Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Wayne Byron Stoutamyer

Bridgewater Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, May 25, 1976

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Reflections for Patrolman Wayne Byron Stoutamyer

Rest in peace Patrolman Stoutamyer.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 20, 2019

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

May 25, 2015

Wayne will always be remembered by his high school graduating class from Tuner Ashby High School. You were a great friend and always fun. Miss you Wayne.

Bonnie Boyers Gordon

June 4, 2014

I still remember when you used to help us cross the street to get to Bridgewater Elementary School safely each day. Because of you, I have been a police officer for the last 23 years. Thank you for the most positive impression you made in my life.

Corporal Scott Gordon
Chesterfield County Police Department

May 22, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th 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 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 regret that you family and department did not get the full measure of justice that you and they deserved. Fifteen years was little more than a slap on the wrist.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

May 25, 2010

"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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

April 2, 2008

Thank you for serving your community and the COmmonwealth of Virgina. God bless you and your family.

Patrol Officer
Chesterfield County Police Department

May 25, 2006

Officer Stoutamyer joined the Bridgewater Police Department while I was a student at Bridgewater College, and I had the privilege of getting to know him. Wayne was committed to protecting the law-abiding citizens of our community (even us college kids in those sometimes wild days of the 70's !). His death came as a complete shock to our community. Since that time, I have become a local prosecutor, and am reminded of Wayne's ultimate sacrifice each day when I pass his memorial plaque in our District Courts Building. Folks in our community will continue to hold his memory and his loved ones close to our hearts.

Richard A. Claybrook, Jr.
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney

Deputy CWA Richard A. Claybrook, Jr.
Harrisonburg/Rockingham Commonwealth's Attorney's Office

February 26, 2006

On behalf of the men and women of the Virginia State University Police Department, our thoughts and prayers to the Stoutamyer family and the Bridgewater Police Department.

Virginia State University Police Department

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