Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Charles Lanny Bridges

Covington Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, August 14, 1997

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Reflections for Sergeant Charles Lanny Bridges

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

August 15, 2017

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 27, 2016

No finer man than my big brother. Missing you always!!!
Little Sis, Jeannie

Jeannie Bridges Holland

March 7, 2013

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Wisconsin L.E.O.

August 14, 2012

Remembering you and praying His best over your family on Police Memorial Week 2012.

We will keep our promise that our heroes live forever!

So blessed to have the pleasure of meeting you one day out of the blue at an Arby's in Raleigh. John 15:13

Chaplain Jeff Billingsley
Badges that Care, Oklahoma City OK

May 19, 2012

Lanny, Oh I miss you so much, I know it has been over 11 years but I think of you so much. Oh how I could use an older brother now to talk to. You are in my heart forever, I love you. You were always my big brother and hero.


June 16, 2009

"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

January 29, 2008

A decade has passed but you have not been forgotten. Thank you for your dedication to law enforcement. You are a true hero. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 14, 2007

Sergeant Bridges,
Today is the tenth anniversary since you were called home. We salute your honor and bravery, and will always remember you.

Pennsylvania citizen

August 14, 2007

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Sergeant Bridges on the anniversary of his passing. Rest in peace. May God continue to give you comfort. Please watch over your family and friends from above.

911 Dispatcher

August 14, 2007

Well, Lanny, Trooper Jenks is on his way to keep you company. I think of you often and want you to know that
your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Even after all this time the horror of that day still lingers.
I hope you're still trading trucks every month or so up there. God bless you, Lanny.

Donna Carver
Covington, TN

January 14, 2007

To the family and loved ones of Sergeant Charles Lanny Bridges and his fellow officers with the Covington Police Department:

On this the ninth anniversary of Lanny's tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today. Lanny's valor and courage will never be forgotten.

I hope that God is holding him in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul.

I am so sorry that Lanny was robbed of his life so tragically, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Lanny gave to his community and the citizens of Tennessee, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 14, 1997.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

August 14, 2006

I serve as a reserve and deputy on Tipton Co and knew Lanny and respected him a lot Rest in Peace.

Sgt Dennis Lattis

July 12, 2006

Rest In Peace, Your sacrifice will not be forgotten

Police Officer
Chicago Police Dept.

October 1, 2004

God Bless you, Lanny. And all those there with you. I will never forget your sacrifice. We miss you.


Captain Bennie Carver
Covington Police Department, TN

For Sgt. Charles "Lanny" Bridges.

Gone but Not  Forgotten

As I look across the way, I see a blur of American flags dancing in the wind.
I smell freshly cut grass and feel it jump into my shoes as I walk to the
burial site. Sweat runs down my back and drips from my face as the sun plays
hide and seek with the clouds. My mouth is dry and my pounding heart forces my
entire body to shake noticeably.

A single bagpipe softly hums "Amazing Grace" as we all honor with our presence
the loss of a true hero. Lawmen of every kind stand saluting their fellow
officer and friend as he is placed before his family. An American flag proudly
protects him. A 21 gun salute injects the reality of this gathering back into
my numb body reminding me that we all have lost something very special that we
will never again have.....................................

Sergeant Charles "Lanny" Bridges


By Brandy Carver Lane

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer. Tonight, August 14, 2003 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Sgt. Charles Lanny Bridges who died on this date six years ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Sgt. Bridges' sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

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