Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Lauretha Vaird

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, January 2, 1996

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Reflections for Police Officer Lauretha Vaird

Its 2017 and again I have thoughts of the day Officer Vaird lost her life. I am retired now as many of us who worked with Laurie have moved on to new lives. I too am moving on and putting the past behind me. God Bless You Lauretha Vaird, I will never forget you and the sacrifice you made to the people of Philadelphia. I have ended my service and look back with mixed memories but I will always remember you.

Retired Det Anne Marie Cleary #860
Philadelphia Police Dept.

January 9, 2017

I play this song for my high school students each year and I explain the narrative. I grew up listening to G Love and the Special Sauce and that’s how I found out about Officer Vaird’s story via his song “Slipping Away”. I think everyone would be impressed with the student dialog that occurs - especially the support and respect that my young high school students verbally express for our law enforcement officers. It is a far cry from how the young perspective is portrayed in our media these days & I thought it was important to share.

David Burnham - Teacher
Cedar Cliff High School

December 9, 2016

I was looking online to see whatever happened to the rapper Cool C. I had to read where he was convicted of robbing a bank and killing a police officer. I then search for her and came across this site. My heart goes out to the Vaird family. This man still sits in a cell and breathing. I don't understand that. She will never be forgotten. RIP.

Deputy S.C. Scott
Forsyth County Sheriff Office (NC)

November 27, 2016

Dear Officer Vaird, I never knew you or your family, but I think about the day you left this world. I think about the day your sons lost their mom. I think about your parents hurt. Your siblings, nieces and nephew. I just want to Thank You for your bravery. I will never forget you and yor service. I pray that Stephen and Michael are making you proud. RIP with our Lord and Savior.

Carla

April 17, 2016

I put this application on my iPhone after a colleague in blue passed and came across your name. We went to the police academy together and I was so shocked to see your name and photo. My deepest condolences to your family for paying the the ultimate sacrifice. God bless you.

NA II Whitney Middleton
PA/OAG/BNIDC (ret)

February 8, 2016

Rip Officer Lauretha Vaird. My condolences go out to your family. A couple of years ago my cousin Moses Walker was murdered as well ....He work for the Philadelphia Police Department as well he was about to retire and two men took his life as he walked home from work.

Egypt Edey
Homeland Security

February 4, 2016

it's 2016, 20 yrs later and I thought of Laurie on the anniversary of her death. As I look through the ranks I see many of us are no longer with the Dept. And those I still see still show that bond we have, working in the 25th District and sharing the pain of this day, 20 yrs ago.. We have a few commemorative events going on including the Philadelphia Police Guardian Civic League sponsoring several basketball games in Feltonville 1/9/16. Laurie portrait remains on the mural along the wall of the Rec Center. it's hard to believe so much time has gone by yet such a vivid memory remains. as always, I will never forget.

Det. Anne Marie Cleary
Philadelphia Police

January 4, 2016

I worked with Lauretha Vaird in the 25th District. She was a class act and a nice lady. While patrolling, she introduced me to cool jazz in our patrol car. I shall never get over her murder....it affected me profoundly.

Police Officer staStuart Geisler
Philly PD

September 1, 2015

May God continue to blessed those who you served and look over. It's because of people like you that we can walk safely at night and sigh with a breath of relief.
In deepest love and condolence to the family, friends and memory of a great woman

Capt. J. Johnson
NSA Bahrain Fire Dept

April 12, 2015

Rest in peace

Police Officer Charles Waters
Philadelphia Police Department

March 17, 2015

Eternal rest, grant unto P/O Vaird, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Amen.
Thank you for your service!

Retired P/O
Proudly served Philadelphia Police Department

January 7, 2015

I read about you just today. It is very sad what happened to you, I know there's a lot going on in the world today. I pray that your children are doing well and that your family is doing well. Rest in peace!

"Tish"
civilian

January 7, 2015

And justice will be done.....soon..Rip Officer Vaird..

karen-

January 7, 2015

Laurie,

The person who took your life will now have their life taken tomorrow, Jan. 8, 2015. The courts will make them pay for the suffering they caused others and for the loss of your life!

Rest in Peace. Take care of the other brothers & sisters in Law Enforcement we have lost since your life ended.

Thanks for your service

Sgt. J.R. (retired)
Dept of Defense

January 7, 2015

Rest in Peace.

Avi Naik
NA

January 7, 2015

The person responsible for your death will die 1/8/2015 by lethal injection

Mark Drennen
Former Corrections Officer

January 7, 2015

Every day I patrol the sector where your life was taken from you. Every time I pass that place I say a prayer. I know you're watching over me to.

p.o. van sciver 25th police district
ppd. land of oz

January 3, 2015

Laurie was shot and killed 19 yrs ago today. I will never forget this day, the viewing and funeral and the empty feeling knowing she was gone. I think of her often and will never forget her. My Police Career is nearing an end and I look back on all my co workers who are no longer with us. it's an unusual calling, this profession, you see things you never imagine, have feelings you never knew you could have. I pray everyday for first responders knowing the ultimate sacrifice could occur at any moment. God Bless you Officer Vaird, I'm proud to have worked along side you.

Detective A.M. cleary
Philadelphia Police Dept.

January 2, 2015

Laurie

Seems like yesterday I stood by your casket and served as one of your honor guards, GOD REST YOUR SOUL!

Bill McKenna
Phila PD

January 2, 2015

A Hero now in Heaven, Always remembered and Never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand
PA C.O.P.S.

January 2, 2015

Officer Vaird's death has stuck in my mind since hearing about her being a mom and possibly a grandmother who was killed in her forties. I recalled how she must have felt when she learned she was chosen for the police academy changing careers in her thirties as I had also had a chance to join a police force.
I recall she had young adult children who likely needed her to live a much longer life, but her life was taken while protecting and serving the public. She came to mind when I learned on the news that Captain Ron Johnson of Ferguson Missouri was yelled at by his wife for being on TV without wearing his vest. I never had the chance to tell her family that another Philadelphian understood something of their loss, and that I truely was sorry for their loss. I'll continue to remember Officer Vaird and her family.

Yohannan Èvangèliste Walensis
former resident of Philadelphia

August 19, 2014

By William Butler Yeats
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

never forgotten

April 11, 2014

Laurie, on this day, 18 years later, we still remember your sacrifice for this great city. I still remember your kindness to strangers, how dedicated you were to the citizens of the community you served. When you took a woman to PAB HQ's for an emergency protection order after your shift ended that night. I can't go over the events of Jan 2, 1996 without a deep sense of loss and regret that we couldn't do more to save your life. I know now that you are truly a special Angel of God, watching over us from above. Never Forgotten!

Sgt. Cindy Castle (ret.)
Philadelphia Police Dept

January 3, 2014

Today is 9/11/13 and we commemorate those who lost their lives in 9/11 tragedy and Office Vaird came to mind as a dedicated Officer who lost her life in the line of duty. Laurie, we will never forget you

police Detective Anne Marie Cleary
philadelphia Police Department

September 11, 2013

04/06/13 attended the 24th and 25th district Front & Wesfmoreland reunion. there was a whole table of us girls from East and as we rose to commend those who were not in attendance, we sounded out your name Laurie, because we knew you were with us still. You will never be forgotten

Det. AnneMarie Cleary
Police detective

April 20, 2013

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