Giles Arthur HarmonNorth Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina
End of Watch: Tuesday, April 9, 1985
Reflections for Trooper Giles Arthur Harmon
I think about him every time I go to Tennessee. When I see Harmon's Den ..I think it some how seems fitting that it has that name. It has been over 30 years but he is not forgotten.
Jackie House/ rank none
Buncombe County Schools
August 20, 2016
Trooper Harmon I saw that your killer was trying to gain his release via a Parole hearing coming up in November 2014. I wrote a letter on your behalf and for your family. I stated the reasons why your killer should remain behind bars and why that the public would still be in danger if this idiot is released back into society. I never knew you, but like you I lost a close friend and partner to an idiot / killer. So I hope that justice will be served and this so called reformed idiot / killer stays where he belongs behind bars. Rest in Peace, Trooper Harmon we've got your back!
Former Sgt. Joe Covington M/C #4926
Corpus Christi Police Department
November 4, 2014
Giles was a fine man and a good friend. He and I attended the same basic patrol schoool in 1981. North Carolina lost a fine man and great public servant on that very sad day.
Captain Norman Goering, (Ret. NCSHP)
Captain, retired North Carolina State Highway Patrol
October 29, 2014
Thank you for your sacrifice - it was not in vain. Officers like yourself make me want to be the best man I can be. You are still impacting peoples lives today. I sent out the "No Parole" letter today. May your memory live on. "Blessed are the Peacemakers..."
Criminal Justice Major at UNCW
Future Police Officer
October 21, 2014
My wife and I were honored to visit and remember my Brother at his roadside memorial on I-40 this past Thursday. We will never forget!
Rest in Peace Trooper Harmon (G-444)
Sergeant Ricky Parks
Rocky Mount Police Department, NC.
April 20, 2013
A Hero is honored today, RIP
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)
April 9, 2012
Mr.Harmon you never met me but we who served always reflect on how lucky we all are who have the courage to serve as you did!!!! Thanks,you are some of our inspiration!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Served from 1986 -2008 trained ......in NC..... Lucky,!!! we are to have made another 10-61!!!! You will be some other persons inspiration!!!!
former sgt.NC agency-several other DEpts..
October 8, 2011
Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06
April 9, 2010
There are so many things I could say but, the most important is that "EVERYDAY" of my life is filled with memories of you. I miss you as much today as any day that has passed. The memory of your smile always warms my heart. There are still days that missing you takes my breath away. My children know your name and your face. I loved you then and I love you today and without a doubt I will always love you.
April 10, 2009
Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state and birthplace of my son. 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.
Rest In Peace.
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
April 9, 2009
I used to frequently travel from Knoxville, TN to Asheville, NC to see my father. I remember the I-40 rockslide and the temporary road the DOT had to build to allow cars to bypass the tunnels. I remember the Troopers working to keep the traffic moving. I will never forget hearing of the shooting and the Asheville paper's headline about Trooper Harmon's sacrifice and service. My family will never forget him and his service.
December 2, 2008
What a great friend he was. Always laughing, smiling and fun to be around. You and Bobby left me with WONDERFUL memories! I love to pull out your letters from ETSU...they make me smile. You will always be remembered!
Thanks for the joy you shared in your brief life.
high school friend
September 9, 2008
YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE
May 1, 2008
YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE
Pat Van Den Berghe
April 9, 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
December 27, 2007
You were highlighted on the website today. Looking at
your picture it is hard to believe that you'd be 48 by now.
I just feel for your parents and wonder how they could
ever get over losing you. And your wife...we lost a deputy back in 2001 in his 20's who had been on the
job five years also and only married 2 years. It is sure
a tragedy that young lives are cut short.
Sometimes you get the bad guy and sometimes he
The shot that killed you also killed a part of us.
It killed a part of your family, both at work and at home.
It killed your dreams, your hopes, your future.
But it must not kill our determination to make this
world a better place or our will to make a difference.
America's streets must be running red with blood with
all the deaths of leos. God bless your memory and
know that your life is still impacting others, even those
who didn't know you. I once visited Brevard, N.C. years
ago. With love from one coast of America to the other.
April 20, 2007
Rest in peace my friend. You are truely missed.
January 13, 2007
i never met Giles my parents were some of his best friends, i just wanted to say God Bless him i hope i can do his scholarship and name proud
Jay Salter-no rank college student
September 11, 2006
On the 20th anniversary of your death, we stop to remember.
Your service is not forgotten.
Virginia State Police
April 9, 2005
Rest easy with Saint Michael. It sickens me to think that something like this can happen to someone so young and so fine of a Trooper. Watch out over your brothers and sisters as they put on their badges. I believe you and a few others are my husbands 'back up'.
February 21, 2005
Giles, it has been 19 years since you had to leave us. You are remembered on this date of your death. You will always be remembered. Thank you so much for the service you performed for our community.
God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.
...Gone, but never Forgotten....
Marti Ingle (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)
April 9, 2004
A few weeks before you were killed, I had been shot accidentally (Feb. 26, 1985). I was in the hospital when the tunnel collapsed and caused the traffic problems on the interstate. I had just turned 13 years old when you were killed. I so often related to this series of events that you were always on my mind. Some unknown trooper that I had never heard of before his death became an intergal part of my life.
I have devoted my life to helping others just as you had. I am a firefighter paramedic. I have come to know many many troopers. I have several close friends that I helped get into the Patrol Academy. I have bought each of them the book "Trooper Down". I think it is important for potential cadets to see the lives and deaths of the NCSHP. I hope this helps them get some feeling for the inherent dangers of the job and the respect (by most) that is given to the NCSHP.
There have now been 54 troopers killed in the line of duty. Unfortunately, the last two deaths were Haywood County natives, killed in Haywood County. Both deaths were very similar in nature (being struck by a transfer truck during traffic stops). Both being very good friends of mine and both were wonderful men to know.
I have talked to other troopers about you. I wanted to know the kind of man you were and from what I have been told, you are very much like Calvin and Anthony. I would have been honored to have known you.
I didn't know about this website until after Anthony's death. I would have visited your Officer Down page earlier had I known.
My thoughts and prayers have been with your family since the day you died. I know you are walking the streets of Gold with Calvin and Anthony. I will finally meet you there someday.
A friend you've never met.
(Until I read "Trooper Down" I thought Harmon's Den was named in your memory. I learned differently, but to me it will always be for you.)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)
April 4, 2004
Giles was my roommate and friend in college at ETSU. His life was dedicated to becoming a North Carolina Highway Patrolman. He is greatly missed and will never be forgotten. I often think of him during my tour of duty. I strive to be the best Police Officer I know he would have wanted me to be.
Lt. Bob Wooldridge
Knoxville Police Department
East District Patrol
Lieutenant Bob Wooldridge
Knoxville Police Department
March 23, 2004
God bless you for your sacrifice.
December 3, 2003
I worked as a Buncombe County Jailer when Giles was a trooper. He inspired me to be a trooper. I opened my acceptance letter the night he was murdered. Such a cowardly and senseless act by a vile man. But Giles was a good Christian and a soft-spoken gentleman, He would not want us to be bitter.
His parents are fine people. Pray for them now, even 18 years later. We thought of him so much in Troop G when I was a trooper.
The Old North State lost one of its best when G-444 was called home 10-42 for the last time on I-40 in Haywood County inm 1985. He now patrols the highways of Heaven with St. Michael.
God bless and be safe.
John Millan, former G-442
Chief JA Millan
NC Public Schools Law Enforcement, Avery Dist
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