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Police Officer Jerry Lawrence Riley

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, June 18, 1974

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Reflections for Police Officer Jerry Lawrence Riley

Officer Riley,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Houston. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

June 18, 2024

Officer Riley, You are not forgotten by the men and women who currently work in Massachusetts law enforcement. RIP

Mike Kane
Retired Detective, Boston Police Dept.

June 18, 2023

I was just the little kid that lived next door. My Dad Tommy was a friend and a fellow HPD cop. I remember our families building their houses together in Alvin. Mr Riley was always nice to me. He even gave me a forged metal shop project that he did in high school. I still have it today.
Their daughter was still a baby. I remember praying for him with my mom after his accident. It was one of my first experiences with death and I have thought of the Mom and Daughter 10,000 times. I look back on it now that I am more than twice the age that he was when he passed and it still leaves me wondering why.
He was a good man trying to serve his community. I will always remember him. I still drive by those two houses and always remember Jerry Riley.
If the daughter wants the shop project that he gave me as a kid I would gladly return it.
[email protected]

Robert Baber
Next Door Neighbor -Alvin, TX

June 2, 2022

Dear Dad, on this 45th anniversary of your death I want you to know that you are still in my thoughts everyday. Today in my town they lost their first police officer in the towns history. When I read the news I know you were with me. Even though I never got to know you I have always been so proud of you. Thank you for all your guidance from heaven. If it wasn’t for you I would not be who I am today.


June 18, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Riley.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 23, 2019

I will always love you my dear cousin and I am grateful for your humble service to the citizens in Houston. I will never forget the horrible news of your accident and death, leaving behind your family and your baby girl. I remember watching in awe at the long lines of your Family in Blue that came to honor you. We will always miss you and I know your mom still longs to see you again.
I am trying to help your sweet mother that has suffer so much loss in her life. I pray that some of your family in Blue will reach out to help her rebuild after her home flooded and is inhabitable. I know you are watching over her from Heaven and one day we will see each other again! Please watch over your second cousin Zachary now serving as you did in Richardson. What an honor to know such selfless servants as you and Zachary personally.

Sarah Stelzer

March 7, 2018

Rest in Peace Police Officer Jerry Lawrence Riley. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Houston, Texas

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

June 18, 2016

Jerry was a good man and although I did not know him well, his reputation was what I remember. Jerry was in ROTC and everyone talked about him. Jerry even pulled me over one night, his voice I will never forget.

Bob Drury

September 22, 2015

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 18, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th anniversary year 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both their pain and pride are forever.

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

November 26, 2012

Rest in peace, Officer Riley. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Houston and the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

June 18, 2012

Officer Riley, you have not been forgotten.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

July 16, 2010

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the year that I was hired. While it's been many years since your passing, I'm sure those you left behind and those whom with you served with distinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thank you for your service and for looking out for us who continue in our chosen profession. Rest in peace Officer Riley.

Sgt. Robert Mau Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 17, 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

February 13, 2008



October 4, 2007

Still remembered ,still honored.

June 17, 2006

Officer Riley,
On today, the 31st anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Houston.


June 18, 2005

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