Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Sherman L. Toler, Jr.

New Mexico State Police, New Mexico

End of Watch Wednesday, March 5, 1986

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Reflections for Patrolman Sherman L. Toler, Jr.


I hope I have made you proud. Even though I have not yet become a police officer, I have accomplished much. I have fought and bleed and sacrificed much for this country. I am now living in Tn. With a family of my own. I have met a woman that loves me as much as I love her. I've been estranged from three of my other kids due to an ex, but they will one day know you and I. I pray they will also know and love God as much as you did. I hope to one day have a voice like yours. I miss and love you dad. Daniel Vernon Toler.

GMG3 Gunners Mate 3rd Class

August 25, 2019

Thank you for your service brother. Rest in peace - we have the lone now.

Officer Anonymous Anonymous

March 5, 2016

Has it really been 27 years? I look at the picture and all I can see is Sherman playing softball on one of our community teams in Moriarty. That smile was so contagious! Always a kind word and always a good mood. Whenever we would play or practice, he would usually show up in his patrol car, go to the locker room or restroom to change, and then come out and play. But one thing he never left behind, besides his smile, was his radio. We would sit in the dugout and he would have it turned on. Being an officer was a 24/7 duty to him.
As I grow older, I think about you often. I wish you could have hung around. We need smiles like that today.

Joe Spalding
Moriarty, New Mexico

August 24, 2013

You were quite a patrolman. I've read about you. You were known for some very significant arrests and were an example to your peers. Thank you for your service and may God bless you and your family.

Police Officer Timothy Cooper
Eureka Police Department

April 15, 2013

Thanks for your 7 years of services.


March 5, 2012

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Continue to watch over all of them and those still out on patrol. You have not been forgotten by those that love you for they carry your precious memories in their hearts.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

March 5, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twenty-third annersary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was murdered on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I think it is appalling given the brutality of your murder and the criminal history of your murderer that there was only a second degree conviction.

To your son, I was touched by your reflection. My grandson Cody was born 2 1/2 months after his father was killed so will only know him through pictures and memories of others. I hope you are living all the dreams your dad would have wished for you.

Rest In Peace. Sherman

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 5, 2009

Rest in peace my brother in blue


December 23, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Former Police Officer
District Heights Police Dept. (MD)

September 9, 2008



March 4, 2008

Thank all of you for remembering my father, God bless.

David S. Toler

January 26, 2008

Officer Sherman L. Toler was more than my father; he was and always will be my friend. My father will always continue to my inspiration in life. Even though I didn't get to know him much before he died, I still knew him through others. Mostly, I owe it to my mother and the NM State Police for teaching me about the great man and hero my father was.
Dad, Thanks for teaching me that its important to do what is right, fight for my freedom, be kind to those you pass in life, and to strive to be the best man I can be. Most of all, thank you for fighting to keep my freedom safe, and for keeping the streets safe. You will always be in my heart. I love you,
Your son, David S. Toler

David S. Toler

January 26, 2008

"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

December 17, 2007

You are not forgotten, thanks for your service brother.

Dep. Sirmon

November 23, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this 21st anniversary of your EOW. You have not been forgotten nor will that ever occur. You are a true hero. Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

March 5, 2007

From 1984-1986 I worked I-40 outside of Grants. I never realized how close Tucumcari was until I met you.Many thanks for your friendship and zealous attitude toward work. You are missed by us all.

Deputy Michael J. Hickey
Eddy County Sheriff's Dept.

July 5, 2006

Thank you for your dedicated service to your community and your department. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May they never forget your faithful service to your community and department and the brave HERO that you were. To the family, friends and co-workers, our heartfelt prayers and sympathies are with you. May God be with you all during this very sorrowful time. Words will never compensate the loss you have suffered. We pray that He now gives you all strength in your time of need. May you find peace in the thought, that we as friends in law enforcement, take this time to lift you up in prayer.

For your act of unselfish bravery and courage Officer Toler, we salute you. Blessed are the peacemakers.

Denise & Erin Hunter, Widow and Daughter
Sgt. Gregory L. Hunter, Grand Prairie, TX Police Dept., EOW 6-18-04

March 5, 2006

Rest in peace sir. May God watch over your family until you are reunited again with them. You are a hero and not forgotten.


January 1, 2005


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrafice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Officer Toler.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 12, 2004

Rest easy blue angel, thank you for your service. You are not forgotten.


November 1, 2003

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