Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Roland Peter Williamson

Washington County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Tuesday, November 7, 1995

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Roland Peter Williamson

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Williamson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 6, 2020

Pete, you will always be my hero. I miss you so much, my heart brakes when I think about you not getting to know your nephews. They would have loved you so much, not a day goes by without me thinking about you. My heart will always hold a special place for my hero, my brother.

Cornelia blair
Sister

November 11, 2013

Heroes live forever, Deputy Williamson, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Washington County and the great State of Arkansas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

November 7, 2013

I was only 6 when Roland Peter Williamson was shot and killed in the line of duty. I didn't understand the impact it would have on me when I heard "Pete" had "gone to heaven". But I do know. My family lived across the street from him, and needless to say, things just haven't been the same since. I could go on for sometime, but bottom line is, Pete lived an honorable life, and died in the same fashion. He was a great loss to our little community, a great loss to the Washington County Sheriff's Dept. and a great loss to mankind. But he left more greatness than he could ever have known. Marsha, James, and mom said it back then, and I'll say it again, Go Rest High On That Mountain, Pete. Even tho I know you're still right there looking out for your mother, sister, and nephews. God Bless

Mitchell Twombley
Next door neighbor

November 9, 2012

I remember the day very well when Pete was murdered. I was a brand new dispatcher at Washington County, having been there about 8 months. I passed all the responding officers on my way in to work that afternoon. I didn't know what they were running on until I arrived at work.

17 years later I still remember the sinking in my gut. I didn't know you well Pete, by I knew you well enough to know you were one of the good ones. Thanks for watching out over the rest of us as years have passed and careers have grown.

You're always missed.

Investigator Glenn Latham
Benton County Sheriff's Office

November 7, 2012

Pete, over 16 years later and I still remember the day that you were failed by us.

I trained you in the short amount of time we knew each other and worked together to the best of my ability.

I warned the supervisor that the inmate was a threat to other officers due to his actions toward me after I had transported him alone during 2 previous suicide attempts.

You should have had a brother officer with you, but you did not.

I told you several times that you were too trusting and were more a firefighter than a police officer.

On that day you proved to me that you had heart and would fight to the end, so you proved you were and always will be a true cop.

I will think of you always deputy Pete Williamson.

Former Sergeant Jim Renfrow
Former Washington County Deputy

November 9, 2011

Rest in Peace, Deputy Williamson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

June 8, 2009

Deputy Williamson, Although I may not have known you,although almost 23 years have passed since you were taken to your final reward. I want your family to know that you are still appreciated. That will never change.
Thank you for your selfless act of kindness.

Ohio
Summit County

March 17, 2008

Rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

December 29, 2007

Thank you for your service. RIP Brother.

Patrolman D. Kirk #309
Round Lake Heights PD (IL)

November 7, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

VanDenBerghe
NH

November 3, 2007

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

August 9, 2007

What you did in service to your community meant more than you'd ever guess - Thank you so much for your service

Sgt Don "Boots" Jensen Retired
Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee, WI

May 19, 2007

To the family and friends of Deputy Roland Peter Williamson and his fellow officers, and most especially to Deputy Williamson himself;

On this the tenth anniversary of your brutal murder, please know that you are remembered and honored. Your courage and dedication will never be forgotten.
Rest in peace, Deputy Williamson.


It is heartbreaking to look at your picture and see that you were robbed of your life when you were so young. I grieve for all your lost years.

May your family continue to be supported by their law enforcment family, and other police survivors.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Deputy Williamson gave to his community and the citizens of Arkansas, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on November 7, 1995.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 8, 2005

May you sleep in the arms of the father.
May you wake to the face of the son.
May your precinct be the jurisdiction of heaven.
Until we meet when our work here is done.
Rest easy brother, I have the watch tonight.

Detective Corporal Donnie Manues
Searcy Police Criminal Investigation Division

July 4, 2005

DAY IS DONE
GONE THE SUN,
FROM THE HILLS, FROM THE LAKE, FROM THE SKIES.
ALL IS WELL SAFELY REST,
GOD IS NIGH.

GO TO SLEEP, PEACEFUL SLEEP,
MAY THE SOLDIER, OR THE SAILOR, GOD KEEP.
ON THE LAND OR THE DEEP,
SAFE IN SLEEP.

LOVE, GOOD NIGHTM,
MUST THOU GO,
WHEN THE DAY, AND THE NIGHT NEED THEE SO?
ALL IS WELL, SPEEDETH ALL
TO THEIR REST.

FADES THE LIGHT;
AND AFAR
GOETH DAY, AND THE STARS SHINETH BRIGHT,
FARE THEE WELL; DAY IS GONE,
NIGHT IS ON.

THANKS AND PRAISE,
FOR OUR DAYS,
'NEATH THE SUN, 'NEATH THE STARS, 'NEATH THE SKY.
AS WE GO THIS WE KNOW,
GOD IS NIGH.

It is said that EVIL flourishes when good men do nothing.

To the family of this brave officer who gave all so that others might live, I extend my deepest sympathy and gratitude for your continued sacrifice.

To those of us who were left behind who still wear the badge, the mission continues... tomorrow is another Tour Of Duty... May God comfort you with the knowledge that you DO make a differance.

Detective Troy S. Pilivi
Box Elder Narcotics Strike Force (Utah)

November 7, 2004

I am very familiar with the incident in which Deputy Williamson lost his life. I am a patrol deputy in a county just south of Washington county. The day before Deputy Williamson lost his life, I was shot while executing a search warrant. I was shot thru a window and struck on the upper left shoulder of my back. The good lord was watching over me as the bullett struck my vest which saved my life. I can remember hearing about the shooting in Washington county and felt the emotional pain again. I wish we never had to enter one name to this web site. I know it truly is needed to help us all remember the fallen, the respected and the loved. I want everyone to know that Ronald Peter Williamson gave the ultimate sacrifice to make our streets a better place to live. May god bless him, his family, my brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement and you for this wonderful site.

Cpl. Rick Whittaker
Sebastian County S.O.

November 2, 2004

Deputy Williamson,

You died a hero. You will not be forgotten.

Retired Detective

March 4, 2004

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