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Patrol Officer Samuel Melvin Stephens

Pahokee Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, January 24, 1971

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Reflections for Patrol Officer Samuel Melvin Stephens

Rest in peace Patrol Officer Stephens.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 14, 2019

I think of you often, and will never forget the times we spent together. Anonymous.

Dear Friend

December 17, 2013

We will never forget... Continue to rest in peace Officer Stephens.

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

January 24, 2013

One of the 2 persons arrested in Officer Stephens case died while in prison, the 2nd person was recently up for parol and it was denied by the parol commission. The States Attorneys Office attended the hearing on the agency and Officer Stephens behalf.

To serve was their oath, to honor our duty!!

Rest Easy Officer Stephens

Thankful for your selfless service

March 20, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Stephens. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst 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 dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever, I hold your family in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

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

January 25, 2012

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all, and you sir are a hero. Continue to rest in peace Officer Stephens.

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

January 24, 2012

HEROES do live forever, and you sir are one of them.. We will never forget. Thank you and your family for the sacrifices you made to protect us all.

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


January 24, 2011

R.I.P-officer Stephens!


July 27, 2010

Officer Stephens:
I discovered your memorial while doing some research into the Black Liberation Army (BLA) police assasinations of the early 70's.
When I read you were burried in my zone I had to visit your grave.Pahokee PD is gone and replaced by your old agency, PBSO. Your spirit will live on and I feel safer knowing there is a brother angel nearby. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Deputy Sheriff MCSO #1589
Martin County Sheriff's Office

July 8, 2010

Thank You for your sacrifice Officer Stephens. Even today you are still greatly appreciated.May god continue to bless your family.

Raymond Bailey
Grateful Citizen

October 4, 2008

Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice in keeping the streets safe. RIP.

April 7, 2008

Officer Stephens,
On today, the 37th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your community, but also for our Country when you served in the U.S. Army. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



January 24, 2008



January 21, 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

October 4, 2007

Officer Stephens, thank you for your service. Continue to watch over your family.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

July 17, 2006

Melvin, you are always in our hearts, my wife, Helen, and I think about you so often. You were a real gentleman!

Retired Captain Charles W. Lowell
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Dept.

December 17, 2005

A Million Times

A million times we've needed you,
A million times we've cried.
If love alone could've saved you,
You would have never died.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still.
In our hearts you hold a place,
No one else could ever fill.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn't go alone.
Part of us went with you,
The day God took you home.

March 7, 2005

~~~To those I Love and Those Who Love Me~~~

When I am gone, release me, Let me go
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.

I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it's time I traveled alone.

So grieve a while if indeed you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part
So bless the memories within your heart,

I won't be far away, for life goes on
So if you need me, call and I will come
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near
And if you listen with your heart, you'll
Hear all of my love around you soft and clear

And when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and say,
"Welcome Home"

January 20, 2005

Melvin, I will never forget you and the many times we worked together. You were a great guy.

Carlos A. Sloan, Retired Sergeant
Hendry County Sheriff's Dept.

April 6, 2004

Melvin, you will never be forgotten by our whole family. You were a true friend.

Charles W. Lowell
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Dept. Retired Captain

February 6, 2004

Melvin, you will never be forgotten by our whole family. You were a true friend.

Charles W. Lowell
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Dept. Retired Captain

February 6, 2004

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