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Police Officer Charles L. Moeller

Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Sunday, December 9, 1979

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Reflections for Police Officer Charles L. Moeller

It's been a while since I've posted anything. I went to your grave on father's day to say hi! I've retired from the police department after 27 years and I'm glad I retired. Your grandson is still attending college and is still interested in the law enforcement field. Miss you everyday!

Sgt. Paul Moeller, Retired
Joliet, IL. Police Department

June 23, 2021

It’s been 40 years since my dad was killed and I remember it like it was yesterday. I think of you every day and thank God you were able to guide my brothers and I in such a way that we have all had successful lives and careers. I have followed in your foot steps as a police officer and now your oldest grandson is in college to be a police officer too. Such a legacy. Love you and miss you dad.

Sgt. Paul Moeller
Joliet, IL Police Department.

December 9, 2019

It has been nearly forty years since I worked as a young officer on the Chicago Northwestern Railroad Police Department. I always remember Chuck as one of the nicest guys, a terrific family man and a dedicated law enforcement officer. He would take the time to coach a new department member. Everyone liked and respected him for the genuine good person that he was.

Asst. Chief E. Kevin O'Neill (ret.)
City of Portage (WI) Police Dept.

April 1, 2016

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

May 24, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. You must be proud that your family has continued your legacy of protecting and serving.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 10, 2011

Well dad, another year has gone since you were taken from us. We still think of you all the time and miss you everyday. I wish you were here to see your grandchildren, they're all gettting very big.

It's been 32 years and I still remember the last night you were with us before your end of watch. God bless you and all that have served before and since you that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our protection. YOU ARE ALL HEROES!

Sgt. Paul Moeller
Joliet, Illinois Police Department

December 9, 2011

Officer Moeller I commend you for a job well done. Although I never knew you, one can gather from the reflections the caliber of person you were. Integrity, honor and dedication are the key elements of any good officer, you sir possessed all/ Rest in peace my friend.

Special Agent T.D. Holcomb
Norfolk Southern Railroad Police

June 19, 2010

Today is the 30th anniversary of your death. I still miss you and have since the day you were taken from us. Your grandchildren are getting big and I know that they would have loved to have been spoiled by you.

Sgt. Paul Moeller
Joliet Police Dept. Joliet, IL

December 9, 2009

Still remember working with PO Moeller and learning the job. Miss the nights riding together as your partner.

SSA Wally Smietanski, UPPD retired

July 16, 2009


Today is the 29th Anniversary of your death. I miss you each and every day. I wish you were still here so that you could watch your grandchildren grow up. I know that you would have been proud of them as you were proud of us. I still miss you
Love you

Sgt. Paul Moeller
Joliet Police Department Joliet, Illinois

December 9, 2008

Thank you, Officer Moeller, for your dedicated service. You died on my 9th birthday. Also on that day, my own father entered the hospital and died there just over two weeks later. I don't know how old your children were, but I imagine I know something of what they went through. Though I still miss my daddy every day, God has been with me and helps me go on and I pray your family has looked to Him for strength as well.


October 15, 2008

Hi Dad,
I was looking at how long it's been since I have left a reflection. Since that time I was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, and your grandson has grown so much. He still says that you're with God and that you're watching over us. Last year at the Illinois Police Memorial your name was finally added to the list of officers. I wish I was there, but I was unable to attend because of work. I am looking forward to going to the state capital and seeing your name among the other honored police officers that made the ultimate sacrifice. It only took 28 years, but you have finally been given your rightful honor. I still miss you and think of you every time I put on my uniform. God bless you dad! I love you.

Sgt. Paul Moeller
Joliet Police Department, IL

April 16, 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 24, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

December 5, 2007

Officer Moeller, today marks the 27th year of your tragic death. You helped to protect the railroads, a vital part of the American economy and I thank you for that. It’s so sad to think that if only the moron who caused your death had simply waited for the light. I see that maneuver often and it angers me and shocks me that there aren’t more injuries and death as a result of such a selfish act. Just to avoid a damn light.

Your years of dedicated service are not forgotten and I thank you for them.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

December 9, 2006

I was Chuck Moeller's partner during the winter of 1978-79. Chuck and I patroled the west and north side of Chicago attempting to interdict and apprehend burglars attacking the trains stalled in snow drifts during a horrendous winter. Chuck and I experienced some very bad times wading through three and four feet of snow, getting stuck in alleyways and trying to run down and apprehend literally hundreds of thiefs.

Chuck never lost his sense of humnor, his dedication to the job and his sense of loyalty to me.

I had transferred to East St Louis during the summer and found out about Chuck's death by a phone call from one of our supervisors. I was able to come home and attend the funeral and meet Chuck's family. He was incredibly proud of his kids and very much in love with his wife who he considered his `real' partner.

Still think of you often and I'll name forget.

Bud Harton

Special Agent
CNW Railroad Police

September 23, 2006

What else can be said after reading a son's reflection?
God Bless Charles Moeller and all those who love and miss him.

Special Agent
BNSF Railway

May 4, 2006

Well Dad it's almost Christmas time, which means it's coming up not only on the anniversary of your death, but of your birthday as well. I've missed you and continue to miss you each and every day.
As I was typing this message your Grandson asked me who the picture belonged to, and I told him that it was a picture of my dad and that I was sending you this message. He told me that you were in heaven and that God could read this to you. I know that you would have been so proud of your Grandson and wish that you were here to see him and to play with him as you did with me and my brothers.
Twenty six years is a long time to be without you. I still remember having a conversation with you about what I wanted to do with my life and how I always liked the idea of being a police officer like you. I'm very glad that I followed you in to this profession and wish that we could have served together. Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Dad.

I Love You and Miss You

MPO Paul R Moeller
Joliet, Illinois Police Department

December 3, 2005

We will not let you be forgotten. Rest in peace, my brother.


March 10, 2004

It has been almost 24 years since you were killed. I have missed you and thought about you every day since. I can only pray that you are proud of the job that I have done since you were taken from me and the rest of your family. I have always tried to be as good a police officer as you were and hope that I continue to do the job in a way that would make you proud of your son. God Bless You Dad!

Patrol Officer Paul R. Moeller
Joliet Police Department, Joliet, IL

September 15, 2003

This happened at the start of my career Chuck, but I still pray for you. I wish I could have got to know you better.


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