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Inspector William Bird Goodell

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, December 16, 1863

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Reflections for Inspector William Bird Goodell

No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

December 16, 2020

In the winter of 1863, a landslide in the Olympic Mountains created a huge reservoir above Port Angeles. On the night of December 16, 1863, the dam burst, sending a torrent of water through the town. The Customs House, a two story structure stood exactly in the path of the vast torrent of water, and overturned the structure, and swept it away in a moment. Of the three occupants of the Customs House at that time, Dr. Gun, the collector, was fortunate enough to be standing near the door, and was able to make his escape. His Deputy, Mr. J. W. Anderson and Capt. William Bird Goodell, the inspector, were overwhelmed inside the building, as it was swept into the Strait of Juan De Fuca. The men drowned in the collapsed building. The Makah Indians found the building and towed it ashore. The men's bodies were recovered. Burial information is unknown.

S. Schwartz

July 17, 2017

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 146th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 16, 2009

My Dearest Family and Friends

Somethings I'd like to say but first of all to let you know that I arrived okay.

I'm writing this from Heaven where I dwell with Our Lord above. where there's no more tears or sadness just eternal Love. Please don't be unhappy because I'm out of sight, remember that I'm with you every morning,noon and Night.

The Day I had to leave you when my Life on earth was through God picked me up and hugged me and He said I welcome you.
It's good to have you back again, You were missed while you were gone. As for your Dearest Family they'll be here later on.
I need you here so badly as part of my big plan. Theres so much we have to do to help our Moral Man.
Then God gave me a list of things that He wished for me to do, and foremost on that list of mine is to watch and care for you.
I'll be beside you everyday and through out the years, And when your sad. I'm standing there to wipe away your tears.
When You lie in bed at night the day's chores put to flight God and I are close you in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on Earth and all the loving years, because your only human they are bound to bring you tears.

Please don't be afraid to cry, it does releive the pain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned, But if I were to tell you You wouldn't understand.One thing is for certain, though my life on Earth is over I'm closer to you now than I ever was before.

To My many Friends, Trust God knows what is best.I'm still not far away from you I'm just beyond the crest.

So, If you can help somebody who is in sorrow or in pain, then you can say to God at night my day was not in vain.
And now I am contented that with my life. it was worth while,Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.
If you meet somebody who is down and feeling low just lend a hand and pick him up as on your way you go.
When Your walking down the street and you've got me on your mind just know Im walking in your footstep only a half a step behind.
And if you feel a gentel breeze or wind upon your face thats me just giving you a great big hug or just a soft embrace.
I will always love you from the land way up above We'll be in touch again soon
PS God sends his Love.


December 16, 2008

We say thank you once again on this day one year later.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

December 16, 2007

Inspector Goodell,
On today the 144th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country.



December 16, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, n h

December 7, 2007

Thinking of you today and everyday. Rest in peace.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

December 16, 2006



December 16, 2003

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