Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Harry H. Aurandt

Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Tuesday, December 20, 1921

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Reflections for Officer Harry H. Aurandt

Rest in Peace. It's so sad that he never knew how popular and respected his son was. Paul Harvey, as he was known, was a broadcaster and journalist for most of his adult life. He was truly a great man, one of the best!

Ptl B L Waltz (Ret)
Avon Lake PD OH

September 4, 2022

Paul Harvey,
I was fortunate to have worked with your distance cousin on the Los Angeles Police Dept. . He is the God Father to my first born.
We talked often about you and how inspiring your stories were and still are.

JAMES SEVERSON, Ret. Motor Officer
Los Angeles Police Dept.

September 5, 2020

Dear Mr. Harvey,

You may have passed from this physical world, but you've not passed from the hearts of millions who listened daily to your words of encouragement.

As retired California law enforcement officers, we saw a lot in our careers and are seeing a LOT on TV right now. Although your radio essay, "The Policeman," is 50-years old, it still rings true and is especially poignant. And, it will always remain so.

We'll always remember "...and now, the rest of the story." Thank you for your 56-years of talking to America..

Anne B. and Ray B.
San Bernardino County and Oakland PD

June 16, 2020

Always respected Paul, now I know why.

Officer Jim Phillips
Henrico County Police, Retired

January 10, 2020

I always wondered about Paul Harvey's appreciation for Police Officers, now I've heard 'the rest of the story'. Condolences to family and friends of the slain officer.

B L Waltz Ptl.
Avon Lake PD (Ret) Ohio

August 20, 2017

I never knew that Paul Harvey's father was an Officer killed in the Line of Duty. I listened to Mr. Harvey growing up, and have listened to his "Policeman" more times that I can count. Thank you for your service Officer Harry H. Aurandt. To the Aurandt Family, please know that Paul's voice and kind words reached out to millions. I'm but one of those millions, but he forever will be in my thoughts. May God bless your Family always!

Cpl. Andrew D. Roedel #2535
Jackson County Sheriff's Office Marianna, FL

March 30, 2017

I know you are proud of your son Paul Harvey. His piece on being a police officer truly represents the challenge of for LE's. Thank you for our service brother.

LTC Robert Quigley
Cobb County GA Sheriff's Office

January 14, 2017

Rest in peace brother, you have not been forgotten. God bless the family, friends, and former co-workers of Officer Aurandt.

Sr. Ptlmn Donnie Meaders(RET)
Wewoka (OK) Police Department

July 12, 2016

It was the first day of deer season, the warm sun on the face of the
deer hunter felt good, he had been in his tree stand well before sun rise.
The Interstate was only a few hundred yards from the deer hunters tree stand. The sounds of sirens wailed across the woodland. A State Trooper pulled over a car on the interstate, as the Trooper exited his vehicle, so did the driver of the pulled over vehicle, and with a volley of shots killed the trooper.. The deer hunter, looking through the scope of his rifle, took the approiate action.
In a split second, everyones life was shattered, everyones life changed. A ten year old boy would never grow up with his father.

And for myself, neither would a three year old boy.

Now you know the rest of the story

Thank you Paul Harvey - I think of your story every hunting season,
for the past 50 years.

Trooper First Class George E, Ward III
Maryland State Police ( retired 1993 )

May 13, 2015

Officer Aurandt, May you continue your well deserved rest.

Former Trooper Ken R. Bays
Virginia State Police

February 2, 2015

I had the privilege of driving Paul Harvey when he visited Lake Charles, LA forty years ago. He told me the story of his father's death and the respect he has for law enforcement officers. Paul Harvey was the real deal and that detail was the most pleasant assignment I have had in my entire law enforcement career.

Joey Alcede, Marshal
Ward 3 Marshal's Office

January 13, 2015

Dear Officer Aurandt,
It is not great to be a policeman right now. We are under attack. We are the enemy. I have been getting a little discouraged. But I just listened to your son's "Policeman", and I am damn proud to be a "Cop". I have listened to your son many times over the years, and even in death, he has inspired me. I will complete 31 years of proud service this March, and your son's "Policeman" has reminded me why I chose this profession.
Thank you....for your service.

Trooper John P. Moretti
Secretary- New York State Troopers PBA

January 5, 2015

Rest in Peace, Brother.

Major Jack Pool
U. S. Border Patrol

December 22, 2014

Rest in Peace.

