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Patrolman Randy Michael Pendleton

Gaston County Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, February 5, 1979

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Reflections for Patrolman Randy Michael Pendleton

Rest in peace Patrolman Pendleton.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 12, 2019

I met Randy or (MOOSE) which was his nickname that he went by in 1978 while in college studying criminal law. He asked if I was planning to be a police officer and I told him that's what I would like to do. He took me under his wing and showed me allot of things both in life and police work. Each year at this time FEb. 5th which is my birthday I always remember Randy and how much he meant to me as a friend. I know he is in heaven today and each year at this time I stop to thank the Lord that he gave me a chance to meet someone of his caliber and one day I will see him again.

Clarence Moss

February 2, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to the home state of myself and my beloved son Larry.

Rest In Peace.

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


February 6, 2009


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 4, 2008

Thankyou for your service OFFICER PENDLETON, you are a hero and we pray for you. God bless your family


January 21, 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
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

December 26, 2007

Rest in peace brother and may god keep your family in his prayers..

Officer Brian Biletnikoff
Baton Rouge City Police Department

December 17, 2006

I was only 4 years old when Randy died. While growing up in Gaston County I always heard only good things about the type of person and officer Randy was. Many of my co-workers knew him and our agency misses him greatly.

K-9 Billy Downey
Gaston County Police

September 11, 2003

It has been over twenty years since your sacrifice but you are still remembered. God bless you and your wonderful family.

Captain Scott Wright
Mount Holly Police Department, NC

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