Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper William Gaines Andrews, Jr.

Georgia State Patrol, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, May 8, 1977

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Reflections for Trooper William Gaines Andrews, Jr.

Always remembered brother

Judge /Magistrate Sheridan (Danny) Lynn
Former S.C. Highway Patrol

May 8, 2021

Andy, our granddaughter turned 15 last month and she was over the moon! It will be up to Matt to teach her to drive as Donna is just too nervous. She already has her car picked out. You look down on all this, ok? Oh, and Matt let her invite a boy over the other Sat. She absolutely loves UGA football. They take the camper to as many games as possible and park next to Neal and his wife.


October 13, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family members of Trooper Andrews. May his soul rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Tom Webb, Retired
New York State Police

January 26, 2018

Rest easy brother

Judge /retired SC Trooper Danny Lynn
Aiken County, SC

May 8, 2017

I will miss you forever...Sandi


November 4, 2015

My father, former sheriff of Talbot County (1964-76) Jeff Hendricks,thought
the world of you. When the phone rang that morning I answered and was saddled with chore of telling him. Later I rode with to the site and he was clearly so upset but had nothing to hit,kick or scream at. While he was walking he found a set of handcuffs next to the tree. I never knew what he did with them but I'm certain he did the right thing as he always did. He went to your funeral and later said he had never seen so many "Big Hat Boys" in one place. You were a favorite "Big Hat Boy" to him. We lost Daddy in 2009. I followed in his footsteps and was an officer in Dekalb County for 20 years. I buried my father with my badge in his pocket and I worn his sheriff badge with black tape covering it on my jacket.i know you two have caught up with each other by now. Y'all try to stay outta trouble and always know you are both heroes in my eyes.

Ret. Det. Jane Hendricks
Dekalb police

August 26, 2015

I teach your beautiful granddaughter. She is smart and sweet and is carrying on your legacy. You would be very proud of your son and his family. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. My sister is an LEO. God bless those who serve and protect....always willing to pay the ultimate price.


March 27, 2013

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

May 8, 2012

Rest in Peace, Trooper Andrews. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 30, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 26, 2007

May you rest in peace and may your loved ones be ever blessed.

May 8, 2007

Andy, your son has grown into a fine man, you would be very proud. He is married and has a little girl who is a year old and he is a wonderful father. We have told him all about you. It will be 30 years in May and you are still missed.

September 17, 2006

Rest in Peace Sir.

May 8, 2006

Trooper Andrews, you are not forgotten

May 8, 2005

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