Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Ira Parker

Inkster Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, July 9, 1987

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Reflections for Sergeant Ira Parker

I was a classmate of Ira and he was one of my brother best friends He was always a leader from sixth grade to twelfth grade he was elected our class president he went college and then to Vietnam and made it through only to be killed by an obvious sick family who paid with prison sentence but it want bring back our beloved Ira who grew up in thi small town of Augusta Arkansas we will never forget our classmate and brother forevermore in our hearts

Wattie Harmon
Classmate and friend

January 8, 2019

5great man

Lewis jones
Sfriend

February 4, 2017

Like many below i was also glued to the TV and the days after. The cowardly acts of the mother and family trying to further harm others in community , including their bold attempts to counter entry, were despicable. The thing I most feel for and thank, are the officers below who put the public first even after seeing their brothers fall. To the family below, I am very sorry for your loss. These officers will never be forgotten.

Mr. Matt Schiller
Civilian

December 6, 2016

I remember when this happened and it captured the attention of the entire nation. Collectively we wondered how do people who have bad checks turn into executioners of not one but three other human beings? We wonder today but what is more important, we remember each of these men. Tracy, you need not thank us but rather we thank you for your fathers service and remember and pray for you and all the family members of these men who gave so much. We hope you are well. This was and is so tragic to this very moment.

citizen
IL

September 20, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

July 15, 2015

I was a 21 year old man living in Detroit at the time of this tragedy. I was glued to the TV following the events. To this day, every time I enter Inkster I recall it. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. . . . (‭Romans‬ ‭13‬:‭4‬ NIV)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭13‬ KJV)

Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭57‬:‭2‬ NIV)

Special Agent Darin Paul
Federal Bureau of Investigation

December 14, 2014

I was partnered with Ira, in the detective bureau, until he was promoted to Sergeant. We had also worked many shifts together as patrolmen. He taught me a lot about being an effective police officer. He, and Dan and Clay will be forever a part of my life and my family.

Lt. Glenn Palmer - Ret.
Inkster PD

July 3, 2014

I was a IPD Officer at the time and was part of the stand off. I seen my brothers as they laid dead in motel room after the shoot off and it will never leave my memory. Ira Parker was a close friend and my training officer and it's because of him and my other brothers at IPD that I became the proud and good Police Officer that I did. My fallen brothers will stay in my heart and memory for the rest of my life.

Ret. Steven Taylor
Brother in Blue

February 12, 2014

Wow I just stumbled across this page, I knew all three of the officers, my mom Vanola (Nolie) Willliams was a dispatcher at IPD and was working on that tragic day. I practically grew up in IPD, I can still vividly remember the events. Mr. Parker was also so nice, and always had a smile on his face! RIP

Lesli (Williams) For
Daughter of former IPD employee

October 22, 2013

Rest in Peace brother...your service and dedication are remembered today.

Sergeant Barton
Garden City

June 27, 2013

We all miss you dearly. Your oldest son passed away lsat Monday. I know you all are watching over us. Your loving and FAVORITE niece.xoxo

Jenetha Lewis
niece

May 24, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th anniversary year 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. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater

January 3, 2013

On this the 25th anniversary of three Insker, MI police officer's death, we honored their memory in our patrol briefing. As with Sergeant Perron, we honor a fallen officer on the anniversary of their death each day. We acknowledge the greatest sacrifice that can be given in our profession. Rest assured Sergeant Parker, Officer Hoover and Officer Dubiel have not been forgotten.

Sergeant Daniel Healy
Suisun City Police Department

July 9, 2012

On the 22nd anniversary of Sergeant Parker's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Sergeant Parker is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

July 9, 2009

Today the news of three Oakland police officers being murdered by a parole violator brought the memory to mind of the day in 1987 when these three Inkster Officers were also killed in the line of duty. As I stood in the door of my office and watched as the very long line of police cars passed on the day of the funeral, I had chills at the sheer magnitude of honor paid these men and most deservedly. We take for granted each officer that reports for duty each day. Let us pause and give thanks for them.

Sarah

March 22, 2009

There are certain people in your life that you will never forget. There are certain people that you will always look up to and remeber until your last days. Sgt. Parker is one of those people in my life. I was a rookie and he was my first Sgt that I worked for. He was kind and fair, and loved to laugh when the time was right. He loved his family and his job. God Bless and R.I.P.

Lt. Tom Wallace ex Inkster Pd.....Garden City PD

Lt. Tom Wallace
Garden City Police

March 13, 2009

I am a former Sergeant with the former Northland Private Police Dept. I served there for 19 years and now a member of the AUX. Dept for Inkster. These Fine POLICE OFFICER'S were taken too young. To the Family and friends of SERGEANT IRA PARKER and family and friends of the 3 other INKSTER POLICE OFFICERS who's lives were taken by the people who have no respect for Police Officer's or Authority, May GOD BLESS you and forever keep you. Rest in PEACE OFFICERS, you did your job and I THANK YOU! INKSTER AUX. OFFICER E. STEVENSON 1/11/2009

AUX. POLICE OFFICER ERNEST R. STEVENSON
INKSTER POLICE AUX. DEPARTMENT

January 11, 2009

Sgt. Parker,

I grew up and still live very close to Inkster, and alongside my Marine Corps career I plan on becoming a police officer as well. With that in mind, I will always keep the memory of you, Officer Dubiel, and Officer Hoover in my mind as I strive to become the best that I can be. Not only did you offer the ultimate sacrifice to mankind, but I was also born on the exact same day and year that all three of your watches ended. Thank you for giving me someone to look up to, and forever rest in peace.

LCpl Ben Hohman
United States Marine Corps/ Criminal Justice Student

December 25, 2008

to the parker family....i just want to send my love and prayers to all of you. i had the honor of knowing mr. parker through my dad, who is a retired fireman in inkster(jimmie stroman), and what i remember about mr. parker is he was cool and laid back, but veryreal and true in everything that he did. it must've been my jr. year ibn high school, i got permission from my dad to go the basketball game with mr.parker and his sons.....let me see if the guys remember this, it was inkster high against detroit northern at river rouge. the detroit northern team had derrick coleman and lorenzo neely. we all loaded up in the van went to the game and had a good time. sorry to ramble, but that is one of my best memories of mr. parker and the fam. again i want to send my love to you all, and know that i am lifting you up in prayer. be safe and God bless you all

Anson J. Stroman
inkster homeboy

May 24, 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
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 15, 2007

Thank you for your bravery, dedication, and sacrifice. Today is the 20th anniversary of your tragic death. You will NEVER be forgotten and will FOREVER be a hero!

Sergeant, Retired
AR

July 9, 2007

It's 20 years later but no time will ever erase the memory of the sacrifice you men made. Always remembered.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

July 9, 2007

Sgt. Parker, thank you for your service. Neither you nor your sacrifice will ever be forgotten.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

April 26, 2007

I am David Sponhour. I worked with Ira from 1973-1978. I now work at Carrollton P.D. in Carrollton Texas. Ira was a partner on the same shift I was on at Inkster. He would do anything in the world for you and backed me up many times. I went on to Carrollton and came back for the officers funerals. That was a very sad day. May Ira,Danny, and Clay never be forgotten. They will not be by me. I hope there will be a 10 year memorial for them in July 2007. They deserve it.

Sgt. David Sponhour
Carrollton P.D Carrollton Texas

April 6, 2007

Hello,

I would like to personally thank everyone for their kind words about my father. It means a lot to our family to know that he will always remembered and loved by so many.

Thank you,

Tracy Parker

Tracy Parker
Daughter of Sgt Ira Parker

September 2, 2006

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