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Patrolman Charles Grady Sheppard

Anderson Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, April 20, 1975

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Reflections for Patrolman Charles Grady Sheppard

I have just Retired from the Anderson County Sheriffs Office back in January 2022 {32 !/2 yrs Service]. I have heard of Officer Sheppard thru the years and his story of how he passed. He gave his life protecting the citizens of Anderson City. Thank you sir for your service on the 47th Anniversary of your passing. Never forgotten!!!

Retired Deputy Jerry Brown
Anderson County Sheriff"s Office. Retired.

April 20, 2022

Rest in peace.


April 20, 2022

As a recently retired LEO, I know I am blessed to have made it to this point. To Patrolman Sheppard’s family, my condolences.

Sgt. Dan Fuller
Greenville Police Dept.

June 10, 2021

Rest in peace Patrolman Sheppard.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 5, 2021

I was 10 years old when this happened. My dad was an Anderson PD officer. My dad Charles Broome had just been relieved from his shift by officer Sheppard. I remember dad getting a call and having to return to work to investigate. I remember thinking why would anyone want to hurt a police officer. Officer Sheppard had always been so kind when I visited the station. He had a wife , and kids around my age. It was devastating for the whole community. After that, there was always a fear when my dad went to work that had not been there before. Our innocence was gone. Thanks to all of the officers that serve and protect, even at the risk of their own lives.❤

My father served with Charles Sheppard @APD

September 24, 2020

Patrolman Sheppard, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 20, 2019

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered,

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

April 20, 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

November 16, 2007

My Daddy is served 28yrs. with the Anderson City Police Dept. Traffic Division T-4

I was 15yrs old when this happened. I can still feel the quiver in my stomach when I think about it.

My Dad, CC {Winky} Chambers came home from his shift told Mama about the crash, Charles Sheppard and Daddy were very close. But not long before this Mama was fixing dinner, hot-dogs, Daddy always came home at 6:30 for supper, but instead that night we received a call from the Captian saying that Daddy had been hit by a "drunk driver". That was the WORST "supper time" of my life!

Daddy and his partner were both slung to the back seat, they were knocked unconcious. when they awoke they crawled out the back window just seconds before the vechile exploded.

We don't talk about the crash, but the memory of the pain and vision of the photographs are still there tucked away in the back of our minds.

So you see that everytime I here of an officer dying my heart hurts and I get a "quivery" sick feeling in the pit of my stomach! But, at the same time I am SO VERY thankful that my Daddy got to come home that night.

So I Pray that the Lord Blesses all The Officers and their
oved ones, also gives them strength, and bring them home safetly.

Thank you,
Celina Chambers-Dutton
September 15, 2006

Celina Chambers-Dutton
My Father is retired from Amderson PD

September 15, 2006

Thank you for your service to the citizens of Anderson and the State of South Carolina. Rest in peace my brother. May God continue to bless you and your loved ones.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

April 20, 2006

I was only 13 years old when you were killed. I could not concieve of how anyone would intentionally want to harm a Police Officer.

When I came to work at the A.P.D. in 1988 I saw your picture on the wall. Everyone I spoke with that worked with you had very fond memories to share.

Thank God we have not lost anymore since you were killed. I only pray it stays that way.

Your memory will continue to be honored. Thank You

Sgt. Wes Barnes - Patrol Division
Anderson Police Dept. Anderson, S.C.

July 9, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace. God bless.

September 29, 2004



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