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Chief of Police Verlon LeMaster, Jr. | Grant Police Department, Alabama Grant Police Department, Alabama

Chief of Police

Verlon LeMaster, Jr.

Grant Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Friday, August 15, 2003
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Reflections for Chief of Police Verlon LeMaster, Jr.

 

GOODBYE DEAR FRIEND WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU MORE THAN YOU COULD EVER KNOW.
"GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN TO GIVE HIS LIFE FOR A FRIEND"
YOU SAVED GENA'S AND HER UNBORN BABY'S LIFE THAT AWFUL DAY. EVERY TIME WE LOOK AT THAT BABY WE WILL THINK ABOUT YOU AND WISH YOU WERE STILL WITH US.
GRANT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITH OUT YOUR SMILE.
YOU ARE LOVED AND MISSED BY THE ENTIRE TOWN.
THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DID FOR EVERYONE YOU CAME IN CONTACT WITH.
REST IN PEACE 360.

LISA
August 31, 2003

Being a citizen of Grant for half a dozen years is nothing in comparison to the lifetime of the people who on this mountain were raised with and loved Verlon. There are very few officers that have that special something which makes them truly shine in the hearts of the people they serve and protect. Over the years I saw that Verlon was more than that. He was a friend to all and always kept a door open as a means of approach to himself. The facts are; he was a sterling example that left an everlasting impression on not only a small community, but was recognized from coast to coast. "No one has love greater than this, that someone should surrender his soul in behalf of his friends." My children and myself knew and respected Verlon and will continue to miss his presence in familiar places. May faith in the Creator's promise continue to encourage all who read this message, "Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life..." Temporarily gone but alive in memory.... See Ya Verlon

Grant Citizen
August 27, 2003

The call came in...An Officer Down,
All the staff started scurrying around.
The chopper would be landing soon,
The Trauma Team is in the room.
However, Verlons Angels would not be denied,
And with his family and friends , we did cry.
For those who lived close by,
It was hard to stand by his side.
We all know that his angels were working by our side,
With his fellow officers standing by.
With nothing left to do,
Verlon went home with his angels in the sky.

God Bless you all. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Huntsville Hospital ER Staff
Huntsville Hospital Main
August 25, 2003

We feel your loss here in Florida. May God bless you and your family. May His angels protect your loved ones now and in the years to come. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.

Virtute Et Armis

Inv. John Creamer
Tallahassee Police Department
August 25, 2003

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and fellow officers of Chief LeMaster.

While I did not the privilege to have known you, I am sure you have earned your place in heaven. Rest in Peace my friend, those of us who remain will cover your post on the thin blue line.

Anonymous
August 25, 2003

I know you will be missed by your firends and neighbors. And the people of Grant Al. will morn your loss as will the rest of the police community.

Det. Bruce Collins
Commonwealth Attorney Office
August 25, 2003

Chief, your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Thank you for the many years of service to "the job". To the family, friends and partners of Chief LeMaster you will be in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you chief, you are now in a better place.

Ofr. C.W. Loeffler
St. Francis, MN PD
August 25, 2003

THIS VALIANT PEACE KEEPER HAS JUST JOINED THE RANKS OF THE ETERNAL BROTHERHOOD. OUR COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF HAS SEEN TO HIS PAIN AND GIVEN HIM A PLACE ETERNAL RESERVED FOR THESE MINISTERS OF RIGHTNESS. FOR THE FAMILY AND THE DEPARTMENT MAY FATHER TAKE YOU INTO HIS ARMS AND CARRY YOU AS HE HAS BEEN CARRYING ME ALL THESE LAST 18 MONTHS SINCE THE PASSING OF MY SWEETHEART. ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS KIND OF SEPARATION CAN IDENTIFY WITH YOUR NEED AND YOUR MISSING THE DEPARTED LOVED ONE. FATHER WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH ALL OF THE DIFFICULTY AND NEEDS. TAKE THIS JOURNEY JUST ONE MOMENT AT A TIME - LIVING IN THE PRESENT MOMENT - YOU CANNOT HANDLE MORE THAN THAT... AND YOU WERE NEVER MEANT TO HANDLE MORE THAN THAT. WE HAVE LOST 7 IN VA. THIS YEAR. ONE OF THEM WAS ONE OF MINE AND I KNOW THE JOURNEY IS NOT PLEASANT BUT HE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU AS HE IS NOW TAKING CARE OF CHIEF VERLON LeMASTER. THERE IS NO FEAR NOR PAIN FOR VERLON AND NO HURT IN THE EYES OF GOD WHEN ONE OF HIS MINISTERS OF RIGHTNESS GRADUATES TO THE ETERNAL DUTY. HE WILL PROVIDE FOR YOU WHO ARE STILL HERE AS WELL.
BE BLESSED. BE SUCCESSFUL. BE SAFE.
CHAPLAIN D. R. STATON, VBPD, VA. 8/24/03

