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Police Officer Paul J. Harmon | Huntington Police Department, West Virginia Huntington Police Department, West Virginia

Police Officer

Paul J. Harmon

Huntington Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch: Monday, December 14, 1981
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Reflections for Police Officer Paul J. Harmon


I'm going to fight for u on Monday daddy!! I WILL MAKE SURE U DID NOT DIE N VAIN!! U died for justice now I will make sure u get justice!!

Jamie Harmon-Gray
July 11, 2015

Police Officer Paul J. Harmon murderer needs to stay in prison for life He killed a Police Officer in cold blood That says it all Police Officer Paul J. Harmon was taken from His Family and Friends for just doing His Job Now Show them He Did Not Die In Vain Give Him The Justice He Deserves Keep His Killer Behind Bars For LIFE

Sheila Driskill
July 10, 2015

Dear Parole Board Member(s),

My name is Brian Lucas and I am currently the president of Gold Star Lodge #65 of the Fraternal Order of Police. I write this letter as the members of our lodge wish to voice our feelings on the upcoming parole hearing of Wilbert B. Mayle. To be blunt, we strongly oppose any leniency toward Mayle.

As you probably know, on December 14th, 1981 officer Randy Byard noticed two suspicious people he thought were getting ready to commit a breaking and entering. He called for backup and his best friend, officer Paul Jeffery Harmon responded. Harmon parked and started toward Byard and encountered two individuals that were not involved in what Byard was witnessing. However, these two individuals had their own issues. They had committed a robbery in Ohio and feared that they had been found. They attacked Paul, brutally and savagely beat him and then shot him with his own service weapon before fleeing. Byard ran to his aid but could not prevent his best friend from dying.

Mayle was convicted of first degree murder for his crime. We will never understand how he was sentenced to life with mercy as he showed no mercy in the beating and execution of Paul. To my knowledge, Mayle has never shown any remorse for his actions that took the life of a police officer, a husband, a father and a friend. Mayle does not deserve any leniency or compassion. He deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Paul’s death is still felt here within our lodge. His loss will never go away, will never fade from our memory. We strongly urge you to deny parole to this cold blooded killer and to keep him where he needs to be, in prison.

The members of Gold Star #65 appreciate the chance to voice our feelings. Thank you for taking the time to read this and we sincerely hope it helps with your decision.


Brian A. Lucas
President Gold Star Lodge 65

Sgt. Brian Lucas
Huntington Police Department
July 9, 2015

I left our contact information with Mr. Varner. He sent an email to me letting me know of your message.
We look forward to talking to you and your mom again.
PS. We had tons of catching up to do!

Patricia Johnson
Friends of Paul and Twyla Harmon
October 23, 2014

Johnny n Patricia this is Jamie Paul n Twyla daughter please leave a reflection with any info so we could get n touch with y'all. Mom would love to get back n touch with u guys. She tells me stories all the time

Jamie Harmon/Gray
October 2, 2014

It's hard to believe that so many years have passed since Paul's death. Our families became friends when Paul and my husband were serving together in the Air Force.
We still remember the December day when Twyla called to give us that sad, sad news. Words could not descibe how we felt. Paul was a good, decent man with a loving wife and two beautiful daughters. So unreal.
Sadly, we have lost touch with Paul's family but we will never forget the man he was.

Johnny and Patricia Johnson
Friends of Paul and Twyla Harmon
August 9, 2014


Jamie Harmon Gray
June 15, 2014

I just want to give respect out for his family. what a tragedy this must have been.
I am a student from Mission Hills Highschool researching fallen officers, and this case really shocked me.
This could've been my uncle in Officer Harmons position. And even though I didn't know Officer Harmon personally, I still believe that he must have been an amazing person. He is an inspiration to me and to others around the world.
heroes live forever in our hearts.

