Reflections for Trooper Douglas Wayne Tripp
Well Dad, it has been 22 yrs. since your end of shift. There is still not a day that goes by that I don't have a thought about you. I see a trooper car and my heart sinks. I hear or see a mule, and my heart sinks. I hear/see an older John Deere tractor and my heart sinks. I get so angry when I think of how your death came about. Even though there is so much more to the story, and the whole truth may never come out, God saw and heard it all. They can hide it here on earth, but nothing is hid on judgement day. And I am truly sorry how the results of the courts came as they did. It is my opinion, that it went as it was planned from the start. You were an honest, straight-up, respectful, careing, fair and did your duty Officer. You knew that wouldn't be tolerate, but you stood your ground anyway. You held on to that sliver of hope that you could clean this place up. But alone you stood. Everyone else either took a blind eye, didn't care, was to scared, or was part of the problem. The web here runs so deep. And it was choking you bit by bit. As you used to tell me, "It's like beating your head against the wall." Reading your journals gave me so much more insight of the indepth mentality you had. The only pain comes from the trust you had for some. I would have never believed I would ever know you to be wrong about anything, but wrong you were about those few. True colors always eventually shine through. But as I said, judgment day will tell all and answers will be demanded. So you sleep for now until the day God brings you fourth and you can face them all with that onry smirk you were so known for because you'll know what direction you'll be going and they can't do anything to stop you this time. Miss you and Mom so much.
July 4, 2013
Trooper Tripp you will not be forgotten. This was a first degree murder case that should've been a death penalty case. Its alarming that a person can murder a State Trooper in TN. and serve so little time for it. Your life and service to your state deserves more, a lot more. Thank you my brother for your service.
Capt. Glenn E. Kresge
Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
January 27, 2013
Your heroism and service is honored today, the 21rst 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.
I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.
Rest In Peace.
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
May 19, 2012
Released in 17 yrs after what he did!!..That is a crime in itself..Your killer will face another judge once more brother and I guarantee you it will be a life sentence..
Ptlm Gary McCarty (Ret.)
Corning City Police NY
May 19, 2012
Thank you for your service and bravery. You are a true hero Trooper Tripp. It puts me in a state of disbelief to know that the coward that took your life has since been released from prison. May you watch over us as we try to safely do our job down here, while you continue to shine in heaven. Forever rest in peace brother.
Harris County Texas
April 4, 2011
I'll never forget the phone call from dispatch to go 10-8 and try to find you. Never expected to find what had actually happened. You were a Trooper who did his job and enjoyed working in the community and the people in it. Claiborne County justice still has not improved since your murder. Why should your murderer walk the same streets that you used too? See you again someday Muleman.
TN Highway Patrol
February 15, 2011
Thinking about you..
June 30, 2010
Doug, brother, there isn't a day gone by since the early morning that Pam called me to tell me of your passing, that I haven't thought of you. I've pondered how fate brought us together when we worked together at Claiborne Co SO, and how life must surely be designed and certainly not happenstance. I miss you.
Lt. Thomas H. Oakes, Retired
Evendale (OH) PD and Friend
February 25, 2010
You are not forgotten by the ones you love.
January 11, 2009
I hear such wonderful things and kind words about you. I only wish I had more time to get to know you. You were taken away when I was at a very young age. I'm glad other people had that opportunity to have known a person like you. I think about you, mammaw & Gary often. Wish you all were still here. I know you all are watching from above. Love and Miss you!
December 4, 2008
Doug, I realized the other day that it has been almost 30 years to the day since you and I graduated from Trooper School in 1978. I remember all those late-night bull sessions we had in my room or yours. We used to hold those city boys attention when we would tell them our tales of how we had to handle people in the eastern part of the state as well as to how they were quick to be of assistance if you needed some help at a wreck or if when arresting someone turned into a fight and an officer needed backup.
No matter the topic of the discussion when we started our bull sessions, it always ended up with me doing imitations and/or you talking about your mule or mules in general. I remember you and I taping the picture of your mule over your door so you could see your ass first thing in the mornings and the last thing you would see when you turned off the light to go to sleep.
