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Officer Alfred Ray Turner | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California

Officer

Alfred Ray Turner

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 16, 1975
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My husband Earnie Noble was Al's brother in law and Judy's younger brother. Earnie passed away in December 2014. I heard many stories about the relationship he and Al had. They were dear friends and Earnie considered him his brother. They did many things together when Al was alive. Al's death was a shock to the whole family. Though I did not know him personally, I knew that he was beloved by his family and friends. He was a dedicated officer, father and friend. God rest his soul and be with his family and friends.

Barbara Noble
sister in law
May 8, 2017

"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

I was a twenty-seven year old Youth Authority Parole Agent and Rehabilitation Counselor when Officer Turner was killed. Harrill Hill had been one of my "sucess stories". After surving time for minor crimes in the CYA, he worked hard to find employment and rebuild his life. While in custody, Harrill had sustained brain damage from a beating by a correctional officer. I testified at his trial not to get him off but to keep him from getting the death penalty sentence. Harrill left his sucessful job and went to work for a relative not long before this ugly incident occurred. This clearly was a mistake as once he lost a structure, he lost all sense of direction and meaning in his life. He was not an animal. He was a damaged human being. There is no excuse for what he did and like all such incidents the pain travels throughout many lives. The best way to remember Officer Turner is through forgiveness. Harrill will spend the rest of his life in prison deservedly. Such a sad loss of lives on all accounts.

William Campagna
Parole Agent/Rehabilitation Counselor
April 21, 2014

Sympathize with the family of this noble CHP officer. When going down the highway took a picture of the plate and now I know what it really means. Force everyone!
[email protected], Brazil, Guaratingueta-SP

Eduardo Santos
Brasil Guaratingueta SP
January 8, 2014

God bless you sir.

Officer J. Jaynes
Arizona Highway Patrol
January 16, 2013

I think about Al and that night often. My memories of Al are dim because I was so young. He was a neighbor, father of my friends and a fellow officer to my father. The night that animal shot him, is the night that changed all our lives forever. I think all of us that lived through that have very vivid and painful memories. I remember being woke up, and whisked away to another officer's families home as my mother went with Judy to Fresno to be with Al. She stayed with Judy entire time time. We came together as the CHP family we were, and are to this day. We also were forced to realize just how real the dangers to our fathers were, that day. As Al fought for his life, we were fearful as we watched our fathers continue to strap on their guns and leave for work each day. My family was always close with the Turner family. Bryan and my brother and sister were best friends, he was a little brother to me. To this day I believe the day that animal shot Al he shot Bryan too, it just took Bryan almost 17 more years to die from his wounds. Bryan talked about his Dad all the time, he loved and missed him so very much. It's been 20 years now since we loss Bryan and I know he was greeted and wrapped immediately in his father's arms, which is what he so longed for. Al was an Officer doing his job, simply pulling over someone for a minor traffic violation, he was a hero, he was and is loved and will always be missed. We will never forget you Al, we will never let you be forgotten.

Sheri McSwain
Fellow Officer's Daughter
December 12, 2012

As yet another anniversary of the night this all happened passes, we miss you even more. While i was young when your final shift ended, i have never forgotten that night and i never will. My Christmas's have always had something missing since you passed. The only thing that comforts me is that he will die in prison for his crime. But still doesn't stop the ache in the families heart. We miss you.

K Couch
Nephew
December 4, 2012

Thinking of you today Uncle Al. This time of year I always think of you. You are so missed. I hope you and Bobbie, Etta, Helen, Dale, Dad, and Brian are catching up. I wish you could have been here all these years. Boy how different life would have been for everyone. I think about how it would have been and all the heartache and anger and frustration that would not have been. Next week will be 37 years since you passed. It was 37 years ago today that you were shot. I remember it like it was yesterday. I love and miss you!!!!!

Wendelynn Zachariasen
Niece
December 4, 2012

My father was the truck driver who call for help right after the shooting. I remember as a little girl the death threats that were made against him by the suspects families. Who would know that two of his children would become law enforcement officers. My dad still has the letter from Gov. Brown Sr. thanking him for rendering help. It was written before Officer Turner died from his wounds a few days later. I talked to my father tonight. We are glad the suspect was denied parole. I will look for your Uncles Memorial Highway next time I travel up north.

