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Trooper Raymond L. Hawn

Washington State Patrol, Washington

End of Watch Wednesday, January 17, 1990

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Reflections for Trooper Raymond L. Hawn

Trooper Hawn l,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Washington. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 17, 2020

Hard to believe it has been that many years. I worked with Ray in the greater North Bend area for several years. Had him as my backup MANY times. He probably saved my butt more times than I want to remember, and in the process taught me skills that helped me an others last until a safe retirement. He was a Big Guy ( and I am 6'2" ) with a smile and a big heart. Rest in peace my friend, as Ray pronounced it "Sem fwun".

Steve Kometz, Patrolman
King County Police (later Sheriff)

January 17, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22ndanniversary 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.

Your memory will always be honored and revered for time never diminishes respect. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

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

January 17, 2012

I knew Ray from the time I was very young to the time of his passing. A better trooper nor a better human being has never nor will ever exist in my opinion. When I was a troubled teenager Ray talked to me as a friend, many things he said convinced me to change my life for the better. I was on the east coast when I learned of his passing and the tears began to flow, 20 years later when I think of Ray the tears still flow. Ray was a big man with an even bigger heart. Rest In Peace my friend, I Miss You


April 26, 2010

Trooper Hawn, please continue to keep an eye on your brothers and sisters in WA. Its been tough up there. God Bless you and your family.

SSA Ellen Pierson

March 17, 2010

On the 20th anniversary of Trooper Hawn's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Trooper Hawn is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

January 17, 2010

Thank you trooper Hawn, you have not been forgotton.


Emory - Arlington, WA
brother of Ferry County WA Undersheriff Matthew J Lane, EOW 5/30/2003

January 17, 2010

Two decades have passed but you have not been forgotten. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones. You are a true hero.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

January 17, 2010

You were a great person to me when you pulled me over one day between Sunnyside and Grandview. I know you were ready to shot me me when you seen me" I had just got off my job in a beef packing house and was in rush get home I was covered In dry blood". You had told me I had a break light out and I need get that fixed. You talk with me for 20 min about the safety. Well I took those words with me all my life and threw the marine corps and I pass them on to my young Marines also so even if you are gone you are still saving lifes.

gunney lawson
some one he pulled over

July 19, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 29, 2008



January 6, 2008

I had the privilege to work with Ray in Seattle. Many of us attended his wedding reception. Ray was a BIG man with a BIG heart. He always had a smile for everyone, and was always ready to lend a hand. When I heard Ray had been killed, all I could think was, “not Ray, it must have been someone else!” But, sadly, it was Ray. He was sorely missed by all of us who knew him. Reflecting back, one has to ask, “Why was such a great guy taken and others of us allowed to survive and retire?” Guess the only answer would be that GOD had use for such a person in heaven. Rest well my friend!

Trooper/Retired Joe Walterscheidt #617
Washington State Patrol

Though I am not a law enforcment officer I had known Ray all my life. He was the best,A damn good officer & a better person. Many of us knew Ray as a friend. As a Washington State Trooper he was a professional who cared deeply for his job. His death was a loss to all who knew him. Many officers could have learned from him. He is missed

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