Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Stephen A. Taylor

Pensacola Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, October 19, 1982

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Reflections for Police Officer Stephen A. Taylor

Today, Oct 19, 2022, marks 40 years since Steve was killed. It was a tragic, life changing day for me and so many. Steve you were a great husband, friend, police officer, and all around great person. Also a Christian.
I will always love you. You are so missed. ❤️
Suzanne, your wife.

Suzanne Taylor Vickrey

October 19, 2022

Remembering my childhood friend Stephen Taylor on this chilly afternoon. I still cry for the injustice that befell you old friend at the hands of a demon. We enjoyed friendship all through school years and had many fun afternoons riding our bikes and playing ball with different friends. I will always miss you brother. Much Love.

Childhood Friend

December 19, 2021

Thank you for your service sir to our community. We are forever grateful. May you Rest In Peace.

Joleah Nowicki
Citizen of Pensacola

June 30, 2021

Happy Birthday Steve!!! I have had you on my mind all day. I love you dearly and miss you so...have since the day you were taken from us ..and always will!! ❤️❤️

Linda Taylor Knouse

January 6, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Taylor.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 10, 2020

Happy Birthday Steve!!! Thinking of you and missing you so much!! Love you more than words could ever say!!
Love Forever,
Your Sister Linda

Sister Linda

January 7, 2020

Remembering you this day,dear cousin. We spent some time together, worked together, even went on a double date in your Matador. My last memory of you was seeing your police car flying towards downtown, lights glaring on October 19th, that fateful day. May you rest in peace.

Michael Helton

October 19, 2019

Thinking of you sweet brother. It was 36 years ago today that you were laid to rest...and I still miss you every single day!! You will always be My Hero!!

Until we meet again...God hold you in his loving arms. I love you today...tomorrow...always!!!

Linda Taylor Knouse

October 21, 2018

Another Officer was wounded, a retired Navy man ("Bettle Baily"). I also remember that the suspects were shot multiple times and yet still managed to run for a while. Everyone decided afterward that .38 caliber was NOT the round to use in police work. I also recall that a retired officer was driving a Parking Control scooter and shot one of the two suspects. A very sad day.

Colonel Steven C. Morgan
Deputy ECSD

February 27, 2018

I remember this. I was a new paramedic in Escambia county. Though I did not run the call I was on duty and listening on the radio to the crews that were... I didn't know the officer but I will never forget the day...

Judy Mack, Paramedic

September 20, 2017

Remembering you today Officer Taylor. May you continue to rest in peace. Never forgotten.

Patrolman Stephen Hall
Dalton Borough Police

October 19, 2016

My cousin Steve. I remanence about the times and similarities you and I had together, the adventures, laughter, and bond. Can you believe 60 years old....guess we can now be considered as old farts.
I just wish you could be here to celebrate with me, but I know there is a party in heaven for you. We were only 10 days apart and the times we shared were very special. You'll always be a part of me Cuz and know that I will never forget you.

Capt Gary Mace
tst Cousin

January 8, 2016

Happy Birthday sweet brother!!! Hope you and Mom, Dad, Ann, and Jack had a wonderful party together!!

Steve, I think you would be so happy to know people are becoming more aware and appreciative of law enforcement officers today. It is so heartwarming to see someone go up to one of them just to say thank you for what you do and shake their hand...even try to get them to let them buy their lunch!! I know I want to do it for every one of them I can because I know the sacrifices they so unselfishly make to keep their fellowman safe in this sometimes crazy world. You were one of those unselfish officers Steve and you will always be my hero!! I will forever be so proud of you!!

I love you and will keep you close to my heart always!! Pray that God will hold you in his loving arms...until we meet again.

Linda Knouse

January 6, 2016

Can't believe you have been gone 33 yrs today sweet brother. Diane and I miss you so very much!! You are always in our hearts...we will love you forever!! Hugs and kisses!!

Linda Knouse

October 19, 2015

I was an Escambia County Sheriff's Deputy at the time this happened. Steve was killed in the same robbery that an old family friend - "Beetle Bailey - was shot and slightly wounded. This shoot-out gave all of us LEO's concerns about the .38 special we were required to carry at the time. I carried a S&W .357 on duty but loaded out .38 as required. Damn that Dirty Harry movie series and the dummies who bought into the hype. I upped the ante to .38+p+. A good officer fallen and not forgotten. I seem to recall Steve was admitted to law school and was planning to leave the Department to attend full time.


August 30, 2015

We remember meeting Steven in 1967 when we rented a small house from Louise. What a handsome young man he was then. It is good to remember all those we have loved in the past and hope to see again in Heaven with the redeemed.

Charles & Diana Mancill

January 7, 2015

Happy Birthday Steve!! I have been thinking of you all day. I miss you so very much every day..but even more on special days like today. It's been over 32 years since you were taken from us and yet I can still see you so handsome..with the greatest smile!! And I could never forget those you could make them dance ...haha..loved it!! We feel so blessed and thank God that we still have sweet Mom with us. You don't have to worry about her. She is doing well. She has your picture in her living room and loves to show it off. She has always been so proud of you.
We all are!! You weren't just my were a friend that I could always talk to about anything.

God Bless you sweet brother and hold you close until we meet again.
You are forever in my you always.

Linda Taylor Knouse

January 6, 2015


I can't believe it's been almost 32 years since your watch ended. I remember seeing the news of your death on the teletype when it came into the sheriff department that fateful day. It was one of the worst days of my life loosing a fellow officer and my first cousin. It took 24 years before justice was served and as I promised you the day we laid you to rest, I was there to ensure justice was served.

Just know we're still thinking about you and at times, like now, I can't hold back the tears. But I know I must remain strong believing we will be together again one day to continue our adventures. I missed you very much Steve and still remember your smile, laughter, and the weird thing you could do with your eyes...LOL

May God continue to bless you and our family, but know you are still very much with us in our memories.

Capt. Gary Mace
1st Cousin of Steve

October 10, 2014

My Dear Steve,
How we miss you. Years go by but you will never be forgotten by those who love you dearly! Your humor and kindness will always be remembered. I'm still laughing at the secret treasure hunts by you and Gary. By the way, he still goes treasure hunting, and I'm sure he takes you along. Often wondered if you Guys ever found the treasure of the day? How your Mom and I laughed at these escapades. Well, Son, I will stop for now, but please know you are in my heart and prayers always.

Lori Weaver

September 19, 2014

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you sir are a hero. May you continue to rest in peace Officer Taylor

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

October 19, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 16, 2012

My prayers are with the Taylor family today as they face another EOW. May God be with you all. Continue to rest in peace Officer Taylor, we will never forget the sacrifice that you made for us.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


October 19, 2011

We will never forget ... May you continue to rest in peace Officer Taylor.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02


October 19, 2010

Happy Birthday sweet brother! I am sending you a big birthday hug! I love you so!! I miss you...our talks...and how you could make me laugh like none other. There will always be a special place in my heart reserved for you alone!

Until we meet again, God hold you in his loving arms.

"Dear God, I pray that the police officers, who like my brother Steve, made the ultimate sacrifice as they tried to make this world a safer place for us and our children to live, will never be forgotten."

Linda Taylor Knouse

January 6, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the seventeenth 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I am glad that justice was finally rendered for your brutal murder.

Rest In Peace.

To your family: I understand the meaning of lives forever altered and know that when you lose someone so precious to you that the pain never goes away...the pain and the pride is forever. I pray for your solace.

Phyllis Loya


October 19, 2009

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