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Police Officer William Green

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, March 29, 1982

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Reflections for Police Officer William Green

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Mark Mottola

March 30, 2020


First Sergeant Tom Webb, Retired
New York State Police

September 21, 2018

Happy Birthay, Bill! We love and miss you.


August 10, 2017

34 years later, you're are still remembered. Thank you for your service and RIP Officer Green.

Future Detroit PO Ali
Dearborn, MI

March 29, 2016

34 years later, you're ate still remembered. Thank you for your service and RIP Officer Green.

Future Detroit PO Ali
Dearborn, MI

March 29, 2016

Uncle Bill,

I was angry hurt and didn't understand when we lost you. I watched dad emmotionally diminish and writhe in pain. He always wondered if he was with you would you still be here. I was only in the 3rd grade at the time and all I knew is you weren't there anymore. There was always a strange void growing up without you. I grew up and became an officer. I've had an honorable career......

but one day I happen to go to the gang squad base to give a tour to some kids I was mentoring at PAL. I had been on the department or at least 12 years. A lot of time had passed...

I looked up on the wall and they had your picture in memoriam.

I hadn't thought about before, but that moment I had to excuse cut the tour and excuse myself. I had never associated my mortality with our profession.

The dam broke and the tears flowed. I talked with dad for a long time that day.

As Kyra said I had my brush with death and it felt like you and mom were with me that night. I saw it all over again in dad's face when he saw me with tubes, wires, and holes covering and connected to my body. He was living the nightmare again. We've grown much closer. He was able to articulate that process of coping with us losing you.

Recently I lost my best friend and all I could ask is when does IT subsibe.

You were a class act and even though time has you're still so loved and missed.

Police Officer Arthur Mathews
Detroit Police Department / Your Nephew

August 22, 2014

I worked with Bill at the beginning of my career as a police officer. Bill was a great person, instructor, & partner. I learned alot from him. Upon his death I lost a good friend and partner. I'll never forget Bill. Each time I travel to DC I visit the police officer memorial wall & pay my respects.

Police Officer Frank Feger - Retired
Detroit Police Department

April 9, 2014

My faithful servant.
You were called upon to serve others.
You were asked to see, what no man should ever have to see.
To go through, what no man should ever have to go through.
But you did so with pride, honor, and integrity.

My faithful servant.
You were called upon to defend those, who could not defend themselves.
To provide justice to those, who did not respect it.
To lay down your life, if the time called for it.
Again, you did not question what was asked of you.
You did it with love, compassion, and loyalty.

My faithful servant.
In times of adversity, you prayed for strength.
In times of triumph, you praised your Lord.
You served your Country, State, and city proud.
Your service will forever be remembered by the many lives you’ve touched.

My faithful servant.
When your service on this earth is finally complete.
I will welcome you home with open arms.
I will embrace you and proclaim,
“Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

Sergeant Barton
Garden City PD

March 2, 2014

I worked with Bill Green at the Gang Squad, a tight knit unit, at a time when gangs in the City were flourishing. He was part of our enforcement crew and performed his job admirably and with distinction. He was fun loving, respectful and full of life. His tragic death affected us all as it would any family. Never forgotten.

Chief James A. Bivens Jr.
Wayne County Prosecutors Office

November 14, 2013

I have never forgotten you Bill, and I never will. Thank you for your mentoring.

Gayle knight

Lt. Gayle Knight-retired
Detroit Police

April 20, 2013

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

March 29, 2013

Dad you were a great man, a true hero. There have been few like you and none will ever fill your shoes. You passed away so young that you never got to see me become a man. I just hope that I can be half the man that you were. Like Lesa said, Our lives haven't been the same without you.

Dewan Swett

January 6, 2012

I met your partner who was shot with you that fateful night. Thank you both for putting your lives on the line for the protection of citizens. Rest in peace & God bless your family.


May 13, 2011

Hi, Uncle Bill...

I want to say thank you for watching over my brother who was so close to being in your shoes just two mornings ago. He just got off duty, but I think you had a hand in helping him save himself. Daddy told me what happened, and I want you to know he still isn't over it. He's okay, but he misses you, too.

I still remember you picking me up and being so happy to see you coming. I wasn't quite four when you died, but I will never forget my Uncle Bill. Like Pam said, we miss you, think of you, and try to make you proud. I never felt like I said goodbye because I didn't understand that you were gone. Now I know I didn't have to because you never really left. Tell auntie I said hi. I miss you both, but I'm glad you're together now.

Love always,



May 8, 2011

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 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. I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 29, 2010



February 26, 2008

Our Beloved Bill,
From the day you were taken away from us, your children, family and loved ones have felt the loss of you each and every day. You are missed more than words can describe. The wonderful and loving memories of you are set in stone in our minds and our hearts forever. You were a good man, you were dedicated to your job and you loved your children and family. You were a true friend to those whom you cared for dearly. You treated those you loved and cared for special in your own way. Our lives changed the day you were taken away from us. Our lives have gone on, however, life has not been the same. The Lord has provided us with strength to make it through and it has been difficult, for we have needed you. You have 9 grandchildren and all of them know who you are and have been told of the contributions and sacrifices that you made to society during your short lifetime. When they see your pictures, your grandchildren will say, "That's Granddaddy." We are so proud of you. We love you and miss you, and your spirit is with us always.

Always and forever,

December 30, 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

November 13, 2007

I did not know Officer Green, but always remember him as he was killed the day after my sister's murder.Like my sisters it was a tragic loss of life. My husbands older cousin was also killed in the line of duty, Paul Begin EOW 10/29/69 . He and his family will always remain in our Prayers.

someone who cares

May 3, 2007

Officer Green,

My father worked with you. He told me you were a good cop. Though your death was more than 20 years ago, remember that you will never be forgotten. I pray your family knows that what you sacrificed for a seemingly unappreciative public is remembered by us. We are all proud.

Detroit Police Dept

November 1, 2006

Fallen but NEVER forgotten.

Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEO's

September 29, 2006



September 23, 2006

You taught me Love Billy and in doing so, you gave me life. I miss you and I love you forever.


Mary Kathryn Harvel

March 29, 2006

i still think of you william,tsmith


January 15, 2006

You are not forgotten, William.

March 29, 2005

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