Johnnie Mae ClantonNew Orleans Police Department, Louisiana
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 23, 1999
Reflections for Reserve Officer Johnnie Mae Clanton
I'm sorry for your lost her fellow Marines family just found out about today. We were station in Hawaii for three yrs
MSGT WIILLIAM LINDSAY
USMC SPECIAL FRIEND
February 25, 2013
Your heroism and service is honored today, the tenth 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.
Rest In Peace.
June 24, 2009
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.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
February 10, 2008
November 29, 2007
Cop on the Take
First he takes the oath.
Now look at all he takes.
He takes it in stride when people call him pig.
He takes time to stop and talk to children.
He takes your verbal abuse while giving you a ticket you really deserved.
He takes on creeps you would be afraid to even look at.
He takes time away from his family to keep you safe.
He takes your injured child to the hospital.
He takes the graveyard shift without complaint because it's his turn.
He takes his life into his hands daily.
He takes you home when your car breaks down.
He takes time to explain why both your headlights have to work.
He takes the job no one else wants--telling you a loved one has died.
He takes criminals to jail.
He takes in sights that would make you cry.
Sometimes he cries too, but he takes it anyway because someone has to.
If he is lucky, he takes retirement.
He takes memories to bed each night that you couldn't bear for even one day.
Sometimes, he takes a bullet.
And yes, occasionally he may take a free cup of coffee.
Then one day he pays for all he has taken, and God takes him.
Please remember that the "He" in all this represents all police officers, both men and women who have served and are serving our cities and their citizens we have all sworn to protect.
Blessed are the peace keepers!
May 9, 2007
Thank you for your service & sacrifice for the people of New Orleans. RIP ma'am.
January 31, 2006
Remembering you on your anniversary. Didn’t know so many were lost on 6/23 until one of our own was lost. You will never be forgotten.
June 23, 2004
It is still hard to believe you are gone. I miss your laugh, your smile and even your frowns. Everytime I strap on my uniform, I reflect on the price that you paid for the citizens of New Orleans. Rest in Peace my sister and one day I will see you again. May GOD Bless and Keep your family, your friends and your fellow Law Enforcement Brothers.
Reserve Officer Edmond Cummings
New Orleans Police Department
May 4, 2004
To the family of Officer Clanton,
Your loss is felt nation wide. We laid to rest a fellow officer today, who's watch ended in a similar manner.
The grief is felt not only by friends, family and coworkers, but by everyone who reads these reflections. Take comfort in knowing that Johnnie was loved by those who did not even know her.
Gods speed Johnnie, we will continue the watch.
March 30, 2004
May God Bless this family and may you know that one day you will see your Hero again.
March 27, 2004
As a former Reserve Deputy and now partime police officer, I want to express my condolences to the family, friends and fellow brothers and sisters in blue of Johnnie Clanton. She will be remembered and honored for her bravery and dedication to duty. We, her brothers and sisters in blue will remain on the job in dutiful to her memory.
Ofcr&Former Reserve Deputy Ken Dziewulsk
Peabody Police/Sedgwick County Sheriff Dept.
March 22, 2004
Since joining the Reserve Unit of my department I have become aware of the brotherhood that is a police department. My condolences to Reserve Officer Clanton's family, friends and department. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice. May God Bless.
Reserve Officer Hawkins
Traverse City Police Department - Michigan
March 19, 2004
REST IN PEACE BROTHER YOUR A HERO..
March 14, 2004
As a reserve deputy myself we put our selves in the same position as the full time officer. The love for law enforcement is high. We work with the department to assist in the everyday duties of keeping peace. At times we also pay the highest price. I am sure that Johnnie Mea Clanton gave her life doing what she loved to do. Rest now Johnnie we will take your beat for you.
Reserve Deputy Tom Payne
Tulsa County Sheriffs Office
March 11, 2004
You are missed by your brothers and sisters in Blue.
We will carry on your great work.
Auxiliary Chief Jerry Ryerson
Rock Island Police Department-Rock Island ,Il
March 10, 2004
Johnnie....thank you for your service & God bless.
Special Agent Dennis Duncan
Norfolk Southern Railway Police
March 9, 2004
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