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Officer George W. Redding | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California

Officer

George W. Redding

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 17, 1977
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Reflections for Officer George W. Redding

 

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”

Euripides

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service
September 24, 2015

It,s been 35 years, and it still feels like yesterday.
I love you dad.

vance redding
son
December 12, 2012

George and I were academy classmates and were assigned to the San Leandro Area office out of the Academy. We put in for motorcycle duty and worked together until he transferred to Redding. I was a guest at George’s home several times over the years. He and his wife were gracious hosts and were fun to be around. George was a fine officer and a good friend. I still miss him. Rest in peace, George.

Officer 4294
CHP
September 29, 2011

I was walking home on South St. when the car hit the pole and the transformer exploded. There was a tremendous explosion and all the lights went out. It was the next day I found out that Officer Redding was fatally injured that warm summer night in Redding California. I always think about Patolman Redding whenever I drive by that spot. He was simply doing his job, and paid the ultimate sacrifice to make us safe. Thank you Officer Redding, you are in the best of company.

Anonymous
February 27, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 33rd anniversary 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
August 17, 2010

Rest in Peace, Officer Redding. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
October 22, 2009

Officer George W. Redding,

I have read the circumstances of your death and know that in the life of a law officer the perils are many. While many might call it a freak accident, I prefer simply accept that the very nature of our job brings us into the midst of countless unusual situations. We always knew this and perhaps it might even have lured most of us to the job. I believe it is not for us to dwell upon because we have selected an occupation that presents us with danger and shrouds us with risk. Such is our lot, for we are police officers. We are a breed apart who have bonded as true soldiers-of-the-law. That you would die in the performance of your duty makes you a hero among heros. We pray for you and all those close to you.

I render you, sir, a final salute.

Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza (Ret.)
Pennsylvania State Police
November 17, 2008

May you keep resting in peace knowing the Blue and Gold NEVER forgets our own.. God Bless All

DB
Calif Hwy Patrol.Ret.
August 17, 2008

"The Badge"
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.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
November 21, 2007

Officer Redding,
Thirty years ago you were called home. Thirty years later, you are still a hero. Thank you for your dedication in making the world better. You did.

Pennsylvania citizen
August 17, 2007

George, you were the primary reason I decided to joing the CHP back in 1973. To this day, I cherish the memories I have of you on my ridealongs in Redding. Rest in peace brother. See you in the future.

Sgt. Matt Hazeltine
CHP
July 31, 2005

Rest in Peace, Brother. Yours is truly a story of how God will call us home when he feels the time is right. Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Watch over the rest who were left to carry the sword until we, too, are called Home to begin our everlasting assignment.

A Squad
Woodbridge CT PD
February 1, 2005

Ofc Redding,

I read your story and was shocked by what happened to you. You will never be forgotten. I hope you continue to watch over us as we continue where you left off.

Officer
Phoenix PD
February 3, 2004

 
 

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