Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Gerald William Hempe

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Wednesday, January 31, 1973

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Reflections for Police Officer Gerald William Hempe

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)

January 31, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Hempe.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 11, 2020

A hero and his partner, ambushed by a coward! I echo Officer Kuspa.

Patrol Specialst II (Retired)
Wauwatosa PD

January 31, 2015

Reading of this incident is disturbing to think that there could be such an evil individual that once existed out in our society. The Officers gave the ultimate sacrafice of their lives to protect the rest of the world from this animal. In prison he is, he shall be, and always should remain. Until he too one day meets his maker and faces his ultimate judgment. We are the Shepards who will lay down our lives to protect the Sheep from the Wolves. We are and always shall remain... The Thin BLUE Line.

Police Officer Steven Kuspa
Milwaukee Police Department Tactical Enforcement Unit

March 3, 2013

We Remember.
No Parole Letter Sent.

Sgt. Daniel Wesolowski
Milwaukee Police

February 16, 2013

I SENT MY NO PAROLE LETTER., OFFICER HEMPE WILL BE FOREVER AGE 31. IN 1973 I HAD 6 YEARS ON THE JOB AND WAS AGE 31. A LONG TIME AGO
MICHAEL LONG NY STATE POLICE RETIRED..

MICHAEL LONG
NEW YORK STATE POLICE RETIRED

February 4, 2013

I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!

My prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers.

HEROES NEVER DIE...

Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

February 1, 2013

Gerry and I were in the same recruit school class. Alphabetical seating order placed us together and since we lived close to each other, we rode into work together. I remember the incident well as I was working U/C narcotics in the area at the time. I still drive by the shooting scene whenever I'm in the area; just to remember.

Special Agent (ret)
Wisconsin DCI

January 31, 2013

I am truly honored to have sent my "No Parole" letter to the state of Wisconsin. This man should never be allowed to appreciate the world that you made safe for all of us.
How this low life became eligible for parole makes me wonder what's going on in this crazy world.

Billy Russo (Det. Ret.)
Nassau County Police Dept. NY

January 31, 2013

A true "Hero" taken. May God grant you eternal peace. Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

I find it deplorable that we have to actually worry about this low life dirt bag being granted parole after being sentenced to 2 consecutive life terms.
Ridiculous !

Billy Russo (Det. Ret.)
Nassau County Police Dept. NY

January 31, 2013

RIP Charles, your service will always be remembered.

MONICO GARZA EMT-I
Salt Lake City, Utah

January 31, 2013

Your are a true Hero sir, I too seen Milwaukee and the darkside of the city. RIP Officer I will never forget.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

January 31, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th 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.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 31, 2011

The death of you and your partner is an example how the most simplest of police tasks can be most dangerous. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.

Detective Thomas Downes
Chicago

January 27, 2011

Just reading some random reflections and came upon this incident. First off, thank you Officer Hempe for youir sacrifice!! But how in the #$^% was this animal eligible for parole?? WOW.....

Officer
Houston Police Dept

May 14, 2010

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Wisconsin L.E.O.

October 8, 2008

Thank you, Officer Hempe, for your years of service and your dedication to making the world a better place for us all. Your life and death were not in vain.

May 6, 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
Sergeant
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

February 22, 2008

May you always rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

January 31, 2008

R I P Sir, Thank You.

Mike C, Citizen
Boston MA

January 25, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

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

January 22, 2008

God Bless you and your family on this anniversary of your tragic death

Detective
Cranford Police Dept (NJ)

January 31, 2007

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies...

Rest in peace, hero.

December 29, 2004

Rest in peace brother
You're gone but not forgotten.

Deputy
Walworth Co SO

December 19, 2003

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