Reserve Deputy Sheriff
Charles Christopher PlumleighLos Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California
End of Watch: Wednesday, March 1, 1978
Reflections for Reserve Deputy Sheriff Charles Christopher Plumleigh
I was working at the Exxon station which sat on the Southeast corner of Sierra Highway and Avenue J in Lancaster when this occurred. On the day of one of the officer's funerals, a cold, grey, foggy day, I stood on the corner and watched as what must have been one hundred or more patrol vehicles, lights on, otherwise absolutely quiet, emerge out of the fog. They were heading East on Avenue J on the way to the cemetery. As each vehicle approached, in total silence, you heard nothing but the sound of the rotating lights on top of each vehicle, and the click of the stop lights sequencing through Green, yellow, red. Traffic stopped as the procession slowly drove past. People turned off their cars in the street and stood, some saluting, many with their hands over their hearts, most crying. When the end of the line passed by, many, many minutes later, everyone remained where they stood until the last of the cars disappeared into the morning fog, some four hundred yards away. While I may have been only 17, I still remember the sights and sounds of that day. It remains as one of the most respectful, impressive and solemn occasions I have ever seen. Thank you officer, for your service.
March 3, 2015
Thanks for your services.
February 26, 2012
Rest in Peace, Deputy Plumleigh. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
October 23, 2009
Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty-first anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.
Rest In Peace.
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
March 1, 2009
Today on the 30th anniversary of your death, we pause and say a prayer for you and those you left behind.
Rest in peace DS, you are not forgotten.
Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Deborah Roelandts (911 retired)
Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc
March 1, 2008
No fellow Los Angeles County area law enforcement personnel killed in the line-of-duty, should be forgotten.
Deputy Plumleigh, may Your Soul Rest-In-Peace
Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD
February 26, 2008
You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service and dedication
Van Den Berghe
February 22, 2008
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
November 29, 2007
You were highlighted on the website today. Although
your EOW was almost 30 years ago, time has not
diminished your sacrifice.
May 26, 2007
Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.
July 29, 2006
Let it never be said that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has forgotten its own. Your name is on our wall and will always be in hearts.
Rest in peace.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
September 2, 2004
YOU SERVED LA COUNTY WITH PRIDE AND HONOR RIP
Explorer Chris Chappell
Anne Arundel County Police
November 9, 2003
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