Thanksgiving for the life of
We won't be doing a
memorial service for Bill until the beginning of September, so I wanted
to send out a remembrance of him and a thanksgiving for his life. Bill
was involved in so many activities at Emmanuel--regular in attendance,
supporting numerous ministries, serving faithfully on our Vestry. He was
always ready with a fascinating story, wry humor, engaging smile, or an
encouraging word to minister God's love and grace to everyone he met.
Here is a little background of his law enforcement career from an
Emerald Society newsletter:
He started his
career in Law Enforcement in 1956 as a foot patrol officer in the St.
Louis Metropolitan Police Department where he served until 1958.
He came to California in 1958 seeking nicer weather and better pay and
joined the Downey Police Department. His stay in Downey was brief and he
quickly moved to Anaheim PD where he worked until 1985.
Bill started off in a one-man patrol car, which lead to assignments as a
Crime Scene Investigator, Motorcycle Officer, Patrol Sergeant,
Motorcycle Traffic Sergeant, TACT Team (SWAT) leader Sergeant, Hostage
Negotiator / Crisis Intervention Unit, Reserve Corps Coordinator,
Stadium / Convention Center Sergeant, Background Investigations and
Labor Relations Officer. When Bill left APD, in 1985 he landed a
job as an investigator with the B-2 Division of Northrop Corp. "At the
time we were very hush-hush about even mentioning the B-2, we were truly
in the 'black world' of security ... If I told you all the details I'd
have to kill you." He added, "It was seriously top secret stuff."
his way up to Senior Investigator before they cut back on production of
the elegant airplane and he left in 1994 to do some PI work. Bill
had a teaching credential, a BA from the University of Redlands and
Masters Degree from Pepperdine University, so he was able to teach legal
and law enforcement occupations in the Orange County and Los Angeles
County ROP programs and Academies. He also taught at Fullerton and Rio
Hondo Colleges. In 1999, he was deputized as a Professional
Services Reserve with the OC Sheriff's Department. "I was happy to do
the volunteer work, which served to enhance my teaching credential."
Bill stated that, "In 2000, the OC Sheriff's Dept. even awarded me the
HTCU (High Tech Crime Unit) Supervisor of the Year Award for
Demonstrated Commitment to the department and to unit goals," adding "It
was a very nice plaque!
We give thanks for
Bill's life and for all the ways he made a difference in our church
community and the world. Please keep his wife Karin, his family, and
friends in your prayers as they grieve his departure. May he go from
glory to glory in God's kingdom!