CHAPLAIN DIRECTOR
VA BEACH, VA PD
August 24, 2003

A town of 700 or a city of 7 million, the Chief's murder reminds us that danger awaits all of us every day. Any given shift can be our last, and we must never let those who wish to hurt us win over us. God Bless Chief LeMaster, his family and department and all of you in Alabama tonight. Your country and all of your BLUE family will be here to lead you on.

Patrolman
Cleveland, Ohio Police Dept.
August 23, 2003

To The Family, Friends and Co-worker of Chief LeMaster my thoughts and prayers are with in this difficult time..may God help give you strength..

Jr. Johnson - Brother

SCHP Trooper Corporal Jeff Johnson - EOW 07/07/02

Jr. Johnson
August 23, 2003

Verlon WE LOVED YOU TO DEATH YOU WAS GRANTS HERO BUT NOW YOU ARE GONE NOBODY WILL EVER MEAN AS MUCH TO GRANT AS YOU DID NEVER. WE JUST WISH ANOTHER PERSON WAS OUR CHIEF BUT WE DIDNT GET OUR WISH YOU KEEP WACTHING OVER US AND TAKING CARE OF GRANT LIKE YOU ALWAYS HAVE. GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN THERE WAS ONE PAIR OF SHOES FOR CHIEF AND NOBODY WILL EVER FILL YOURS. LOVE YOU VERN YOU KNOW WHO I AM BECAUSE YOU WAS VERN TO ME. LOVE YOU DEARLY GONE BUT NEVER NEVER FORGOTTEN.

Anonymous
August 22, 2003

I just want to say one more thing about Verlon. He was a wonderful person and will always be loved. God bless the family and friends of Verlon. We will miss you dearly. Thank you for what you have done for the town of Grant. May all of our other officers be safe, may Verlon keep watch over our community and our officers . Keep us all safe from harm.

Anonymous
August 22, 2003

Verlon was a real good friend. I remember that he called my mom trouble and me little miss trouble. We always joked around with each other. If you ever needed to know something, he was the man you went to to find out. We will miss him very much.

Valerie Keel
August 22, 2003

My deepest sympathy is extended to the family, friends, and co-workers of Chief LeMaster. May God comfort all of you as you endure this tragedy.

In memory of Sgt. Jerry Mundy
Mt. Juliet Police Dept.
Mt. Juliet, TN
EOW 7-9-03


August 22, 2003

I thank God for the previlege of calling you friend. I will dearly miss our brief talks after the council meetings. Thank you for a JOB-WELL-DONE!

Councilman Rodney Keller
Town of Grant
August 22, 2003

Who will watch the children,
And protect them from the night?
Who will drive them home,
To ensure that they’re alright?

Who will get one over,
On A.G. when he’s a clown?
Who will grill the burgers,
To raise money for the town?

Who will laugh and cheer,
At the ballgames every night?
Who will fight the fires?
Who will solve the crimes?

Though we’ll hire someone new,
One thing will be for certain,
There will never be another Chief,
Like our beloved Verlon.

You will live forever in our hearts and stay forever on our minds.

Teresa Gullion
Resident of Grant
August 22, 2003

You will forever be in our hearts and on our minds. Thanks for all your years of service. Our prayers are with the Lemaster family. May the peace of God be with you all. I also would like to thank the other officers who came and paid your respects to our fallen CHIEF. God Bless!!

