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Vice Commander Martin E. Slater

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, February 21, 1981

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Reflections for Vice Commander Martin E. Slater

Vice Cmdr. Slater,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens Jacksonville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 21, 2021

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

Continue to rest in peace Vice Commander Slater, we will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made for all of us.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

February 21, 2013

Martin was married to my Step Grandfathers daughter. I remember how kind he was to me as a child. He had a wonderful family and hs wife "Skipper" was great too. I have often thought about his sons and his family.
Mike Rose

Mike Rose
family by marriage

July 8, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 31rst 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 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 solace for all those who 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 family for sharing their memories of you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

February 21, 2012

Rest in peace and Olav Hasshalom Vice Commander Slater. Your courage will not be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 21, 2012

Gone, but not forgotten.. Continue to rest in peace sir.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

February 21, 2012

Rest in Peace, Vice Commander Slater. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

Hi Dad! We have never met. I married your son, Michael July 1, 1995. You would have been so very proud of the man he has become and I know he misses you very much! Yesterday, May 4, 2011 we took Nicholas, your 11-year-old grandson, to the Police Memorial in Jacksonville and even though I have never met you, I know you were an honorable and devoted person! Michael is now a Grandfather to 4 beautiful little girls and you would have loved each and everyone of them. R.I.P. Dad you are truly missed!

Kim Slater

May 5, 2011

We will never forget those who gave their all for us, to serve and protect. HEROES do live forever.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


February 21, 2011

Vice Commander Slater,
Sir, on today, the 28th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Jacksonville. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



February 21, 2009

Martin, you don't know me,but I know quite abit about you. I came into the reserves in April of 1981. So I read alot about and talked to people about you. I think you were a very respected,highly though of by your pears. I am now the Capt. of the Police Reserves in Jax. sheriff office and have had the honor of escorting your wife at the Police Memorial Day in Jacksonville. We will be doing it again this coming Wednesday May 7th 2008. I want you to know we appreciate your contribution and sacrifice you made for the safety of all the citizens of this great city of which we live in. There have been a lot of changes over these years, but we are still trying to serve and protect as you did. May God Bless you and your family. rest in peace Brother.


April 29, 2008



February 12, 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 13, 2007

VC Slater was my uncle. Though I didn't know him as well as I would have liked, he is missed. His boys have turned out to be good, upstanding citizens.

Taken from his family too soon.

Rest in Peace Uncle Marty.

Phillip Slater, Jr.

August 29, 2007

resv Officers alot of times are taking forgranted
but you will be in the memory of all of those who volunteer their time to protect and serve the citizen of this community
you will always be remeber rest in peace
your in gods hands now you have fought a good fight you have keep the course and you have keep your faith

April 24, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

February 24, 2006

Rest in peace.

Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

February 18, 2004

No officer that gave his life should be without reflection……

“For those who pledge to uphold it, Freedom requires a sacrifice the protected will never know”


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