Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff William Butler, Jr.

Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, June 27, 2024

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff William Butler, Jr.

Beautiful tribute to him in the July 10th, 2024 issue of the Wall Street Journal. Rest in Peace Brother.

Ofc. Glenn Brasch
Tucson Police Department

July 11, 2024

Rest in peace, Deputy Butler Jr. Praying for your loved ones.

Officer C Curione (Retired)
Rochester Police Department, NY

July 9, 2024


Christina Hurst Civilian
Grayson County Sheriff Office

July 9, 2024

May your family, friends, colleagues, and community find the strength and resolve to carry on in your physical absence and continue to spread the goodness to which you were so selflessly committed. You were among the best humanity has to offer. Your dedication to service and your ultimate sacrifice shall not be forgotten. God Bless You. Your Family, & Friends.

James P. Waggle, Jr.
US Army Veteran (SFC)

July 8, 2024

Rest In Peace Brother.

Det. Andreoli

July 7, 2024


I am sorry it has taken me so many days to write this. I never thought I would be leaving you a message here. I have been trying to find the words to express to you, your family, friends, and colleagues. I personally still feel the ripple of that day. Even here in Hawaii, my phone began to go crazy. As the news came to me, I went numb. After 30 years in this profession, I broke. Sarah and the kids already know how great of a man you were, so there is no need to express that to them here. I will miss your laughter and hold close to the memories of our wild/good times. I will never forget you as a great friend. Although Miles apart, but still a great friend. I pray for peace for your family, friends, and colleagues. You are and will continue to be genuinely missed, Billy.

Lieutenant Erich Jackson
Hawaii Police Department

July 7, 2024

Dear Sheriff Scott B. Hodshire:

I hope this letter finds you well, though I understand it is an incredibly tough time for you and everyone connected to your department. I am writing to extend my heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences for the loss of Deputy Sheriff William Butler, Jr., a brave and dedicated professional.

The news of Deputy Sheriff Butler’s death has deeply saddened me and my entire family. The sacrifice that he made while protecting and serving your community is a testament to the selfless and courageous nature of law enforcement officers like him. We can never truly understand the risks and challenges faced by those in law enforcement, and we are forever indebted to them for their unwavering commitment to keeping us safe.

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Sheriff Butler’s family and colleagues during this immensely challenging time. Their loss is immeasurable, and we can only hope that the outpouring of support from the community can offer some comfort in these trying times.

In times like these, we must remember the positive impact Deputy Sheriff Butler had on countless lives throughout his life and career. The memories of his dedication, kindness, and professionalism will remain etched in the hearts of those who had the privilege to know him.

To you, Sheriff Hodshire, and the entire Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office, my family and I want to express our gratitude for the vital work you do each day, often in the face of danger and adversity. The sacrifice of your fallen colleague serves as a stark reminder of the dangers that come with your line of duty. Despite the risks, you continue to serve with integrity and unwavering commitment, and for that, we are immensely thankful.

Having served 44+ years as a Law Enforcement Professional, my family stands with you during this time of mourning. Please do not hesitate to reach out if there is anything we can do to support your fallen hero’s family, you, and your department during this difficult period.

May the memories of Deputy Sheriff Butler be a source of strength and may his legacy inspire others to follow in his footsteps of honor and service. We will forever be indebted to the sacrifice he made to keep us safe.

With deepest sympathy,

Don P. Jensen Sr. - PM, PP, PGP, DrE
Chief of Police (retired)

July 6, 2024

Rest, brother.

Sgt. Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

July 6, 2024

God bless you, brave Warrior thank you for your service to our great country and our community

K9 Sergeant Kevin Waters
Indiana State Police

July 4, 2024

Rest in peace Brother William, you are a true American Hero and will never be forgotten for your service and courage.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 07/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham (retired)
Sand Springs OK PD, Tulsa Police Department

July 4, 2024

Rest In Peace Brother!!

Undersheriff Victor Manata
Union County Sheriff’s Office ( New Jersey )

July 4, 2024

R.I.P First Hillsdale County Officer to pass in the last 100 years

Gideon Kinney

July 3, 2024

GOD Speed Deputy Butler. My GOD grant the wife, children, and family peace.

Sheriff John Wilson
Clare County Sheriff Office

July 3, 2024

Thank you for your service, brother. RIP.

Lieutenant Brian J. Wills II
Oswego County Sheriff's Office
New York

July 3, 2024

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. My thoughts are with your family and fellow deputies.

Tonya LaFarr
Private Citizen, Law Enforcement Supporter

July 3, 2024

Thoughts and prayers respectfully from Session 8 of the Albany County Sheriff's Office Public Safety Institute. We will take it from here.

Session 8
Albany County Sheriff's Office Public Safety Institute

July 3, 2024

May his soul rest in peace...

Sam Leigh
Former US Pentagon Police Officer

July 2, 2024

I am sad to learn of the passing of a Brother and Hero in Deputy Sheriff William Butler, Jr. I know our Heavenly Father has welcomed him home into his loving arms where he will now patrol the Golden Highways of Heaven. May the Lord deliver Blessings, Comfort and Peace to his Family, Friends and all Members of the Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office, Michigan.

Retired, T W Martinez
FOP member
State of New Mexico/JJS

July 1, 2024

Condolences to his family

Carson loveless

July 1, 2024

Heavenly Father,

We are truly grateful for your unfailing love and comfort of the Holy Spirit!
Lord, you are our Alpha and Omega. We thank you for walking hand in hand and humbly ask for peace that surpasses all understanding. In Jesus' name.


Chaplain Paula Woodard
Frisco Citizens Police Academy

July 1, 2024

A true American hero. May God bring comfort and strength to his wife and children.

LEO wife

July 1, 2024

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Deputy, William Butler, Jr., in the line of duty. It is always a huge loss when a fellow Deputy makes the ultimate sacrifice. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed. We thank Deputy Butler for his service as a Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

July 1, 2024

Rest In Peace Brother.

Det. Andreoli

July 1, 2024


Commander Robert Jenkins
North Bay Village PD

July 1, 2024

Praying for peace and comfort today and during the difficult days ahead. With deepest sympathy,

Rita Rocker
Deputy Executive Director
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles

July 1, 2024

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