Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Glayton Mitchell Parker

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, May 31, 1990

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Reflections for Patrolman Glayton Mitchell Parker

On 05/31/1990, Is a day that forever was burnt into my memory, I was Charlie 10 and Glayton was Charlie 8 we worked Bloomingdale and Lynn Garden zones. On that day it was very hot we had been in Lynn Garden on a DTF rade and after that we were going to signal 8 and get something to drink, so I went to pickup Alan Cross who was a reserve deputy who wanted to ride with me....so I told Glayton I was in route to pickup him up and and then we would signal 8 and get something cold to drink see we hadn't had bullett proof vest very long they were hot and heavy. So as we went 1098 from the drug rade I went to pickup Alan and I guess Glayton thought well I'll go serve this warrant real quick since it was only for harassing phone calls. As pulled up into Alan driveway I heard the words signal 9 come across the radio to me which meant officer down and it was Charlie 8, I responded leaving Alan standing there as he was walking out his back door. I was there within 3 minutes.....the 3 minutes that haunt me to this day. As pulled up I saw his feet laying outside the door way. And a Kingsport City Officer had responded also we were taking cover as the suspect wasnt to be seen. Within another 4 minutes the area was covered by numerous officers City and County we began approaching the house and suspect was apprehend, I proceeded to my best friend and partner laying there I put my arms around him ....its was to late he was gone....!!! And this was the day that forever changed my life...the remorse that I was there the what if's ...all the things that go though your mind. See Glayton had a passion for photography and I also enjoyed it we would talk about that and just chat, I would go over to his place and we grilled out...he was way more than a co worker..partner he was a mentor to all of us. You see it's been 29yrs ago since this day and I remember it as if it was 10 seconds ago. I have since long left the Sheriffs office went over seas and worked as PMC and came home started a new career....I've seen all the death here and abroad I want to. So I moved to the midwest and now at 60yrs old, I miss my friend and the ones that I knew that have since paid the ultimate sacrifice.
So the next time you see a officer remember he is doing his job...there is good and bad in all ppl, officers have bad days to they are human so dont think your alone in this mean world they deal with it everyday not knowing when they kiss their wife, child or loved if they will ever walk back though that door to see them again.
In closing I wish to thank all my former officers on Charlie shift.
Tim Miller ...my FTO
SGT. John Young
Capt. Junior Waye
Joey Strickler
Mark Baird
Sgt. Paul Taylor
And all of the old Charlie Shift.
Some of you have passed on and for those still among us...I honestly think of each of you everyday. Alan Cross was one of the best reserve officers I've ever known also Alan Randolph both outstanding among Greg R. White. You all are not only remembered this day but every day.
My God bless each of you and this is my reflection of 29 yrs ago this day.
Always your friend and partner old Charlie 10, Joe Delp.

Joe Delp
Former Patrolman aka Charlie "10.

May 31, 2019

Rest in peace Patrolman Parker.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 30, 2019

Not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you. Thank you for all that you did for me and my family. You’re dearly missed. Always and forever in my heart.

Dawn Lewis

May 26, 2018

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

May 31, 2015

I had just returned from the training academy in Sullivan County when we lost Glayton. I never knew the impact on my life until now. After twenty-five years in law enforcement, every day I put on my duty belt, I think of Glayton and his sacrafice. Although I didn't know him that well, you will ever have a place in my heart, my prayers, and my profession.

I'm the training coordinator in my agency now. Your continued inspriration is what drives me in teaching the new generation.

God bless your family and the path you made for us. We still miss you!

Sgt. Jon Frazier
Rutherford County Sheriff's Office

May 12, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd 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 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.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

June 1, 2012

We are sorry for your Loss. My family has also experienced the loss of a loved one in the line of Duty. This was sent to us, We found this helpful. Hope this helps your family as well.


My Dearest Family and Friends

Somethings I'd like to say but first of all to let you know that I arrived okay.

