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Correctional Officer Darla Kay Lathrem | Florida Department of Corrections, Florida Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

Correctional Officer

Darla Kay Lathrem

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 11, 2003
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Reflections for Correctional Officer Darla Kay Lathrem


You are a true hero. We are the few that do a thankless job and that no one realizes the danger of what we do. I personally thank you for the job you do for I know because I am your brother in arms. May you rest in peace. Some give the ultimate sacrifice for the good.

Florida Department of Corrections
November 17, 2006

Although senseless, your death was a wake up call to all women who work in corrections, and to the precautions that we all must take every shift, every day. Rest in Peace, Darla, and I pray that you are watching over us all to ensure that we never have to put another black band around the badge that I know we are both proud to wear. I still remind all the "newbies" that I train of who you are and why we do what we do, and how important our jobs are.

Sgt. J. Shreves
Fl DOC Polk CI
June 5, 2006

I've been keeping up with the trial for the person responsible for your death. It is so sad that some people will never "get it." Your family is strong..they are one's to look up too.

Take Care in Heaven. I bet it's amazing!!

March 4, 2006

Darla -
I was drawn to your page tonight for some reason. I frequently am on the odmp alot looking at different officer's pages, and of my Daniel's. You are buried just a little ways from Daniel at the same cemetary, and whenever I go to check on him I always look your way. I know you are not there - you are in Heaven now, resting with our Lord Jesus Christ and safe in his arms.

I met your sisters at Police Week my first year. They are so great - I am sure they miss you everyday. You seem to have a wonderful family and I am sure you are smiling down on them all the time.

Keep careful watch over them.

Thank you for serving and keeping us safe.

- Jessica
Fiancee of Police Officer Dan Starks
EOW 10-25-03

September 9, 2005


My thoughts are with all who love you, as they remember how their lives were forever changed two years ago. You live on in their memories, in their minds, and in their hearts.

Norie Haas
Mother of Brian Haas
E.O.W. 4/24/2004

Norie Haas
June 11, 2005

Your departure from this earth was senseless; you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace CO Lathrem.

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL
June 11, 2005

Almost two years Darla, and we all still think about you everyday when we walk by your memorial. You were there to protect us and we will never forget you for that...

Nurses at Charlotte CI
March 24, 2005

I know it's hard to bear the passing of a officer, but all of D.O.C. now has a angel watching over it.

Sgt. T. Davis
Everglades C.I.
February 16, 2005

Deepest sympathy. To all my brothers and sisiters. Remember what we do, and be proud and vigilant. If for nothing else, than to honor the fallen.

"We should not cry for those whom we have lost, yet rejoice that such people have ever lived"

Sgt Amborn
Mn D.O.C.
January 11, 2005

I just want to send my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of officer Lathrem. I know god has a special place for her. I'm very sorry for your lost.

Correctional Officer/ R.Berrocal
Federal Bureau Of Prisons
October 31, 2004

Dear Darla,
I'm so sorry I never had the chance to meet you. I began my tour of duty less then a month after your passing. When I first began working at Charlotte all of my fellow officers were still in shock of what happened, but they made sure that all the new officers were as comfortable as possible, with that I respect each and everyone of them, and I am proud to be a correctional officer. Darla, it has been over a year now since you have been physically gone, but everyday I put on my uniform and report to work I remember why I am who I am, and why I do this stressful job. Charlotte CI is never going to be the same without you, and me not knowing you does not mean a thing because I hear all the wonderful stories about you almost everyday! You put a smile on everyones face STILL, and you inspire me to be a better person like you were, and who you are up in heaven. So Ms. Lathrem I know you are watching over us everyday, and time to time when I pass your memorial out front.... I thank you for doing such a great job! Thank you Darla for inspiring me to become a correctional officer, even more so after you passing.

Fla. Dept. of Corrections-CCI
October 18, 2004

My Sister behind the shield you have ended your tour of duty but will never be forgotten, to my fellow Brothers and Sisters remain vigilant at all times and never for a moment let your guard down!

Cpl Noplis
Federal Reserve Police
September 4, 2004

We are always thinking of you, and think of you often. We will never forget Darla's ultimate sacrifice, and you will be in our prayers.

