Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Walter Stephens Taylor

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, October 5, 1988

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Reflections for Officer Walter Stephens Taylor

Rest in peace Officer Taylor.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 13, 2019

Officer Taylor,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fort Worth. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 5, 2018

Steven, We were friends thru the Police academy..and we worked Midnights on Northside. We were even planning a BBQ with our families...I was off the night you died..but I was called and I drove to Harris Hospital..and Windham told me you were "gone". You were my first friend to have died on the job..and 4 friends have followed..You will never be forgotten!

Officer David G. Deck #2296
FWPD, San Angelo PD, retired GPPD

November 19, 2013

Although we worked opposite sides of town we wore the same shield and that made us family. I will never forget the night I found you, just minutes after your wreck. I have never known a sense of helplessness like I experienced that night. You were pinned in your car, not breathing. I knew I was your only chance. I had already called for assistance and they knew you were pinned in your vehicle. I could not get your car door open and you were wedged between the door and the steering wheel making it impossible to pull you out of the window.

I know it was probably only minutes but it seemed an eternity before the paramedics and fire department arrived. Even with rescue equipment it took a long time to extricate you. All I could do is sit in the dirt and cry because I had failed you.

I never knew you before that night but I discovered we had much in common. We were both relatively new officers, we were about the same age, we had children about the same age and we worked the midnight watch.

In retrospect I know there is nothing I could have done to save you that night. You taught me many lessons and showed me the meaning of police "family". I have never forgotten you in the 25 years since this incident. I have shed many tears over the years for a brother lost.

Jean Rowell, Sergeant
Haltom City PD

December 10, 2012

Thanks for your services.


February 25, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 21rst 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


October 8, 2009

"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

February 6, 2008

You were a great officer Walter and are missed trendously. RIP my friend.


November 14, 2007

Walter,,, just saying hi,,,, this time of year gets harder and harder,,, take care partner,,,

Officer Thomas Wiederhold
Fort Worth Texas Police

October 10, 2007

Thought of you tonight when I smelled Fall in the air and heard an old Keith Whitley song while riding down the road ~ can't believe its been nearly 20 years. You are not forgotten


October 4, 2007

My only regret is that I didn't get to know you better.
Semper Fi.

Mr. Stephen J. Taylor

September 21, 2007

May you sleep safe with Our Lord and may He Bless your family and the FWPD.

October 5, 2006

Walter ol buddy,, I miss ya!

Officer Thomas Wiederhold #1890
Fort Worth Police,Tx

January 25, 2006

Hi Steve,
You are not forgotten. Show Hank around on his new beat, you know, all the good 46 locations...


December 14, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

God bless. Rest in peace.

A grateful citizen.

October 5, 2004



September 23, 2003

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