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Patrolman James Ralph Turner

Port Isabel Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, May 22, 1978

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Reflections for Patrolman James Ralph Turner

JT I remember that day so well, the four of us were sitting in front of Western Auto when the call came in and you asked Dennis and I to tag along in case medical was needed. I witnessed you getting hit and falling to the ground with your hand stretched out toward me. Even after all these years I still play it over and over in my head, wishing I could of reached you to help. I will always remember you for the outstanding person you were. and hopefully one day I will meet Jamie. Say hi to Trooper David Rucker and Los Fresnos Officer Enrique Carrisalez, both taken in 1981 on highway 100 while on duty and way too soon.

Joey Spinks
Family friend & EMS at time

August 22, 2018

Rest in Peace Police Officer James Ralph Turner. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Port Isabel, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and the men and women of the Port Isabel Police Department. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever pursue the scum that murdered you. May he know no peace on this earth nor in the after life. May his grave be infested with thorns and weeds. May he burn forever in the lake of fire!


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

May 22, 2016

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

May 22, 2015

Heroes live forever, Patrolman Turner, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Port Isabel and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

May 22, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your heart is in my heart's embrace. Rest In Peace.

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

May 22, 2012

Rest in peace, Patrolman Turner. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Port Isabel and the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

May 22, 2012



May 22, 2011

Officer Turner, I was a teenager in Mission, Texas and met you as one of Mission's finest, a Police Officer. Years have gone by yet I have not forgotten you. I followed your career choice and later joined the McAllen Police Dept. in the 70's. You positively impacted my life. I was saddened when I first learned of your trajedy yet your statements to a small boy made a differce. Thanks my big brother! RIP

Rudy L. Villarreal
Retired Federal Officer

October 21, 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 20, 2008

May you and your loved ones be ever blessed.

May 22, 2007

I can say Officer Turner was one individual my father, his sargent was proud of. On his spare time, while cruising in his blue Firebird, he would stop by the house to socialize or throw the football. Growing up around my father's officers and seeing them handle themselves as professionals, as James did, directed me to take the route into law enforcement. Thanks Turner.

G. Rosalez, Captain
Federal Bureau of Prisons

November 7, 2006

May you rest in peace and may Our Lord Bless your family.

October 7, 2006

i am the only daughter of james turner ,sadley he passed away before i was born, i only wish i had the chance to know him.

jamie lee turner-hilboldt

August 12, 2006

Turner, I'm pushing 50 and I still remember you when I was a young kid growing up in Mission. I have not forgotten you and remember when you worked for Mission P.D. Even though you gave us a hard time, you always meant well and helped keep us out of trouble. Thanks for your guidance. RIP

Rudy L Villarreal
Retired Federal Officer

September 18, 2004

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