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Officer Terry Wayne Autrey

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Wednesday, September 30, 1987

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Reflections for Officer Terry Wayne Autrey

Badge #11929, God Bless you. Always so hard to reflect on the loss of a fellow CHPY. It’s been 32 years and I apologize for taking so long to honor you. I remember my first month on the job as you never forget those days. Your career was short but still very honorable. It’s not the time on the job but the honor to have been on the job. You accomplished more than many others in such a short time. Your dedication and desire to serve is all that matters. May God bless you and bless your family. I’m so proud of serving on the greatest Law Enforcement agency the world has ever known with you. You served with honor and I for one am proud to call you my brother. Semper Fi CHPY.

State Traffic Officer 7185 and United St
California Highway Patrol/SLA Area 530

September 30, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother. We honor you on the 30th anniversary of your EOW. You were taken too soon.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

September 30, 2017

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 24, 2015

It has been 27 years since i graduated the same class with Terry. I know now his solid relationship with the Lord. i too am a Christian now and realize how the lord used Terry in so many ways in our lives. My son Cody Taylor in now leaving for the Nevada Highway Patrol Jan 12 2015 and at Christmas he found Terry's Magazine pictures and news clippings from 27 years ago i had saved. He had them framed and mounted with my old wallet badge (which by the is one number from Terry) 11928. My son gave to me on Christmas day. what a day of reflection.

Traffic Officer Keith Taylor
California Highway Patrol

January 5, 2015

I grew up with Terry and think of him often.I miss our play ground antics, head first slides, launching me off of the teeter totter. I retired from Law Enforcement after 31 yrs in 2010. I miss my friend Terry, god speed my friend.

Sgt Mark Stevenson
Hercules PD, California

March 19, 2014

My name is Brad Coons and I was the driver of the EMT crew working for Adams Ambulance who arrived on scene to the accident on the northbound 710 FWY that September day in 1987. We responded as fast as possible, but upon our arrival, found out that Officer Autrey had already passed. It broke my heart to hear that he was such a young officer and that he had young children. We ended up transporting his FTO to (I think) USC Trauma center with loss of feeling in his lower extremities, but I never followed up to see if he ended up okay. My bother is a CHP officer and I think of Officer Autrey and his family often.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Brad Coons
Adams Ambulance

August 17, 2012

My name is Amanda and I am the wife of Officer Autreys youngest son Nicholas who was only 4 at the time. Thank you so much for all the kind words you have shared. I will pass them along to the family. We just recently passed the 24yr was hard as every year is.

Amanda Autrey
Daughter Inlaw

October 24, 2011

Rest in Peace, Officer Autrey. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd 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


September 30, 2009

It's been 21 years. And in my heart and mind you have never been forgotten. There are days like today, when I miss your friendship so much. Chris A. Brown

Chris A. Brown

January 8, 2009

Officer Autrey your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

April 28, 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

November 21, 2007

Officer Autrey is proudly remembered every day by his fellow officers at the East Los Angeles Area CHP. Rest in peace brother.

Bill Preciado

California Highway Partrol

May 3, 2006

I thank you for your service and salute you for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace, Hero.

September 27, 2004

A tragic loss....My thoughts are with your family even though this happened several years ago. I am quite sure they are still feeling the pain of the loss of their wonderful son.

Officer Julie Schmidt
Louisville Metro Police Dept. Louisville, KY

September 8, 2003

No officer that gave his life should be without reflection……

“For those who pledge to uphold it, Freedom requires a sacrifice the protected will never know”


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