Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman William O. Caisse

Paxton Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, April 7, 1979

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Reflections for Patrolman William O. Caisse

Patrolman Caisse, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 15, 2019

Officer Caisse's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 10-2-17 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police

October 2, 2017

Thank you for your dedicated service to others. You are a true hero and your memory will live forever. Continue to watch over those that love you and those still out on patrol. You will never be forgotten.

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

April 7, 2013

Rest in Peace, Patrolman Caisse. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 29, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 33rd 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 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.

I pray for solace fo all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace.

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

April 8, 2012

Officer Caisse your sacrafice as well as Trooper McCarter's were above and beyond the call of duty. Thankyou for your service, you are not forgotten and your memory will live on. RIP Brother(s)

TFC Widener, Len
Connecticut State Police

April 7, 2012

I was very young when you died, but remember you so well and think of you often. Thank you for your service to this community.

Christie L Pilkington

July 10, 2011

Patrolman Caisse,
On today, the 32nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community, but also for our Country when you served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



April 7, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 7, 2010


Pat Van Den Berghe

April 7, 2008

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Keep watch over them and all of your close friends. You have not been forgotten.

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

April 7, 2008

Patrolman Caisse

I thank you for your service to our community. I have been with the Paxton Police Dept. for almost three years. Your courage and honor still remains with us. RIP Brother Caisse and watch over us in whatever we do.

Inv. Douglas Balk #35

Inv. Douglas Balk
Paxton Police Dept.

February 10, 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

October 22, 2007

I lived in Paxton at the time of this horrible incident. I was 9 years old when this happened, and I can remember it to this day. I thank you and the other officers that day for the job that you did. You are a hero and will always be remembered.

Deputy Strickland
Carver County Sheriff

June 12, 2006

When I first entered law enforcement your story was told to us by an instructor at PTI who was a Paxton Police Officer at the time of your death. Your story was held up as an example of courage and the duty law enforcement officers have to each other. Your duty and sacrifice has been past on to many beginning law enforcement officers who will remember what it means to make the ultimate sacrifice and the kind of people we as officers are called on to be. Rest in peace Patrolman Caisse, you served bravely and well and will never be forgotten.

December 11, 2005

Bill Caisse,
May you rest in peace forever with God.
Judy King

November 12, 2005

Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. God Bless.

Police Officer
Chicago Police Dept.

September 9, 2004

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

Patrolman Caisse, you are remembered on this date of your death. You will always be remembered.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti Ingle (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 7, 2004

Patrolman Caisse, may you be with God and walk the streets of Heaven..God Speed!!

Officer Jeff Whitmire
City of Arcade Police Dept. GA

December 31, 2003

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