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Chief Deputy Sheriff Duane Herman Otto

Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, Iowa

End of Watch Thursday, October 8, 1981

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Reflections for Chief Deputy Sheriff Duane Herman Otto

Thank you for your service and please know that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 8, 2020

Rest in peace Chief Deputy Sheriff Otto.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 26, 2019

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

May 1, 2017

Today on the anniversary of your death we wish to remember you and thank you Sir for your service.

D. Holmes, Lieutenant
Federal Bureau of Prisons

October 8, 2014

Rest in Peace, Chief Deputy Otto. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 3, 2014

On this the 28th anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today. Rest in Peace, Duane. I am praying for solace for your family today and each day of their journey as survivors.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Duane gave to his community and the citizens of Iowa, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 8, 1981.

Phyllis Loya


October 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
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 17, 2008

today on the anniversary of your death we remember you and thank you Sir for your Service.

Pat VanDen Berghe
Neighbors for a Better manchester, NH

October 8, 2007

Chief Deputy Otto,
Thank you for the years of service that you gave to the citizens of Pottawattamie County. Your legacy has never been forgotten. Although I never had the chance to work with you, we are all brothers, and I wish that you were here today telling war stories about your time as a copper. Take care of the people in heaven, and again thank you

Pottawattamie County Sheriffs Office

September 17, 2007

Rest in Peace Brother, May God Bless you and your family.


July 26, 2006

Thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten. Rest in peace.

A citizen

October 8, 2004

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