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To Chief James Simpson and his loved ones:
On this the twenty-fifth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.
Chief Simpson, I know that you rescued us, saved our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.
This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.
Rest in Peace, Chief Simpson. I am so humbled by your valor and service.
This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Chief Simpson gave to his community and the citizens of Missouri, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 7, 1984.
Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
February 7, 2009