Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Wilson H. Lewars

Hamburg Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, May 12, 1928

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Reflections for Chief of Police Wilson H. Lewars

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

May 12, 2015

I spent many hours investigating your death and your life. Captain in the Pa. National Guards station comander in N.G. Hamburg for years. Borough Constable and first Police Chief for the Borough of Hamburg. 2 weeks before your death, you interupted a burglary of a Silk Mill at 2nd. and Grand St. Hamburg. These same guys came back and were ready for you. There were 5 experenced men from Phily with a stolen truck who came to the same silk mill. As you responded to a call of a vehl. in the area, 3 of the men jumped out and began shooting. Using your .32 cal. Colt Det. Spl. you fired 5 shots. One of the bad guys was behind the large telephone pole you jumped behind for cover. He shot you 2 times point blank. They did not enter the silk mill but took off for home. You died 2 days later in the West Reading Hospital. Every school,buisness in the Borough of Hamburg was closed and the streets were shut down the day of your funeral in which the viewing held at your home on N. 3rd St. took 9 hours. The borough posted a $13,000.00 reward for the arrest of the bad guys. (unheard of in those days) Pa. State Police arrested 5 guys who were all sentanced to Life/ Hard Labor at Eastern State Penn in Phily. I know all this and more on his life before and after because you see, I had his job. I'm a retired Chief of Police in Hamburg Borough with 34 years of service. When I started in 1977 I heard stories of a police officer killed in Hamburg in the 1920's but no one knew the story. Now everyone in Hamburg knows. There is a special memoral for you and your whole life and story is in book form at the Historical Society for all to see. Lest We Forget

Retired Chief Michael Painter
HamburgBorough Police Dept.

May 14, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 84th 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.

Rest In Peace.

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

May 12, 2012

Rest in peace sir

POLICE OFFICER
PHILA PA

February 27, 2009

Many years have passed but your memory and honor will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

May 12, 2007

YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN, REST IN PEACE CHIEF LEWARS

May 12, 2006

It may have taken many years but you have now been remembered.Thank you for your service Sir and may you Rest in Peace.

May 12, 2006

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