Clyde Stephen PerryNorth Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina
End of Watch: Sunday, July 2, 1972
Reflections for Patrolman Clyde Stephen Perry
To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th anniversary year 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 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 soloce of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater
December 26, 2012
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.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
December 27, 2007
Patrolman Perry was my FTO when I joined the patrol. What he taught me I have never forgotten even until this day. I never could believe it when I heard the news. Clyde what you taught me saved my life more than once. I wish I could just tell you thank you for that. Because of that drive on influence you instilled in me I have a grandson today. I wish you could meet him, he's wanted to be a Trooper ever since he could crawl, he's going to turn 20 in a couple of months and when he wears that black and grey, I know he will be a great Trooper just like you. Rest easy Clyde, we'll ride again together one day. God bless you Clyde.
Lieutenant W.P. Thomas (ret.)
North Carolina State Highway Patrol
December 8, 2006
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and all the members of the North Carolina Highway Patrol. We were made safer by his service and we all suffer their tragic loss. The family of Patrolman Perry deserves our appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifice. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Patrolman Perry is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Cary Police Department, North Carolina
June 19, 2006
No one who has ever worn the badge shall be forgotten, not as long as there is another to pin on a badge and carry on.
September 22, 2004
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