Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer William M. Freeman

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, December 22, 1978

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Reflections for Officer William M. Freeman

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

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

December 22, 2020

Officer Freeman,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of California. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 22, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

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

December 22, 2017

Thinking of these two brave Officers tonight, God Bless. you will not be forgotten.

Arizona State Troopers

May 13, 2017

Now that I am retired and live in Nevada, when I come back to the Bay Area, I always think about them, when I see the sign with their names, I remember when they were killed, because I was a new Officer in 1978. I was lucky that I made it to 31 years in San Francisco Police Department and 3 years with South Lake Tahoe Police Department.

Sgt/Insp Richard Alves

February 27, 2017

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 24, 2015

God bless you sir for your brave service.

Officer J. Jaynes
Arizona Highway Patrol

January 16, 2013

Dearest Officer Freeman: When tomorrow arrives and it is 34 years since you were brutally taken from us I will remember how sad I was and still am for your loss. You and your brave partner were simply protecting us all when this happened.

You are remembered and saluted still. Please keep my beloved San Bernardino Squad safe.

Love, Aunt LoVae

LoVae Pray Martines, Law Enf. LiaisonM
MADD, San Bernardino County

December 21, 2012

you are not forgotten , I still think of this tragedy with tears in my eyes
I wish peace and love to you and your families..I truley have not forgotten you.... dear Lord forgive those who have trepassed and have slain my brothers for I shall never forget...

Paul Bearden
Boilermaker local 549

March 29, 2012

you are not forgotten , I still think of this tragedy
I wish peace and love to you and your families..I truley have not forgotten you.... dear Lord forgive those who have trepassed and have slain my brothers for I shall never forget...

Paul Bearden
Boilermakers local 549

March 29, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 33rd 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. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hope one day to meet your family at a NORCAL COPS function.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 22, 2011

On this 33rd anniversary of your death I am as saddened as I was back then. You were a brave officer doing your best to protect us all. You were a hero then as you are now. Thank you for your service. Bless your family and fellow officers. Keep watch over your fellow officers from your fixed post in Heaven.

Love you.
Aunt LoVae

LoVae Pray Martines, Law Enf. Liaison
MADD, San Bernardino County

December 22, 2011

Rest easy brother, we have the Watch from here, keep an eye on us from Heaven

Phoenix PD, Brother in Blue

June 28, 2010

Rest in Peace, Officer Freeman. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace in such incidents & our only real comfort comes from Him. May His strength, comfort & peace continue to be the sustaining force in the lives of all who knew this beloved officer; and may it somehow help to know that, even after all these years, they do not grieve alone.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

September 19, 2009

I travel the Yolo Causeway alot and when I do, I always remember you and Officer Blecher in a prayer. Its been 30 years, but we still remember your sacrifice.
God Bless you.

Mari Alvarez
Yolo County Sheriff Dept.-Retired

November 8, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

December 21, 2007

It's been almost 29 years and seems like yesterday that night it all happened. Not a day goes by that I don't think of the good times we had together. I still miss you tremendously.
Your friends at YCSO


December 20, 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
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

August 16, 2007

You are not forgotten. You are remembered with every man and woman that wears the CHP uniform -you are with them.


April 23, 2006

I travel I-80 all the time and I never fail to give you and Roy a big salute of appreciation for your ultimate sacrifice to the good fight.You are a hero and will never be forgotten. Rest Easy Highwayman.

Ca Hwy Patrol - Ret

December 22, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

December 22, 2004

No officer that gave his life should be without reflection……

“For those who pledge to uphold it, Freedom requires a sacrifice the protected will never know”

I honor you Officer William M. Freeman


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