Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff George T. Rice

Lyon County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

End of Watch Friday, June 1, 1984

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff George T. Rice

Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 24, 2020

Began my career in Law Enforcement in December 1981 as a tribal officer and frequented the Lyon County area were we "interacted" with the deputies many times. George was one who never looked down on me because I was a "tribal officer" and he assisted on calls without hesitation. When he was killed, I was with the Mineral County Sheriff's Department in Hawthorne, NV and we were ready to rush over and help out. Unfortunately we could not have aided George like he used to aid us. Rest in Peace Senor... "To those who remember, you shall live forever."

Anthony Lessard, COP
Las Vegas Paiute Tribe

October 27, 2018

A great friend - a great skiing companion -and great hunting friend Wish we could still hunt jack rabbits together and wish our kids still knew each other.

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Ca - Brian Miller
Douglas County

May 28, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 1, 2015

Because of this incident, our department formed the 1st SWAT team for our county, 30 years ago. As today's SWAT commander, we continue our drive forward with George in the back of our minds.
Rest in peace, sir.

Lieutenant Abel Ortiz
Lyon County Sheriff's Office

February 20, 2015

I have laid down my life in service to all of you.
I have been a part of the fabric that has held the line between your safety and your victimization. I have given my life so that others may live in peace. I have lived my life as a dedicated member of the greatest profession. There is no greater honor.

As I now become a part of the rich history of law enforcement, please remember me always for I have left behind those who loved and depended upon me.
My partners and my agency, please remember my family, their loss, and don’t let time soften your compassion for them.

You guard the gate now and I will continue my watch from above.


Doug Gist, Captain (ret) Washoe SO
Silver State National Peace Officers Museum

May 9, 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 28h 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

June 1, 2012

We were together that fateful day. I remember that you were concerned for my safety. I think of you every day. You were truly a best friend. I will never forget 438. Rest in pease my friend.

L Glock

L Glock

May 31, 2012

Thanks for your services, George.


February 22, 2012

"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 11, 2007

Your memorial plaque at Sheriff Smith's office reminds those of us young deputies who came along long after your passing of your sacrifice. Rest in peace.

Lyon County Sheriff's Office

December 15, 2006

George, I was a rookie when you died and will soon be retiring as Sheriff. Not many left here who served with you but a memorial plaque hangs at the door to my office where all who enter know of your sacrifice. We will never forget.


Sheriff Sid Smith
Lyon County Sheriff's Office

May 24, 2006

George after all these years I still think about our times at the 1975 Nevada Highway patrol Academy. Rest in peace, you're not forgotten.

S Hunt

March 19, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies.....

Rest in peace, hero.

September 28, 2004


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. No officer who gives his/her life for us need ever be forgotton. You died a hero; rest in peace.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

April 17, 2004

Rest in peace blue angel


October 23, 2003

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