Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sheriff James Albert Petray

Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Sunday, December 5, 1920

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Reflections for Sheriff James Albert Petray

Sheriff Petray,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Sonoma County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 5, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 5, 2017

I still have an invitation to your wedding. It belonged to my grandmother and later passed to my mother then to me. I believe we are relatives, possibly you are a great-great uncle of mine. If not family you were friends of my grandmother. In either case your story has touched my heart. You are in my thoughts and prayers and have been for some time now, you will not be forgotten. When I was no longer able to be a police officer ( due to injury) I taught high school for a year, I told many students your story...and will continue to speak of you to make sure you continue to live in our hearts forever....

Officer (retired) Jeri Delaney
Menlo Park PD

February 26, 2015

The fallen Sherrif, James Albert Petray, was my grandfather. I never met him, or my grandmother, Harriet. I am interested in listening to a "secret" voice tape of a man named "Barney" which, to me, would be a pivitol tale of his involvement in organizing a very select group of important individuals connected with the last hanging in California. The notorious "Howard Street Gang," met their end of days in a seculded cemetary. I have researched this tragedy to the fullest of my ability; however, i have "yet" to research this private tape iI mentioned above. Sincerely, Jeanne Anne Petray.

Grandaughter, and archivist.

March 11, 2014

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Your name and story will always be remembered.

Agent James Petray
Chula Vista PD/ great great grandson

April 23, 2013

Rest in Peace, Sheriff Petray. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 22, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the ninety-first anniversary 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 5, 2011

Sheriff Petray,
On today, the 89th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow officer for your service and sacrifice.



December 5, 2009

On the 87th anniversary of Sheriff Petray'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. Sheriff Petray is not forgotten.

Agent Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

December 5, 2007

No fellow California law enforcement personnel killed in the line-of-duty, should be forgotten.

Sheriff Petray, may Your Soul Rest-In-Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor

December 5, 2007

You are remembered todayand thank you Sir for your service, thankfully justice was q


December 3, 2007

We will always remember.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

December 5, 2006

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

Ofcr. Dan Winger

February 26, 2005

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