Patrolman Joseph S. Pratt

Patrolman Joseph S. Pratt

Suffolk Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, October 20, 1935

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Joseph S. Pratt

Patrolman Joseph Pratt was shot twice in the abdomen while serving a non-support warrant on suspect. He was transported to a local hospital where the next morning he succumbed to his wounds without regaining consciousness.

The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled in the late 1960's.

Patrolman Pratt had served with the agency for 27 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge 2

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, October 19, 1935
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 78th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged 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

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 23, 2013

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