Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Henry Skrabek

Bureau County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, March 27, 1977

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Joseph Henry Skrabek

47 years ago, and seems like yesterday . You would be proud of our three children, We’ve had our bumps in this life, but they all have turned out to be Wonderful adults. I know in life there are no what if, but what if? You hold a piece of our hearts and you will forever be with us.

Linda Skrabek-Saliba

March 27, 2024

It's almost been 47 years since you left us. I think of you often and at times talk to you. So many things would have been different if you were still here but we are all doing fine. Thank you for serving your community. The loss never goes away but know that we miss and love you!

Your daughter.......

Tina Fritzinger

March 19, 2024

Deputy Sheriff Skrabek's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 7-20-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan

July 21, 2016

Rest in Peace, Deputy Skrabek. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 21, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th 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 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.

I pray for solace for 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.

Rest In Peace.

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

March 27, 2012

Deputy Skrabek, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

March 27, 2010


Van Den Berghe

February 26, 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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 30, 2007

Deputy Skrabek, It's been 30 yrs and your are not forgotten.

Brother in Blue
Retired (IL)

March 27, 2007

Deputy Sheriff Skrabek,
On today, the 28th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Bureau County.


March 27, 2005

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