Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman McCord Lee Springfield, Jr.

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, March 12, 1977

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Reflections for Patrolman McCord Lee Springfield, Jr.

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

March 12, 2021

Rest in peace Patrolman Springfield.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 16, 2020

I am the daughter of Officer Springfield, my father died when I was seven. I thank you Mr. Parker for your kind words. I wish I could have had the opportunity to know him better.

Monette Lacy Young

March 21, 2019

I was sitting here at work when an image of McCord Springfield popped in my head. I Googled his name which lead me back to the Officer Down page.
My name is Vince Parker, a former LEO & current Air Traffic Controller. My Uncle is former Memphis Police Officer Harold Parker, who was McChord's partner at the front door that fateful day.
As a kid, I remember the two of them stopping by my Grandmother's house to say Hello just before the incident. I remember how impressed I was w/ Officer Springfield & my Uncle Harold.
They were both sharp in uniforms with different heights. Officer Springfield was over 6ft & my Uncle Harold is 5'9 at best. That impression & sacrifice led me into Law Enforcement where I served for 6 years. I miss it everyday.
I think of Officer Springfield often & come back to this page to keep his memory alive.
He was a good man & I honor him and his sacrifice for us. God bless him & his family.

Vince Parker
Former LEO - N.Central Narcotics TF, Leflore CSO & Itta Bena PD (MS)

March 14, 2018

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

March 12, 2017

Thank you, Officer Springfield for your service and sacrifice. I hired on in August of 1977 shortly after your death. I recall when you lost your precious life on College street and I still remember you even though you and I had never met. I am a male white Deputy Sheriff OF mEMPHIS, TN. so I just want the family to know that I loved McCORD AS A LAWMAN AND FRIEND THOUGH WE NEVER MWET AS FAR AS i KNOW AND RACE MAKES NO DIFFERENCE WITH ME. i PRAISE OFFICER SPRINGFIELD FOR HIS DUTY. gOD BLESS THE FAMILY.

Law officer friend shelby county, tn.

August 27, 2015

Officer Springfield,
On today, the 37th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Springfield. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 12, 2014

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 who love and remember you for I know their pride and pain 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 12, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 12, 2010

Officer Springfield your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 25, 2008


Van Den Berghe

March 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

January 30, 2008

G-d Bless.

March 12, 2007

Brother Springfield,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables LE Motorcycle Club

January 11, 2006

My deepest condolences to the Springfield family and the officers and staff of the Memphis Police Department over the tragic loss of Officer McCord L. Springfield. Once again a coward has taken the life of a brother officer from the thin blue line. Our brother McCord now patrols the streets of Heaven with St. Michael and his angels. May our brother McCord rest in peace. Never forget the fallen hero!

Ofcr. Dan Winger

June 3, 2004

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