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Trooper Charles Eugene Campbell | Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

Trooper

Charles Eugene Campbell

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, November 16, 1974
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Reflections for Trooper Charles Eugene Campbell

 

Granddaddy Campbell,
Your legacy has touched many lives, including myself. Even though I have never met you, I take pride in knowing my granddaddy was such a honorable man! Now I have two great men in my lives that have followed in your foot steps! (Charles & Garrett Campbell) I love you! :)

Charley E. Campbell
Granddaughter
September 30, 2014

I served for a short time with Trooper Campbell. He was stationed in Perry, Florida in Taylor County. Charlie was a big man in statute and as a Florida State Trooper. Although he was a big man in size, he was quiet, very likeable and soft spoken.

I was stationed in Jefferson County at the time of his murder. Supervision sent me home after I had been on duty for a while. After arriving at home, I could not take my uniform off and without checking in, I went on Interstate 10 to help look for him. Unfortunately it was too late.

Florida Highway Patrol Troopers are a close net group and, while they can disagree, the will always help another Trooper.

Trooper Charles Eugene Campbell will always be remember as one of the best and will not be forgotten. I retired in 1991, but I have never forgotten Trooper Campbell or any of the many other Trooper that are posted on the Wall of Fame in the FHP Academy.

Trooper
Florida Highway Patrol
July 21, 2014

Charles, I remember as a child waiting with your step-mother for news after your kidnapping. My Uncle Mule, your father, had passed away barely a year before, and it was such a sad time for us all to see the pain your family went thru when your were killed. I am saddened to know that Edward and Elaine had to go thru their childhood with such a tragedy. I know you and Uncle Mule are up there together, watching over the whole clan.

Not law enforcement
extended family member
February 26, 2014

Rip Charles think of you everytime I drive thru Perry....
GBI agent Angel took care of justice for you!!!

Not in law enforcement
....
November 18, 2013

I was a friend of Charles while attending school in Perry.
The last time I saw Charles was when I was in the US
Army in the late fifties and was hitch hiking thru Perry.
He saw me and gave me a ride to the fome of some
friends.

Charles was a fine and decent person and I was saddened
when years later I found out what happened.

I felt justice was done when the individual responsible
was caught and later met his fate, and it did not take
40 years for it to happen.

I am not in law enforcement
Jack Godwin, friend
July 7, 2013

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you sir are a true hero.. May you continue to rest in peace Trooper Campbell.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL
November 16, 2012

Never got the chance to meet you but proud to have you as my grandfather.

PTL Edward Garrett Campbell
Perry Pd, grandson
July 23, 2012

Rest in Peace, Trooper Campbell. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
February 9, 2012

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you sir are a hero... May you continue to rest in peace Trooper Campbell.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union; County SO, Lake Butler, FL

Deb
November 16, 2011

Charlie,

It doesn't seem possible that its coming up on the 37 year anniversary of your passing. Charlie, you did SO MUCH to get the FHP Auxiliary going down in Troop F (Venice). Because of you, Dad, Pat and quite a few others served for years in the Auxiliary helping to keep Troopers safe.

Only the Lord knows how many other terrible incidents were avoided because an "A-Man" was in the car on tens of thousands of stops. Those few times I rode with you just before you left moving to Perry you treated me with respect even though I was a teenager. Out there on patrol with you I felt like a partner! Thanks, I've never forgotten it.

I'll also never forget your unique personality.. they'll never be another one like you. I met and became friends your brother James a few years after I got out of the military.. GOOD MAN! Just like you!

James Speed Jr.
A Friend of Charlie's
October 31, 2011

Charles,
Just wanted to let you know that we still think about you often and you will never be forgotten. Please watch over us as we prepare for a parole hearing for the guys who murdered Uncle Steve (Sgt. John Steven Dennard). We continue to do whatever we can to keep them behind bars as long as possible. We miss you.

Debra Newton
survivor/cousin
February 15, 2011

Time does not heal the pain in our hearts, but it does lessen it. Your hero is not forgotten...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

Anonymous
November 16, 2010

You're a brave soul Trooper Campbell. You saved many lives in your galant effort. You are a true hero!!! Rest in eternal peace Brother.

Trooper MJ Horn
Florida Highway Patrol
April 9, 2010

Any officer who made the ultimate sacrifice cannot be given enough praise for their service. God bless you, Officer Campbell.

Mr. J. Holtz
No Relationship
February 11, 2009

God bless you and your family! Rest In Peace.You were a true hero.

Anonymous
January 11, 2009

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the month & year that I was hired. While it's been many years since your passing, I'm sure those you left behind and those whom with you served with distinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thank you for your service and for looking out for us who continue in our chosen profession. Rest in peace Trooper Campbell.

Sgt. Robert Mau Sr.
PD Joliet IL
December 19, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Former Police Officer
D.H.P.D.
November 16, 2008

God Speed, Brother.

P.O.K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ
July 8, 2008

Officer Campell
I have just heard your story. May the Good Lord hold
you close to him and grant you and yours peace.
God Bless you and all your breathern who risk there lives
to keep ours safe.

Larry

Larry Metzler
A thankful citzen
May 31, 2008

Dear Charlie,

Its been a whole lotta years now since you left us. I'm sorry we couldnt find you in time. Dad and I and alot of other troopers and Law enforcement looked all over Dixie and Taylor counties for you. I will never forget riding with you and having known you and neither will Dad (JR Speed).

God Bless

Jim Speed Jr.

James Speed Jr.
Friend
January 7, 2008

Uncle Charlie,
I came along a feww years after your passing!Everyone has told me wonderful stories of your character.I truly miss not having a uncle to know and love.You will never be forgotten

John
nephew
December 23, 2007

"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 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.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
December 12, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH
November 29, 2007

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 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.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
October 2, 2007

Trooper Campbell, you shall live on forever in a better place.


September 30, 2007

 
 

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