Sgt. Brian Burton
Fort Wayne In PD

September 30, 2014

I loved hearing your son Paul Harvey every day on the radio. He made a lot of sense. He was only 2 years old when your life was brutally taken away but now he rests with you.

Alex, 911 Dispatcher

May 9, 2014

A Policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity. Gulled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are "new". What they really mean is that they are exceptional, unusual, not commonplace.

Buried under the frost is the fact: Less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform. That's a better average than you'd find among clergy.

What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is once the most needed and the most unwanted. He's a strangely nameless creature who is "sir" to his face and "fuzz" to his back. He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.

But if the policeman is neat, he's conceited; if he's careless, he's a bum. If he's pleasant, he's flirting;if not, he's a grouch.

He must make an instant decision which would require months for a lawyer to make. But if he hurries, he's careless; if he's deliberate, he's lazy. He must be first to an accident and infallible with his diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp. Or expect to be sued.

The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn't hurt.He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being "brutal". If you hit him, he's a coward. If he hits you, he's a bully.

A policeman must know everything-and not tell. He must know where all the sin is and not partake.

A policeman must, from a single strand of hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal- and tell you where the criminal is hiding. But if he catches the criminal, he's lucky; if he doesn't, he's a dunce. If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn't, he's a dullard. The policeman must chase a bum lead to a dead-end, stake out ten nights to tag one witness who saw it happen-but refused to remember.

The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman. And, of course, he'd have to be genius....For he will have to feed a family on a policeman's salary.

-Paul Harvey


December 15, 2013

Thompson, I could have not said it better. Stay safe brother.

Sgt. A. Parker
Santa Clara Police

September 28, 2013

Brother so much can be said about what one leaves behind when they are gone. But in your case nothing can measure the amount of loyalty, heart and determination for Law Enforcement that your son Paul had. His loss as a boy when you fell was hard but he used that love for you and your job to support others and help in their time of grief.

A son who will go down as the most popular radio voice in our nations history.

Enjoy your time getting to know him as we all did growing up.

And as your son would say.

"Good Day!"

D. Thompson #111
Richmond Police Department

August 14, 2013

I have laid down my life in service to all of you.
I have been a part of the fabric that has held the line between your safety and your victimization. I have given my life so that others may live in peace. I have lived my life as a dedicated member of the greatest profession. There is no greater honor.

As I now become a part of the rich history of law enforcement, please remember me always for I have left behind those who loved and depended upon me.
My partners and my agency, please remember my family, their loss, and don’t let time soften your compassion for them.

You guard the gate now and I will continue my watch from above.


Doug Gist, Captain (ret) Washoe S.O.
Silver State National Peace Officers Museum

April 13, 2013

Sir, you gave it your all to defend the life's of others. Im proud to say that we have picked up where you have left off. Your son was so very proud of you. It reflected in the way that he respected us on the air. Yall dont know me, but your son gave us in Bossier City, respect years ago. My Mom and Dad called me to let me know that they had heard his broadcast in Texas. God Bless Sir. You and Your Son. Enjoy eternity together.

Sgt. Mike Szempruch
Bossier City Police Dept. Bossier City Louisiana

March 11, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 88th 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 on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your son who was three years old when you were killed grew up to be a beloved figure in our country. Paul Harvey lived a full life dying at age 90 having touched countless lives. He always was an ardent supporter of law enforcement and seeing that the memories of fallen officers were honored. Thank you for the wonderful legacy you left in Paul, another true American hero.

Rest In Peace, Officer Aurandt.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 5, 2009

Thank you Sir, for your sacrifice and courage. And thank you for the leagacy you left behind in the form of your son. May both of you enjoy eternity together and catch up on all the time that had been taken from you.


March 2, 2009

Your son Paul has just passed away. At ninety, he lived nearly twice as many years as you were given during your short time on this planet. And just as you left an impression during your time here, so has he left a great legacy to the country. Thank you for the life you gave...and the life you left.

Dean Scoville
LASD Retired

March 1, 2009

A father and son are now reunited. Thank you for your service.

Chief Curtman
Bloomfield MO Police Dept.

March 1, 2009

Officer Aurandt, Your baby boy Paul has join now joined you in heaven.. Thank you for leaving such a beutiful person behind that made such a differnce to this world. It is obvious that looked down from heaven and helped guide through his amazing life.. God Bless Both of You

Retired LEO

March 1, 2009

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