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Police Officer Franke Neal Lewis | Long Beach Police Department, California Long Beach Police Department, California

Police Officer

Franke Neal Lewis

Long Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, December 13, 1975
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Reflections for Police Officer Franke Neal Lewis

 

Frank and I were partners on the night he was killed. At the end of the shift that night we went to the locker room put our gear away and headed home. Frank often talked about his wife and two daughters and was a proud father. I pray that some one will come forward with information on his killer. Rest in peace Frank.

Det. Robert Stuart (Retired)
Long Beach P.D.
November 1, 2015

I heard the news on my brothers birthday and sat down to cry.. I could not understand how God could take another member of the Lewis family in 5 short years. I thought back to all the times my dad went on patrol and how luck we were that he came home.

It has been 37 years, yet your strength, love of family and determination to do right will never be forgotten..

Debbie
Family friend
February 14, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th 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.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
December 13, 2009

Thirty-four years you have been missed.

L.
November 23, 2009

Rest in Peace, Officer Lewis. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
October 23, 2009

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

vandenberghe
manchester, nh
December 7, 2007

"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
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
September 12, 2007

Rest in peace brother. Your killer will face the ultimate judgement one day. Thanks for your service.

nc game warden
May 11, 2007

Franke is not forgotten. Franke was in my Acadamy class and my wife Judi and I had dinner with Franke and his family at his house about a month before he was murdered. My oldest son met one of Franke's daughters at LBCC. Our other classmates often reflect and talk about Franke and what a good guy and cop he was. Rest in Peace.

Sgt. R. F. " Buz" Williams (retired)
Long Beach Police Department (CA)
February 24, 2007

This is my Dad and I am so very proud of him. Reading these reflections makes me cry but I am pleased that his memory lives on with you all. Thank you.

Erika Millington
Daughter
December 7, 2006

Hi Daddy, I love you. It's been almost 31 years and I still cry sometimes like when I hear about other officers who have been killed or when I read these reflections. I am very grateful to the people who have left reflections here, especially to Mr. Gitschier. It means so much that you still remember him and are thankful for his sacrifice. It makes me feel good to know. Thank you.
Shannon

Shannon Lewis Pretzel
Daughter
December 7, 2006

It's sad that your killer has not been brought to justice. I hope that some investigator will take a fresh look at this case and see if this terrible crime can be solved.

Security Officer
Connecticut
October 3, 2006

OFFICER LEWIS, I AM SORRY THAT AFTER ALL THIS TIME, NO ONE HAS HAD TO ANSWER FOR WHAT WAS DONE TO YOU. THAT FACT THAT YOU LOST YOUR LIFE WHILE SAVING ANOTHER IS BEYOND WORDS. YOU ARE A HERO.

DISPATCHER9520
SAUK COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPT
December 13, 2005

In a few days it will be 30 years since you saved my life and lost yours in the process. I have never forgotten. Forever grateful for your ultimate sacrifice!

Denis Gitschier
Teacher, Fountain Valley High School
December 6, 2005

Rest in God's peace, Brother. You are not forgotten.

Sgt. Bill Richardson
Anchorage, Alaska PD
January 8, 2005

Franke, It was a long time ago that you left us but being one of your training officers I remember how important being a police officer was to you. Much time has passed but I have never forgotten you or the tragic circumstances who took you from us. You are not forgotten. I hope you rest in peace and I have always been sad that the terrible event has never been resolved.

Retired-Larry Carter
Long Beach Ca. Police Department
December 2, 2004

Rest in peace, brother.

Anonymous
April 14, 2004

 
 

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