Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief Deputy Sheriff John Earl Peacock

West Carroll Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Wednesday, September 17, 1980

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Reflections for Chief Deputy Sheriff John Earl Peacock

Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

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

September 17, 2020

My mind and heart are with you everyday. I am so proud of the kind of man you were to all. I have very precious memories of you and I. I wish so that I could just sit in that green recliner with you, that I did so many times, and tell you about the 4 wonderful grandchildren you have. We all love and miss you so much Daddy. Your memory will live on through your grandchildren and great-grandchildren. You would be very proud of them all!

All my Love,

Dy. Penny Peacock McWilliams
Ouachita Parish Sheriffs Office

July 4, 2013

To the family and friends of Chief Deputy Sheriff John Peacock and his fellow deputies:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to pay honor to John's memory on the 30th anniversary of the day John so tragically lost his life. His heroism, valor and bravery will be forever remembered.

Our family lost our beloved Larry Lasater when he was fatally shot in April of 2005 during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, so we know the anquish you are still experiencing.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Chief Deputy Sheriff Peacock gave to his community and the citizens of Louisiana, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 17, 1980.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg, CA PD eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 18, 2010

"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

February 11, 2008

John Earl, You taught me so much in the little time we had together. You taught me to never give up hope. You were an inspiration to me to give all that I have to the community. I made a promise to you after your funeral that I would do my best to make you proud. I hope that I have kept that promise. I miss you John.

Sergeant Paul Harper
Monroe Police Department

May 8, 2005

John after all of these years you are still remembered as a hero! God bless you sir.

Ofcr. Dan Winger

February 19, 2005

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