Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Stuart J. Searles

Sauk County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Sunday, June 10, 1984

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Reflections for Sergeant Stuart J. Searles

It’s hard to believe 38 years you have been gone my friend. I have such great memories made with you and your family. I can only imagine where your potential would have taken you. Rest assure you will always be in our hearts.

Terry Spencer. Lt-Retired
Sauk Co Sheriff and friend

June 11, 2022

Rest in peace Sergeant Searles.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 9, 2019

It was 32 years ago today that Sgt. Stuart James Searles crashed his helicopter...he was doing what he loved...flying and helping people. He was very good at both. Ya'll have heard this before...he was my mentor and my eldest brother. Always a man among men...a husband...a father...a cop...a Marine. He touched the lives of many and the souls of a few. I still miss him.

Ofc Steven C Coleman ret
Grand Blanc Twp Police

June 10, 2016

Oh my dear Jim, You are remembered and thought of every day. Your dedication to serving people and always doing your best is remembered and cherished by all who knew you and those fortunate to have crossed you path in life. I believe God called you to continue your good services in watching over all of us from above. I know you are proud of your children and grandchildren as you continue to guide with your loving heart. So many people respect, appreciate and honor you. With teary eyes, loving memories and my love, I send this hug and kiss.


February 13, 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 15, 2015

Dep. Searles....I have had the privilege of getting to know your daughter Connie on the Law Enforcement United bike ride the past two years. Amazing person. Thanks for your service!

Officer Ryan Peterson
Plymouth Police Department

May 14, 2015

My Dad was the FAA Investigator of this tragedy and remembers this with a heavy heart. We continue to keep Sgt Searles' family and friends in our prayers.

Dawn Schramm

March 28, 2015

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Retired Wisconsin L.E.O.

March 5, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 24th 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 the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

November 17, 2012

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

April 9, 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

February 22, 2008

Many things have transpired since your EOW, but time
has not diminished your service or sacrifice.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

June 10, 2007

Seeing this picture of you in the helicopter that took your life reminds me of being in that helicopter with you. I remember seeing yours and grandma's house from the air and how much they looked like toys. Stuart (Jim) Searles you are missed by family and friends.

John Duval

October 7, 2006

After all these years you are still remembered. I wont forget the times we had flying together.

Rich Sereg (retired)
Sauk County Sheriff's Dept

March 12, 2005

It has been 20 years since I have heard your voice and it is missed. So much has happened in those years that I wish you could have been a part of. You are truly missed Dad and I love you very much. I will always be your little girl.

Connie Searles Myers

June 11, 2004

Rest in peace, Sir. You are now watching from above with the rest of our HEROS.
Shirley Roberts-Aunt of Fallen Officer John Logan EOW-March 14, 2004

Shirley Roberts

June 10, 2004

Rest in peace deputy
You're gone but not forgotten

Walworth Co SO

December 19, 2003

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