With Love,
Fiancee of Police Officer Daniel Starks
EOW 10.25.03

June 11, 2004

Rest easy, Sister; you are not forgotten.

Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, IN
June 11, 2004

On this day we ask the Lord to give you
peace. Be still and know.... God Bless

Jerry and Kathe Starks
Parents of FMPD Officer Daniel Starks
June 11, 2004

In loving memory of Corrections
Officer Darla Lathrem;
We are fondly remembering you
today, the 1st anniversary of your
death. Thank you for your selfless service and sacrifice. It is a
long road to healing that lies ahead, but I know that our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ will extend His mercy and comfort to all who reach out to Him.
There is none greater than He. We don't get to Heaven based on what we do,
but what He did for us!! AMEN! There is now a huge void that cannot be
filled. God be with all those who mourn and may His promises lift all those
with heavy hearts for many years to come. I found this poem on another's
site and wanted to share it.

We may never understand it,
the risks these brave ones take,
but occasionally we see a bit
of the difference their lives make.
Some do it for the action,
others find it a callin'.
All find the satisfaction,
and few become the fallen.
Being an officer is what she loved,
To her as good as it gets.
Law was what she dreamed of,
She would have no regrets.
And though it saddens all of us
to lose her in this way
She knew how an officer must
Live life to the fullest everyday.

You are in my thoughts. If only I could erase your pain...

Lynn Kole
Bellingham, Washington

June 11, 2004

A heartfelt "thank you" for your dedication and commitment to your family, community and last but not least your lasting impression on your "brothers and sisters in blue." Although none of us can fill your foot steps, we are all challenged to strive to make a difference and leave a positive impression on all the lives we touch through out our careers. May you rest in peace, Sister Lathrem , and sing proudly with the angels.

I used to work at CCI and know what you all go through. God bless and stay safe.

Ofc. C Ziermann
Clearwater Police Dept
February 7, 2004

Rest easy my friend--I will allways remember you....

Sgt. D W Coleman
Charlotte Correctional Inst.
January 14, 2004

A Brother Warrior has fell and died today in battle.

This Brother Warrior has made the ultimate sacrifice.

He has given his life for his Fellow Warriors, his family and friends too.

Brother Warrior, pass your sword to us, so we can keep your spirit alive.

You, my Brother Warrior will not be forgotten.

God Bless you, your family and your friends.

We honor and respect all of the Fallen Warriors who have gone before us.

We ask you, Brother Warriors to guide us, protect us and pray for us.

We will meet again my Brother Warriors.

For this time not to fight another battle, but to live in eternal peace.

God bless all of the Warriors, past, present and future.

Sgt. Chad McDaniel
Seminole County Sheriff's Office
December 4, 2003


November 22, 2003

Darla, You are never far from our thoughts and prayers. It is now 4 1/2 months since you left our physical presence. You are missed every single day. Your passing has made a tremendous impact on so very many people in so many ways. I hope that the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Daniel Starks from the Fort Myers Police Department can find comfort in knowing that you were there to help welcome him to his new beat in Heaven when he ended his earthly watch this past weekend. Keep watching over us here at Charlotte C.I. as our own Guardian Angel.

Joni Wright, Secretary, Charlotte C.I.
Florida Department of Corrections
October 29, 2003

Correctional Officer's Farewell

We all know it can happen,
When we put our Colors on.
It only takes an instant,
Then one of us is gone.

Day to day we walk our beat,
In God we put our faith.
‘Cause we’re the law inside the wall,
We keep the Public safe.

You’ve done the job that few can do,
Your shift is at an end.
Farewell my Sister, Rest in peace,
On you we could depend.

Lt. Larry Peoples (Ret.)
Florida Dept. of Corrections
October 26, 2003

Rest In Peace My Sister.

A Sister In Blue

September 14, 2003

The members of the Kentucky Womens Law Enforcement Network would like to extend their sympathy to the family, friends and fellow Officers of Officer Darla Lathrem.

Historian--Officer Julie Schmidt
Kentucky Womens Law Enforcement Network
August 20, 2003

My thought and prayers are with the family, friends, and fellow correctional officers of this brave woman. May you rest in peace Officer Lathrem.

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


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