Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Captain Jimmy Douglas Sawyer

North Carolina Marine Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, April 5, 2002

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Reflections for Captain Jimmy Douglas Sawyer

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

April 5, 2017

Rest in peace, my brother...

Sgt. J. Sawyer A7979
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

August 12, 2013

Capt. Sawyer,
On today, the 11th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of North Carolina. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

April 5, 2013

God bless you Captain we remember you today


April 5, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 5, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 7th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state and the birthplace of my son. 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.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 5, 2009


Pat Van Den Berghe

April 7, 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 27, 2007

Dear Captain Sawyer,
I had the honor of being in Morehead City when the memorial with your name engraved on it was uncovered. May you know Sir that you will never be forgotten and will always be remembered for the Hero that you were. May God Bless your family and let them know that your Blue Line family will hold your memory in our hearts. Thank you for your service to State of North Carolina.
Carolyn Moore

Carolyn Moore
mother-in-law of Sgt. Jeffrey T. Hewitt EOW 04-04-04

November 7, 2007

Doug, I will always remember the days we spent together and the phone calls we shared. May you rest in peace. Know that you will be missed.
Lee Ann

Lee Ann Smith Rutledge

July 28, 2006

To Captain Doug Sawyer and his loved ones:

On this the fourth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.
Reading the loving reflections about your beloved Doug gives us some understanding of what a kind and honorable man he was, and how many good times he shared with his family members
and friends.

Rest in Peace, Captain Sawyer. I am humbled by your valor, courage, and dedication.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of distinquished service Doug gave to his community and the citizens of North Carolina, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 5, 2002.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD
eow 4/24/05 (Larry was born in Durham)

April 5, 2006

May you rest in peace. God Bless
Linda Guedalia
NC Marine Patrol 1984-1986

Sgt Linda Guedalia
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office

October 5, 2005

I knew Captain Sawyer only a short while and worked with him breifly. I want everyone to know what type of man he was with one statement made by a fellow officer 1 day before his passing. that officer stated during our conversation refering to Doug. " I would do anything for that man including walking through hell for him". I felt the same


November 12, 2004

Momma, Daddy, Darryl, Mallory and I went to the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in D.C. during Easter weekend. We remembered you and talked about you while we were there. Mallory did tracings of your name for us and also for your girls. She wanted them to have one in case they didn't. You go a long way back with our family....with Darryl & me. We will always remember you and everytime I visit the memorial in D.C. I will go run my hand across your name and remember the good times! I pray that you are in heaven with your mother now.

Survivor of Trooper Calvin E. Taylor

August 2, 2004

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 5, 2004

Remembering you on Police Memorial Day. I keep your sister and little girls in my prayers. I met your roommate that you were in school with when you died. He thought a lot of you and shared a few stories with me.
God Bless




I met CPT Sawyer a number of years ago. What a nice man. Such a sad loss for our profession, the law enforcement family, his family, friends, colleagues and agency.

Lee and proud, you did such a commendable job in trying to revive him, but God had called him 10-42. My prayers are with you all.

He is patroling the streets of Heaven now with St. MIchael. Be safe.

Chief JA Millan
NC Public Schools Law Enforcement, Avery Dist.

My heartfelt sympathy is extended to this family. My prayers are with you.

Jean Vincent

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Captain Sawyer. My prayers are with you, know that he is now keeping watch from above with the rest of the fallen heroes.

Lori Brown
Aunt of Deputy Renee Azure EOW 8/06/02

It had been many years since I had talked to you but I know that you & my brother were still pretty close. I'm so sorry for your family & co-workers....especially your little girls & Robin. And your poor Mom, who died the day of your visitation...obviously she was so heartbroken. May the people around your girls keep your memory alive for them. Rest in peace.
Survivor of Calvin E. Taylor NCHP E.O.W. 10-3-01

NC Highway Patrol

To Captain Sawyer family and friends our hearts and prayers go out to you.

God Bless you

Terry Miyares, surviving spouse
Officer Emilio F. Miyares, Hialeah PD, FL, EOW 11/6/86

God bless you and your family Captain Sawyer. May you rest in peace.

Corning PD, NY

Thank you for your years of service. God bless the family and friends of Capt. Sawyer. Rest in peace, brother.

Baltimore City Police

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God... Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great..." Matthew 5:3-12

Rest In Peace My Brother In Blue
* In Valor There Is Hope *

Police Officer Chris Farrell
Mount Pleasant Police Department

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