Kenneth D. EllLos Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 19, 1982
Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Kenneth D. Ell
I know Kenny is in Heaven! I saw Kenny for the last time that night. It was raining and I was working the PM shift Kenny and Tommy were the night Detectives. I was driving to the S.D. Fwy headed home. I saw Kenny and Tommy in their White Nova headed to Vermont area. As with many others Kenny has always been in my thoughts. He was a great Deputy Sheriff and a terrific person. Even though I was a Trainee he always treated me as an equal. He is missed and will always be.
James Skiman, Ret. Dep. IV
April 14, 2015
Deputy Kenneth D. Ell. Thinking of you today & always!
Rest in Paradise!
You truly were a role model for the LASD!
I am thankful for you!
I will always Love & Respect You!
January 19, 2015
As a current recruit in the LASD academy class #400, know your ultimate sacrifice continues to make an impression on this department and towards the future of law enforcement. My condolences go out to your family and partners... You will not be forgotten.
March 24, 2014
Deputy Kenneth Douglas Ell you were one in a Million! I will always love & miss you. Your kindness will never be forgotten. You were Truly and Officer & a Gentlemen. Rest in Paradise until we meet again.
January 19, 2014
Sir, my father worked with you at Lennox, his name is Tom Spencer. He speaks so highly of you. Thank you for your sacrifice. Just know your memory lives on.
Officer Brian Spencer
Santa Monica Police Department
January 20, 2013
You were unlike anyone I ever met. Your dedication to your profession amazed me beyond imagination. Your kindness, your tolerance of others was something that every human being should take notice of.
The day I met you at the Lennox Station in 1976 I thought this man has the Eyes of an Angel, I was so right.
Rest in Paradise Deputy Kenneth Douglas Ell you will remain now and forever in my Heart.
Valerie R. Walker
January 19, 2013
Not A day goes by when I don't think of you.
Each year I will continue to leave a memory of you at
the Sheriff's Station.
Rest in Paradise!
Valerie R. Walker
September 28, 2012
Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.
Time never dimishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.. I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.
Rest In Peace
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 19, 2012
If my love & respect for you could have saved you, you would still be here today.
I was blessed to have known you.
There is not a day that I don't think of you.
I will never forget you.
June 23, 2010
Deputy Ell - Back in December 1985 I attended the Officer's Survival Course in San Luis Obispo. Among the presenters was Ret. LASD Lt. McAndrews. He told the story of you and your partner Dahlman surving a very violent encounter with multiple suspects. Almost 20 years later, at an LASD funeral I got to meet Cmdr. Dahlman and shake his hand, telling him of my respect for the both of you.
Maybe one day, if we're all found worthy, we'll get to hear the story from you, Sir. Thanks for your service to the people of the County of Los Angeles and the state of California. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.
Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)
June 16, 2010
I was in the same Academy class with Doug Ell, Class 129. We became friends during our training and remained so until his untimely death. I think of him so often.
Deputy Marva Bush, Ret.
April 2, 2010
Rest in Peace, Deputy Ell. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
October 23, 2009
I worked Lennox Station with Ken while I was a Reserve Deputy Sheriff (69-74) I always looked up to him as a friend, mentor and Outstanding Deputy Sheriff. He also taught me the meaning of tenacity in the Martial Arts field as we trained together in a Lennox Dojo. I've never forgotten his perls of wisdom "ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING". It's been a long time since I've had the pleasure of his company, but he'll never be forgtten.
Semper Fi Ken (I finally got my Black Belt Brother!!) "Rocky"
Lt. Rocky Fortner (Ret).
August 21, 2008
MEMORIAL DAY MEMORIES OF DEPTY KENNETH DOUGLAS ELL
YOU GAVE THE TRUE MEANING "TO AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN"
I WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR SINCERITY AND KIND SPIRIT. I HAVE NEVER MET ANYONE WHO LED BY EXAMPLE UNTIL I MET YOU IN OCTOBER 1976.I WILL ALSO TRY TO TREAT PEOPLE WITH RESPECT AS YOU DID.GOD BLESSED MY LIFE WITH HAVING YOU IN IT.
I KNOW YOU ARE AMONG ANGELS,& FOR THAT I THANK GOD.
VALERIE R. WALKER
May 26, 2008
YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE
January 11, 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
November 29, 2007
On the night that you died I my mother was giving birth to me at that same time. I am now serving my community with honor and pride and want to thank you for your service. Without men like you there would be no future for our children. It is an honor to serve in your memory.
Deputy Jeff White
Teller County Sheriff's Office
June 18, 2007
I was an 11 year service Lennox Wach deputy and a personal of Ken's the night of his death. I had just gone off duty, but was near the Station when I heard of the shooting. I responded back to the Staion and then to the Hospital where Ken had been taken to. I then, with another (civilian) friend, Monty Dotson, a friend of both Ken and his wife, responded to his home to tell his wife of the shooting and took her to the hospital.
Sgt Guy Earl, retired
December 13, 2006
I worked with Ken at Lennox and was assigned there when he lost his life. I will always remember his dedication and disipline. He was constantly working on his physical fitness and his martial arts training. No deputy was ever better prepared to do his job. God Bless you my friend!
Steve Dolan Retired Lt.
March 30, 2006
As a Lennox Trainee back in June of 1994, I was told to conduct a briefing about you. I continued that tradition with all of my trainees. I think of you often although we never met. I was proud to be on Lennox Memorial Wall Committee and honor you. I spoke of you and tradition while conducting briefing tonight. I hope you and your family know that we haven't forgotten. God Bless You Sir!
March 17, 2006
This Department recently experienced a tragic incident very similiar to this with the death of Deputy Mike Arruda. One can only hope that Deputy Ell's partner was able to forgive himself and go on with his life.
You are on are wall and in our hearts.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
September 2, 2004
Deputy Ell you are gone but not forgotten, Blessed are the peace makers.
Patrol Officer G. Long
February 1, 2004
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