Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper William Rae Kellems

Indiana State Police, Indiana

End of Watch Monday, September 30, 1957

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Reflections for Trooper William Rae Kellems

Thank you for your service and rest in peace knowing that your service and sacrifice will always be remembered.

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

September 30, 2020

Rest in peace Trooper Kellems. I still have a copy of the report of this tragic incident written by my father, Detective Sergeant Wayne Tolbert, I.S.P. 1943-1977.

LYNN TOLBERT, Oct. 1 2018

October 1, 2018

His extended family still remembers Bill and his heroic dedication to keeping others safe. His life was too short.

John Kellems

November 24, 2017

Gone, but not forgotten.

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

September 30, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 56th anniversary year 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.

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

August 13, 2013

Rest in Peace, Trooper Kellems. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 13, 2013

Even after these many years, you are NOT forgotten. Rest in peace brother, and may GOD continue to bless you and your family.

Deputy S. Williams
Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, UTAH

November 10, 2008

Thank you for keeping the streets of Scott County safe and for your sacrifice that you made that night in 1957.

Deputy Probation Officer Cory Walker
Jennings County Superior Probation Department

March 30, 2006

Our Greatest Fear
Yet once again the Thin Blue Line is diminished,
an officer’s final tour of duty is finished.
"Officer down", it’s our greatest fear,
and once again, I hold back a tear.
They patrol in the state, city, county and town,
in uniforms colored white, green, blue and brown.
The shape of their badges may vary,
but it’s a symbol that they all, proudly carry.
They leave for work with a kiss goodbye,
but some don’t come home, no matter how hard they try.
To uphold the law is the job that they pick,
with such high aspirations, why must some die so quick?
They leave behind loved ones, family and friends,
after their lives have met tragic ends.
Some die in crashes, others hearts not too stout,
too many have been lost when gunshots ring out.
Our Heavenly Father has called them home,
no more these dark streets do they roam.
Through trial and error they have given their best,
please Lord, now grant them eternal rest.
Yet once again the Thin Blue Line is diminished,
an officer’s final tour of duty is finished.
" Officer down", it’s our greatest fear,
and once again I hold back a tear.

Master Trooper Dave “Stumpy” Miller

Indiana State Police Dist 13

December 19, 2005

Thank you for your bravery and dedication to the state of Indiana!


July 21, 2005


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrifice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Trooper Kellems.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

June 3, 2004

Rest in Peace, Trooper Kellems...God Bless You.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13

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

"God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them." Hebrews 6:10

A 911 Dispatcher


January 2, 2004

“No officer's death should be without reflection. You served us
May the memory of your service and sacrifice remain forever.

Zone Sergeant
New York State Police

November 1, 2003

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