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Helicopter Pilot Gary Anthony Nelson | Anaheim Police Department, California Anaheim Police Department, California

Helicopter Pilot

Gary Anthony Nelson

Anaheim Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, August 15, 1975
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Reflections for Helicopter Pilot Gary Anthony Nelson

 

We will be remembering Officer Nelson and Officer Roulston of the Anaheim Police Department during the 2017 Orange County Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony and Candlelight Vigil on May 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm, at the OC Peace Officers' Memorial located at the Sheriff's Regional Training Facility in Tustin, CA. Please join us if you can. Those who have fallen in the line of duty will never be forgotten.

Dep. Doug Woodward
OCSD
May 23, 2017

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”

Euripides

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service
September 17, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
February 21, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO
January 17, 2013

Dear Officer Gary Nelson.

It has been 37 years since you departed, and are now
with our Lord.
I was the one, that you had changed my life around.
You said, that I was a better person, than the life I was
living. I really thought about what you had said, and
I joined the Armed Forces. On the day I was sworn in.
I tried to contact you several times, I didn't know about
what had happened, until that evening on the news.
Gary I know you would have been proud of me, and that
you were watching over me, even to this day.I just want
you to know, you were a great influence in my life, and
someday I will see you again, and thank you in person.

I know you sacrificed your life, to help the citizens of Anaheim,Ca.
For the Anaheim P.D. Your fellow Officers, and for your Country .
God Bless You, Your Family and Friends.
You will Always be in Our Thoughts, and in Our Hearts,
and Prayers.

C.H. U.S.A.R.
Friend in Christ
August 30, 2012

Officer Nelson,
Sir, it has has been 37 years since your End of Watch but you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Anaheim. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
U.S. Border Patrol
August 16, 2012

Rest in Peace, Pilot Nelson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
June 8, 2009

"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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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
November 21, 2007

Your Sta 26 family hasn't forgotten you. Your picture sits in our hallway so that we can all pass you as our shift starts and ends. Angl's pad is named after you...rest in peace my brother

PD
APD
December 31, 2005

Thank you for your service. Rest in peace Brother

Officer Scott Lundegren
Yarmouth Police Department
July 12, 2005

NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO LEAVE THIS WORLD AS YOUNG AS YOU BUT THE LORD HAS PLANS FOR EVERYONE AND YOURS MUST BE TO BE IN HEAVEN TO WATCH OVER MANY, WE ALL MORN YOUR LEAVING BUT ITS REALLY A BETTER PLACE YOUR IN THAN WHERE YOU CAME FROM. REST IN PEACE TIL WE MEET IN HEAVEN.

RETIRED OFFICER: NELSON, JIMMY
MOBILE POLICE DEPT., AL.
April 25, 2004

No officer who gave his life should be without reflection....
Thank you, Officer Nelson. Rest in peace...........

Anonymous
September 27, 2003

 
 

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