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

Happy Birthday Steve!! Love you so very much and miss you even more on special days like today.

In my heart you will always be...until we meet again.

Linda Taylor Knouse

January 6, 2009

Your killer has been punished. He can never harm anyone again. Rest in peace, hero.

William Woodburn
Private Citizen

February 19, 2008

I always think of you this time of year, Steve. I'll never forget the kindness that you showed to my mother the day my father died...nor did she. I lived out of town when my dad had a heart attack. I found out later that you stayed with her at the hospital until you could find a family friend who could get there to be with her. She told me often what a nice "kid" you were and the things you shared with her about your own life to try to help her through her ordeal. It broke her heart when she learned that you died less than a year later.

My mom lived another 17 years after your death. She never forgot you. You were the epitomy of what a police officer should be.

November 30, 2007

You are remembered today and tahnk you Sir for your service.

This writer is pleased that justice was served appropriately on your behalf.


October 16, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

October 4, 2007

We thought about you on your birthday yesterday Steve, just like we have on each one you have had. Even though you aren't here with us physically, we celebrate your life in our hearts each and every day.

God keep you in his tender care until we meet again.

Love always,

Your sisters, brother, and Mom

Linda Taylor Knouse

January 7, 2007

Sweet sleep now be yours.G-d Bless.

October 19, 2006

As an FBI Agent said in his reflection on 01-26-2006,the day the Courts agreed to grant your killer a stay of execution for his plea for a new trial, Justice will be served. I read in the paper today that such was the case yesterday as this animal was finally put to death. You are a true hero and you will never be forgotten for your sacrifice and courage and may God always bless your family.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 21, 2006

May you encounter this killer in the afterlife and carry out your own justice. For your sacrifice and patience, I salute you.

September 21, 2006

YOU ARE A TRUE HERO UNCLE STEVE!!!! The day finally came and justice was served. Although I was so young when God called you home, I remember so much about you. As a kid it was awesome sitting in your police car and turning on the lights and siren. We also had some fun times riding that unicycle around in front of the house. You were pretty good on that thing. I could go on and on. Rest in Peace uncle and know that you will never be forgotten.

David Knouse. Jr.,
nephew, Jackson, MS

September 21, 2006

RIP Ofc Taylor. Justice has finally been served.

Concerned Civilian

September 21, 2006

After 24 years justice has been served. Thank you for your service. You will never be forgotten.

Communications Officer Eric Allen
Madison Police Dept. Madison,MS

September 21, 2006

Hi Steve,

Well today was the day! Justice was finally served after almost 24 years! I am so sorry that it took so long. YOU were the highlight of this day though Steve....your family and friends were united in heart as we remembered you and, although there is no closure for us without you, there is some peace in knowing that you did receive justice at last.
You will forever be in our hearts. We love you always.

Your sister Linda

Linda Knouse
sister of Stephen

September 20, 2006

Officer Taylor,

Your killer was executed today, 20 September, 2006. It has been over 20 years, but justice has finally been serverd. May you finally rest in peace.

GySgt Darrin Miller
United States Marine Corps

September 20, 2006

Justice was finally served today for you and your family. God bless you.

September 20, 2006

Justice was finally served! Rest in Peace Brother, and watch over us from above!


September 20, 2006

Officer Taylor.....he finally in peace, and may God bless you and your family

Rick Turner, Training Manager
San Leandro, CA, Police Department

September 20, 2006

Justice served about an hour ago. I hope this brings some comfort and closure to your family. Thank you to you and your family for the sacrifices made. God Bless.

Det. Kenna
Pinellas Co. Sheriff's Office

September 20, 2006

It won't that much longer for you, your family and the Pensacola Police Department to finally see justice served.Clarence Hill lost his bid for his stay of execution and will finally meet his maker!

You have been in my prayers for many years since I was a young man and I continue to think of you and your family. God bless you and rest in peace.

September 20, 2006

Rest in peace, you are not forgotten.

Offc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

June 14, 2006

Happy Easter Steve!! It's a beautiful day here and I was just thinking about you. Just want to say "I love you and miss you so much." Sometimes the memories just come flooding in and it seems that you are right here beside me and we are having one of our long conversations like we used to. I have always felt so blessed to have you for a brother...and a great friend!!

Take care....until we meet again.

Your sister Linda

Linda Taylor Knouse

April 16, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day Steve! I miss you so much. Mom, your other sisters, and your brother miss you too!! We talk about you a lot. Just the other day Jack said "It just doesn't seem fair, Steve should be here and we should all be able to grow old together." You live in our hearts though and you always will. God Bless and keep you sweet brother until we meet again.

I love you always,

Your sister Linda

.....No justice done yet Steve, but
it's coming.

Linda Taylor Knouse

February 14, 2006

Officer Taylor, soon justice will be done, the Supreme Court must see that this Criminal should die, he gave you no rights and killed you, so he deserves nothing at all. To the Taylor family we are praying for you and for justice.

God Bless you all.

Terry Miyares, surviving spoouse
Officer Emilio Miyares, Hialeah PD, Fl 11/6/86

January 29, 2006

I read the report of your death as the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of your killer. May Justice be served. Rest In Peace.

Special Agent Darin L. Paul

January 26, 2006

Given the recent events, we remember the sacrifice of Officer Taylor and especially his family. We honor him and them. Their pain is greater and inhumane than the pain of justice.


January 26, 2006

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