Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Lanny "Skip" Stevenson

Fresno Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, December 8, 1979

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Reflections for Officer Lanny "Skip" Stevenson

Thoughts of you are still with me even to this day. The memories of knowing you has taken me to where I am today. Thank you for your caring friendship and wisdom. I was blessed to know you

Karen Fancher
Friend

September 26, 2019

Skip, I remember you from before FPD. You were the kind of guy that made the day a good day. Driving that Dodge 'Cricket' with the Cherry Bomb muffler, damn they were loud. Then, I remember you talked to my Dad about becoming a FPD Officer. We ended up taking the FPD test together, and you made it. I was very happy for you. And, I know you made a good name for yourself with FPD. Many of my friends said you were one of the 'Good Guys'. I had no doubt. And, I knew that would be the case.
I went to FSO just a few days before you were murdered. And,I worked in the Jail. It was a good thing I didn't see the guy who did that to you, for my sake too.
I still see Greg every once in a while, and get to hear about mom.
We all miss you, and I know we will be with you sometime soon enough.
BTW, because I went to FSO, and not FPD, my Dad (he retired from there in '86 and is still spending my inheritance) told me that I went to the Dark side because I didn't hire onto FPD, LOL! Well, after 34 years at FSO, I guess it was alright.
We all miss you, your whit, humor, humanity, and the smile and laugh that was so much you.
Until our time, know that you are missed.

Jack Fox, Crime Scene Expert
Friend, Fresno Co. Sheriff Office

August 9, 2019

As we think of you on the anniversary of your birthday, our hearts break all over again. Your baby daughter’s due date was to be on your birthday.
We all miss you Skip and always will. You lived with kindness, compassion, honor and humor like none other in your 25 years. Your smile, your laughter are imbedded in my heart and all who knew you. I wish your children and grandchildren could hear your voice. Your tape recorder with recordings of you and your baby boy disappeared from your locker at the station. I wonder if any tapes exist of you DJ days? I last saw you as I drive past the house. You were out front racking leaves and I was laughing so hard. I wanted to turn around and tease you but I was committed in the far lane and just didn’t do it. I have regretted it every day of my life. We know you are safe now and are there for us when we reach out to you in our prayers. You saved many lives in your career and reached out to many young people to personally mentor. Many times you were awakened to a call from a mother desperate to find her child who was feared to be in trouble. You always took the time to find them and safely get them home. You cared and showed it..lived it 24/7

Patti Winther Mitchell
Sister-In-Law

July 24, 2018

As we think of you on the anniversary of your birthday, our hearts break all over again. Your baby daughter’s due date was to be on your birthday.
We all miss you Skip and always will. You lived with kindness, compassion, honor and humor like none other in your 25 years. Your smile, your laughter are imbedded in my heart and all who knew you. I wish your children and grandchildren could hear your voice. Your tape recorder with recordings of you and your baby boy disappeared from your locker at the station. I wonder if any tapes exist of you DJ days? I last saw you as I drive past the house. You were out front racking leaves and I was laughing so hard. I wanted to turn around and tease you but I was committed in the far lane and just didn’t do it. I have regretted it every day of my life. We know you are safe now and are there for us when we reach out to you in our prayers. You saved many lives in your career and reached out to many young people to personally mentor. Many times you were awakened to a call from a mother desperate to find her child who was feared to be in trouble. You always took the time to find them and safely get them home. You cared and showed it..lived it 24/7

Patti Winther Mitchell
Sister-In-Law

July 24, 2018

Lanny was going to be my grandpa before he died ima his granddaughter and I think of my grandpa 247 and I think he would be proud of his daughter and son doing very well in life a he would have plenty of grandchildren
-miana Thomas

Miana thomas
Granddaughter

March 18, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother. You will not be forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 8, 2017

Skip I still miss you like crazy even even 37 years does not fill the void.

Tracey
Sister

December 8, 2016

Skip, I just came across a photo of us on the YFC bike trip in 1972. You were a great friend to ride with.

Chris
Friend

March 12, 2015

Happy 59 th birthday Skip.we all so miss you here can't wait to meet again ,feeling your strong presence as next week we will once again welcome a little blessing from above. Love you.