Doug, I know that you are probably running radar somewhere in heaven. I hope that you will forgive me for not coming to your funeral. I just could not bear to know that the last time that I would see you, you would be in a coffin. I wanted to remember you as you were the last time that you and I were together. I want you to know that I have prayed many a time to the "Chief of cheifs" that he reserve a special place in Hell for cop killers and I have asked that he has special place in Heaven for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow man.
Doug, please rest eternally in peace knowing that your family and friends will be forever grateful for what you did here on Earth. Just know that if they have only one brain cell that thinks of you, you will still be here with us.
Thank you Trooper, a job well done!
THP Recruit School Fall 1978
Former Trooper Bill Yardley
Late of the THP
September 24, 2008
Rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.
May 26, 2008
I am dumbfounded as to why this less than human defendant is released. I thought New York took honors for liberal, weeping, cop-hating juries.
Rest in peace my brother.
May 22, 2008
I am terribly sorry for the short time that you spent here on this Earth. I never knew you but I have thought about you a lot. I also wanted to set the record straight, the person convicted of your murder was not released until 2/17/2008, not 2006. I know that 2 more years spent in jail is not much comfort. I'm sorry that you were taken away at such an early age from your young family. May God be with you all!
March 4, 2008
I met him many years ago where he visited a friend and there could have been a more nicer individual.
February 16, 2008
Something is seriously wrong with our court system to allow this criminal back onto the streets.I can only think of 1 place this criminal should be, in a box! Trooper Tripp, you are not forgotten.
A brother in blue
February 4, 2008
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
January 30, 2008
What a disgrace.... RELEASING the animal who did this to you?? Nothing less than death for him is deserved.... what a shame. RIP, Trooper.
Colorado State Patrol
October 28, 2007
i was reading this, and it just turned my stomach to think that a magget could take a life, father,& officer and just spend so little time in prison for this. i would hate to be the person that set his sentence and stand before god.good-bye brother we will remember you always.
July 8, 2007
I don't understand why this killer is going to be released this year let alone be convicted of only 2nd degree murder. Trooper Tripp: you deserve better! No way should this person be breathing.
Rest in peace brother.
November 5, 2006
JUST DROPPING A LINE TO LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT YOU MAY BE GONE BUT YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. ALSO I HAVE THIS TO ASK....HOW COULD THE JUSTICE SYSTEM LET A MAN OUT OF JAIL FOR SUCH A HEINOUS CRIME? DID THE SUSPECT TRULY PAY HIS DEBT TO SOCIETY BY TAKING A PUBLIC SERVANT AWAY FROM US ALL? IF YOU WERE INVOLVED IN THE SENTENCING OF THE SUSPECT I WOULD LIKE TO ASK,HOW CAN YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT?
COLUMBUS (OH) POLICE DEPT.
March 23, 2006
I never had the honor of meeting you. I started my career a couple of years after you death. I see your picture in the halls of the Fall branch office often and remember you. May God bless your family.
Tennessee Highway Patrol
December 24, 2005
I grew up in Claiborne County. When I was 16, I was stopped by Trooper Tripp for running a stop sign. He elected not to cite me, but instead chatted with me. Now, I am 42 and have been a police officer for 10 years. Rarely do I cite a juvenile for a traffic offense. Instead, I tell them about the time I was stopped by Trooper Tripp and how he made the ultimate sacrifice. To Deputy Tripp, your father's memory continues to live in middle Tennessee.
Coopertown P. D.
December 2, 2005
I was looking at the most recent horrible act in Tennessee when i saw your memorial. I agree 15 years for shooting you 10 times is a horrible act in itself but that is our justice system, the death penalty would have been to kind to this EVIL coward. Just know you will never be forgotten. The State of Tennessee and a greatful Nation will be forever in your debt.
Cpl Gary Mintz, Director Traffic Enf.
Henderson County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina
July 11, 2005
On today, the 14th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Tennessee. What really burns me is how a dirtbag who shoots a Law Enforcement Officer TEN times with a rifle because he got a speeding ticket and is only given 15 years in prison boggles my mind. What was the judge and jury thinking in this case.
May 19, 2005
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