Ralph Francis BakerMadison County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas
End of Watch: Monday, January 5, 1998
Reflections for Sheriff Ralph Francis Baker
Your heroism and service is honored today, the 14th 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 who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.
Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.
I pray for solace for all those who love and miss
.you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 5, 2012
Rest in Peace, Sheriff Baker. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
June 8, 2009
Today on the 10th anniversary of your death, we pause and say a prayer for your family and loved ones that you left behind.
Rest in peace Sheriff, you are not forgotten.
Ride safe in heaven.
Chief John Roelandts (retired) Hog member
Deborah Roelandts (911 retired)
Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc
January 5, 2008
YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR LONG AND DEDICATED SERVICE
December 31, 2007
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.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
November 20, 2007
WE could use more sheriff's like him.
February 10, 2007
Merry Christmas too you and your family. May they continue to move forward in life and heal with your guidance. God Bless!
December 21, 2006
Thank you for your service to the citizens of Madison County and your fellowman. Rest in peace.
State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables
April 10, 2006
I knew Sheriff Baker and had a great deal of respect for him . Ralph was a great Sheriff and something even better...He was a Harley rider.
Deputy Mike Jeffers
Franklin County Sheriff's dept
December 13, 2005
Take care sir.
November 29, 2005
Rest in Peace..
March 11, 2004
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