Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Wilson McLain

Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, April 17, 1976

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Wilson McLain

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff McLain. Your bravery and service were appreciated. You too left a large family behind, like Deputy Brock, a man of morals and stellar character.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 25, 2014

Uncle Wilson,

You and Aunt Barbara were always my favorites. I think of you often and miss you so much.


Brinda Starlin, USAF MSgt, RET

June 6, 2014

I just came back to review this page again and saw all these wonderful memorials written by such loving people. Mr. David Bell, that is such a beautiful poem you wrote and shared. To all the others, your kind words of remembrance are so precious. You bring tears to my eyes. You are the heart of this world.

Betty McLain Swanson

May 15, 2014

I know I never got to meet u papaw but I will always love you

Stephanie crumpler granddaughter

February 17, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th 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.

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

April 17, 2012

Deputy Sheriff McLain,
On today, the 35th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Harlan County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



April 17, 2011

Thank you to Deputy McLain and the McLain Family for his service.


November 16, 2010

Your service is certainly appreciated. You live on in the hearts and souls of your family.

Ray Scharf
Dublin (OH) PD - Ret Sgt

March 13, 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
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

October 29, 2007

So many years have gone by now. I sit here now and think of all the words not spoken and wonder what things would be like if you were still here. Your life was wasted in such a senseless way. I guess I'll always wonder why you answered that call for help. And, I'll always wonder why you weren't more careful when you got out of the car to go into the store, knowing those men were hiding out in the mountains. So many questions left unanswered.

Betty Swanson

October 26, 2006

Deputy McLain your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Care now. May you rest in peace brother..God Bless !!

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

March 17, 2006

Rest in peace, brother. You are not forgotten.

Officer Bill Dowdy, ret.
Springfield MO P.D.

June 8, 2005

Thanks for posting this information about my father. He certainly would have appreciated the work you have done in memoralizing our slain officers. His death was tragic, but like all officers, he knew the risk he took in his profession.

Betty (McLain) Swanson--daughter of Wils

December 25, 2004

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