Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Reserve Officer Stuart S. Taira

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, March 1, 1983

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Reflections for Reserve Officer Stuart S. Taira

RIP. Never to be forgotten.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired, NYSP

January 10, 2020

Rest in peace Reserve Officer Taira.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 3, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 35th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 1, 2018

Thanks for your 3 years of services.


March 1, 2012

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

Officer 11169

January 14, 2012

It's people like you that make me proud to be a cop.

You are not forgotten.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

March 1, 2011

Reserve Officer Taira - Of all things, a tornado in Los Angeles sets in motion the circumstances which would cost you your life. Thanks for your service to the people of Los Angeles. You were the best kind of community member, you gave both time and talent to our department, freely. That says much about the quality individual you were.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)

April 16, 2010

It's been 26 years and I can still remember you as one of the most professional and competent Officers I have ever met. Also, as a good friend. Talking physics and astronomy...I can't look through a telescope without remembering you.

Thanks for fixing our video recorder at Saugus. It helped the AOP exercise go perfect.



John Syphrit
US Secret Service

July 2, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state. 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.

Your bravery and selflessness will always be revered.
Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of Larry Lasater

March 1, 2009

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your service, you are a true hero.

Detective III

March 1, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service and dedication

Van Den Berghe

February 22, 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
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 1, 2007

Twenty four years since your passing but not forgotten. Thank you for your service. RIP SIR.

brother of LAPD gang ofcr

March 1, 2007

we heard about your bravery in our reserve academy you are not forgotten and your memory lives on god bless

December 1, 2006

You are without a doubt what a hero is all about. Unselfish doesn't begin to describe your actions. From that fateful day God has had you in His arms!

Wisconsin L.E.O.

August 17, 2006

Your bravery is remembered.
You are not forgotten.

March 1, 2005

For those who pledge to uphold it, freedom requires a sacfirice the protected will never know.


PO 3 Lee Guzinski
Montgomery County, MD

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