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Patrolman Bartley J. Connolly, Jr.

Penn Hills Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, March 25, 1972

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Reflections for Patrolman Bartley J. Connolly, Jr.

Sgt. Connolly,
On today, the 50th 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 USMC during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO; former Marine

United States Border Patrol

March 25, 2022

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

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

August 6, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Connolly.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 18, 2020

I also will never forget Bart , Officer Connolly , My father was a Penn Hills Police Officer and as a very young man I got to know both Bart and Bill I will never Forget them or there sacrifice !!

Officer Bobby Crutchman ( Ret )
Pa Department’ Of Corrections

June 3, 2020

RIIP SGT Bill as I called him as a young man , I will never forget him along with Bart

Officer Bobby Crutchman ( Ret )
Pa Dept Of Corrections

June 3, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service to this country.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 25, 2019

A Hero in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand

March 25, 2015

I was only 7 years old at the time of Officer Connolly's and Officer Schrott's death. My mom introduced me to them less than a week before the shooting. She took me back up to the mall and showed me a hole in the brick from one of the bullets. Learning of what happened was a very traumatic experience and something that has remained with me over the years.

Today, I visited the Law Enforcement memorial in Washington DC and located both of their names. It was an emotional experience even after all these years. My thoughts and prayers go out to their families.

LCDR G. Taczak, USN (Ret.)

December 28, 2012

Bartley Connolly was my grandfather Coleman Connolly's older Brother. Just spent the weekend in Pittsburg with our relatives and you are not forgotten. Rest in peace

Sergeant Michael Mcloughlin
NYPD relation Connolly Mother

October 18, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th 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 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.

This is an awful story that reminds us that even someone who appears to be less than lethal can be the very one who ruthlessly takes an officer's life.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 25, 2010

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

March 25, 2010

For Patrol Officer Bartley J. Connolly, Jr.:

Please read Sergeant William Schrott's tribute as it is written for both of these fine law officers who died in
the same incident.

Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza (Ret.)
Pennylvania State Police

October 10, 2009


Van Den Berghe

February 25, 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

January 17, 2008

May you always rest in peace knowing that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

March 25, 2007

Officer Connolly, rest easy brother your watch is over on earth God Bless you, and your family.

SGT. John L. Gulledge Retired
Escambia CO FL SO

November 9, 2006

Know that you are not forgotten.

March 25, 2005

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