Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman William Edward Hyde

Pennsville Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Sunday, September 9, 1962

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Reflections for Patrolman William Edward Hyde

On this 58th anniversary of your untimely and heroic death I'd like to say rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 9, 2020

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 51rst anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

May 2, 2013

We are sadly approaching the 50th anniversary of the tragic death of Ptl. William Hyde. Ptl. Hyde still remains the only Pennsville police officer to be killed in the line of duty. While we are thankful for this, we still mourn his death. I was 11 days old when Ptl. Hyde was murdered. I am now the police chief for Pennsville,the very same dept., in which he served. There are family members still living in Pennsville and we plan on showing our respect for their loss this Sept. 9th.

Chief Bruce Maahs
Pennsville Police dept.

August 20, 2012

My father, Tom Dwyer, was Bill Hyde's partner through the fifties and was ultimately promoted to Captain and, then, Chief. I still remember the late hour he was called and told of the shooting. He raced to the scene, to find his old partner -- and lifelong friend -- dead. Bill Hyde never had a chance, but, as John Hathaway, who was Bill's partner that night, told my father, Bill shouted a warning to him as he went down -- his last words. Bill Hyde was a wonderful father and husband. I was a friend of his daughter and can never forget the devastated family who continued on after his death.

Bill left his fellow officers with an almost unlimited store of wonderful and funny stories (the kind of stories all cops share to end of their days, and tell again and again). Years after Bill's death, my father noticed an old man who kept looking and looking at him. He finally approached. "You don't recognize me, do you?" he said. "No," dad responded. "I'm the man who shot that young officer. I want to tell you that there has not been a night that I have gone to bed that I have not seen that young man's face. I'm sorry." He didn't serve a life sentence, at least not in prison. God bless you, Mr. Hyde, and God forgive us all.

Tom Dwyer
Son of a fellow officer

October 19, 2011

You will never be forgotten sir.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 9, 2007

Officer Hyde, it was 44 years ago today and this is just a short message to let you know that your brother and sister officers across the bridge will never forget you. Thank you for your service always.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 9, 2006

Rest in peace Hero, your service to your fellow man is known, appreciated, and will not be forgotten.
God bless you.

Retired Police Officer.

September 9, 2005

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