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Patrol Officer Benjamin Franklin Strong

Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch Thursday, January 4, 1968

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Reflections for Patrol Officer Benjamin Franklin Strong

Rest in peace Patrol Officer Strong.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 11, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 50th anniversary of your EOW. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 4, 2018

I love and miss you daddy. I hope you and mom are dancing and laughing together once again. I will see you both and Christina someday.

Elizabeth Strong

September 6, 2016

God bless Ben. Now God bless his lovely wife, Debbi, my dear cousin, who followed him in September due to cancer. May they both reunite in Heaven, and may their daughter Leesa, left fatherless due to this tragedy in Anchorage, continue in their name. The reduced sentence of the criminals is beyond my belief, since I thought that this only happened in Peru, where I reside, but I now see shere it happens in my own native U.S. of A.!

James Plunkett
Cousin, Ben's widow

December 29, 2015

I knew Officer Strong only through reputation as I hired on a few days shy of a year after his death. I can say that he was dearly loved by those who knew and worked him. Too many of those who spoke so highly of him are now gone as well.

Sgt. Boatright (Ret.)
APD LEO Brother

May 6, 2014

hi my nameis steven my grandpa always talks about his hero brother benjamin franklin who was killed in the line of dutty on jan 4 1968 in anchorage alaska i would love to get him some info on him and i would like to know more my self thank you

steven strong
grate nephew

August 30, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 18, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 44th 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. Rest In Peace.

The sentence handed down for your murder was a travesty of justice and woefully inadequate. How your family must have suffered over this denial of justice.

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

January 4, 2012

Officer Strong,
On today, the 44th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Anchorage. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 4, 2012

Ben Strong was my father. There are a few corrections to the above bio. My father was shot in the neck and his killers only went to jail for 6 years. After my father's death my baby sister was born in May and died in June. There isn't a day that I don't think about him or my sister.

Elizabeth Strong

November 14, 2011



August 5, 2011

Well, imagine our horror when officers responding to a traffic collision found one of the drivers was the man who took your life so many years ago. He's 70 now, and recently paroled, but the fact that he is walking a free man and not you tears open old scars. Although you passed long before our time we continue to honor you with heavy hearts.

Patrol Officer
Anchorage Police Department

February 16, 2010

Uncle Ben, even today viewing this memorial I cry. You left such a impression on my life and I will never forget you. I love you always, please kiss my Mother and Grandmother for me.

Judy Bauer

October 26, 2009

Your sacrifice and that of your family is not forgotten. You gave your life to put some dangerous people in prison. You may have saved others from death in a subesequent crime for example by breaking up the robbery. RIP, you and your family are in our prayers.

A citizen

January 28, 2009



September 8, 2008

I thought of you today, Ben. God bless you and your family.

Kevin Campbell

January 10, 2008

I thought of you today, Ben.

Kevin Campbell

January 10, 2008



December 31, 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
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

July 25, 2007

Rest in peace my brother. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Kentucky State Police

June 22, 2007

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

Officer 11169

November 2, 2006


We visited the Police Memorial last month and paid honor to you and all the others that have fallen in the line of duty. It was very impressive and left a lasting impression on me and your daughter. You will me missed until we have both joined you. We love you.


September 21, 2006

Dad, I miss you and love you very much.

Elizabeth Strong

September 20, 2006

I was two years old and living in Anchorage at the time of your death. I see you had a daughter then my age as well. I am now in law enforcement. Thank you for your sacrifice and bravery. You are not forgotten.

Detective Cara Boyd
Austin Police Dept

July 22, 2005

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

May God rest your soul.

January 4, 2005

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