Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Lance Christian Whitaker

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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Reflections for Police Officer Lance Christian Whitaker

Thank you for everything, May God always bless your family...Rest in Peace brother.

Sergeant Anthony Bolds
Navsta Mayport Police Department

November 14, 2018

I hope everyone can find comfort in Revelation 21:4 where it says, "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Until we see him again in Paradise, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

August 14, 2018

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Lance was killed in the line of duty.

To the Whitaker family, fellow officers , and all who call Lance beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Lance gave to his community and the citizens of Florida and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on May 15th, 2018.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

July 27, 2018

R.I.P. BROTHER Whitaker!!!

Nebraska Police Officer

June 6, 2018

To Office Lance Whitaker's family, friends and his Blue Family; especially his JSO family: We offer our deepest condolences and prayers for your well being and for strength to carry on after the death of this wonderful man. My husband Eric has some really great memories of Lance from his school and sports days at Wolfson High School. We've also heard many great stories from his friends and fellow JSO Officers!
The world and the city of Jacksonville lost one of it's greatest sons in this tragic accident. He will live on in our hearts and our memories; never to be forgotten. Please know we are here if you ever need anything.
Much love and prayers,
Eric, Sherry and Seamus (future JSO) Lazoff

Private Citizen
Jacksonville Family, Friends

June 5, 2018

Officer Whitaker,

Thank you and your family for your sacrifice. May you rest in the arms of the Lord.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

June 2, 2018

Rest in peace brother. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten....................

Det. Sgt. Edward Carlile
Northfield Village Police Dept (OH)

May 29, 2018

Very sorry to hear the news... Rest in peace. My thoughts are extended to family, friends and fellow officers.

Reserve Police Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

May 27, 2018

Officer Whitaker, we mourn you passing and honor your life here. Thank you for your service, God Bless and may you rest eternally in peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

May 26, 2018

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.

Javier Cornejo, Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee WI

May 24, 2018



May 23, 2018

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Officer, Lance C. Whitaker, in the line of duty. It is always a huge loss when a fellow officer makes the ultimate sacrifice. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

May 23, 2018

Thank you for your service God Bless!

Mrs. C. Singleton
Citizen of South Carolina

May 23, 2018

Officer Whitaker, thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Jacksonville County, Fl. May the Lord comfort your family and fellow Officers of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office during this very difficult time. Rest in Peace.

K. Shipp, Special Agent
Dept. of Veterans Affairs-OIG CID

May 22, 2018

May God watch over the family and fellow officers these heroes worked with. We can only imagine their pain. But we can sympathize with them and we must support them. This is what the Patriots and Heroes looks like folks. Running to the danger when all others run away from it. Selfless and fearless to the end. They now work heavens Beat. And are in God's hands forever. Ever watching down on us all.

D.A.V. CHAPTER 11 Springfield, Missouri Color Guard.
Son of Chief of Police.Deceased
Their watch is over, now they patrol in Heaven.

May 22, 2018

God speed brother

Deputy Sheriff Rob Wilkins
Allegany County Sheriff's Office - New York

May 22, 2018

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Whitaker. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

U.S. Postal Inspector Scott Horne
U.S. Postal Inspection Service

May 22, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr., ASAC
Federal Air Marshal Service

May 22, 2018

RIP, Officer Whitaker. Praying for you and your loved ones.

Officer C Curione
Rochester Police Department, NY

May 22, 2018

To the Whitaker family, you have my deepest sympathy. Lance was the epitome of what a officer and a community servant should be. I've known Lance since 1987,when I worked with his mother at St.Lukes hospital. He was my" soul brother"because He loved eating Soul food. RIP Officer Lance Whitaker, you will always be remembered.

Judy Baker McKeithan
Family friend

May 21, 2018

To the Whitaker family, you have my deepest sympathy. Lance was the epitome of what a officer and a community servant should be. I've known Lance since 1987,when I worked with his mother at St.Lukes hospital. He was my" soul brother"because He loved eating Soul food. RIP Officer Lance Whitaker, you will always be remembered.

Judy Baker McKeithan
Family friend

May 21, 2018

You were always good for a laugh and you did not hesitate to tell me how you felt. I still have not processed that you are gone despite the fact. I will miss you brother. We will give you a perfect send off and take care of your watch.

Rest in peace brother,

Lieutenant Jonathan Yarbrough
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

May 21, 2018

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray Psalm 91 over all LEO’s and this prayer also:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

I know that God sends those angels to watch over our officers, sometimes to protect them and sometimes to whisk our officers into His presence.

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

I have lifted your family to God every morning for over six years. I pray that Lance's life and death will bring glory to His name.

Trust those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

May 21, 2018

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

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 whose 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.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

May 20, 2018

My condolences to your family! May God give them peace and strength during this time. Rest easy Officer Lance Whitaker.


May 20, 2018

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