Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective William F. Conklin

Clarkstown Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, September 16, 1971

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Reflections for Detective William F. Conklin

Det. Conklin,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Clarkstown. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 16, 2021

Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

To your daughters Bonnie and Nancy, God Bless you both as well as your parents and I reiterate what I said above, your father will never be forgotten.

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

September 16, 2020

To all of you who have honored the life of my father, Clarkstown Detective William F. Conklin by leaving a reflection I want to say Thank You from myself, Bonnie (Conklin) Price, age 66, my only sibling Nancy (Conklin) Schaffner, 58 and my loving Mother Loretta Conklin deceased. You have touched my heart in a way like no other.

Bonnie "Conklin" Price
Oldest daughter

March 9, 2017

Bonnie and The Conklin Family - So sorry this happened and you missed out on a lifetime of memories with your Father. Our father's worked together. Being a Police Officers child you always worry this will happen. You will always have an angel watching over you.

Cindy Clark Del Rosaro
Daughter of Retired Deceased Sgt. William B. Clark Jr. Clarkstown PD

September 16, 2016

I am very touched that my father was honored for his service as a Clarkstown Police Officer in New City, N.Y. I was 20 years old, married two years with a 18 day old baby girl and my sister, my only sibling was just 11 at the time of our Dad's death. He was never sick a day in his life and to lose him so suddenly, and unexpected was unimaginable at the time. 45 years seems like a lifetime ago, yet the pain in my heRt is as though it was yesterday. So many years have past and it's getting harder to remember what his voice sounded like. Thank you to all who honored him by leaving a "Reflection " for him.

Oldest daughter

March 10, 2016

I am very touched to see how my father was honored for serving as a Clarkstown Police Officer in New City, N.Y. I was 20 years old , married for two years with a 16 day old baby girl and my sister and only sibling was just 11 when our Dad died. He was never sick a day in his life and to lose him so suddenly and unexpected was unimaginable. 45 years seem like a lifetime ago, yet the pain is still as though it was yesterday. So many years lost, I am actually forgetting what his voice sounded like. Thank You for his "Reflection".

Oldest daughter

March 10, 2016

I didn't know Bill well as I started on the police department the year before. He had a massive heart attack right in front of me as we were about to enter a residence. These are the type of situations an officer can never forget. May he be with the Lord eternally and experience his profound love and peace.

P.O. Jerry Fleming retired
Clarkstown P>D>

September 17, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 16, 2010

I said a little prayer today for Detective Conklin and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

September 15, 2009

"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

December 18, 2007

You are not forgotten. Please watch over us.

Montgomery County MD Police

September 10, 2007

Detective Conklin,
As one officer wrote in another fallen officer's reflection-"No fallen officer should be with out a reflection." I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Clarkstown.


September 17, 2005

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