Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy William James "Bill" Marie

Lake County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, March 19, 1994

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Reflections for Deputy William James "Bill" Marie

God bless you

Mark Mottola

March 19, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Marie.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 19, 2020

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

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

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

Hi Bill, Thinking about you today. I really miss you sometimes. Today is one. You were one of a kind. You taught me a lot about life. I am going to Connecticut next weekend and it made me think of you. I know you are in Heaven. Peace, Bill. Sincerely, Dan.

Dan Mooney MS DABT Canton Mass

September 11, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Marie. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

We will never forget the sacrifice made by you and your family to protect the citizens of Florida. Continue to rest in peace.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


March 19, 2011

For Deputy William James (Bill) Marie:

The situations encountered by law officers are many. As soldiers-of-the-law nearly all place us in danger. People who would resist us might rank high on the list, while the motor vehicles we drive are always a threat - and those who pilot aircraft are far from exempt.

We pray for Bill's family, friends, co-workers and all who care about him. Though time has past, we hope they look toward Bill and see not a tragedy that has occurred, but rather a pilot and a hero in service to others.

I am proud, as a retired state trooper and a retired Lake County (FL) deputy sheriff, to render Deputy Bill Marie a final salute.

Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza (Ret.)
Pennsylvania State Police

September 25, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 19, 2010

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion
Proverbs 28:1

God bless you and all who mourn you. May God give them the strength to carry on. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


March 19, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the fifteenth 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.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 19, 2009

Judgment Day for a Policeman

The policeman stood and faced his God
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shiny,
Just as brightly as his brass.

“Step forward now, Policeman
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?”

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t,
Because those of us who carry badges
Can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sunday’s
And at times my work was rough,
And sometimes I’ve been violent
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny
That wasn’t mine to keep,
I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you’ve a place for me here, Lord
It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t, I’ll understand.”

There was silence all around the Throne
Where the Saints had often trod,
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

“Step forward now, policeman,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven’s streets,

a friend in service

September 28, 2008

My prayers are with your wife and daughter, Deputy Marie. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.

A Grateful Citizen

September 28, 2008

Deputy Marie,
I didn't know you personally, but I have heard many good things about you over the years. I remember the day you left. It was a sad day for all LEOs, especially those who were closest to you. You are a hero in so many ways. To this day, your sacrifice is remembered...and honored.
Go rest high on that mountain Deputy Bill high and soar!!

LEO Wife and Mom

September 23, 2008



April 30, 2008

Your life and accomplishments will be remembered by all. Once a hero, always a hero!

February 20, 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
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

December 14, 2007

We went to lay to rest our Sheriff Chris Daniels. As I was walking thru the Tavares Cemetary I found where you have been laid to rest. Thank you for giving your life for our community. You family is forever in our prayers.
Rest in peace

J Koester

October 22, 2006

Can't believe you've been gone for over 10 years. Rest in peace, Bill.

Former LCSO Dispatcher

February 15, 2005

My family and I are very saddend about this event. We live in Umatilla and since this has happened the whole town feels different. Thank you to all law enforcment officers for what you do daily for our community.

February 11, 2005

Rest in peace.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.

March 16, 2004

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