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Patrol Officer Kenneth R. Dawson

Wheeling Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, November 5, 1985

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Reflections for Patrol Officer Kenneth R. Dawson

Thinking of Ken today. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Ptlm. Bill Roscop
Mount Prospect Police

May 15, 2022

Kenny will stay in my memory
just as I knew him- a teen
ready to take on life. God bless his
family for the loss of a truly fine man. Kay STUMPF Powell

Kathryn A Powell

August 5, 2020

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for service!

Detective Sergeant Jeremy Sims
Matteson, IL PD

November 1, 2019

Never forget you brother

Richard Krauser
Wheeling fire department

October 17, 2019

Kenny, I was blessed to have you as my cousin. It was your death at the hands of that criminal which led me to minister as a police chaplain for almost 25 years. I will never forget your sacrifice and the grief of our family - especially your wife and 3 girls. Know that I pray for you and I ask God that I honor the sacrifice you made by living my life in service to your brother and sister officers. May your soul and the souls of all the departed, particularly those brave men and women who gave their lives that we might be safe, rest in peace and rise in glory. Thank you for your service, Kenny.
With love,
Your cousin
(The Rev’d Kate Guistolise, SCP, CSC)

The Rev Chaplain Kate Guistolise, SCP
Evanston, IL

June 29, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Dawson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 16, 2019

Officer Dawson's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 1-23-18 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

January 23, 2018

Miss you every day my Brother. God Bless

Steve Weber

March 26, 2017

Thank you Officer Dawson

Sergeant Scott Yarwood
Bartlett Police

March 24, 2017

Officer Dawson was a great police officer and individual. I was a rookie who was fortunate enough to have Ken as a training officer and friend. Rest in Peace.

Lt. William E. Behnke
Bannockburn IL. PD Retired

August 2, 2014

Rest in Peace, Patrol Officer Dawson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 29, 2013

My thoughts are with all of your loved ones. Continue to keep watch over all of them. It sickens me that the individual responsible for so much pain had his sentence of death changed to life. Only solace in this matter is that the individual that granted him clemency is presently sitting in prison. You have not been forgotten.

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

April 9, 2011

It's hard to believe that it's been over 25 years since your passing. I still remember all the good times we had together, when you first started your police career with Deerfield P.D. You have been missed!!!

Sgt. Bob Hamilton Ret.
Deerfield Illinois Police Department.

January 5, 2011



December 23, 2010

I am at ease, it is end of day
My duty has been done.
The hour calls me far away
Beyond the setting sun.
Meet me by the oceans rocks
In the shades on the lane.
Or find me in the snowflakes
As they crowd against the pane.
Or beckon me in silence
Then listen to the breeze.
And you will hear me always
For at last I stand at ease.
Tad Leach

I have had this memorized since the day I heard it at your funeral. Rest In Peace,your memory lives on...


November 10, 2010

Ken ... I've been sitting here remembering things about you.
There's a lot of good stuff there.

Bill Hoos

October 21, 2010

Never forgotten, forever a hero.

Brother in Blue
Mt. Prospect (retired)

November 5, 2009

You are always in my heart,as your family is remembered. Rest in Peace, my friend.

dispatcher Miriam Summers Hillerby
Wheeling,Il in 1985

July 31, 2009

I am an officer working for a police department for whom your daughter is a dispatcher. She does an excellent job honoring your memory by helping to keep us safe every night. Rest easy knowing that we are all honoring your memory by keeping the communties safe. Rest in peace my brother.


December 21, 2008

Rest in Peace Ken. You will never be forgotten.

Brother in Blue (retired)
Mt. Prospect

November 5, 2008

I can't believe it's almost 23 years.It seems like last night.There's no shift day that passes I don't think of you& your family.Godspeed & keep watchin over us..we need it more than ever!


November 3, 2008

like one of the officers has posted this was also my first day as a how it has changed......i salute you, and will continue to serve with honr and heroism as you did.....thanks for your service......we will continue the fight.....

lt. p.m. spurlock, jr.

January 9, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 1, 2007

"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 23, 2007

On the very day you died I started my career in LE. I'm still at it nearly 22 years later, and I salute your sacrifice to this job which can be either the best job on earth or the worst nightmare--all in the blink of an eye.

August 6, 2007

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