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Sergeant William John Kuhnle, Jr.

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, May 21, 1989

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Reflections for Sergeant William John Kuhnle, Jr.

Sgt. Kuhnle,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Trooper who was also killed in that accident 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.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

May 21, 2019

Here we are coming up to May 21, 2019, exactly 30 years. You were forced to leave us but know we still love you with all our hearts and miss you every day of our lives. You have affected so many lives over those 30 years. I pray you are watching out for My Baby Brother, My Dad, My NanNan, and My Mother. Tell Your Mom and Dad Hi for me and I will see them some day. You have always Thank been a wonderful man and I still love you more than I can describe.

Widow of Texas Department of Public Safe
Texas Department of Public Safety

May 7, 2019

Rest in Peace Trooper Sergeant William John Kuhnle Jr.. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of The Great State of Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family and for the men and women that serve The Texas Department of Public Safety . I also Pray that the hounds of hell are gnawing on the bones of your murderer as his soul is being burned up in the lake of fire!

Amen

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

May 21, 2016

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

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

May 21, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 23rd 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.

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 through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

May 21, 2012

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

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

May 21, 2012

EVEN THOUGH I NEVER NEW YOU SGT. KUHNLE I WANTED YOU AND YOUR FAMILY THAT YOU ARE THOUGHT ABOUT EACH DAY AND NOT JUST ON THE EOW DATE . REST IN PEACE AND MAY GOD WATCH OVER YOUR FAMILY

LIEUTENANT BARRY RANSBERGER (RETIRED
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

May 21, 2011

Here we have reached the year 2009 and we miss you now just as much as ever before. Daddy died this past July and he is buried next to you and so is CT. I know he thought he world of you and had the utmost respect for you. He always believed you could take care of us no matter what happened. He talked about you a lot especially towards the end. If you happen to hear anything from him, please tell him that his daughter misses and loves both of you so much that it hurts all the time being without the two of you.

Diana Kuhnle
Widow

January 11, 2009

RIP

Anonymous

September 8, 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
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

March 3, 2008

We miss you every day of every year. You would be so proud of your children and grandchildren, especially your "bright eyes". You will remain in our hearts for as long as any of us survive. You would also be proud to know we have all learned the true meaning of the word "survivor".

D Kuhnle
Widow

October 10, 2006

I was at the training academy in Austin during the Officer Memorial Ceremony in 2003. I remember your daugther spoke to all the Troopers and Officers present. I did not know you but after hearing your daughters speech and after serving the State of Texas both as a correctional officer and a Trooper, I honor you for all that you did. Rest easy SGT.

Trooper II
Texas Highway Patrol

August 10, 2006

I WAS PRESENT AT THE D.P.S. OFFICE ON S. NEW BRAUNFELS WHEN THE PATROL CAR WAS BROUGHT IN. THE DWI SUSPECT HAD BEEN IN THE BACK SEAT AT THE TIME OF THE WRECK. TO THIS DAY I DON'T KNOW HOW ANYONE COULD HAVE SURVIVED THAT COLLISION.
MAY THEY REST IN PEACE.

PATROLMAN (RETIRED)
SAN ANTONIO POLICE DEPT

April 26, 2006

I didn't know you well, but you were one of my fater's best friends and also my Godfather. I am sorry I didn't get to know you better but all the stories I have heard about you you were a great man,friend and an awesome Officer. RIP my brother in blue and Godfather. We miss and love you.

TCO Heather Jauch
Alvin Police Department

January 18, 2006

You were my driving instructor in A85 DPS Academy. You were a great guy to be around and extremely helpful to the fellows that couldn't drive too well. I remember running into you several times at the academy for different schools and always enjoyed your company. It was always fun to listen to your war stories. I'll never forget what you taught me. You'll always be remembered.

Mark
TxDPS Narc

March 12, 2005

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