Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer William Joseph Werner, IV

Westminster Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, August 18, 1991

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Reflections for Police Officer William Joseph Werner, IV

Merry Christmas Brother!!! You will never be forgotten Warrior! RIP!

Chief Carl Ritchie
US Air Force Security Police & Mount Pleasant Police

December 19, 2018

2018 Police Memorial Service was May 9th. You were remembered and as long as I'm alive will never be forgotten. RIP Warrior We Have It From Here!!!

Chief Carl Ritchie
US Air Force Security Police & Mount Pleasant Police

May 11, 2018

Today is the 2017 Police Memorial Service. As always you are in my thoughts. Thank you for your service! RIP Warrior!!

Chief Carl Ritchie
US Air Force Security Police & Mount Pleasant Police

May 10, 2017

Merry Christmas My Friend. Always in my thoughts and never to be forgotten!

Chief Carl Ritchie
US Air Force Security Police & Mount Pleasant Police

December 19, 2016

Though your death was before my time here in Oconee - We still honor you William, we created Oconee County Honor the Fallen memorial t shirts that we sale each year and they sale fast. We do this each year in your name as well as the others (K9 Dasher and Schuck) who have lost their lives in the line of duty in our County. You are still remembered... Love to your family.

911 Center Supervisor
Oconee Coutny Sheriffs Office

June 22, 2016

Merry Christmas Buddy!!! Always in my thoughts!

Chief Carl Ritchie
USAF Security Police and MPPD

December 24, 2015

Bill was always an upbeat police officer. I got to know him during my last year of assignment at the 513 SPS/RAF Mildenhall. He was the go to guy for anything dealing with alarms, sensors and flightline security. It's no wonder the activists went to Lakeheath instead. We also used to entertain each other with great musical discoveries of that era. We used to "Surf with Alien" repeatedly in the porta-cabins.

Mark W Mumaw, MSgt (ret) USAF
Security Police

May 21, 2015

Hey Buddy just stopping by to say Merry Christmas. You will never be fogotten. I know you still stand watch over many of us and your warrior spirit will live on.

Chief Carl Ritchie
Mount Pleasant Police Department and USAF Security Police

December 21, 2014

I honor his memory.
Thank you for your service buddy!!

Chief Carl Ritchie
MPPD and USAF Security Police

May 15, 2014


I had the honor and privilege today to be the keynote speaker at the Low Country Law Enforcement Memorial Service. I took this time to talk about you and the ultimate sacrifice you made almost 23 years ago. I will never let your memory die. I felt your presence there today and I know you watch over all of us as we patrol the streets.

Defensor Fortis


Chief Carl Ritchie
MPPD and USAF Security Police

May 14, 2014

Merry Christmas my friend. You are missed and thought about each and very day!!!

Chief Carl Ritchie
Mount Pleasant Police Department/USAF Security Forces

December 20, 2013

So many years have past, but you have never been
forgotten... True Hero's Live Forever.

Patrolman-Marlin Dean Theye
Okoboji Police Dept. & Brother to Bill

August 17, 2013

Hey Buddy,

It's been a year since the last LE Memorial. i again will have the Security Forces badge we wore and your picture in my pocket next to my heart. When remebering those in our area that made the ultimate sacrifice you too will be honored and remembered by me. Thank you for watching over us. You are not forgotten.

Your Brother,

Chief Carl Ritchie

May 7, 2013

I served with Bill at RAF Mildenhall in the late 80's. My first time talking to Bill was late one night on Gate 6. It was the rear gate for the base, and nothing much was near you except fields and hedgehogs. Bill would often swing through and check on me and the other young airman. He was always positive and upbeat. You are missed!

Lt. Jack Dunn
Guilford Police, Guilford, CT

May 2, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 21rst anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I thank your family and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

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

February 26, 2013


Just stopping by to say Merry Christmas Brother. I think of you often.


Major Carl Ritchie
Mount Pleasant Police and USAF Security Police

December 20, 2012


I am attending a Law Enforcement Memorial today and you will be specifically remembered by me. I will share your image and story with our fellow Brothers and Sisters in uniform. In addition to my PD badge, I will have the Security Forces badge we both wore as well.
Thank you for your service and being our Guardian Angel.

Miss you my friend,


Captain Carl Ritchie
USAF Security Forces and Mount Pleasant PD

May 10, 2012

Hey Buddy,

I think of you often, especially during the holidays. We went through basic and tech school together and proudly wore the blue beret as we served our country. Then we both got the same calling to be police officers and protect and serve. I had lost contact with you, then saw your name on the wall of fallen officers at the SCCJA. Please know you are more than a name on a wall and missed. Merry Christmas Brother!!!!!!!


Captain Carl Ritchie
USAF Security Forces and Mount Pleasant Police Department

December 21, 2011

I remember Bill at RAF Mildenhall...He was one of the hardest workers in Flight Training /QC...He was never afraid to step up and lend a hand...Prayers out to his wife and son...I know you'll be checking line badges at the Pearly Gates, Bill...Down here, we are diminished...

GS11 Thomas Dyer

October 4, 2011

It was my pleasure to have Bill working for me at RAF Mildenhall. I had an implicit trust in Bill. I remember him walking the Flightline with a Field jacket liner over his BDU's, totally out of regulation, but as he explained to me, it kept him warm without over heating him as he did his checks. How could I argue with his logic? I remember a dedicated husband and tireless professional. I listened to what Bill had to say, and his word was valued by me. I cannot remember when I found out he had been called to his eternal home, but I was devastated and sorry for his family. I have been blessed to have known him. Semper Loyalis Bill!

Lincoln G. McNeil SMsgt, USAF Retired
Weapons Systems Superintendent/Bill's Supervisor

October 4, 2011

I came to know Bill at RAF Mildenhall in the late eithties..We also went to abgd level two..I always enjoyed his company..What a great dude..

mark mumaw usaf retired

March 31, 2009

Hi honey,

I can't believe it has been almost seventeen years. Sometimes it seems like yesterday. Your baby is getting ready to go off to college, if we can afford it. He chose K-State over in Manhattan, Kansas. I've heard it's a good school but out of state tuition is expensive. He want's to get his degree in biology so he can go into forensics. Eventually he wants to be a detective, just like you wanted to be a detective. I can totally see him following in your footsteps.

I still miss you and sometimes cry when no one is looking. I know our life would have been so different if you hadn't died. I hope you are proud of who we hae become. I love you.

Beth Werner

August 15, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 16, 2007

Officer Werner,
Today is the sixteenth anniversary of your EOW. We thank you for protecting the state of South Carolina, and for the bravery and committment you had to choose this career. You are always remembered.

Pennsylvania citizen

August 18, 2007

You have not been forgotten. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones for they think of you every day. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 18, 2007

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