Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Guard Officer I Henry E. Thierry, Sr.

St. Louis County Department of Welfare, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, July 10, 1970

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Reflections for Guard Officer I Henry E. Thierry, Sr.

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 10, 2020

Officer Thierry,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Louis County. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement then that of a Corrections/Detention Officer. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 10, 2020

Rest in peace Guard Officer I Thierry.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 10, 2019

Officer Thierry, we remember you and your sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.

Lieutenant Chris Sanchez
St. Louis County Justice Services

August 6, 2015

Intentionally killed or not, it was a vicious and despicable attack by thugs who should never see the light of day again.

On this 44th anniversary of your murder, I can only pray that those responsible truly paid the price for what they did to you.

I pray for your family and that you are resting eternally in peace. God Bless you.

Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

July 10, 2014



April 22, 2014

Thank you Corrections Officer Henry E. Thierry Sr. for the service, commitment and dedication you gave to both the citizens of St. Louis County and to the Department of Welfare (now the St. Louis County Department of Justice Services). As a current employee and 20 year veteran of the department I want the family and friends of Officer Thierry to know that we remember Officer Thierry's heroism daily, his picture is displayed on the wall when you enter our Department, and his service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. The Ultimate Sacrifice made by Officer Thierry is also honored and remembered yearly during the following events:
1. The St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Memorial Prayer Breakfast.
2. The Jefferson City Memorial Service.
3. The Annual St. Louis County Uniform Day Service.

If any family members would like to join us for any of these events or just to stop by the Department and say "Hello" please contact Major Kenneth Reed at (314) 615-5739. We would love to hear from you or have you join us as we remember our "Hero".

Major Kenneth Reed Jr.
St Louis County Department of Justice Services

March 14, 2014

Idid not get to meet him cuz the low lifes killed him but I was told he was a good man !I know he is missed vary much. My dad takes it vary hard this time of year . To all officers go get them & becarefull out thar!!

Benjamin J. Thierry

July 10, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th 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. Rest In Peace.

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

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 10, 2010

Officer Thierry, I never knew you personally as you were killed many years before I was even born. Many things have changed in the 40 years since your death. The Department of Welfare is now the Department of Justice Services. We were are housed in a new building that consolidated main confinement, annex, and Gumbo facilities. We currently have 350 employees in the department and can hold over 1200 inmates! We have adopted the "direct supervision" philosophy and we have housing units that 1 officer supervises 67 inmates. This has made of job both easier and safer. Please look over us as we do our jobs and protect us.

Dept of Justice Services

May 21, 2010

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 10, 2007

I have nothing but respect for you Officer Thierry and others in the field of corrections, you have a rough, but honorable duty to perform. Enjoy your new beat on the streets of gold.

Respectfully Submitted

Sgt. Everett L. James, 536
Kinloch Police Department

Sgt. Everett L. James
Kinloch Police Department Missouri

September 19, 2006

Officer Thierry,
As one officer wrote in another fallen officer's reflection-"No fallen officer should be without a reflection." I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Louis County. There is no job in law enforcement tougher than that of a corrections or detention officer.


June 7, 2005

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