K.F.
LAPD
March 16, 2012

I just read each & every message left on this site; & I want to thank each of your for your "reflection". I didn't know "Officer" Turner; I just knew Uncle Alfred. I didn't see him often growing up; but when I did, he was the tall fun-loving man that continued to tease my Aunt Judy to no end. And he was the funny uncle who would talk like Donald Duck to make us laugh. I didn't get to say goodbye to him when he was in the hospital dying or at his funeral. I was planning a wedding later that month, & my parents didn't want to sadden the moment for me. So I didn't find out until after his funeral. Each time I drive through Los Banos on I-5, I see his memorial sign. I have a special saying & a vision that I imagine when I see his sign...and he still can bring a smile to my face thinking what he response would be. Definitely not forgotten. I love & miss you Uncle Alfred. The family will continue fighting to keep your murder behind bars where he belongs.

S. "Ann" (Bennett) Paterson
Niece
February 13, 2012

I was just reading about this shooting incident in an old CHP magazine, very unfortunate. Patti, if you would like the article I will send it to you, contact me through ODMP. God Bless.

Patrolman Rodney Owen
Bowling Green, MO Police Dept.
September 25, 2011

Uncle Al, my memories of you are all fond. I recall thinking what a handsome uncle you were. you left us way too soon. We know you left unwillingly and fought to stay. The vile man who did this to you will never see the outside of a prison, your family is dedicated to making sure. My father loved you and deeply mourned your loss till the day of his death. I treasure the memories of you, Aunt Judy, little Laurie, and Bryan. I was not quite a teenager when we last met but the memories of you live on. I am proud to call you Uncle.

Patti Turner Long
March 15, 2011

Saw your memorial sign on I-5. Thanks for your service.

California Police Officer
June 26, 2010

Dear Uncle, though we moved away from California when I was quite young I was always aware of my Father's love for his siblings. His pain at your passing left a profound mark in my life as I watched the passion of his feelings of loss and anger at his inability to fix the events or protect you from the consequences. I prayed daily for your survival as you valiently tried to stay alive for those who loved you and needed you. I am proud of your courage and determination as witnessed on the horrible day you were attacked and through the stories told by my Father, Dale, of your childhood. My Dad passed away one month before the nine eleven attacks yet your legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of those who loved you and I will tell this story to my children and their children of the courage it takes to be a person with honor.

With Love and Many Thanks!

Ruth Ann Turner Landis

Ruth Ann Turner Landis
Neice
January 11, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th 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
December 16, 2009

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

Officer 11169
October 22, 2009

I may have been too young to remember you, but your actions and your duty to our State will never be forgotten.

Anonymous
April 3, 2009

I saw your name on the memorial sign and and looked up your story. you are a true hero in this world full of so called heroes. may you rest in peace. thank you for your service. i will always remember.

b. delano
trucker.....Mass.
March 10, 2009

Brother, Keep resting easy knowing the Blue and Gold NEVER forgets our own. GOD Bless All

DB
Calif Highway Patrol.Ret
December 16, 2008

Gone, but never forgotten, Rest easy now my Brother in Law, your watch on earth is over...

SGT. John L. Gulledge (Ret.)
Escambia County Sheriff's Office Pensacola FL.
October 21, 2008

I never got to meet you, and neither did your nephew, Eric. But from what he has told me about all he knows about you, you were an amazing person. I hope to meet you some day, on the streets of heaven where your whole family can reunite. God bless you! You will never be forgotten!

Lindsey Turner
Nephews Wife
February 3, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

vandenberghe
manchester, nh
December 7, 2007

Uncle Al I cant even explain to anyone how much our family misses you. I cant believe it has been as many years as it has since you were killed. I can tell anyone that asks every detail of what happened when we got the call about your shooting. I was five years old and it was like it happened yesterday. So many things in life have happened as a result of your death. Some happy and some sad. You would be so proud of Laura and her children. She has become a beautiful person. Brian unfortunatly met his untimly death and he missed you so much. I hope that you see your sons in heaven and look forward to the day that I get to see you all again. We will always fight to make sure that the person that did this to you will stay behind bars. Our children will know what happened to you and the stories that you left behind. They will always look up to their grandfather or uncle with great pride. I love and miss you!!!!!

Wendelynn Turner Riley
Niece
October 22, 2007

"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
August 16, 2007

Thank you for your bravery, service and sacrifice. May your family take comfort in knowing that you will NEVER be forgotten, and will FOREVER be a hero! Until we meet, keep "walking the beat on the Golden Street."

DET SGT, Retired
AR
July 30, 2007

 
 

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