Harry Davis, Jr.Metro Transit Police Department, District of Columbia
End of Watch: Monday, December 20, 1993
Reflections for Officer Harry Davis, Jr.
Officer Harry Davis, Jr.,
The circumstances of your death are repeated far too often. The surprise shooting of an officer is performed by low-lifes and cowards, those who have little respect for law and even less respect for themselves. We who wear the badge stand for law and order and those who die in the process are deemed to be a hero among heros by all of us, for we are your brothers and your sisters. We grieve for you and for those who are close to you. We must take your sacrifice as something to bring us all even closer together. Our promise is to treat one another with respect and honor. To recognize that to kill one of us to kill some part of all of us. Embrace those who have made the sacrifice before you and stand tall among them knowing that you have done your duty and you have done it well. To you we render a final salute.
Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza (Ret.)
Pennsylvania State Police
November 19, 2008
You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service
Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH
December 11, 2007
This coming December will have been 14 years since you have left us and I can still remember as if were yesterday. You are a true role model for the family. You have been there for us in many ways and for that I am grateful. I miss you just as much as I miss my own father. I go to your grave site every now and then and just reflect on how much you have meant to so many people including myself. Thank you so much for showing nothing but love and kindness to every person that had the wonderful opportunity to meet you. I love you very much and may you rest in peace.
Jimale "Mark" Kirby
November 16, 2007
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
September 27, 2007
I have heard so much about you and I cant even remember you. But You are one of the family member that I would love to have met. But rest in peace and just know that my father speaks highly of you as if you were a brother than a cousin. I know you, grandma, and uncle butch are watching over me....I love u and u will forever remembered
July 25, 2007
I was only 17 years old when I became a Vol. Firefighter. You was a mentor to me and didn't even know it. I did turn out fine. I'm 41 today and have accomplished so much. Thank you so much.
Retired Firefighter, K.J. Green, Sr.
Fairfax County, Va.
July 24, 2007
There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and the othe family members who have passed on. Our lives have not been the same since your untimely death and I can't wait until we see one another again. Your granddaugher is splitting image of you. I know Donnie and Derek have made you proud.
Until we see each other again....
Affectionately known as Uncle Jr. but actually cousin
July 24, 2007
Some memories you carry in your heart for your entire life. I will never forget that ill fated day God called you home. You will always be with me Brother. Rest in peace.
April 11, 2007
It's been 13 years since Brother Harry Davis was called home. I can still remember hearing the news, what a sad day for Ofc. Davis' family and coworkers.
Keep a watch over your family & friends. YOU ARE TRULY MISSED & LOVED!!!!
You are in our thoughts and prays.
December 19, 2006
Fallen but NEVER forgotten.
Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEO's
December 10, 2006
I can recall the buzz in the department when word got around that “…Harry Davis is coming back!”
“Who is he?” I asked several people. I had been with the department for just over a year, and had never met this mystery man. They explained to me that Harry had left the MTPD for military duty, and then worked for another agency (I can’t recall where, but I think it was “Down South”). He was now coming back for his “second tour” with the Metro Transit Police.
It seemed that everyone had a fond memory or story about Harry, and I anticipated him walking into roll call like he owned the place…
He didn’t. He was kind, sincere, and friendly—even to the “rookies” like me who had so much less experience and yet were now “senior” to him on the roster. I am glad to say that I got to know Harry before I left the MTP, and can still recall the way his imposing physical presence was complemented by his gentle demeanor. In uniform, he defined the term “Military Bearing:” Tall, fit, and “Squared-Away.” On the street, he exuded a calm and quiet confidence. He made it look easy.
I quickly came to understand why Harry was so well-regarded in the department…
Harry was killed less than a year after I left D.C. Two hours north yet worlds away, I didn’t learn of his death until a friend of my wife sent us a newspaper clipping about Harry’s funeral. It was accompanied by an innocent note that seemed somehow tasteless: “Did Matt know this guy?...”
Yeah. I knew him. And I still can’t think of a man less-deserving of that fate. I still think of Harry often. Because I know…If it could happen to him, it could truly happen to anyone of us.
It’s been 13 years since I left the Metro Transit Police. It saddens me to know that in that time, two brother officers have been lost. My heart is with the men and women of the MTP, and with the families of Harry Davis and Marlon Morales. May they rest in peace, and never be forgotten.
Detective Matt Hufnal
Haverford Township Police Department (Former MTP Badge #380)
January 2, 2006
Harry, I and the other members of the 8830th MP BN miss you and all that you brought to your work. You were a fine soldier and a dedicated police officer. I think of you often and tell your story with pride. You are alive in my thoughts and memories. You should know that I went on to become a police officer myself and I carry you with me as do my job. My you rest in peace my brother.
CPT Kevin A. Strange
U.S. Army Military Police
April 27, 2005
~~~~~The Broken Chain~~~~~
We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name.~~In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.~~It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home.~~You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.~~Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the Chain will link again.
January 28, 2005
May we never forget this Warrior's sacrifice.....On this sad day of rememberance, May God Grant Officer Davis's Family, Fellow Officers, and Friends the Serenity to accept the things they cannot change, the Courage to change the things they can, and the Wisdom to know the difference...Rest in Peace Blue Angel...
Officer Debra McFall Ross
East Buffalo Twp P.D. Lewisburg, Pa.
December 20, 2004
I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.
A hero never dies.....
Rest in peace, hero.
September 28, 2004
Rest in Peace
May 14, 2004
It has been over 10 years, yet it feels like it was yesterday. We all still hurt and are still grieving on your old shift. We wish you were back with us. God, I wish I could turn back the clock. I helped carry your casket and it stays with me as the saddest day of my life. Since your passing we lost another officer and it also was devestaing. I wish we could turn back the clock. We miss you.
March 18, 2004
Harry, I instruct a course on officer safety involving railroad & transit environments. We have a unique job with unique dangers. Your memory is honored by each officer in every class I teach. God bless.
Special Agent Dennis Duncan
Norfolk Southern Railway Police
February 25, 2004
Although I never met you I feel like I know you deeply. I to am a Metro Transit officer, and we have just lost another brother. Like yourself, the killing was senseless, I just can't understand why some one would do this. Your memory is alive in all of us. You and Morales watch over the rest of us and keep us safe!!!
Harry, I was having a memory today and I thought of you. I remember you as a volunteer firefighter at the Chapel Oaks Fire Department, Chapel Oaks, Maryland, and as a Transit Police Officer. You were a gentle man and a big man. The good that you brought to all people will always be remembered. I love you.
Police Officer Jim Boyd
Morningside Police Department,Morningside MD
In Valor there is Truth....
the men and women of the NYC Transit Police Memorial FOP Lodge #317 know the special bond among police officers, especially members of the transit police. Our prayers and sympathy are extended to Officer Morales' family and comrades.
Sgt. Michael Fanning
NYC Transit Police Memorial FOP Lodge #317
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