Tracey
Family

July 23, 2013

This is a date I will never forget. I never got to meet your family and close friends who knew you Skp, however I must say that I was the only witness other than the murderer on that day and I was saved by you taking on this monster.
Yes, I told the same story over and over again (never changing) of what happened. I was the last one to hear your voice. I was kept in hiding until they caught the suspect and I had to do a line up and I got the right guy. I wonder if he is still in prison or if he is out somewhere.
To his children if they ever read this, he loved you very much and he was denied seeing his baby to be by a cowardly act. Yes, guns don't kill people, People with guns took your life. I think of you often and wondered if I ever could forget. I can't. RIP with our Lord, he has your back now when I did when I got help for you in your last few minutes of life, I'm just sorry it wasn't fast enough. You are missed Skip!

Anonymous (I was hounded by the news)
Friend/Co [email protected] Fresno PD

January 27, 2013

RIP Sir

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

July 31, 2012

Lanny, you are truly missed. You were always a pleasure to be around. I treasure the memories of you growing up in Oklahoma City and my visits in Fresno. Our family lost a very special person when you were called away. We will always love you.....man, I miss you.

Your cousin
Jerome C. Davis

Jerome Davis
Cousin

April 8, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 8, 2011

Just viewing pictures of your new grand son , awaiting visit from your daughter and grand daughters Knowing that you are always with us. My Heart still breaks we miss you so much Loving you forever .

Tracey Winther Lopez
Sister in Law

February 17, 2011

Officer Stevenson, you have not been forgotten.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

January 6, 2011

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

Officer 11169

October 23, 2009

SKIP I DIDNT GET A CHANCE TO REALLY KNOW YOU.I REMEMBER YOU DURING BRIEFINGS AS A QUIET PERSON OR MAYBE YOU WERE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH ME AS I WAS A NEW OFFICER.ALL YOUR FRIENDS SPEAK VERY HIGHLY OF YOU AND SAY NICE THINGS ABOUT YOU.I WAS WORKING THAT NIGHT YOU WERE TAKEN FROM US.WHEN YOUR CALL CAME OUT EVERY AVAILABLE UNIT RESPONDED TO YOUR CALL.BEFORE I GOT TO YOUR CALL THE DISPATCHER SAID ALL UNITS NOT ARRIVED ON THE CALL TO CANCELL.MY BEAT PARTNER JOHN HISSONG AND I CANCELLED.JOHN AND I TALKED ABOUT YOU AFTERWARDS.JOHN KNEW YOU AND HE WAS SAYING NICE THINGS ABOUT YOU MAKING ME WISH THAT I HAD KNOWN YOU.YOU PROVEN THAT YOU ARE A TRUE FRIEND BY TRYING TO KEEP THE PEACE AND WAS CUT DOWN BY A COWARD.YOU ARE A HERO AND WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE FOR TRYING TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY A SAFER PLACE TO LIVE.WE ARE ALL VERY PROUD YOU.YOU SERVED WITH HONOR AND CARE.HEROES ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN.SAY HEY TO JOHN AND BILL FOR ME.

AL LLANOS
FRESNO PD RET.

November 19, 2008

Thank you for your contribution to our safety, may the lord rest you soul.

JSW
Friend

December 27, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 5, 2007

Officer Lanny,
we did not know you here but I know you we would most likely have been friends. You I believe are the few chosen angels that put your life on the line so
that the rest of us could be safe. Thank you I know is not enough, but is all
I can say. You made your family, friends and brothers in blue so proud. I have
only prayers of comfot for them. I know our Lord Jesus Christ has you safely
with him. That comfort keeps us all pushing forward without you and all that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. WE and those left behind for now will do our best to make your sacrifice not be in vain! You will never be forgotten.
Hope to meet you in heaven. THANK YOU

kathy stevenson widow/howard stevenson
ceres PD EOW1/9/05

September 11, 2007

"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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

August 28, 2007

RIP! BROTHER.........

Senior Officer D.W.Reichhardt
Virginia State University Police Department

May 29, 2006

Don't grieve for me for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work, or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I've found a peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you all the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I've savored so much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me,
for God wanted me now, He set me free.

Semper Fidelis....(Always Faithful)

December 29, 2004

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace.

December 8, 2004

Warrior!....

Anonymous

November 26, 2003

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