Kaitlin McWold
May 8, 2014

Hey Daddy, I think about u everyday and miss u so bad!! U r a great grandfather now, and I wish u could hold her I know u know how beautiful she is... love u so very much... don't know y u were heavy on my mind today, so I just needed to say hi to make me feel a lil better...LOVE AND MISS YOU SOOOOO MUCH EVERYDAY

Jamie Harmon-Gray
Paul Harmon daughter
March 25, 2014

You'll never be forgotten brother.

U.S. Park Ranger LE, Adam Roberts
U.S. National Park Service (former HPD)
December 14, 2013

I knew Officer Harmon when I was a little girl..I remember calling him "Jeff"..His sister was one of my babysitters. He was always so sweet to me. Played with me even though I was several years younger. I was heartbroken when I heard what happened. You have never been forgotten.

December 14, 2013

Paul Jeffrey and I are cousins, and I was the lucky one of my family, because I remember the fun we had chasing his Mother with craw dads, when we vacationed together on Sarton Mt. in Monroe co. Wva. Even though we were ornery, he turned out to be a wonderful young man and I am so proud of him. My love and prayers to his wife and daughter. He will always be loved and remembered.

Julie Frontz Byrne
October 13, 2013

Paul is my first cousin his daddy and my daddy were brothers. I don't remember ever getting to meet him but from the family stories I am so proud to be related to him! You made us all proud!!

Becky weikle King
first cousin
October 11, 2013

I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!

My prayers continue to be with your family, friends and co-workers.


Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon
June 16, 2013

RIP my brother of the Badge, God Bless your Family, Friends and Department. My letter is in the Mail this Morning and Hopefully the Suspect POS will forever be in prison. Thank You for your service and Courage.

Bob Reed, Retired Police Officer
South Lake Tahoe Police Department
June 7, 2013

Paul Harmon is my father, my name is Jamie. I was only a yr old when my daddy was taken from us. My husband found this site and I am so happy that he did. Being so young the only way I know my dad is through all the wonderful stories, so if u have a good story share I would love to hear.

You are always remembered n my heart
I'm so proud to be ur daughter!

Jamie Harmon/Gray
April 27, 2013

I was working as a police officer in Ohio the night that Paul was shot and killed. I remember getting a call of a robbery at South Point McDonalds that night. My self and State Highway Patrol Trooper got there and not long after we were called by dispatch that a Huntington Police Officer had been shot and killed. So each December I cant help but to think of officer Paul Harmon. I know it has been 30 years and I think his death will always stay with me. May God Bless you Officer Harmon.

Officer Sexton
South Point P.D
April 1, 2013

Paul was a good friend. His loss still lingers in our subconscious even 30 years later, when we have all moved on to other lives. My life intersected with his in a local department store where he worked off duty, and at Marshall University where we took classes to better ourselves. The tragedy of what happened that December morning can never be forgotten, especially by those of us who knew him. To the many friends and family of Officer Paul Harmon, God Bless you and know that he was easy to know and respect.

Sandy Ellis Lynch
A friend
February 16, 2012

Paul may be gone from this life but we will never forget the true love that he had for his family, friends, and the police force.

January 18, 2012

John and Patricia Johnson
Friends of the Harmon family
January 18, 2012

i rember when this happened even though i was 7 years old.

randy edrington
December 18, 2011

I grew up next to the Harmon's we were all friends. They were all wonderful people. May God be with his family always and give them peace. Jeffs light shines bright and will always shine down from Heaven....He will never be forgotten.

December 15, 2011

My your spirit be at rest officer Harmon. May your family be at ease, while holding you in their hearts. Continue to watch over your family, friends, and the community you so loved, by shinning on them from Heaven.

A Citizen
December 15, 2011

Today I'm remembering the 30th anniversary of the day you paid the ultimate sacrifice brother. You are not forgotten and you never will be. Keep on patrolling those streets of gold until we all meet up for that great roll call in Heaven.

US Law Enforcement Park Ranger
National Park Service (Former Huntington PD Officer)
December 14, 2011

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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
December 14, 2011


December 14, 2010


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