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Reserve Officer James Charles Taylor

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, July 24, 1984

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Reflections for Reserve Officer James Charles Taylor

Thank you for your service and today we take the time to remind you and your family that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 24, 2020

Rest in peace Reserve Officer Taylor.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 21, 2020

As a former DPD officer, I will never forget those who came before me. God bless

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock

July 25, 2017

Officer Taylor,
On today, the 33rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the TXARNG. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 24, 2017

Rest in Peace Officer James Taylor. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

July 24, 2016

Just checking in on here, it's been a while. But you are nonetheless still spoke of highly. Almost 10 years in my Army career, but I get the opportunity to speak of you often. For every time that I am asked about why I became a pilot/Did I always want to do this? I get to speak of you as my reason. Last summer during our Annual Summer Training I was in a random location and meet a random retired 1SG who as the beer was drank and conversations went, come to find out he served as one of your First Sergeants in GP, Texas. Anyways, I hope you are up there helping to keep the skies safe for me! Love ya!

"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." - Leonardo da Vinci

CW2 Promotable James Taylor

May 26, 2016

I met one of your grandchildren today, by chance. He told me about your service and sacrifice. Thank you. My thoughts are with your family. You will always be remembered.

Sgt Dill
Alvarado PD

October 7, 2014

You were a good and fair commander in our Guard unit as well. Respected and loved.

SSG Dee Drill
Tex National Guard

August 31, 2014

Officer Taylor, you are not forgotten. God bless you and your family.

SSA Ellen Pierson

September 6, 2010

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

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 24, 2010

Although I never got the chance to meet you. My reflections are soley based off the things people have said, the stories I have heard, and the articles I have read. But on top of that, I truly aspire to become someone of the likes of you. For years I have dreamt to become a pilot, not only on fixed wing aircraft but also on rotary wing aircraft. I am in the U.S. Army Reserves and working in aviation currently. I have dreams of flight and hopefully when I am forwarded the opportunity I will be able to uphold the names James Taylor as an aviator! Much love and respect - James Marcus Taylor

PFC Taylor, James Marcus
Post-Mortem Grandson

April 6, 2008

Dear Officer Taylor,

I'd like to thank you for your friendship to my sister, who was, like you, a Dallas PD Reserve Officer. You were her friend and she spoke very highly of you. She enjoyed the times she spent reserve duty flying with you.

When you and Lt.. Robert Cormier died in July of '84, I was still grieving the loss of my sister in March of that year.

Both you and Lt. Cormier attended my sister's funeral and helped provide a true police escort -- motorcycles, squad cars, honor guard -- as if she had been a full-fledged officer (which was her dream).

I remember you shaking my hand and hugging me, and then only a few months later, I doubt any civilians cried harder than my family when the DPD lost you and Lt. Cormier.

You and Lt. Cormier were also friends with my late Dad, who was born and raised in Dallas and also dreamed of being a Dallas Police Officer. An accident when he was young ended that dream; however, he finished his career in close proximity as a civilian employee of the Dallas PD in the Evidence Unit.

My Mother and Dad taught my sister and me to respect ALL men and women in uniform, and all of you were a great source of comfort to us when my sister died.

Thank you, Officer Taylor, for your help, for your comfort in our time of grief, for being such good friends to both my sister and my Dad.

Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.

You are NOT forgotten.

LRVirgil, Civilian
Dallas & Mesquite, Texas Police Supporter

September 28, 2007

I still remember clearly the day Dallas lost Officer Taylor. I remember seeing the spot where the unfortunate accident took place, just shortly afterward. I still think of that day each time I drive by the tower.

My father, a now-retired DPD veteran, knew Officer Taylor and always bombarded me with stories of his incredible flying skills; skills that kept Dallas criminals on the run...with no safe place to hide.

I still think about you, Officer Taylor, and I remember the impact you made on Dallas back then for us today.

I thank your family for sharing in such a selfless and complete sacrifice. Only God knows the true number of lives you saved on Earth before giving your own, but I know those men and women thank you also.

We lost you in instant, but your memory remains stronger than ever. You began a heroic tradition of distinguished service to your fellow man through the DPD aviation division. The sound of those Air-1 rotors still flush bad guys from their hiding spots, protecting the citizens of Dallas and your brothers in blue.

Thank you. THANK YOU.

Blue Skies...

D. St. Clair
Arlington PD / Capt, USAF (Ret.)

November 30, 2005

He is the voice in my head that still gives me direction. He was truly the best friend I ever had and he will always be my Hero.

I love you DAD
Chuck(y) Taylor

James Charles Taylor II

September 5, 2005

Chuck Taylor was a true friend. He taught me to fly and I taught him to scuba dive. He borrowed my sam browne and pistol when he began the academy. He was the chief helicopter pilot and orginator of the Dallas Police Department's helicopter section. I preached at his funeral. I will always remember Chuck, he was killed on the day my son, Zack, was born... thanks Chuck

Joe Denney

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