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Sergeant Tommie Lee Goggins

Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, February 27, 1997

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Reflections for Sergeant Tommie Lee Goggins

I was stationed in Erlangen,Germany in the mid 70's . CSM Goggins was Sergeant Major of 2/37 Armor. I had the pleasure to be in his command. He was an exceptional man, very approachable . As busy as he was running a combat arms battalion, he always made time for anyone who needed it. I found out he had died just a few years ago when I tried to locate him on the internet. I was deeply saddened to read what had happened. I wish I could have attended the services for him. To his family, I offer my sincere condolences. And to all his friends and fellow Officers , I know what a great loss his passing was to you. He is in my thoughts and prayers frequently. God Bless the Sergeant Major.

sp/5 Tom Fogarty {former}
2/37 Armor 76-79

February 6, 2014

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Goggins. Your sacrifice is not forgotten

Officer 11169

March 30, 2012

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 27, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 12th 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.

What a horrible tragedy for your family and the Georgia Dept. of Corrections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 27, 2009



February 21, 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 26, 2007

What you did in service to your community meant more than you'd ever guess - Thank you so much for your service.

Sgt Don "Boots" Jensen Retired
Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee, WI

May 8, 2007

I think of the fellow officers who have died because of careless/wreckless drivers every time I see a speeding vehicle, a DUI, or other careless/wreckless act. Correctional Officer Goggins family and fellow officers are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dir Kevin R Turley, EMT-B / EMT-Tactical
Cheaha EMS & Rescue Services, Inc (Calhoun County, Alabama)

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