Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer William J. Martin

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Tuesday, October 10, 1989

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Reflections for Police Officer William J. Martin

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

October 10, 2020

May you continue to rest in peace with the Lord. You are never forgotten! My brother Gael and brother in blue.

Dave Eastman, BPD retired
Baltimore City Police

October 10, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Martin.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 28, 2019

Your courage and dedication are remembered today and always. May God forever bless your family. Rest is peace brother.

Sergeant Barton
Garden City Police Department

October 9, 2016

I met Billy's Son tonight at a High School Soccer Game I was Officiating. He overheard me say I was a Police Officer. When he told me he was Billy's son I almost fell over with emotion. I told him how much his father was loved by his fellow officers in the Central District. My partners wife called me today Judy Rumpf. Her husband Edgar Jim Rumpf was killed in the Bolton St. Apts. fire in 1978. I pray for both families of these Officers killed in the line of duty. It is gratifying to see that both son's are doing well under the circumstances of loosing a Loving Father. Take Care

P/O Paul M. Scardina
Baltimore City Police Retired

October 21, 2013

Rest in peace and may god bless you Billy

Pfc Jon Pease
Cmpd-Retired Bpd

October 10, 2012

10 October 1989 will continue to be with me till which day the Lord calls me. Billy was a great friend and I continue to think of him often. Here it is 23 years later and it seem as if this unfortunate incident just took place. My wife and I continue to hold the Martin family in our prayers. I consider myself as blessed to have worked and known Billy. God bless and to all much love.

RPO Herman Louis Brooks CD
I was with Billy during incident of 10/10/89

October 2, 2012

You know, Billy, every time I watch a baseball game and see Mark Texeria of the Yankees or Gavin Floyd of the White Sox, my thoughts always turn to you because we all have that special common ground, all of us being Gaels. Just know that you are never forgotten. May St. Michael the Archangel, Patron Saint of Police Officers, watch over you. You have earned your special place in heaven.

Dave Eastman Police Officer, Retired
Baltimore Police Department

July 29, 2011

Hey Will,

Thanks for taking me under your wing when I was a rookie. I learned a lot from you.

Peace be with you always brother....

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Retired Cpl
BCPD & PGPD

July 22, 2011

I will never forget the night of October 10, 1989 at 3:25am when Bill got the call to 1502 Pennsylvania Ave. I was a police office working 192 that night. I was in the CD Mens Detention with prisoners when Bill got the call and arrived on-scene. This was a very sad night.

Major Craig Meier
Baltimore City PD Retired

August 12, 2010

MY REFLECTION OF P/O MARTIN ALWAYS WAS GIVEING A
HELPING HAND TO THE POLICE EXPLORERS HE WAS A GREAT P/O.
WHO CARED A BOUT THE CITY HE SERVED , BILLY WE HAVE
A LT. THATS CONTIUING THE WAR ON DRUGS, HIS SQUAD,
IS DRUG DEALERS NIGHTMERE, ON PENSA.AVE LT,MCVICERS
IS WAGEING WAR ON THE THUGS THAT KILLED YOU.
REST IN PEACE , YOUR WITH YOUR P/O FRIENDS

ofc melcher
baltimore / special police

December 5, 2009

I'll never forget where I was when I heard you were gone. I'll never forget the fun we had as teenagers.
I'll never forget you.

Gladys Skowrunski
High School Friend

October 9, 2009

This October 10th marks the 20th anniversary of Billy's death. Our prayers go out to the Martin family on a day that those who know them understand is difficult each and every year. Again this year, Billy's life will be celebrated Saturday but he and your love for him continue each and every day. Billy and his family gave the ultimate sacrifice that fateful day in 1989, but his spirit lives on his siblings and young Billy. Take comfort in the fact that you are not alone and there are many to support you this year and always.

Friends of the Martin Family

October 9, 2009

To Officer William Martin and and his loved ones:

On this the nineteenth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today. Rest in Peace, Officer Martin. I am praying for solace for your family today and each day of their journey as survivors.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Officer Martin gave to his community and the citizens of Maryland, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 10, 1989.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

October 10, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 7, 2007

On the eve of the anniversary of your death, we remember you and thank you Sir for your service.

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 9, 2007

Although we never worked the same assignment, our paths crossed from time to time. Billy was a fellow "Gael", a graduate of Mt. St. Joseph High School in Baltimore. He was one of many of us St. Joe graduates to go into public service as a police officer or fire fighter. Billy was an outstanding police officer, family man and citizen. May he forever rest in peace.

retire Office Dave Eastman
Baltimore Police Department

March 25, 2007

I WAS WORKING WITH ANOTHER OFFICER ON A ONE NIGHT PLAIN CLOTHES DETAIL. I NORMALY WORKED IN UNIFORM WITH BILLY MARTIN IN THE C.D. ON THE MIDNIGHT SHIFT. THE CALL THAT HE RESPONDED TO THAT FAITHFUL MORNING FOR PEOPLE SELLING DRUGS IN THE HALLWAY, MY PARTNER AND I HAD DISCUSSED TAKING THE CALL AND TELLING THE DISPATCHER TO HAVE BILLY STAY OUT OF THE AREA. BUT I TOLD MY PARTNER, NO WE COULD JUST GO UP TO THE AREA IN CASE HE NEEDED US. JUST AS WE PULLED UP ACROSS THE STREET FROM BILLYS CAR WE WALKED OVER TO THE APARTMENT BUILDING WHEN GUNFIRE ERUPTED INSIDE THE HALLWAY. I COULD SEE THE MUZZLE FLASHES. THE SUSPECT CAME DOWN THE STEPS AND WENT OUT BACK WAY TOWARDS ANOTHER OFFICER HERMAN BROOKS. THEY SHOT EACH OTHER, NON-FATAL WOUNDS. I WENT UP TO BILLY WHO WAS LYING IN A POOL OF BLOOD AND ROLLED HIM OVER, HE WAS DEAD ON THE SCENE. I WILL NEVER FORGET, THE SOUNDS OF GUNFIRE OR THE IMAGES I SAW THAT MORNING. WE WERE ALL FRIENDS. I FEEL TERRIBLE FOR HIS WIFE AND SON. I WISH THAT MY PARTNER AND I WOULD HAVE TAKEN THE CALL FROM BILLY. MAYBE WITH 2 OFFICERS WE COULD HAVE SHOT AND KILLED THAT SON OF BITCH AND PREVENTED ALL THE PAIN. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU BILLY. RETIRED POLICER OFFICER LOU SEIBERT

RETIRED POLICE OFFICER LOU SEIBERT
RETIRED BALTIMORE CITY P.D.

May 17, 2006

We ask Thy blessings and eternal rest to all our brothers and sisters
Who have sacrificed their very lives in the performance of
their duties. Give their loved ones the peace and
Strength to bear the anguish of their loss. Remove all
resentment from their hearts, knowing that eternal
peace and rest will abide their departed loved ones
forever. This we beg, Thy name forever and ever,
Amen.

Ret. Officer William Hackley
Baltimore Police

November 21, 2005

I would like to thank Officer Martin for his sacrafice. I would also like to thank his wife, I have had the opportunity to meet his son recently and I would like to say thank you to him also. I am the wife of a police officer in Virginia and can understand the pain you have gone thru and are still going thru. Just remember - he died doing what he believed in - protecting his family and his community. We will forever be thankful for the sacrafice.

A cops wife

March 17, 2005

you are a brave man officer martin and will never be forgotten .

baltimore citizen

March 11, 2005

04/10/04

Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. No officer who gives his/her life for us need ever be forgotton. You died a hero; rest in peace.

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

April 10, 2004

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