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Officer William Franklin Mines

Fredericksburg Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, May 5, 1964

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Reflections for Officer William Franklin Mines

Officer Mines,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fredericksburg. And t your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

May 5, 2024

I never knew you, but I do know your loss greatly affected my grandfather.
Deepest respect for you and all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to provide safety, and law and order in this great country.
With love and appreciation,
Grand-Nephew, Christopher Lyon

Christopher Lyon

August 14, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Mines.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 4, 2019

This was my Uncle Frankie. My Daddy's youngest brother. I can barely remember him! I do remember the court contacting my dad about the clemency hearing. He told me that he told the court that he didn't give Frankie and chance at life and he didn't think that it was right to ask for freedom.

Tammy Mines Mongold

May 19, 2017

Frank, I was twenty four years old when I received the phone call from Lt. Fleming two hours early to report on duty. He did not tell me why but told me to report behind the shopping center. When I arrived was the beginning of the most awful day of my life and I am now 74 years old. I proudly served as one of your pallbearers.
I know you are in heaven with our father.

P.L. McIver Chief of Police Retired
Garner Police Department
Garner, North Carolina

April 19, 2014

Always the sweetest person when we were with him. I still think of you often Uncle Frankie. I remember exactly where I was when we told you were gone.

Loraine (Mines) Terry Ellison

September 21, 2013

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

May 5, 2010

Thank you for your service so many years ago. We will never forget the ultimate sacrifice you made. Rest in peace.

Cpl. Mike Presutto

June 8, 2009

On the 45th anniversary of this tragedy, we remember you. Rest in Peace.

Lt. Sheila Jones

May 5, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 45th 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

May 5, 2009

The Police Officer's Prayer to Saint Michael:

Saint Michael, heaven's glorious commissioner of police, who once so neatly and successfully cleared God's premises of all its undesirables, look with kindly and professional eyes on your earthly force.

Give us cool heads, stout hearts, and uncanny flair for investigation and wise judgment.

Make us the terror of burglars, the friend of children and law-abiding citizens, kind to strangers, polite to bores, strict with law-breakers and impervious to temptations.

You know, Saint Michael, from your own experiences with the devil that the police officer's lot on earth is not always a happy one; but your sense of duty that so pleased God, your hard knocks that so surprised the devil, and your angelic self-control give us inspiration.

And when we lay down our night sticks, enroll us in your heavenly force, where we will be as proud to guard the throne of God as we have been to guard the city of all
the people.



Thank you for your service to our community. Your dedication & legacy will never be forgotten.

Your Family & Friends of the
Fredericksburg Rescue Squad, Inc.

Your Family & Friends of the
Fredericksburg Rescue Squad, Inc.

July 31, 2008

During my first week on patrol, my sergeant took me to the spot of this murder and told me the history of murderer and what happened on the night of this incident. I hoped that I would never have a shift like that but unfortunately we lost another officer due to a senseless act. Officer Todd Bahr was killed by a suspect after pursuiting him from the same shopping center where this officer was killed.

Lt. Sheila R. Jones
Fredericksburg Police Dept.

June 24, 2008

I was just a very young child at the time of your death, but I walk past your picture daily, and think of how fast life can change for a police officer. We just lost another of Fredericksburg's finest, Todd Bahr. I pray for you and your family. rest in peace brother.

Fredericksburg Police Dept

June 22, 2008

Sadness has fallen again in Fredericksburg as we laid Officer Todd Bahr to rest today. You and Roy are on my mind as I patrol and are constantly reminded how quick life can change. Thank you for all that you have done and please watch over our brother. Rest in peace brother.

Officer Chris Urquhart
Fredericksburg P.D.

June 12, 2008

Today, June 12, 2008, as I mourn the loss of Officer Todd Bahr of the Fredericksburg Police Dept. I want to remember the last two police officers that the city lost in the line of duty--Officer Roy Glen Wright and Officer William Franklin Mines. The sacrifices you made have not been forgotten. Godspeed, Camden Bullock, EMT Port Royal VFD

Camden Bullock, EMT
Prot Royal VFD

June 12, 2008



May 6, 2008

Uncle Frankie. So sweet and one of our highlights when visiting Virginia. My moms baby brother. I was in 7th grade when we got word of his death. Love you, Uncle Frankie.

Loraine Terry Ellison

November 10, 2007

Officer Mines,
On today, the 42nd anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you to you and your partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fredericksburg. Your murderer spent the next 40 years in prison and died there-at least no bleeding heart judge or parole board let him out early.



May 5, 2006

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies.....

Rest in peace, hero.

September 28, 2004

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer.

Tonight, May 5, 2004 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Officer William Franklin Mines and Officer Roy Glen Wright who died in the line of duty on this date 40 years ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Officer Mines and Officer Wright's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

May 5, 2004

Officer Mines, friends, family and co-workers of the Fredericksburg PD, rest peacefully. William, the man that took your life forty years ago this May served out his sentence 17 Feb 2004 and died still in prison.
Our appreciation to Governor Warner, the family at ODMP, and the e-mails sent by officers concerned about justice being served was heard and clemency was denied. We as officers do not revel in death, but bow humbly before "Justice" in honor of the sacrifice Officer Mines paid so many years ago.
You are gone, but certainly not forgotten.

Botetourt Co Sheriff's Office

February 23, 2004

We have spoken on your behalf, urging the Governor of Virginia to not grant clemency to your murderer.

Newark NJ PD Auto Theft Task Force

February 16, 2004

Rest in peace my brother. I jot got finished sending an e-mail to your governor asking him to keep your killer behind bars as his sentence was set forth...for life. You may not be with us but your voice is being heard through you brothers and sisters in blue and concerned citizens of our great nation.

Frankkfort, Ky.

February 15, 2004

Rest in peace blue angel.

concened citizen

September 15, 2003

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