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Police Officer Jeffrey Manning Phegley

Morrow Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, January 21, 1987

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Reflections for Police Officer Jeffrey Manning Phegley

I have visited this site many times, I never met you, don't know what it is maybe the same type of uniform that I wore when I was hired in 1977, the same hair style the sun glasses hanging off of the pocket, don't know but I do know this, it was the same determination to serve, I can see that!!. I gave my all for 20 years and retired, you gave your all and your life, we that survived all die a little when one of our own loses his/her life in the line of duty, I've been out 12 yrs now but a day doesn't go by that I don't reflect on the most valued 20 yrs. of my life. Thank You Officer Phegley for your unselfish service....

Patrolman(Ret.) Gary McCarty
Corning City Police NY

November 7, 2009

There is a petition going around in reference to your murderer's upcoming parole hearing. From what I've read he seems very confident he will be getting out in 2010. I hope and pray that doesn't happen and he at least stays behind bars for the rest of his days. I trust you are enjoying your new beat. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. Watch over those still on earth.

Monroe, OH PD

October 28, 2009

Jeff, I remember the day that you were killed in the line of duty. I was only 18 years old in High School. That incident made me so angry and sad. I decided that I wanted to make Law Enforcement a career and go after every bad guy that I could. I became a Cadet at the WCSO at 18 and then a Deputy at the age of 20. I patroled Warren County for many years there after. I thought of you every time that I drove through Morrow. Now, 22 years later, I'm an Investigator in South Daytona Fl. Jeff, I still think of that tragic day, but realize that you are in a much nicer and safer place.

God bless,


Investigator D Willey
South Daytona Police Department

March 10, 2009

It has been 21 years since your passing Jeff, and your friends still remember you no matter where life has taken us.

Gary Griffith,
Pinellas Park, FL

Gary L Griffith

April 29, 2008

Officer Phegley your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

April 18, 2008



January 13, 2008

You were certainly a young officer and I am sure you
weren't expecting to die so young. I am sure there is
still a void for your friends and family who have never
forgotten you. You deserved so much better Jeffrey and I am so sorry for your loss. You were highlighted on the
website today and it brought me to your page.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

January 4, 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

January 3, 2008

In January 1987, I was a young rookie police officer in Highland County, Ohio. I was on-duty when you lost your life. I remember the radio traffic as my partner and I worked that night. I remember all the emotions we felt.

It's now been 20 years and I still remember. I've since left law enforcement to pursue another career. My daughter lives near Morrow and I pass through often. Each time I pass through you always come to mind. I will always remember you and the sacrifice you made to protect and serve others.

I pray that God will continue to comfort your family.

June 25, 2007

Like so many others, after High School, I had lost touch. In school Jeff took law enforcement seriously. He even called the Secret Service on a Teacher when they said something negative about the President. I have laughed about that many times.

To loose you life so young with so much to contribute to society. Jeff will always be remembered fondly.

You have left postitive impact on so many. Your dedication to your community, state and country will always be remembered. Thank you.

Darwin Elliott

April 10, 2007


Its been a very long time since our days at the Norwood Police Acad. Everytime I drive into Morrow I think of you. I know god is with you and I'll see you again some day. Thank you for everything!


June 10, 2006

God's speed and rest in peace. You are not forgotten

SSgt S. Hager

April 7, 2006

Such a young man to have given his life so selflessly.May your family be comforted.

January 21, 2006

You are not forgotten...........

AZ Narc

November 29, 2005

You arrived at Morrow P.D after I had left and I did not know you,I can't help but remember when I used to patrol the same town and area that you did. I pray for yor family and all the other fallen officers of our great nation.

Former Patrolman Richard Perrine
Morrow Police Dept.

November 2, 2004

Though I never knew you I think of your horrible death when I patrol the location of your last traffic stop. I try and always drive by the park that was named after you as well. I also did a rubbing of your name when I first visited the police memorial in Washington D.C. 2000. Your spineless killer still sits in prison where he should until he dies and meets his maker. Watch over us all my brother. And may God continue to be with your family.

Dep. B. Kennard
Warren County Sheriff's Office, OH

October 8, 2004

My son was 35, your son was 22. I know that you think of him every day, even as I think of my son every day, even though the years have past they are never forgotten. God bless your family and may they continue to be strong and continue to think of all the good memories.
God bless.

August 1, 2004

While I never knew Officer Manning, I mourn his death even now as I learn about it. While the life he lived was tragically short, I'm sure it was wonderful, and filled with warm family and friends. I joined the NYPD at the same age as Jeff. He is my brother officer and I mourn his loss and I have the highest respect for him.

P.O. Graham Campbell
New York City Police Department

Though we only knew each other a short time I will never forget the last. Your family should be proud of you. I know your brothers and sisters are.


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