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Corporal Paul I. Almer

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, April 12, 1989

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Reflections for Corporal Paul I. Almer

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven RizzoDelaware State Police (Retired)

April 12, 2021

Jesus Christ proclaimed, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed Independent Christian Clergy
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

February 22, 2021

I didn't know you when you died, but I grieved with my friend and your fiance, Linda just the same. Thank you Sir for your service to your country and the ultimate sacrifice in service to the citizens of Pennsylvania. You join my grandfather, Alan Osman Warren who gave his life as a Deputy Sheriff Motorman in Florida so many year ago. Rest in Peace, Paul. We thank you and remember you.

Alan C. Warren

October 25, 2020

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice are forever remembered by your fellow law enforcement.

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

August 29, 2020

Rest in peace Coporal Almer.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 23, 2020

To my youngest uncle, your family misses you and your shenanigans. I know you are not alone, you are with 2 of your brothers, your sister and your parents. Not a day goes by that I do not reflect on something you said or did. You were and are loved.

Cheryl Wallace

August 8, 2019

Cpl. Almer,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served with with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

April 12, 2019

I haven't thought of you since 1973. I googled your name today The news of your tragic and untimely death came up. I read it three times before I accepted it was you. I've shed many tears since and found myself walking around talking to you.

We met just before you shipped out to Vietnam. I went there awhile ago and saw their museum to the war and went in the jungle and saw one of their camps and what you were up againt. It's a lovely museum and I she a tear or two when I saw the Huey.

Wow ! All those letters and care packages - everyday I'd go to my mail box and often there was your letter. You always treated me with so much respect. You were stellar at that! I'm flooded with wonderful memories. I've notice no one mentioned you were awarded the bronze and silver stars so I will.

I'm saddened by your tragic, young death. I take comfort in knowing you were well respected in your profession and had found the woman you wished to marry.

I'll end with your favorite quote - If your not making waves, your standing still. When you were in Nam I made a wall hanging with that embrodered on it, a package you never got.

Rest in peace. Paul. Love, Margaret


November 23, 2015

Dear Paul, Miss U a lot. You were a great friend and were a good guy. We all had fun over the years golfing, Jakes Bar, etc. I wish you were still with us, but you WILL NOT be forgotten. Kim and I think about you everytime I see or hear a PSP copter. I will see you when I pass away, and we will start partying again. Take care.
The Dave Boyle klan

David Boyle (Sgt Ret.)
Willistown Twp PD

August 25, 2015

Cpl. Almer,
On today, the 26th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 12, 2015

Paul was my room mate in flight school. It saddens me to read of his death. We had some good times together

US Army Retired

January 30, 2015

It has been 22 years and I love you as much as I did that day. I still think of times in my life as before you, when you were alive and after your death. You made me the happist and the saddest that I have ever been in my life. Loosing you was the single most defining moment in my life, just one month before our wedding, it was not just the loss of you but of all our future plans and the possiblity of children. You would have made such a great Dad. You are still in my thoughts and prayers and I still struggle to understand why God took you away from me. You made me laugh. I still feel the pain of loosing you and have never found anyone that I could love the way that I loved you, my soul-mate, my best friend and my love. As I had inscribed in the wedding band that was ready for you "Yesterday, Today and Forever".

Linda Murphy

May 5, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 12, 2010

After 20 years I still miss all the fun the four of us had. Rest in Peace my friend until we meet again.

Jim McCracken

January 15, 2010

God bless all brothers who have made that ultimate sacrifice.

Cpl. Mark George
Pa. State Police Pilot

August 1, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twentieth 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 12, 2009

Thankyou for your service TROOPER ALMER. You are a hero who is remembered today and everyday. You will never be forgotten


February 1, 2009

Corporal Paul J. Almer,

The circumstances of your death demonstrate the perils inherent in our duties as law officers. We shared much in our backgrounds, as state troopers, as army reservists, and as friends. While you maintained much experience as a helicopter pilot, having proven yourself in flying over the jungles of Viet-Nam, the forces of nature had their way. None of us can be assured that we will ever see tomorrow's sunrise. Your dedication to the citizens of our country and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a combat pilot and a law officer have brought you honor. To have died in service to others makes you a hero. As a fellow law officer of the Commonwealth and a veteran of the United States Uniformed Forces I render you a final salute.

Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza (Ret.)
Pennsylvania State Police

August 4, 2008

May you always rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

April 12, 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 23, 2008

It has been 18 years since you have left us my brother. Your loss is still with all of your friends. Ironicly, on the 18th anniversary of your death, I lost another close brother, Agent Barry Lee Bush, FBI, Newark, He was buried on your 18 th anniversary, April 12, 2007. When I am with the brothers, everytime we see a helicoptor, we salute you. Look after my brother Barry.

You will never be forgotten Paul
Jaime DeAngelo

Judge James DeAngelo
Ret. North Coventry Police

July 15, 2007

Thank you for your service and courage. A hero never dies.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

October 3, 2006

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

April 12, 2005

May the memory of your service, heroism and sacrifice remain forever. We are proud of you and thankful for all of your service. May God bless you and your family.
Rest in Peace Brother.............

Pennsylvania State Police

February 19, 2004

I am a Pennsylvania State Trooper. A soldier of the law. To me is entrusted the honor of the force. I must serve honestly, faithfully, and if need be, lay down my life as others have done before me, rather than swerve from the path of duty. It is my duty to obey the law and to enforce it without any consideration of class, color, creed, or condition. It is also my duty to be of service to anyone who may be in danger or distress, and at all times so conduct myself that the honor of the force may be upheld.

My brother, your memory goes on with the fellow Troopers who recite and live these words.

The Pennsylvania State Police

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