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Chief of Police Jimmy Ray Tolson

Campton Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, June 26, 1978

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Reflections for Chief of Police Jimmy Ray Tolson

Honoring you my dear cousin Jimmy on the Peace Officer Memorial Day. Never will you be forgotten.
Beverly, Aunt Golden and family


May 15, 2019

So young and brave. Rest in peace Chief Tolson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 26, 2018

Remembering you today!


June 27, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 26, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th anniversary year 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 that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 30, 2012

It was a shame your children didn't get to know you. You made the ultimate sacrifice - thank you!

JM Smith

November 14, 2012

I am Claude Flinchum daughter. It has been 31 years since you paid the ultimate sacrifice that my dad paid it has been 30 years that he paid the same thing he spoke highly of you and that you were a good friend rest in peace .

Rita Flinchum Cole

March 14, 2009

Jimmy Ray, It has been 30 years since that horrible day. Your family still remembers you and talks about the good times we had. The person who murdered you has no idea the pain he caused your parents, sister, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He took a hero and protector from all of us that day and robbed us of many days of happiness and peace. He however, did not take away the memories of a brave and loving man who brought a lot of joy and laughter to everyone who knew him. We have all missed you for so many years, but will never forget you and your sacrifice for the community you served. My prayer today is that those in your community will stop and think about the officers that risk their lives for them every day and the one who lost his proctecting them. I love you and miss you.

Cousin of Fallen Hero Jimmy Ray

June 26, 2008



January 31, 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
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 29, 2007

On this day, 29 years ago, you paid the ultimate sacrifice. I am sure your family felt horrible sorrow in your untimely murder as well as terrific pride in your job as a Police Officer. Thank you for bravely and proudly serving your community. You will always be a hero who will NEVER be forgotten!

Sergeant, Retired

June 26, 2007

You are still remembered.Rest safe with Our Lord.

June 26, 2006

RIP Sir, you will never be forgotten

January 19, 2005

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