Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Byron B. Soule, Jr.

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, June 28, 1974

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Reflections for Police Officer Byron B. Soule, Jr.

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

June 28, 2020

I was working the night it happened. I heard it all over the radio. Our unit was dispatched to the city airport to secure the other aircraft that was involved in the collision. I was sick the rest of the night and couldn't sleep or eat much for days. I only met you once when you took me for a ride over the city a few weeks before. I think of you both often and I will never forget that night. May both of you RIP

P.O. Dale Hankey
DPD

June 22, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

July 4, 2015

All these people speak so highly of you. I really wish I had the chance to love you dad!

Scott A Soule

Scott Soule
Son

May 19, 2015

I lived on Manistique between Linville and I-94 in 1974 and I remember that a police officer that lived down the street died in that crash. I was 11 in 1974 and think he was the pilot of the helicopter. I remember my sister and I would go down to his house because he had a little monkey and we would play with it. It was a sad day when that happened. I thought that the monkey choked on a grasshopper and also passed.

Private citizen, Mike Vukmirovich
Detroit Water and Sewerage

October 14, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th 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

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

December 5, 2012

As a pilot for my agency, I am honored to leave a reflection in your memory. I have flown with DPD Officers on DPD aircraft in the past and had them respond to an aircraft accident I was involved in in 1987. Rest In Peace.

SA DE-14604
FBI Detroit

March 22, 2009

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the year that I was hired. While it's been many years since your passing, I'm sure those you left behind and those whom with you served with distinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thank you for your service and for looking out for us who continue in our chosen profession. Rest in peace Officer Soule.

Sgt. Robert Mau Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 17, 2008

May God's grace sustain you, May His arms hold you. My deepest sympathy to each of you who knew, loved and worked with Officer Soule. My prayers are with you.
Officer Soule, Thank you for your service to your country, you will be missed but never forgotten, as our Hero's live forever in our hearts.

Ohio
summit co

Anonymous

October 28, 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
Sergeant
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

November 13, 2007

I was so touched to see your name correctly placed on the Memorial Wall. I have never had the honor to know you but I know the woman who has kept your memory alive since the day you left. You were a lucky man, as she has never spoken of anything but goodness, happiness, and your love. Sure,life goes on and challenges come like waves in the ocean, but I cannot imagine anything but the pride you have knowing how beautiful your children have grown to be, and the way MaryAnn has handled what came her way. I thank you for your sacrifice, and am sorry for the eternal loss your family must feel. I look forward to the day that you will all be reunited, and their sadness will be over. You are a hero. No doubt about it. There are no such things as coincidences. I was blessed the day I met your wife. She is a dear, sweet woman who I respect and admire. She is brave and stronger than I can put into words. I could only hope to be the mom she is, as she speaks of her love and hopes for your children every day. Her days aren't easy but I know it will all pay off when you can be with her again. In the meantime, give her and your family the strength with each day to make their lives healthy, safe, and happy. God Bless.
K.H.

May 21, 2005

No officer who died in the line of duty should be without a reflection. As a former Detroit resident, it is my honor to be the first to leave a reflection on your memory. Peace, Officer.

Up North Michigan

September 10, 2004

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