I'm writing this from Heaven where I dwell with Our Lord above. where there's no more tears or sadness just eternal Love. Please don't be unhappy because I'm out of sight, remember that I'm with you every morning,noon and Night.

The Day I had to leave you when my Life on earth was through God picked me up and hugged me and He said I welcome you.
It's good to have you back again, You were missed while you were gone. As for your Dearest Family they'll be here later on.
I need you here so badly as part of my big plan. Theres so much we have to do to help our Moral Man.
Then God gave me a list of things that He wished for me to do, and foremost on that list of mine is to watch and care for you.
I'll be beside you everyday and through out the years, And when your sad. I'm standing there to wipe away your tears.
When You lie in bed at night the day's chores put to flight God and I are close you in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on Earth and all the loving years, because your only human they are bound to bring you tears.

Please don't be afraid to cry, it does releive the pain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned, But if I were to tell you You wouldn't understand.One thing is for certain, though my life on Earth is over I'm closer to you now than I ever was before.

To My many Friends, Trust God knows what is best.I'm still not far away from you I'm just beyond the crest.

So, If you can help somebody who is in sorrow or in pain, then you can say to God at night my day was not in vain.
And now I am contented that with my life. it was worth while,Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.
If you meet somebody who is down and feeling low just lend a hand and pick him up as on your way you go.
When Your walking down the street and you've got me on your mind just know Im walking in your footstep only a half a step behind.
And if you feel a gentel breeze or wind upon your face thats me just giving you a great big hug or just a soft embrace.
I will always love you from the land way up above We'll be in touch again soon
PS God sends his Love.

Anonymous

December 17, 2008

"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

January 30, 2008

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten-
For Patrolman Parker's family-Please know that we are thinking of you on this day-

The Family of Deputy Dave Grant/EOW/5/31/04
Tuolumne Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Sonora, Ca.

May 31, 2007

Forever in my Heart.................

Tonee Parker

May 16, 2006

I was a reserve deputy working primarily with "charlie" shift back when Glayton "Clay" Parker was murdered. Since the story of his death was not given in detail, I will leave my rememberances.

Deputy Parker was attemting to make a misdemeanor arrest on a local nutcase. I believe he was serving a warrant for something stupid, like harassing phone calls. When the suspect fled into his house, Parker followed him. The suspect shot him in the face with a 30-30 rifle, then a brief barricade situation developed before the suspect was taken into custody.

Parker served 7 tours in Vietnam, acheiving the rank of First Sergeant in the US Army. He was somewhat a private man, but always willing to help. He was professional, honest, had a good sense of humor, and was a true brother to the other men of his shift.

He is buried in the same county that Sgt. Alvin York of WW1 fame was born. I sometimes think that he and York were cut from the same cloth.

Time has passed, but I'll never forget you, "Top". RIP, "Charlie 8".

Ptl. Alan Randolph
Jackson Police Dept

March 18, 2006

I FINAALY FOUND THE PAGE I WAS LOOKING FOR..MR.PARKER YOU WILL BE TRULY MISSED ..I ALWAYS TALKED TO YOU ALOT WHEN I SEEN YOU OUT ON PATROL..YOU REALLY INSPIRED ME..I WAS YOUNG AND ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A DEPUTY..YOU WILL BE MISSED.I REMEBER THE DAY THIS HAPPENED I HEARD IT ON THE SCANNER ...AND JUST LIVE DOWN THE ROAD FROM WERE THE INCIDENT HAPPENED AT..I CRIED SO HARD THINKING WHY YOU?YOU ARE A GREAT FRIEND AND ALWAYS WILL BE .I REMEMBER YOU WOULD COME BY THE HOUSE JUST TO SAY HI..THAT REALLY MADE MY DAY..HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN ..MISS YOU...GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURE FAMILY

BRANDON GILLENWATER
GILLENWATER FUGITIVE RECOVERY

October 1, 2005

Thank you for your brave service. You will not be forgotten, hero.

A citizen

October 10, 2004

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