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Sergeant Willis R. Haralson | Cordele Police Department, Georgia Cordele Police Department, Georgia

Sergeant

Willis R. Haralson

Cordele Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Sunday, May 4, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Served 14 years

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Sergeant Haralson and Trooper James Young, of the Georgia State Patrol, were shot and killed by a suspect who had managed to gain control of Trooper Young's service weapon. Trooper Young had arrested the man and brought him to the Cordele Police Department for a breath test when the suspect attacked the trooper. The suspect was later apprehended and sentenced to life but served only 14 years.

Sergeant Haralson had been with the agency for 15 years and was survived by his wife and two children.

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Trooper James David Young
Georgia State Patrol, Georgia
End of Watch: Sunday, May 4, 1975
Cause: Gunfire

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first 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

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
May 10, 2013

 

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