Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal James Marion Tarver, Sr.

Spalding County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, December 24, 1980

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Reflections for Corporal James Marion Tarver, Sr.

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service (Retired)

June 2, 2023

May God bless the family of Corporal James Tarver Sr, especially his sons and wife.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

August 1, 2022

You lived a violent life and unfortunately you died a violent death. You brought much unnecessary pain, suffering and physical, mental and emotional abuse into my life.
The scars you left behind run deep.
You left me with a lot of issues to overcome.
Forgiveness is a decision and a process and I choose to forgive you each and every day.
You had a sick twisted mind and you wreaked havoc in the lives of my Mother, my Brother and me.
God rest your soul.
You were a mean old mister.


January 11, 2013

I appreciate your service to your country and that you continued to serve and protect as a police officer until the day you died. I'm sorry that you died the way you did.
It's been a long time since you died but, now I need to say that although you may have served your country honorably, it's the being a father to your son is where you needed a lot of work. Where were you all those years when I needed you to teach me how to be a man, to love, support, and encourage me through the tough times, to pick me up when I got hurt and make it better? Well, I now know the total truth about how you were and I am very disappointed in you. Thank God I have turned out to be a much better father than you ever could have been.


December 10, 2012

Rest in Peace, Corporal Tarver. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 3, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 33rd 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

December 25, 2011

"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

December 27, 2007

I am honored to be able to leave a relfection for you. You are remembered today, and thank you Sir for your service.

Manchester, nh

December 17, 2007

Although we do not know what happened to you, your Brothers and Sisters in lawenforcement still mourn......
God speed brother, rest in peace

Communication Officer
Hapeville Police Department

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