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Patrolman William P. Fahey

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, February 10, 1982

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Reflections for Patrolman William P. Fahey

Rest in peace Patrolman Fahey.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 26, 2019

I remember the day I heard the tragic news of the senseless murders of Officers Fahey and O'brien. I was a year and one day into my position as an officer on the Waukegan PD and it had a profound impact. I was selected to represent my department at the funerals and it was an honor.

To the families of these fallen heroes, please know they are never forgotten.

T. DePerte
Waukegan Police Department (Past)

April 25, 2018

35 years ago today our family was changed forever. I wish I could've grown up knowing you and having you as my dad. You are never forgotten.

Jamie Fahey

February 10, 2017

Although the governor was right when he said illinois's death penalty has serious issues, he should not have granted mass clemency, he should have done it individually. Not all those people deserved to be spared


July 25, 2016

This sounds strange, but I was doing some drawings of bridges along the river for our HOPE Auction which is tomorrow night. I happened to read about Wm. Fahey since the Columbus Bridge is dedicated to him. I thought how wonderful that a bridge was dedicated to this young officer. I just now finished the Ostrich egg , yes I paint Ostrich eggs every year :) with three bridges, LSDr., Columbus & Mich Ave. including his name , dates and star number and so I now took the time to look him up. He was born the same year I was and died a month after I had my second child. I felt so badly for him and am happy that he has a bridge dedicated to him. Thank you whoever did that. DeeDee

Artist - DeeDee Spence

May 11, 2016

Officer Fahey and his Partner Officer O'Brien were friends of my father, Ted Poziopoulos. We lived in Pullman and owned a grocery store there. Although I was only 9 when this tragedy happened, I remember that my dad fondly recalled both officers and mourned there passing deeply. May their memory be eternal.

Efi James

December 22, 2015


Illinois Antique Emergency Vehicle Assn.

June 24, 2015

Billy, I said a prayer at your grave Friday, 13 June 14. My mother and father in laws are buried in the row right behind you. As long as I am alive I will NEVER FORGET.

Ret Set Chas W Salvatore
Chicago Police-High School School Mates

June 16, 2014

Went again to the scene to say a quick prayer for you and your partner. True heroes. Recently I related the story of you and your partner to some young officers who were not even born when you made the ultimate sacrifice. As long as I am on the job your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Detective Thomas Downes

February 13, 2014

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Watch over them and those still out on patrol. You have not been forgotten.

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

February 9, 2013

Rest in Peace, Patrolman Fahey. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 27, 2012

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones on this day. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones. You will never be forgotten.

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

February 9, 2012

Where has the time gone? Thirty years. It doesn't matter because we will never forget the sacrifice of you and your partner. I'll again go to the spot where you were murdered and say a quick prayer. I tell younger officers the sacrifice you and your partner made, Thank you.

Detective Thomas Downes

February 9, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 28th 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.

Time never dimishes respect. I pray for the solace of your family. I also regret that you and your family were denied justice by a govenor who has been disgraced himself.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 10, 2010

On this, the 28th anniversary of your ultimate sacrifice, I salute you. This morning I drove to the location where you and your partner were murdered and said a prayer. I remind young officers who now work in that area of this tragedy. I will not allow you or your partner to be forgotten.

Detective Tom Downes

February 10, 2010

Dearest Bill, I think of you all the time. Miss you very much. Love Linda


June 15, 2009

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today and also you partner. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones and those still out on patrol. No justice was served in your case with the commutting of the offender's life sentence, but then again the Governor that did this to you and your loved ones is also sitting in prison now so maybe there was some justice. You have not been forgotten.

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

February 10, 2009

We love and miss you, Uncle Bill.

June 20, 2008

Your not forgotten..Your bravery will live forever.

Dan McWeeny

May 7, 2008


Van Den Berghe

February 8, 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

October 17, 2007

Sleep soldier! still in honored rest
Your truth and valor wearing;
The bravest are the tenderest; ---
The loving are the daring.

From A Song of the Camp, by Bayard Taylor (1825-1878)


September 10, 2007

its been so many years since your passing and your legacy in the fahey family will never be forgotten you have 3 great hardworking daughters and now 3 grandchildren, its a shame youll never get to know, its sad that you were taken down in the prime of your life but you could be proud of what you left behind

William P Fahey

June 1, 2007

With prayers of thanksgiving for Bill, the difference he made, and for his wonderful family who we love very much.
Dan, Mary, Tommy, Danny, and Niki Waller

Waller Family

February 10, 2007

Twenty five years have passed and you have not been forgotten. I never agreed with our past Governor and what he did to let those responsible for this horrible crime not face the punishment they deserve. But, justice turned on him and he will hopefully be incarcerated for his crime and know first hand what it feels like to be in a cage. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

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

February 10, 2007

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