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Officer David Henry Reese

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, February 28, 1970

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Reflections for Officer David Henry Reese

Officer Reese,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 28, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you Hero and your family for your sacrifice and service to this country. Always remembered.

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

February 28, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Reese.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 27, 2019

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 27, 2016

Uncle David I might have been young when you passed , but I have have so many memories of you. I remember your love and smile for everyone. The day you passed forever changed our family. I not only lost an Uncle..I also lost an Aunt and cousin. My grandma lost her son and mom and uncles lost a brother... So many loses...please make sure to tell your police officers how much you appreciate them and the sacrifice they make. Jeff if you read this please know that you have been you Uncle David and please give Mom a hug from me.

Ms Beverly Bagley

December 26, 2015

My name is Jeff Reese-son of David Reese. I served from 1985-2005 as a Police Sergeant with the Gainesville Police Department in Gainesville Florida. There is not a day that passes that I dont think about my father and his sacrafice. He died when I was 6 years old. I always missed him in my life but understand the calling. I salute him and all the men and women who serve with a selfless commitment to our communities, country, families, and citizens who we dont touch or whom may not realize we exist. God bless our npublic servants...god bless the USA!!!

Sergeant Jeff Reese- retired
My father

December 4, 2015

My name is Jeff Reese- I am the son of David Reese. I served as a police officer from 1984 to 2005 in Gainesville Florida. I had a great and fulfilling career. I retired in 2005. My father instilled someithing in me, at 7 years old, that im not sure i really understood. I have been rather silent for many years, out of respect for my father and the very difficult profession for which we served.... and that many people just dont understand. It is difficult to understand the challenges facing our men and women in law enforcement. They do so out of pride, dignity, and a true love for our community. I am approaching the latter pert of my life and i daily watch mass shootings, terrorist activities, of which local law enforcement handles with unbelievable skill, tactics and compassion. God bless the men and women who find the calling, compassion and bravery to serve, protect and defend our communities. God bless my father....who gave all!! There is not a day that passes that I dont miss him and salute him for his service, bravery and sacrfice.

Sergeant Jeff Reese- retired
My father

December 3, 2015

David I never knew you here on this earth but I know I will meet you in Heaven. I am a member of C.O.P.S. Northeast Florida Chapter and I am keeping your memory alive. You will never be forgotten as long as I am alive. I wish other family members would join Michael (your baby brother) and my family in attending the support group. Our son Duane and you would have been a team as Duane is so much like you and when his boys see your picture on the Fallen Officers Wall, Ethan actually said that's my Daddy. Duane favors you David and that makes me proud because you were a true American Hero. Duane works for Jacksonville Fire and Rescue. Your passoniate love for others was passed on to our son. See you on the other side Brother.

Marilyn Reese

January 10, 2014

David, I truly miss you. As a Big Brother you were the best. and I'll never forget the good times we had growing up. I was proud to be your brother. it has been 43 years since you died, I last saw you alive 45 years. I have a son named after you and dad, and he is now 33 . Thanks for the memories.

Robert W. Reese

April 30, 2013

Continue to rest in peace Officer Reese, we will never forget...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

February 28, 2013

Thanks for your services.


February 28, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd 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
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 28, 2012

We will never forget.. HEROES live forever, and you sir are a hero. Continue to rest in peace Officer Reese.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

February 28, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us and you sir are one of them. Continue to rest in peace.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


February 28, 2011

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1

You are never forgotten

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


February 28, 2009



February 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 13, 2007

Rest in Peace Motorman. You are not forgotten.

Motor Officer Danny Johnson
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

February 28, 2007

I was a small child when I lived down the street from Deputy Reese. I remember distinctly how awe inspiring it was for him to stop and talk with us when he was in uniform on his way to work. I also remember the sorrow when he was killed. You never really know who or how much you may inspire someone by your simple acts of kindness. Deputy Reese will continue his work as long as he lives on in my memory and I strive to make the same kind of impression on another child that he made on me. Rest in peace my childhood hero ...

Anderson County Sheriffs Office, SC

May 6, 2005

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