Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer David A. Willis

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, September 25, 1995

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Reflections for Police Officer David A. Willis

Dave. It’s been 27 years since that day and I think about you all the time. GOD bless you my friend.

Lieutenant Steve Kaminski

September 23, 2022

Rest in peace Officer Willis.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 7, 2022

Thinking of you Dave. Today was the day of the accident that took you from us so young. You are on my mind. Miss you buddy. RIP

Lieutenant Steve Kaminski

September 23, 2021

Dave I was with you that day . Not a day goes by I don’t think of you. GOD bless you and your family . Until we meet again my brother. ! Steve Kaminski

Lieutenant Steve Kaminski

March 17, 2021

Officer Willis,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 25, 2020

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

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

September 25, 2020

Dave its been 25 Years since you left us and went to the gates of heaven.I still remember how I was busting your horns about you always left the RMP dirty but we always had a good laugh.May God Bless you Dave and we miss you very much.

P.O. Steven Cruz

August 5, 2020

I went to the academy with you Dave I never talked to you but I remember seeing you in the halls of the academy on 20th st. On our 29th anniversary of joining the academy RIP Brother

Po Joseph C. Fox retired

April 30, 2020

Rest in peace my brother.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

September 25, 2018

May your soul rest in Heaven, and may God forever bless your two children.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police

September 25, 2017

My Police Academy class brother, my Field Training Unit Brother, my 10th Precinct brother.....My Brother. Always missed.

Retired NYPD Detective
Ron Castro

August 12, 2016

You and I grew up next door to each other. I think of you always. I miss you David my friend.

Army Veteran
Childhood friend

August 9, 2016

A very warm, friendly and all around great guy. RIP my brother.

Ret PO tim Vanderberg
co worker

September 25, 2015

We're nearing 20 years, and I hold Dave in my thoughts all the time. I remember him through the admiring eyes of a rookie. I have tried to emulate his calm and deliberate demeanor in my career and I will never forget his morning handshake at the start of a day tour.
God bless your memory Dave

Grateful Detective

September 1, 2015

I always think of you Dave.I was there with you that day my friend. GOD bless you and your family..


September 23, 2013

You are always in our hearts Dave! It was a pleasure to have served with you. 17 years ago today and still feels like yesterday. God bless you and your family!

Lt. Kevin Walters
NYPD Retired

September 25, 2012

R.I.P. Dave. You and your big smile are truly missed. We think of you often.

Sgt. Christopher Porcu
NYPD Retired

September 25, 2012

Dave I was there with you that terrible day. I often think of you and miss you. Rest in peace my friend.


July 15, 2012

Big Dave We miss you very much and that super smile of yours RIP and god bless

RET P.O. Cruz

February 28, 2012

R.I.P. I will never forget that day ! God bless you !

Retired P.O. Christian Doran

May 21, 2011

Dave you are still missed we think about you all the time

Officer Avezzano
NYPD Friend

January 16, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 14th 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


September 25, 2009

"Fidelis ad Mortem"


July 19, 2009

Rest in peace Officer Willis. May no member of the NYPD ever be forgotten. You are missed.......

Sergeant Chris DiToro

September 25, 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

January 2, 2008

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