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Police Officer Wallace Blakleigh "Chappie" Chapman

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, June 13, 1948

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Reflections for Police Officer Wallace Blakleigh "Chappie" Chapman

Officer Chapman,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the U.S. Army during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 13, 2023

Officer Chapman, you are not forgotten by the men and women of law enforcement. Rest in peace.

Michael Kane
Retired Detective, Boston Police Dept.

June 21, 2022

Officer Chapman, today marks 72 years since your untimely yet heroic departure from us. You served your country as a military and WWII veteran and then again as a police officer who made the ultimate sacrifice. Reading some of the past reflections, your legacy lives on with a grandson in the FBI and undoubtedly many relatives who still love and carry on your memories. Please know that you will never be forgotten by your LE brethren, both active and retired and watch over your grandson as well as other LE from above. Rest In Peace sir!

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo (Retired)
Delaware State Police

June 13, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Chapman.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 27, 2019

To the family, if you don’t know already “Cappies” picture hangs proudly in the 26th District along with other Officers from the district who sacrificed their lives for the safety and well being of so many In the community in which they served. I appreciate and am thankful to Chappie and many like him who were trailblazers in era of hate and prejudice because of his color. Thank you Chappie for making all of us past and current officers of color proud. God bless your family. Please know that he is not forgotten.

P/O Bond
26th DIstrict

April 27, 2018

Officer Chapman,
On today, the 69th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 13, 2017

You are not forgotten. I walk past a plaque dedicated to you everyday before I walk into work.

Philadelphia Police

June 13, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 15, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 64th 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 19, 2012

Chappie, you served your country twice; as a soldier and a police officer. You are not forgotten and your memory lives on. There is a plague dedicated to you at the Forensic Science Center located 50 yards from where you perished many years ago. A ceremony was held there in May of 2007. Two of your colleagues (91, and 92 years-old) were there and shared their memories of you. Members of your family attended, including your grandson, who is an FBI agent. God bless you and thank you for your service.

Keith Sadler, Chief of Police
Lancaster Bureau of Police, Philadelphia Police (ret.)

March 13, 2012

The funeral line was long, There's an awful lot of cars, Folks came out of the restaurants, They came out of the bars.
The workers at the construction sites All let their hammers drop. Someone asked. "What is this all for?" And they said, "Aw, just a cop."
Some chuckled at the passing cars. Some shed a silent tear Some people said, "It's stupid," "all these dumb policemen here."
"How come they are not out fighting crime?" "Or in a doughnut shop?" Sure is a lot of trouble, For someone who's just a cop."
They blocked the intersections, They blocked the interstate. People yelled and cursed, "Damn, it's gonna make me late!"
"This is really ridiculous!" "They're makin' us all stop!" "It seems they are sure wastin' time, On someone who's just a cop."
Into the cemetery now, The slow procession comes, The woeful Taps are slowly played. There's loud salutes from guns.
The graveyard workers shake their heads "This service is a flop." "There's lots of good words wasted, On someone who's just a cop"
Yeah, just a cop to most folks. Did his duty every day. Trying to protect us, Till they took his life away.
And when he got to heaven, St. Peter put him at the top. An angel asked him, "Who was that?" And he said, "Aw, just a cop."
His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

May God be with everyone!!!!!!!!!

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano,TX

April 16, 2009

P/O Chapman, you are not forgotten.

Sgt. G. Morace #322
Phila. PD

June 14, 2008

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

June 13, 2007

We remember you and your sacrifice.

Albuquerque Police Department

February 1, 2006

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