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Sheriff Lelon D. "Red" Sizemore

Geneva County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, August 3, 1977

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Reflections for Sheriff Lelon D. "Red" Sizemore

Forty-seven (47) years have gone by and I miss my Daddy as much today as I did back then. Sheriff L. D. “Red” Sizemore’s last watch was August 3, 1977. Clyde Cade murdered my daddy, was sentenced to death, but died on death row after 25years due to cancer.
We dearly loved daddy and we miss him so very much. A great man who served Geneva County, AL for years and loved his job and the people so much!!

Dianne S. Whittle

April 6, 2024

My father was a Deputy in Dale County when this happened. He passed in 2000, I was looking thru a photo album of my father and found the newspaper clippings from this incident, I was young, but I remembered my dad talking about this. Just wanted to say thank for your years of service sir, god bless your family.

Retired Florida Deputy
Walton County So

March 1, 2024

Rest in peace Sheriff Sizemore.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 2, 2022

Rest in peace knowing that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 3, 2020

I can remember sheriff sizemore visting my grandfarther Jake Farris. Sometimes talking about things. We all thought very honerd to have him stop and visit with us. We respected sheriff Sizemore and was deepley saddend when he was killed. It was such a tragie happening. I can still remember seeing his patrol car outside and him and my grandad talking and laughing. The Law is one of the few things that stands for anything. Sheriff Siezmore did a great job of representing the Badge and what it means.

allen bundrick

July 3, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. I am privileged to post a reflection for you. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th 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 solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 27, 2013

We called him Uncle L.D. and every one that knew him called him Red. He was my father's uncle, so he would stop by to visit our home in Texas every now and then while on his way to visit his brothers around Liberty, TX. During one of these visits, my parents took him out to a nice seafood restaurant in Galveston. When it came time to return home he had to excuse himself. My father, sensing an opportunity, went into the bathroom and put his finger to his uncle’s back and in a lower than normal voice said “Don’t move”. Uncle L.D. almost had him on the bathroom floor before he realized it was a prank and stopped. My father was so amazed how well trained he was and he never tried that again.

Another story that I remember happening during one of his visits… Uncle L.D. had to sleep in the room with my little brother. One evening I heard a loud clap coming from the room every now and then. The next morning I asked my brother what was that noise all about and he responded that Uncle L.D. was snoring so loud that he couldn’t get to sleep, so he would clap every now and then to partially wake him up to stop the snoring. Of course the other side of the story happened later the next morning when Uncle L.D., while looking tired, complained to my grandmother (his sister) about this strange noise that would wake him up all night long and he didn’t know what it was.

Uncle L.D. and the rest of his siblings were orphaned at a young age being left to work very hard for various family members as they were growing up. This I am sure was why he turned out to be as good a person as he was. All his siblings were the salt of the earth and highly thought of by every one that knew them. I will miss him always.

Bill Vickers
He was my father's uncle

October 6, 2011

"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

July 11, 2007

Rest in Peace, Sheriff Sizemore. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 23, 2006

Sheriff Sizemore gave me a tour of the county jail when I was about 7 years old. He left a lasting impression on me and today I am a Deputy Sheriff in Geneva County. Even now when someone mentions Sheriff Sizemore they speak with great respect for him and his family.

Deputy Ben Berry
Geneva County Sheriff's Department

August 4, 2004

When I was growing up, you used to come to school and tell us about what policemen did. You told us about the dangers of drugs, and you always answered our questions. Because of you, we learned to trust policemen and had a very positive outlook of law enforcement. Thank you for all that you did for us.


March 10, 2004

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