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Officer Steven Ross Pinkelton

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, July 26, 1978

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Reflections for Officer Steven Ross Pinkelton

My late husband and I were friends with Steve and we had seen him at some go-kart races on White bridge Road and he was talking about his engagement and going to get married and looking so forward to it and within a month he was dead. We are still heartbroken
Maggie Bennett

Margaret O Bennett
Friends with my late husband they went to school together

June 20, 2022

You worked off duty at fairpark where my family worked I was 11 when I met you,we use to make up funny names for people from their initials,I was so heart broken when I was told what happen I miss you to this day


March 11, 2022

I am unsure what made me think of this at this time of morning, but he was dating my older sister at the time, and was always so kind to us little kids when he was he was at our house. It was so sad when he died. Rest in peace. Kathy


April 18, 2020

RIP, Officer Steven Ross Pinkelton will never ever be forgotten.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

July 10, 2019

Officer Steve will always be in my heart. He was assigned as my sitter to keep me out of trouble while serving as security at our high school basketball and football games, Maplewood, and was one my father's coaches for the pee wee football leagues for the inner city youth. My father was his Captain William Bodenhamer, I remember the phone call my father received that dreadful day. I still have tears for the loss. He was a great man and did keep me out of trouble. He was one the kindest people I ever met. I remember the smile and jovial disposition. I miss him.

Lynell Gray
Capt. William D. Bodenhamer (daughter)

July 8, 2019

A Hero not forgotten; we Honor you Sir.

Yoli Trujillo
Retired Officer, Corpus Christi, Tx

July 26, 2018

My brother Officer Steven Pinkelton died July 27,1978. I hope people remember the man he was. He severed in Vietnam received a Bronze Star. He loved being an Officer he loved helping kids to like the police. Please don't forget him, he gave his life to protect us.

Carol McKnight

July 28, 2017

Rest in peace Officer Pinkelton. Nashville and its citizens won't forget your integrity and honor.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 26, 2017

when I first met you I was 15 and I lied and told I was 18 and I just remember you laughing at me because you knew I had lied. I just remember your kindness and that precious smile. You have never been forgotten, I have the hope of one day seeing you again. I am so sorry I never got to say good-bye. God Bless those you left behind.

Desi Smith

April 25, 2017

I first met you when you were delivering the Nashville Tennessean to our home on Essex Place. You drove that cute little blue convertible sports car. I would watch for you every afternoon so we could talk while you rolled your newspapers. You loved Kenny Rogers and you bought me my first Kenny Rogers and the First Edition record album. You were one of the sweetest guys I had ever met. When I went to work at the Shoney's on Harding Place, there you were working security as a Metro Police officer.
You have never left my heart. At a very young age I met a young man that I felt all men could learn that loved his family and friends with all his heart. One that treated women special. I love and miss you Steve. I know you are in heaven and I find comfort in knowing I will see you again one day.

March 17, 2015

Friend, Sherrie Johnson

March 17, 2015

Remembering you on your birthday.


March 13, 2015

When God sent His angels to bring you home He had His reasons. someday we will be able to ask why; but for now we offer our prayers for peace and comfort to those left behind. RIP Brother.

SMSgt (USAF-Retired) Ed Keeney
USAF Security Police

February 19, 2015

You won't be forgotten Officer Steven Pinkelton. Your service was and still is appreciated. Thank you!

Cpl. B. Schiffman
Chubbuck Police Dept.

February 19, 2015

Rest in Peace my brother of the badge! May God bless your Family, Friends and Department. My "No Parole" letter went out this morning. The POS who shot you should rot in Prison. Thank you so much for your service.

Bob Reed, Retired Police Officer
South Lake Tahoe Police Department

February 18, 2015

You gave the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Nashville. We thank & honor you on this day. Your Memorial Page has been posted on several Metro/Nashville Police Dept.'s Social Media sites in remembrance of your honor and dedication. You Are Not Forgotten.

Retired Sgt. Vernon Teague
Metro/Nashville P.D.

July 26, 2014

its been a long time my friend since you and I, jane. Margaret and Karen paled around together. I wish you had come back to our apartment. what a horrible shock that was. I wish you had had a chance to defend yourself, I know from practicing with you at the range you could have. you wanted me to join the force but I had other ideas but my son did, how bout that. rest well my friend


June 12, 2014

Remembering my high school years. Steven was always around the school and at our football games. Always with a smile. WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.

Pam Street Bagwell

May 22, 2014

Steve is my first cousin and I will remember he always was so proud and happy. MISSED but NOT forgotten! !!!!

mike Pinkelton

February 3, 2012

you are missed.
you were such a good person. My entire family loved you as well--best regards

my daughter is --40 --today
-- she was --4- when we met-


January 17, 2012

Always remembered. God bless and keep the streets paved with gold ready for us.


April 5, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd 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 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. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 26, 2010

Steve, You were taken to soon! You were a kind friend to me. I still think of you and I remember you. I wish I'd been given the chance to know you better. I'll never forget when and where I was when I had learned what happened to you. I was shocked! I missed you when you didn't stop by and see me. I want you and your fellow officers to know that you are still thought about and remembered! The day you were taken from us was a day I'll never forget. I can't wait to see you again! Angie

A Special Friend

July 19, 2010

Hello Steve,

I suppose I'm wordy guy who has no trouble expressing himself,... until it comes to personal feelings. I was on-duty that final night you were standing in line on West End to order dinner. Nothing I can say or write can express what I felt then, and now.

It did always bother me that you never had a photo on this memorial site, so I found an old grainy image of you in uniform and submitted it. Maybe it will be up soon.

Until then, you take care. Maybe we'll meet again one day in Valhalla where we can laugh about the old days together and catch each other up on the news. The shadows are growing longer for those of us you left behind.


January 23, 2009

"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 30, 2008

It seems just like yesterday that we were riding together on our way to the Police Academy, wearing the gray uniforms for recruits of 1972. It's been quite a while but you are still missed by everyone. I'm retired now and I know your doing your part in keeping heaven safe for us all.
Your friend,

Sgt. Walter Hughes
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

July 6, 2007

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