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Town Marshal William Joe Giles

Winslow Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Saturday, October 28, 1905

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Reflections for Town Marshal William Joe Giles

RIP sir.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb, New York State Police.

August 5, 2020

Town Marshal Giles, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 5, 2020

The brother of my Grandmommie’s Daddy, Robert Pleasant Giles, Lipan, TX.
Very Proud


November 1, 2019

Seven months after the famous shoot at Canyon Diablo, with Chet Houck Pete Pemberton and the two robbers of the Wigwam Saloon, April 7 1905, Pemberton drunkenly shot and killed Winslow Marshal Joe Giles in the Parlor Saloon (Far left of the 4th picture) Sheriff Houck refused to charge his trusty deputy because Pemberton had saved Houck's life at Canyon Diablo. Outraged citizens brought pressure on other authorities to arrest Pemberton in Holbrook because of local anger and resentment, the trial was moved to Prescott. Found guilty of second-degree murder, Pemberton was sentenced to 25 years, but was pardoned after serving only a few years. Sheriff Houck later lost his bid for reelection by a landslide. Joe Giles, Pemberton served his time in Yuma (A.T.) Federal Prison.

Kenn Evans, II
City of Winslow HPC

January 26, 2019

Although his death was over 100 years ago and the weapons and technology have changed, this brave officer felt what the officers of today feel....wondering if this is going to be the day that he (or she)buys it, wondering if this is the last time he will ever see his family.
Perhaps he said the same kind of prayer I did before every tour, asking God to get me and my brother and sister officers home safely.

Sergeant Jim Lucerino
NYPD Housing Bureau

August 21, 2016

Joe is buried in Lipan, Texas. and was my Great Grandfather. His wife and the son that brought his body home are both resting side by side in the old cemetery in Electra, TX. I wish to thank my fellow officers for all your comments.

Someday soon I will be able to meet him, and thank him in person.

I spent 20 years following in his foot steps.

Chief Deputy

October 14, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 109th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. 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 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

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 27, 2014

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

August 25, 2012

Rest in Peace, Marshal Giles. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 19, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

October 26, 2007

May the Lord watch over all the employee's of the Winslow Police Department. For Jesus said, blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.


Stephen Garnett
Chief of Police

Stephen Garnett, Chief of Police
Winslow Police Department

September 25, 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

August 1, 2007

I pray that you are still resting peacefully and hope that you are watching down on us.

Cpl. Egendoerfer
Mishawaka PD

October 28, 2006

God bless you Marshal Giles. You will never be forgotten.

R. Misa P.O

September 10, 2006

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