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Constable Lester Kenneth Setser

Decatur Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Tuesday, June 5, 1951

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Reflections for Constable Lester Kenneth Setser

I visited the Decatur Cemetery this past summer to honor my grandparents and aunts and uncles. Then I saw your memorial and it dawned on me that my dad also named Kenneth had mentioned you at one stage sometime back in the 1960s. I was too young to understand the significance of his words and then realized when I saw the headstone, that you and Jewel were my parents' friends. So...I honor you and your family. I left some flowers as they would have for you.

Amalie Jo Brown Orme

December 4, 2018

My great-grandfather was your assassin. I am very sorry for the events that transpired your untimely demise.


May 27, 2018

66 years today. Rest easy, Constable. We have the watch.

Officer Joel Foster
Greenville Technical College Police, SC

June 5, 2017

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 6, 2015


You now have a beautiful little Great-Great Granddaughter. Her name is Macie Nicole Starr and belongs to my Granddaughter Mikalah. I will make sure that she knows your name; what you stood for as well as what a wonderful man you were.

Today, June 5, 2015, you will finally be honored where you laid down your life in the service of Decatur residents. Even though it is sixty-four years later, I am pleased that your name will finally be remembered. You would be so very proud of Kenney as he worked tirelessly on making this come to pass, as well as his friend Val. There was a petition which many people signed, allowing the request to be brought forward to the Decatur City Council. The Mayor, as well as many others played a part in this action.

You gave it all Dad, and it is past time for your name and sacrifice to be honored. I pray that I do you proud today Daddy and keep my emotions in check. I know you are looking down Dad, please know that even though I am still waiting for my first hug I will always be your baby girl::))

Love ya Dad,

Baby Daughter

June 5, 2015

May You Rest In Peace Constable Setser
Thank-You for your service to your community & to your country......You Memory will always be honored & never forgotten. Your watch on earth ended June 5th, 1951 & began in Heaven the same day. You are a Hero.

Val Halliburton

October 19, 2013

I was a very little girl when this happened but grew up knowing that Kenneth was a special young man (a kind hearted hero), whose memory was cherished by his family and his community

Judith Ruhl Fowler
Family friend

July 25, 2013

My Dear Daddy,
I was thinking of you today and wondering what you would think of me and my life so far. I hope you would be proud. You have a fine
Son-in-law (Doug)' two fine Grandsons, Dustin (38) and Dominic (36) along with two Beautiful Great-Grandchildren, Mikalah (18) and
Damek (16).
You will never know how much you have been missed in my life. Seeing that I was less than three months from being borne when you were murdered, I will have to wait for that first hug until I get to be in Heaven with you someday.
Kenney and I are tight and stay in touch multiple times daily. He always has been and always will be my 'protector and' big brother. We will always be close.
I surely do wish you could be here with me today. Just wish you could know how much I have needed you in my life all these years.
Sending all my love to you in Heaven.
I love you with all my heart and soul Daddy!!
Love you,
(always will be your Baby Girl)

Brenda J. (Setser) Morriss
Daughter (borne 9/3/1951)

September 26, 2012

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 61rst 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 5, 2012

Rest in Peace, Constable Setser. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

June 14, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

August 6, 2007

Constable Setser,
On today, the 55th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your community, but for our Country as well when you served in the U.S. Army.



June 5, 2006

may you rest in peace my brother. god bless

p.o. birkenstock
village of monticello p.d.

August 5, 2004

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