I would be coming home and if my family would be alright. Both sides of the coin are hard to explain. Your legacy lives on in your children, grandchildren and the community you chose to serve. You are not forgotten! For those who wear the Badge with dignity and honor, please watch over them and their families. Rest in peace!

TSgt T. Huber
USAF Security Police, Retired

June 24, 2009

I did not know you... only of you. I remember hearing the news but it is only recently that I feel that I know you because of a good son... a good neighbor that I have watched as he still suffers... in silence. May God Be With All Of the Family as I believe that You are with Him now. With all my sympathy to the Family and my thanks to you for your Ultimate Sacrifice to keep us all safe.

Joe E Stephens
Friend of Family

March 22, 2009

I am a part of you, every time I look in the mirror, I see you. Please know that YOU have been missed terribly so. My "brothers and sisters" please take "my hand in yours" and know I LOVE you and will cherish our memories FOREVER.
I never had the chance to tell you "I LOVE YOU"

William (Greg) Brown

March 5, 2009

I was 15 years old in 1974. My dad was a Lima city firefighter, and we always had a scanner running 24/7/365 in our kitchen. I was in the kitchen when I heard Patrolman Brown's agonized plea for help - and remember it to this day. This happened in the days before bulletproof vests. Before handheld radios. Before we knew how important backup units were. Now I work for a major police agency... and we use all those things, because we learned painfully the lessons that Patrolman Brown and others left as a legacy. I think about you, Sir, every time I put my vest on in the morning. Rest easy brother, we have the watch....

CSO Mike Huber
Tucson Police Dept

March 2, 2009

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the year I was hired. While it's been a long time, I'm sure those you left behind and served with disctinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thanks for your service and for looking out for us you left behind. Rest in peace Officer Brown.

Sgt. Robert Mau, Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 16, 2008

"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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

January 3, 2008



December 31, 2007

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Patrolman Brown 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. Today, because of the sacrifice Patrolman Brown has made, the house of freedom is stronger, sturdier, and more secure.

To the family and friends of Patrolman Brown, I would like you to know that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you the strength necessary to move on. Just as you were always with him when he walked the beat or patrolled the streets, know that he will always be with you - wherever you may be. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Patrolman Brown 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.

SA Thomas Doyle
FBI New York City

March 9, 2007

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