Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective William J. Murphy

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, August 15, 1955

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Reflections for Detective William J. Murphy

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)

August 15, 2020


I'm your great granddaughter, Shelby. I heard you were a truly great man. I'm only 10 years younger than you were when you passed away. I wish I could've met you. We have such an amazing family who has been through a lot and I'm so grateful to be part of it. I'm your daughter Rita's granddaughter from her son Bill. She's the best woman in the world. She's always so strong & positive even with everything she been through, it's beautiful. I love her. Love all my family...

Shelby Gannon
Great Grandaughter of Detective Murphy

March 20, 2015

I am another of the nephews you never had the chance to meet; one of three sons of your brother, Kevin. I have heard for many years about the character and honesty that you possessed; traits that I have seen in my dad and your sister, Maureen. They both thought of you as a hero long before death, and I know they still have the same belief. I do not know your daughters well, but I have seen and talked to them sporadically over the years, and they've shown much strength in circumstances that would crush lesser people. You have been missed by many for many years now, but you should know that you left a wonderful presence that continues to be felt, even by those you never had the chance to meet.

Patrick Murphy
Nephew of Detective Murphy

April 30, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 58th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 21, 2013

Because of this page I was able to identify you when cataloging a radio program, News on the spot, from Aug of 1955. Your service and sacrifice will be preserved at the Library of Congress.

C Arton

August 10, 2012

Rest in Peace, Detective Murphy. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 27, 2012

To my fellow CPD detective, thank you for your sacrifice and work ethic which proved why we are one of the best departments around. You are indeed a hero!

Detective Thomas Downes

August 11, 2010

I am one of the two daughters you never got a chance to see grow up. Even though Chris, the older one, remembers a presence of you, and I have no recollection of you at all, we have both missed you terribly throughout the years i.e. what you could have taught us, how you could've nurtured and imparted your strength and confidence of character to us. I wear your wedding ring everyday and carry around the St. Jude medal you had with you the day you died as a way of having you near me. Kinda crazy huh? But then again, maybe not so much.

Nancy V. Murphy

July 7, 2008

Well believe it or not I'm your nephew that you never had the opportunity to meet. My mother speaks of you so often and reminds us to keep your story alive and always remember your kindness. Although, I never had the opportunity to know you, I feel your message had been received and learned and we will never forget your noble life. A man who can survive Normandy and return home to start a family is a man with many gifts. God Bless

Peter Cahill

August 23, 2005


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrifice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Det. Murphy.

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

May 25, 2004

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