The Atchley Family Grant, Al
August 22, 2003

Poem written by a citizen living in the Grant, Alabama.


Never Forgotten

I didn’t know it would affect me so
Watching you lie there sitting on “go”
Not a movement from your eye
As people stop and cry

Sir, this community loved you
Amazing at the love you’ve accrued
Yes, you took care of me too
You were off duty and still you knew

Looking up from near my crushed gold car
Your hand was outstretched and wasn’t very far
Just in awe that you were there
You didn’t have to be, but you cared

Asking again and again if I was alright
You were concerned that early night
In your police car, a content smile with no strife
I’m sure you drove safely back to Burkey Drive

I am sorry that I never told you thanks
Maybe this will now reach your ranks
In the beautiful Heavens above
Where you rest as an angelic dove


Thank you Verlon for caring for my family and myself the way you did time and time again. We shall never forget.

-J Nathaniel Clark


August 21, 2003

To all of Officer Verlon's Family, Friends, and Co-workers;

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, for we understand you pain and loss. Officer LeMaster is a true Hero that will never be forgotton. God Bless all Our Hero's and thanks for the sacrfice they have made for our freedoms.

Betty
Sister of Officer Glenn H. Hicks EOW 02/20/03
August 21, 2003

My most sincere prayers go out to Chief LeMaster's family, friends, and the Grant Police Dept. What a shattering loss for all of you. We recently bid farewell to one of our own here in Federal Way, and our pain is still very fresh. Your loss breaks my heart. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts. Chief LeMaster, thank you for your service and sacrifice. Another angel in blue has taken his place amongst the ranks of way too many. Watch over us as we continue to tread the Thin Blue Line. Rest easy, Chief. Your officers have the watch.

Pam Hall, LAPD Reserve Retired
Federal Way Police Department
August 21, 2003

I recently became the Postmaster of Grant and met Chief LeMaster, at that first meeting I knew that Verlon was a fine man. I grew to respect him and knew that if I needed anything that he would be there. The Town of Grant has lost a fine person and friend. I have lost a friend also. Being a Reserve Police Office I have lost a Brother in Blue.
God Bless you Verlon, and may he Bless your family also.
You will be missed!!! Rest In Peace.

Ray Barnes
Postmaster
Grant Al


August 21, 2003

This is a poem written by a citizen living in the Grant area. It expresses her feelings in the loss of Chief LeMaster.
OUR FALLEN CHIEF

We lost a good one here today.
That's what I heard her say.
We lost a good one here today.
Our loving Chief has passed away.
It should not have happened.
It need not have been.
A teen with gun in hand.
Has killed our chief and friend.

He left his mark on everone
In different kind of ways.
I new him best from walking at the park each day.
As I walked along the road and see him come my way.
He would stop and smile and say
"How are you today?"
Then he would look around and make sure I was okay
And slowly drive away.

Somehow I felt much safer.
He helped to make my day.
I thought about how Grant was blessed
As I went along my way.

It takes a very special kind.
To be a man in blue.
Like fireman, and 911
They're always there for you.

What would we do without them?
Where would this old world be?
To not have those in uniforms
To watch and care for you and me.

We lost a good one here today.
That's what I heard her say.
We lost a good one here today.
Our loving Chief has passed away.

By Natalie Carter
Grant, AL


August 20, 2003

So much experience and knowledge is lost. Rest in peace.

Det. Patricia Hamblin
Wilson Co TN SO
August 20, 2003

Verlon, words could not begin to describe the difference you made in my life and that of many others growing up in Grant. You were always tough when we needed discipline and understanding when we needed compassion. It is sad that many, like myself, never took the opportunity to tell you how important you were to us. We love and miss you! May God bless your family.

Mike Little
August 20, 2003

We are truly saddened at Verlon's loss.
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We all recall you gave your best.
You did your job, now you can rest.
Your comrades now can cover your post
as you take your place with the Heavenly Host.

God Bless Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters.
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Our prayers will be with you, your family, and co-workers!

Ptlm. P.K. Harding
Binghamton (NY) PD
August 20, 2003

 
 

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