Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Myron G. Deckard

Vermilion County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, June 6, 2001

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Reflections for Sergeant Myron G. Deckard

We are loosing our granddaughter Honesty today Dad! It is the same day and month that we lost you. I know that you are in heaven and I also know she's standing right beside you with a big smile saying hi grandpa butch. She is with you now dad please kiss her and tell her we all love her and will miss her forever! We love you both so much!
Your son,


Tony Forshee

June 6, 2018

Sergeant Deckard 's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 1-9-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

January 9, 2018

I remember that night on June 6 2001 like it was yesterday. Communications had me call in and gave me the above information . The next few days were horrible.I could not believe Butch was gone. You see when I first started on the department very few of the guys wanted a woman on the streets.Butch however welcomed me with open arms he and my training officer Tim Wheeler taught me every thing I knew. Butch was one of the most compassionate guys you would ever want to meet. You could never tell him you liked something he had or he gave it to you and refused to take it back.Butch could also be tough and he had the reputation that if you were wanted you might as well turn yourself in because he would find you if it meant going to some pretty unconventional places to get you ( other police officers who knew Butch know what I mean ).
I miss you and I think of you often and I know you are out there looking over the guys.
I love you,
Mary Wright

Sgt. Mary Wright
Verm CO Sheriff Retired

May 16, 2016

On Saturday August 29th 2015 there was a memorial service held in your honor on I - 72 mile marker 152 dedicating the rest area there as the SGT Myron G. Deckard rest area.
Uncle Larry was there and uncle Leroy to. Many of your friends from the force were there going clear back to Bob Cannon. The state of Illinois and department of transportation affixed a plaque on the wall inside the rest area making it the official SGT. Myron G. Deckard rest area. It was a great day to see our old friends , but most importantly to see they have not forgot you and have not forgot what you gave as a police officer and as long as I'm alive I will make sure your memory stays alive in our family thru your great and great, great grand children. They will always know that grandpa Butch was a hero and a good cop. and most of all he was the best Dad any kid could ever ask for!!!
I love and miss you everyday!
Your son always, Tony

Tony son of myron Deckard

September 23, 2015

RIP Brother

Illinois Antique Emergency Vehicle Assn.

June 24, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 6, 2015

I love you and miss you so much. You were the best brother ever. I think of you all the time, especially the times when we went to the races and when we went to Colorado hunting.

I love you bubby.

Larry Deckard

February 23, 2015

I miss Dad and think of you every minute of every day. I love you and will always have you in my heart forever.

Tony Forshee

August 25, 2014

We all miss you Butch, I think about you often, and about all the things you taught me.I also miss your special sense of humor,the way you stood behind me when I started, when no one believed a female could do the job.And I remember with fondness going on warrant arrests with you.Rest in peace Butch you will NEVER be forgotten!

Sgt.Mary Wright Retired
Verm Co Sheriff Dept

May 16, 2014

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

Officer 11169

January 29, 2013

I remember the day Myron was shot in 1983, I was working a small town P.D. in Vermilion Co. (Georgetown). Myron was always going for the warrents and he was very respected throughout the ranks in both Danville and surrounding towns and villages. He was 110% dedicated to his job and very good at it.

Sergeant Jeff Burson
Georgetown P. D. Georgetown Illinois

June 12, 2012

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 11th 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 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 that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

June 7, 2012

Sergeant Deckard, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

September 17, 2010

Ijust reread all the tributes that came after myrons death,I know he was liked very much and I still miss him every day. I thank god every day for all the things the people say about him, I know he is looking down and taking care of fellow officers. have a good watch myron

mrs myron deckard

March 21, 2009

i've known butch my whole life he was one of greatest men... officer... friend i have ever father is a retired dpd officer micheal r. reed #254 like my father myron is a role model and sombody i deeply care about.we will all miss him very much and continue to keep our streets safe every day as he did.he will always be missed matthew j. reed

matthew j reed

February 26, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

October 23, 2007

Sgt-Thank You for your service and dedication. May you rest in peace. Brother in Blue.

Patrolman D. Kirk #309
Round Lake Heights PD (IL)

June 27, 2007

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Sergeant Deckard on the anniversary of his passing. May God continue to give you comfort.
Rest in peace. Heros are never forgotten.

911 Dispatcher

June 5, 2007

My thougths are with your loved ones on this 6th anniversary of your EOW: I never agreed with Gov. Ryan's decisions to give stays for so many on death row in the State of Illinois. Well, he's paying for it now with his legal problems and even the loss of his State pension. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones, protect them and guide them through lifes journey. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

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

June 5, 2007

G-d Bless.

June 5, 2007

Sgt Deckard,

It has been almost 6 years from the time we all heard the news of 4county6. As we all felt the loss and the pain of losing a fellow officer but more so a dear friend. I first met you in 1999 as a intern for the criminal justice program. Then after becoming an officer I was able to work with you on warrants and firearms class. Thank you for what you taught me in such a short time. you will be missed. Rest in peace.

Officer Joe garrett
Milford Police

March 10, 2007

it has been almost 6 years since myron has left us, but the pain is still with me every day and around the holidays it is worse, he love this time and our house was always open to have something to eat or just visit. his geandchildren ask about stories of about grandpa as they have heard people talk about him, I wish he had lived long enough to see them grow up. thanks to everyone who has left a message on the site, you cant know how much this means to me, I read it as much as possable, until it hurts to much. to all of you police officer, keep a good watch

mrs myron deckard

jean deckard

December 1, 2006

Hard to believe it’s been five years, seems like only yesterday. But you’re still thought of everyday and your memory lives on in our hearts. Thank you for all you taught us and for watching our backs from up there.

All Vermilion County LEO'S

June 5, 2006


So sorry it has taken me so long to write a reflection. You were the best and we will never forget you. I attend the Police Memorial each year and pray for you. You were so very important in my career and taught me so much when you use to ride with me back at Danville Police Department. I remember you use to tell the Lieutenant that you would ride with the kid and watch out for me, and you did. Thank you and God Bless you. Dennis

Special Agent Dennis Haley
Florida Dept. Law Enforcement

January 31, 2006

Sgt. Deckard,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Vermilion County. It's too back that ex-governor Ryan couldn't perform his duty to you by commuting the death sentence of your murderer.


June 16, 2005

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