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Police Officer Harvey James Adams

Marietta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, September 3, 1986

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Reflections for Police Officer Harvey James Adams

"Blue tees!" I still remember...

Co-worker in the 70's

July 26, 2021

You will always be remembered for your ultimate sacrifice.

Major Mike Hathaway
Marietta Police

April 29, 2021

On this 34th anniversary of your untimely departure I reiterate words from my previous reflection to let you know you’ll never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 3, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 12, 2020

I grew up admiring this big left hander,with a smile that was a mile wide! He went to Bluffton College where my father recruited him to play golf. Dad was the golf coach and golf professional at the club he owned in Bluffton.Harvey worked at the club and lived with us for awhile. He was a part of our family .I traveled with the team and always knew Dad would have him share a room with us,he was a big brother I looked up to!! Thought I would know you all my are still here in my heart brother.

Dave Shute

June 12, 2020

Harvey was my next door neighbor on Cascade Road when I moved to Atlanta after college in 1984. I enjoyed his companionship and camaraderie as we would drive around the West End in his green MG convertible (that my aunt taught him to drive the stick shift) soaking up the sun and vibe of Atlanta in those days.
He reintroduced me to some amazing jazz that he had on vinyl - music I had not heard since I was a little girl. He also introduced me to his sisters and I felt very welcomed by them as I was close to their ages. We picnicked as a group at Piedmont Park.
Harvey was like a big brother to me at a time in my life that I really needed one. I think of him often.

Cherie Johnson

July 11, 2019

I worked with Harvey at Ridgeview Institute in Smyrna Ga - he was a very good person and friend - when he became a police officer at Marietta PD I thought for sure that he would eventually become Chief - God Bless Harvey and his family

Steve Morse

January 3, 2019

I just recently heard of Harvey being murdered in the line of duty. I was a co-worker and friend at Bluffton Golf Course. I have wonderful memories of golfing with Harvey. I even caddied for him in a couple of tournaments. The big left-hander was a very good golfer. I still remember his laugh and his sense of humor. Harvey was a kind and gentle man. Prayers for his family and friends. He was taken from us much too soon.

Rob Young (Major, retired)

October 3, 2015

RIP Officer Harvey Adams. We think of you often as we walk past your memorial in our lobby here at the PD. We are saddened that your career and life were cut short. We continue the fight against evil in your honor.

Detective Mark Erion
Marietta Police Department

September 2, 2015

The same with my daughter and me . He had such an impact on her when she was only about 6 years old - teaching her about tolerance and diversity in small Pandora Ohio! She posted a tribute to him a few days ago on Facebook.
He was a wonderful friend - I was thinking about how he introduced me to the Parliaments and Funkadelic! Great times, good memories, which I hold close to my heart when I remember Harvey.
I have a niece who lives in D.C. so I am going to ask her to visit the memorial and send me a picture.
We will never let heroes like Harvey be forgotten.

Jennifer McDougall

December 29, 2014

Jennifer, I was previously unsure whether this was the same Harvey Adams I worked with at the Bluffton Golf Club. I don't know why I thought about him today. I guess you never forget good friends, do you.

David Mohr

December 28, 2014

Harvey was a dear, close friend of mine at Bluffton College, Ohio in the 1970's. My daughter and I were in conversation remembering him tonight. Seeing his face again on this site is a blessing.

Jennifer McDougall

December 26, 2014

Harvey will never be forgotten! He was a great officer and is greatly missed.

Patti Craft

December 5, 2014

I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!

My prayers continue to be with your family, friends and co-workers.


Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

March 17, 2014

My wife and I mailed our No Parole letter today. God bless your family.

Special Agent #8268
US Homeland Security Investigations, Phoenix, AZ

March 13, 2014

You will never be forgotten as true heroes never die. Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement and for keeping us safe.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 3, 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 27th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged 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 Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 28, 2013

Rest in Peace, Officer Adams. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 1, 2012

As a young patrol officer, I was once asked how I liked the game of policing. Well, it was in the Harvey Adams tragedy that I found policing not to be a game. For me, losing Harvey removed the images and glitz of glory and replaced it with a strong sense of honor and pride. And 23 years later, though retired, the feeling has never left.

I thought about Harvey every time I walked through the department lobby and saw his picture on our wall, and I've remembered him many times since. And not just Harvey but of all of you who have given so much for me and my family.

You are my heroes.

Greg Bettis
Marietta Police Department, Retired

Greg Bettis, Retired
Marietta Police Department

February 4, 2008

Thinking of easy brother.

Roger Bell
Gwinnett County Police (GA)

December 18, 2007

"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

October 10, 2007

Just a note to say that you are not forgotten. Thanks for your service to us all.

Doug Teachworth
Lynnwood, WA PD

July 20, 2007

Heroes and the sacrifices they make will never be forgotten. Officer Adams, you are a hero and you are not forgotten.

Salem, Va

December 12, 2006

"Blessed are the peace makers, for they will be called sons of God" Matthew 5:9

Traffic Enforcement Unit
Marietta, Georgia Police Department

July 3, 2006

~~~When Tomorrow Starts Without Me~~~

When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see; If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did today, while thinking of the many things we didn't get to say. I know how much you love me, as much as I love you, and each time you think of me I know you'll miss me too; But when tomorrow starts without me, try to understand, that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand, and said my place was ready in Heaven far above, and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love. But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye, for all my life, I'd always thought I didn't want to die. I had so much to live for and so much yet to do, it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you. I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad, I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had. If I could relive yesterday, I thought, just for a while, I'd say good-bye and kiss you and maybe see you smile. But then I fully realized that this could never be, for emptiness and memories would take the place of me. And when I thought of worldly things I'd miss come tomorrow, I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow. But when I walked through Heaven's gates, I felt so much at home. When God looked down and smiled at me, From His great golden throne, He said, "This is eternity and all I've promised you. Today for life on earth is past but here it starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last, and since each day's the same day, there's no longing for the past. But you have been so faithful, so trusting and so true. Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn't do. But you have been forgiven and now at last you're free, so won't you take my hand and share my life with me?" So when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart, for every time you think of me, I'm right there in your heart.

January 6, 2005

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