Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman William F. Holbert, Jr.

Binghamton Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, July 17, 1972

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Reflections for Patrolman William F. Holbert, Jr.

Bill Holbert was my dad. I was too young to remember the events that took him from my mom, my sister and I, but he will always be my hero. A special thanks to the BPD for everything they have done for my family. Please know that with the support and love of the community, all three of us have built good lives. I hope my dad would be very proud of us.


June 6, 2023

Patrolman Holbert,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Binghamton. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 17, 2022

Rest in peace Patrolman Holbert.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 16, 2021

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

July 17, 2020

Growing up I remember spending hours reading scrap books and studying my uncle's life. Also listening to stories from my grandmother and my mom, longing to have had the chance to know him better. From what I understand.. He was the kid from the wrong side of the tracks. This is what made him such a great mentor to troubled youth. I think this had a lot to do with him being a great example of what a police officer should be. Although , most of what I know of his life is what I have read and what my mom and grandma have told me ...I do not want him to be forgotten. God bless the Binghamton police force and all officers everywhere.

Proud nephew. R.IP. uncle Bill.

July 6, 2018

My dad was my hero. not a day goes by that I do not think of him. My son kind of resembles him and I now have a grandson that was given his name. I wish my kids and grandkids were able to know such a wonderful man. Never forgotten and always missed.

Veronica Holbert Adams

March 1, 2018

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

January 27, 2013


You were long gone before I got on the job, but your memory was still there 13 years later. Now it's been 38 years and I still keep you in my prayers. I still see one of the men who was with you that terrible day and he too keeps you in his thoughts.
Thanks for your sacrifice.


August 4, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty-eighth 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 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.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know both their pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 17, 2010

I said a little prayer today for Patrolman Holbert and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

July 16, 2009

We see your picture every day.

We see the flowers.

You are, and always will be, part of us.

The Men and Women

November 7, 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 18, 2007

Rest Safe with The Lord.

July 17, 2006

Brother Holbert,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables LE Motorcycle Club

December 28, 2005

Your service will NEVER be forgotten. Thank you.


God Speed my Brother....

September 4, 2005

Rest in peace for we have the watch now.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.

January 22, 2004

Officer Bill Holbert is gone but not forgotten. Bill relieved me from duty that morning, just prior to his untimely death. I will never forget that terrible day. Bill is in heaven with all the angels that look over police officers.

William S. Mares
Melbourne Airport Police Department

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