Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Herman Lester Toulson, Jr.

Maryland Division of Correction, Maryland

End of Watch Saturday, October 6, 1984

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Reflections for Officer Herman Lester Toulson, Jr.

Man we had some great times my friend we were the Southwing crew you will always be remembered Rest in Paradise !!!

Co 2 Dino
Md Pen

October 26, 2023

I worked with toulson at the pen. He was a good officer and friend. He always had your back. Rest in peace.

Thomas Stevenson
Former c.o.

April 24, 2023

You will not be forgotten

Det. Bryan Bonitati
Maryland Department of Public Safety

April 17, 2023

Sad story. I didn't know this man/ officer It's just such a sad story that is tied to the inside of that dark and gruesome place known as The Baltimore Penitentiary. I believe justice will be served.
R.I.P. officer

Danese L Johnson
Baltimore citzen

February 28, 2022

Rest easy Mr. Tolson and high five my dad ( Robert W. Elsezy Jr.) y'all was running partners.

Him and my father (Robert W. Elsezy Jr.) was partners in crime at the

August 28, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice are always remembered.

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

October 6, 2020

OfficerToulson, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 8, 2019

RIP In peace Uncle Herman Toulson wish I would had met you

Shamieka D Toulson

June 22, 2018

I remember that day very well and officer tolson, god bless him and his family

lieutenant/retired/Charles roach
md division of corrections

May 29, 2017

I worked with officer tolson and worked that day he was killed. it was a very hard time for all of us that knew him. god bless him and all the officers that I worked wirth

md division of corrections

May 29, 2017

Wow, I'm at work reflecting it has been 33 years. I was in high school at that time. 7 years later I become a correctional officer . May God continue to bless the family...

C/O 2 retired J.Worthan
Baltimore City Detention Center

February 17, 2017

I am a retired lieutenant from the Maryland Division of Corrections. I worked that day Tulson was killed and I knew him very well. We worked the same South Wing together and I blame the admin for his death. We warned them for weeks that something was being planned by the inmates. However they never heard our findings. He was a good man and great officer.
God bless him and all the officers from the Maryland Pen.

retired lieutenant
former officer

July 12, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 7, 2010

Officer Toulson,
Knew you when I worked at the Md Pen finance office before I became a correctional officer. Worked at Brockbridge Correctional in Jessup when I became an officer myself. That was many years ago, but you are still remembered by your fellow officers every time they start their shift - the facility named after you is right down the way. Rest in Peace.


June 12, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

February 18, 2008

today on the anniversary of yoru death we wish to remember you and thank you Sir for your service.

Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better manchester, Nh

October 6, 2007

Still remembering you always sir.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

October 6, 2007

I was on duty at the Roxbury Correctional Institution Hagerstown the day you were murdered. I will never forget that day. Rest in peace.

Former correctional officer Michael Reid
Md. Division of Corrections

June 9, 2007

Though you are never forgotten, today is your day for we mark 22 years of your untimely departure. Always remembered.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

October 6, 2006

My brother, I know firsthand the kind of job corrections can be. Its dirty, nasty, hot, cold, loud, stressful, scary, and can erupt in an instant. It takes a special type of person to be locked inside the facility along with the inmates. God Bless you.

Correctional Officer Brian Yount
St. Marys County Sheriff's Office

December 31, 2004

Thank you for your service to the citizens of Maryland. You are honored and will not be forgotten.

a Maryland citizen

October 6, 2004

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