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Police Officer William J. Luce

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, August 14, 1989

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Reflections for Police Officer William J. Luce

You will always be remembered dear Officer
Police Officer Patrolman William Luce.
You gave the ultimate sacrifice in serving your job.
,Thank you for each day you served for the City of Chicago and its citizens.
Prayers for all who hold your cherished memories in their hearts always.
Prayers that your fellow Officers are protected each day at work.
Rest In Peace dear Officer your watch is covered.

Marie VanWyk
Daughter of a fellow officer killed in the line of duty

August 14, 2020

Rest in peace knowing that your memory, service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 14, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Luce.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 2, 2020

Officer Luce,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 14, 2019


Illinois Antique Emergency Vehicle Assn.

June 24, 2015

Dad, you have always been my strength, inspiration, role model, and most of all my hero. I carry you with me and draw courage from your example and your sacrifice. I strive to make you proud and garner your approval; you set a high bar and I am so proud and humbled to call you my father. I miss you.

Nick Luce

May 18, 2014

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Wisconsin L.E.O.

August 14, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Luce. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 27, 2012

This is from "Little Bill Luce." From our days on the docks, to your initial training period on the force in your khakis guarding the Christmas tree in Daley Plaza, to the day you punched out the werewolf, to our late night drives through Cabrini Green, til the day you followed a car with Wisconsin plates through Washington Park and to the Museum of Science and Industry to make sure the out of towner made it safely (only to discover it was me), I have loved you. You always stood tall. Wish you would have caught more fish.

Staff Sergeant Ron Woods
brother in law

July 26, 2011

I can't believe it has been so many years since your passing. I remember you as a very good police officer who worked for me when you first came in to area 4 SOG. I remember your great sense of humor and your great big laugh. Rest in peace Bill, you have not been forgotten, brother. May God bless your family who has missed your kindness over these years.

Retired Chief of Police Gene Karczewski
CPD and Riverside PD (retired)

December 19, 2010

Thank you for your contribution to the department. You are not forgotten.

Detective Thomas Downes

August 11, 2010

Dad, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I miss your laugh, your busting chops and those stupid jokes that you told with your whole heart. I miss your dago t's, your pinky ring and that scruffy beard. I wish my 3 sons and new daughter could of felt just one of those bear hugs, heard one of those laughs or held your hand. I miss you Pops. I just wanted to let you know people still tell me wonderful stories about you. I share these stories with your grandsons Billy, James, and Matt. You touched many in such a short time. I hope to god that I could be half the man and copper you were. Watch down on my family dad, I still need you. Love your son, Brian.

Police Officer Brian Luce
Chicago Police Officer, Son

January 3, 2010

Daddy, how I miss you sitting here sighing. You were and still are my Hero. If you were here you would be so proud of me Im no little girl anymore I have three kids of my own I talk about you always you are my heart Dad, I LOve and Miss You Always xoxoxo Janet Lynn

Janet Lynn

December 29, 2009

August 14, 1989...20 years ago today. We will never forget.


Sgt Jean Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP-Service, Traffic Unit

August 16, 2009

Continue to keep watch over your loved ones. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of CPD Officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 13, 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 30, 2007

Officer Luce, thank-you for your service to your community. It is sad to read of your untimely passing, but I glad to read that your son is following in your footsteps. Rest in peace.

Lt. Stephen A. Joy
Prince George's County Police

December 28, 2007

For those of us who had the honor of working with Bill,I know none of us will ever forget him,he was an inspiration,who set an example for everyone to follow.
RIP bill,I know you and Patrick are together and watching over us.

Retired CPD

June 19, 2007

To the family and loved ones of Officer William J. Luce and his fellow officers with the Chicago Police Department:

On this the seventeenth anniversary of Bill's tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today. Bill's valor and courage will never be forgotten.

I hope that God is holding him in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul.

I am so sorry that Bill was robbed of his life so young and so tragically, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Bill gave to his community and the citizens of Illinois, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 14, 1989.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

August 14, 2006

Billy, everytime I spoke to you, you had me laughing. Rest easy my friend.

Ret. Officer Robert Barberio
Chicago Police Dept.

March 8, 2006

Mr. Luce,
I know your son Brian. I've worked with him on occasion throughout the years and I know you must be very proud of him. He does your memory proud sir.
Rest in peace and look out for the rest of us.

Sgt. Mike Murphy

October 10, 2005


You are not forgotten. Rest in peace, sir.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 4, 2004

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