Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman William A. Koenige

Schenectady Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, February 12, 1979

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Reflections for Patrolman William A. Koenige

Patrolman Koenig,
I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community. It for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish t extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 12, 2024

Fourty four years gone now. Hoping the years have diluted the sting of death for your loved ones and that the memories have become fonder. I still remember. Party on.

Cheryl Vadney, R.N.
Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, NY

July 7, 2023

thank you for all that you did, seriously a hero. you are still remembered and thought of, and are thanked on numerous levels for your hard work and dedication to the police work force.

abby heimburg, student at boces
schoharie captial region boces

February 21, 2023

Forty two years since your leaving this life for paradise. Remembering you like it was yesterday. I still mourn not being able to help save your life; but you had something better in mind. Eternal life in Paradise. Blessings to your dear ones always.

Cheryl Salov Vadney, R.N.
(formerly) Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, NY

February 27, 2021

Rest in peace hero.


February 13, 2021

Rest in peace Patrolman Koenige.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 31, 2020


My fellow Vietnam Vet we shared many nights and laughter at The Hut, Veruttos etc as are careers
Police and Fire ran parallel
I remember how they were reducing PD and your backup got there to late. I got to live my life you didn’t.
But I will honor yours this week when I petition in Fla
court a false perjurized report as to many cops have been gunned down since you.

Jim Curcio

FF Jim Curcio retired
Schenectady Fire Great friend

July 14, 2019

Now 40 years past my friend, remembering that night you gave all and what a great guy to call Friend

Andy Mattice
Retired NYS DOCS

February 23, 2019

So many years and yet your memory remains because of your life of distinction and sadly for us, a life's end in sacrifice. No doubt your life in Paradise was well earned. Remembering you. Pray for us. Lux aeterna.

Cheryl Salov Vadney
(formerly) Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, NY

February 22, 2018

Reminded my friend of your courageous will to help, and your sacrifice 39 years this night.

With all that happens these days.

Andy Mattice

February 12, 2018

Not Forgotten. Good to see your picture although I knew you with a mustache. Thanks for the security escorts to Sunnyview. Thirty six years now, and The night you left for paradise can't be forgotten. Paradise becomes you.

Salov Vadney

May 1, 2015

Remembered Again my friend, 35 years

Sgt. Andy Mattice

February 13, 2014

Rest in peace. You use to take to the bank for the otb money runs. Later after your sacrifice I moved to Texas and became a Police Officer. I have served for 28 yrs. Thank you for the influence.

Officer Mark Carpenter
Nassau Bay P.D.

January 16, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 33rd 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.

Time never dimishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. To your friends, thanks for shariing their devotion through your reflection.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 13, 2012

I remembered you again Today old friend, You were my mentor my idol, I hope I did you right 23 years wearing a badge of honor.

Retired Sgt. Andy Mattice
NYSDOCS My friend

August 8, 2011

We are so blessed to have men and women who keep us safe everyday. Thankyou officer for your sacrifice and let us never forget all bravery..God Bless

colleen meisenholder
Friend of Daughter

August 5, 2011

Bill was my partner while I was in uniform - we both investigated Auto Accidents/Radar & a personal friendship.

May God Bless you and may you rest in peace - thin king of you always.


Det. JP McGrath (Retired)
Schenectady Police Department

April 18, 2011

So many years ago you you slipped from loosed earthly bonds to receive your heavenly reward. Those last moments are not forgotten by those who held on to you with all the effort humanly possible. But heavenly reward was greater in part than the sum of our efforts. We have not forgotten those seconds, sorrow or sacrifice. We are thankful for your friendship and pray for your family's consolation and prosperity.

Cheryl Salov Vadney,RN
Ellis Hospital, Schenectady,NY

March 11, 2011

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

Robyn Wilkes

February 9, 2009



February 9, 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 20, 2007

Rest in peace my brother.


April 13, 2004

Rest in peace, and thanks for keeping the peace while you were here. We are grateful for your sacrifice and protecting of us after all these years. God bless his family in all the years to come. He paid the price for us all.

Baltimore, MD

April 13, 2004

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