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Lieutenant Leonard Bruce Estes | Butte County Sheriff's Office, California Butte County Sheriff's Office, California


Leonard Bruce Estes

Butte County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Thursday, July 26, 2001
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Reflections for Lieutenant Leonard Bruce Estes


"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service
September 17, 2015

You were one of the first people I met at the Sheriff's office when you worked in narcotics. You could turn any situation into something funny. I remember the last time I saw you was at approximately 1330 hours and just a few short hours later you were gone. You, my friend, we're my most unforgettable character.

Patti Murrish, Sheriff's Clerk III
Butte County Sheriff's Office
July 23, 2015

Larry. You were so amazing. And kind. I adored you.

Helen Harberts. CPO and CDDA
Butte County DA and Probation. BINTF
July 23, 2015


Approaching the 14th year of that horrible day. After that day I realized you had a unique place in my life. I knew you since I was a little girl - as long as I can remember. You were one of my dad's fellow deputies, then my teacher's husband, my classmate's father and finally - one of my lieutenants as a dispatcher. Most of all, I remember that scar I gave you on your forehead. You were letting us kids throw cups of water at you at a barbecue - until I got you with a piece of ice. Such guilt. You were still kind and forgiving and funny. Then as a baby dispatcher, I made a huge mistake. Again, kind - and forgiving. I will never forget. God Bless.

Lisa Young Johnston - former dispatcher
Butte County Sheriff's Department
July 19, 2015

I will never forget you Larry Estes. I loved how you would show up wearing a suit and tie and throw a vest on and cover me on a call. I'm sure you did that for Bill Hunter on that day where you paid the ultimate sacrifice. I have always and will always have respect for you. Your legacy will live on with me and I continue to preach your name and your sacrifice on how you exemplified leadership in law enforcement. Know you have made a difference in so many people as your legacy will live on forever. I can only pray to see you again in eternity my brother and mentor.

Sergeant Mark Gonzalez
Capitola Police - Formber Butte County Sheriff Deputy
January 24, 2015

A funny story about Larry I remember. Way B4 he made LT rank, I was sitting with him in his BINTIF car & I was teasing him about his dept getting the newly redesigned 1992 chevy "ugly" caprice. If you knew Larry, he was truly old school.!!!! So "crazy Larry" looks at me with his shit eating grin - pulls out his service revolver & says : "There's no way I am going to be seen in that sissy, faggot looking upside down bath tub" !!!! And if you really knew Larry his "crazy Larry" reputation came from incidents like the graveyard shift abandoned Shell Station sign !! Need I say more..... I was good friends with him & his ex wife Mary Ginter. They were close to me and that's why I still miss & still think about him. RIP my fallen brother & I hope to see you on the other side some day.

SRT/FTO Police Officer Scott Wehrman.
July 14, 2013

I was fortunate enough to participate in the debriefing for this killing while I was in the academy. It was a sad day, a day of realization of just what could happen. These two men and their families will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

Res. Deputy Backus
Trinity County Sheriff's Office
October 19, 2012

As always, remembering you and your sacrifice with respect and with honor.

Stu Beatty (ret'd)
former Deputy Sheriff
July 28, 2010

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. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
July 26, 2010

Rest in Peace, Lieutenant Estes. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
June 8, 2009

I salute your service to your community and the supreme sacrifice wthat you and your family made on July 26, 2001. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest in Peace.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered on April 24, 2005 while serving with the Pittsburg Police Department.

To Jennifer: I hope to meet you and your family at a COPS function one day.

Phyllis Loya, mother of Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05, PPD

Phryllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
March 31, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
August 9, 2007

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Lieutenant Estes on the anniversary of his passing. May God continue to comfort you all. He paid the ultimate sacrifice trying to make this world a better place for us all. Rest in peace.

911 Dispatcher
July 26, 2007

It was my honor and pleasure to be acquainted with Lt Larry Estes. It would be presumptuous on my part to call him a friend, my loss.

Rest in peace, Larry. Those of us left behind will carry on.

Major Donald G. Hall
Arizona Rangers
April 1, 2007

Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace through such incidents & our comfort is the reassurance that He will judge the guilty.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD
February 27, 2007

Larry, Thank You for Protecting all of us, I wish I could have been there for You.

Raymond Herrera
October 4, 2006

Godspeed,Rest in Peace Brother. No you are not be forgotten.

Master Deputy
Chesterfield Sheriff’s Office Va.
July 26, 2006

Thank you for your service. You will always be remembered. Rest in peace.

Daughter of an officer
July 26, 2006

Just wanted you and your family to know you will never be forgotten by those that knew you....See you one day Larry....God Bless..


Patrolman SWAT
Oroville CA (former)
February 23, 2006

Brother Estes,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables LE Motorcycle Club
December 15, 2005

Heroes come in many sizes, shapes and colors and if a picture was needed in a dictionary next to the word hero, I think your picture would fit perfectly. God bless you and your family.

St. Louis City Police
July 26, 2005

I knew Larry Estes as a fine officer and even more as a fine gentleman. I have tried to emulate his presence as my memorial to him.

I have complete faith that Larry and I shall meet once again in the great beyond. There I will at last meet with Randy Jennings and Bill Hunter.

I have attended funeral services for three of Butte County's finest. That is too many!

God rest you, courageous gentlemen!

Major Don Hall
Arizona Rangers
April 14, 2005

Three years ago today Lt. Leonard B. Estes lost his life in the service of his country and community. His tragic and seemingly senseless loss is a constant reminder of the violence that law enforcement officers face each and every day. All of our shifts today are dedicated to this hero with the hope that in some small way it will bring peace and comfort to those who knew and loved him. He will never be forgotten by us.


Chief of Police / Olen M. Young
Wauneta PD Nebraska
July 26, 2004

Wow, we're coming up on 3 years and I still can't believe it.
I think my heart will alway ache in that one spot that you are suppose to fill. I still think about you everyday and as things in my life change and move forward I wish so much you were here to share and enjoy these things.
Mom is doing good but I still keep a very close eye on her. She misses you a lot, but is being strong.
I love you dad more than any words can describe.
You will be in my heart and mind forever!

Jennifer Estes
July 10, 2004

Rest easy, sir. You lived and died a hero. It is because of people like you that I pin my star and go forward, never knowing what lies ahead. May God bless those you left behind and may they know that you are a hero to so many.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)


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