Chief of Police
Verlon LeMaster, Jr.Grant Police Department, Alabama
End of Watch: Friday, August 15, 2003
Reflections for Chief of Police Verlon LeMaster, Jr.
God Bless chief Verlon Lemaster, your family and all your friends!
Rest in peace brother in blue.
The watch is ours now.
God bless your family.
Pennsylvania State Police
Rest In Peace Chief! and may justice be swift and sure for the gutless scum that did this.
Missouri Dept. Of Public Safety
Today I stood among several fellow Brothers in Blue as we remembered and paid tribute to a fellow officer and dear friend. Many law enforcement agencies, fire and rescue units, and friends paid their last respect to Verlon in a ceremony that was fitting of a man of his caliber and position. As Attorney General Bill Pryor quoted in the Chief's service, "Greater love hath no man then this, that he lay down his life for his friends" John 15:13
Grant 360 you will be missed.
Corporal Seth L. Sullivan
Arab Police Department, Alabama
No amount of words can comfort the family right now in thier time of grief. The only thing we can hope for is that they have God's comforting love to see them through.
Officer Chris Jones
Decatur PD Decatur, AL
To the family and friends of Cheif LeMaster I would like to extend my deepest symapthy. While I was the Station Commander & Army Recuiter in Albertville, AL, from April 1999 until June 2003, I covered the Grant area. I had the opportunity to talk with him on dozens of occations. He was a great man in the Grant community that gave his entire life for his hometown. He will be sorely missed, but will live forever in our memories.
Sergeant First Class David T. Fuller
U.S. Army Health Care Recruiting (Milwaukee, WI)
We are going to miss this fine man. He was a friend to all, and, an Angel here on Earth, He always had a smile, and a friendly word for everyone. He watched over us all, and we have the comfort of knowing that he is in Heaven watching over us still. May God Bless his family, and friends.....
We Love You Verlon.......
The Laster Family
Us Mail Contractors
Rest in Peace Brother...you will not be forgotten
Rest easy, your tour is over. Thank you for your years of dedication and service. You are a hero who's career and sacrifice will not be forgotten. God bless brother.
Rest in peace Brother Verlon thank you for your service and courage you are a true hero and you will not be forgotten.
Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73
Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs PD OK
Rest easy, Chief. Your time served many could only wish to match. Thank you for your dedication to all of our families. May God hold those that you once did. Never forgotten.
Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)
A small town mourns the loss of our friend and our hero.
May the Good Lord shine a light on Verlon and his family during this difficult time.
I will miss him dearly.........
I just learned of this memorial page two weeks ago when the Lord called my husband home. My son and I are so touched by the support from the Law Enforcement Family. I wish I good say something to help with the pain the family, friends and coworkers are feeling, but there are none. The Chief is in a better place.
Wife of Wesley Wagstaff TPWD
To a BRAVE officer, rest in peace brother LeMaster...we will carry on from here, and watch over us as we do. My prayers to his family, fellow officers, and the town of Grant.
Officer Randal F. Cavnar
Decatur Al. Police
Yet another hero has had their life taken too soon. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Chief LeMaster. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time.
Rest in peace for your watch here is over walk in heavens beat and guide us all to protect and serve others safely.
US Ranger Catroppa
National Park Service Kennesaw GA
God Speed Verlon! You were loved and respected by everyone who knew you. Please watch over my brothers as well as all the men and women who serve and protect us. God chose a wonderful angel to look over them all. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Family member of 3 officers
I have been a resident of Grant for less than 3 years, but always had heard good things about Chief LeMasters. I saw him come and go around town, but talked to him for the first time last week and was reassured of a competent and capable town servant.
Being in a small town, I feel so much more secure than in a big city (like I was raised in). This has been such a shock.
My his family know that we are in prayer for their peace and comfort. We know he is in such a greater place and will be their to greet us, but there is an empty spot in our hearts.
We need deal with our grief as life goes on, but place our trust in God that He will renew our spirits and send His Comforter to family and loved ones.
May the Lord Bess the family greatly.
To Chief Lemaster 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
We have lived in Grant for 5 years. I find myself looking for you, Verlon. I see you directing traffic for the school, you are patroling our streets, or just being a friend and neighbor. Our community will never be the same nor will you be forgotten. I can only pray for your family, friends and your community--for we are the ones lost without you. I know the Lord has great plans for you and all of us who love him. May we see you again someday sitting at God's feet. We honor you for the sacrifice you have made.
Lisa Saylor Paramedic
North Marshall EMS
Rest in peace Chief. Your years of service are a testament to your bravey and dedication.
Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department
As I sit here and try to gather my thoughts to somehow give honor to my former Chief and my friend, my heart is heavy and my eyes overflow with tears of sorrow. Verlon LeMaster gave his life for his community, his friends, and his fellow officers. Not necessarily in his death but rather more in his life. Verlon's life dream was to serve and protect and he did in many ways. This small community has lost a friend, a father figure, a mentor, a kind face to see in a time of trouble. And us a police officers have lost a brother in blue. My children asked me today if God needed a policeman to help him in heaven. My eyes filled with tears as I thought about Verlon and all the many other brothers and sisters in blue that now watch over us. Verlon will be greatly missed and I pray that his family will be comforted in some way.
Verlon, I miss you my friend. You will always remain in my thoughts.
Officer Mark Wright
Arab Police Department, Arab, Alabama
(Former Grant Police Department Reserve Officer)
Officer Mark Wright
Arab Police Department
Day is done,
gone the sun.
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
God is nigh.
Godspeed to you and your family.
Lt. James A. Williams N.Y.P.D.
LT. JAMES A. WILLIAMS
Your death diminishes us all. Thank you for your many years of service
and your final sacrifice. So sorry your career ended so tragically. I
extend love and sympathy to your loved ones, both near and far. God
bless all those who mourn your passing.
"...and often the bravest of men fall by the hands of cowards" Tacitus
Thank you Chief, we have the watch.
Hello darkness, my old friend,
I've come to talk with you again,
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence.
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone,
'Neath the halo of a street lamp,
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of
a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence.
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one deared
Disturb the sound of silence.
"Fools" said I,"You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows.
Hear my words that I might teach you,
Take my arms that I might reach you."
But my words like silent raindrops fell,
In the wells of silence
And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning,
In the words that it was forming.
And the signs said, The words of the prophets
are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.
And whisper'd in the sounds of silence.
Sleep well, we buried a friend today.
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