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Trooper William Paul Kohlleppel, III

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Friday, April 19, 1985

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Reflections for Trooper William Paul Kohlleppel, III

Rest in peace Trooper Kohlleppel.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 30, 2019

Trooper Kohlleppel,
On today, the 33rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Texas. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 19, 2018

Rest in Peace Trooper William Paul Kohlleppel. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of The Great State of Texas.

I Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the carcass of the driver that caused your death. May the flames of hell forever scorch his bones.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, Texas

April 19, 2016

Bill is and will be missed forever. My older brother was talented and strong in his convictions. high moral value and a good father. A greater love hath no man.

Kohlleppel Consulting LLC

January 23, 2014

Heroes live forever, Trooper Kohlleppel, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

April 19, 2013

You are gone Roaddog, but you are not forgotten. Thankyou for your service.

TFC Widener, Len
Connecticut State Police

April 19, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today on the 27th 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you in their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

April 19, 2012

Rest in peace, Trooper Kohlleppel. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

April 19, 2012

God Bless You Sir. May the good Lord above cradle you in His arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue.

Chris Walley
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department

March 25, 2012

Even though the years have passed, Bill will always be remembered. He was a dedicated and loyal trooper. My son in law is a current DPS trooper. I have deep respect for all law enforcement that put their lives in the front line to protect our communities everyday.

Norma L. Adrian
Former work colleague from City of Sealy, Sealy, Texas

August 2, 2011

Even though the years have passed, Bill will always be remembered. He was a dedicated and loyal trooper. My son in law is a current DPS trooper. I have deep respect for all law enforcement that put their lives in the front line to protect our communities everyday.

Norma L. Adrian
Former work colleague from City of Sealy, Sealy, Texas

August 2, 2011

As the owner of a trucking company and father of a police officer, I am especially saddened.

My sincere condolences to family, friends and Texas Highway Patrol.

RIP Trooper Kohlleppel

T Ganci

September 1, 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

April 19, 2010

Many years have passed but you are not forgotten.

Trooper II
Texas Highway Patrol

April 19, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 3, 2008

May you rest safe in the Arms of The Lord and may your loved ones be ever blessed.

April 19, 2007

Gone but never ever ever forgot my brother in blue. You are a hero my brother, thinking of you and your family and friends rest my brother for we will all be together someday.

Constable P Connolly
Police Service of Northern Ireland

February 26, 2007

God bless you brother. You are not forgotten.

Trooper Gatewood
Florida Highway Patrol

July 4, 2006

The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
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 a badge
can't always be a saint."

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk 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
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at time 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 a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell


June 21, 2004

No fallen trooper should be without a reflection.....Thank you, Trooper Kohlleppel..........You're a hero.......Rest in peace....

Taryn Walters Ontiveros
Daughter of Officer Larry E. Walters EOW 11-13-74

Taryn Walters Ontiveros

September 30, 2003

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