Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Walter P. Langley

Mansfield Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Sunday, October 2, 1983

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Reflections for Patrolman Walter P. Langley

The memorial is beautiful...much more than I imagined.

It is very difficult to think of Walter as a grandfather! We all lost so much when he was killed. His death fractured the family. Patrick, I am happy that you were there for your brothers; your Dad would be proud of you. I don't want to make this forum a place where all we share is bitterness and anger. Let's share some of the good memories we have; he loved us all!

A good memory I have is of the 4th of July. All the police were confiscating fire works and your Dad saved some for the holiday. I think we had a cook-out that day. And then he set off the fireworks and they started a small fire across the street at the Red Cross! I hope you have a good memory you could share.

Dawn Langley

July 4, 2014

My father once told me that real heroes don't need any recognition or notoriety. I would first like to thank the organizers of the memorial dedication on june 29, 2014 for my father. I'm sure it was nice for my brothers children. I applaud my brother Walter's composure during the ceremony upon seeing my stepmother Dawn irene Mcleod , Simpson , Langley. We have not seen her in 30 years and were just wondering why she showed up. It has been said that I was the glue that held my family together after my father died, we held each other together, through good and bad times. So , I guess I will say to his widow, take the money and run,just like you did 30 years ago. In closing , I guess I will say to Chief Sellon, I guess it was too much for you to even return my phonecall as your secretary said you would.

patrick n. langley, retired secuirty chi
oldest son

June 30, 2014

Patrick, It'syour younger brother Gerry!!! We"ve been looking for you for years and I'm trying to get in touch with you. I will bookmark this site, please respond. I have a family and I think of you often and have been hoping to find you.

After Dad died, you were the glue that held our family together, and I will always await the day we can be reunited.

I love you,

Gerard Langley
Third son of Walter Langley

October 12, 2012

He was a good man and a good cop, he was always there for me when I needed him. It's been almost 30 years and I can still remember that october morning and how I felt to lose my best friend, RIP dad, you really were a hero. We will always miss you.

patrick langley
oldest son of walter p. langley

September 29, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 2, 2010

Patrolman Langley, we owe you a great debt, for your service in Vietnam, your service in Kingston and your service in Mansfield. You are truly a hero. Sadly that debt can never be repaid, but no doubt, all that sacrifice got you into Heaven just a bit faster, and you earned it albeit far too soon.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

June 16, 2010

"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

February 18, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service.


October 14, 2007

Patrolman Langley,
On today, the 22nd anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice, not just for your community, but for our Country as well in Vietnam.


October 2, 2005



November 13, 2003

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