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Deputy Sheriff Andrew Edward Vertolli

Stark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, April 19, 1975

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Andrew Edward Vertolli

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Deputy Sheriff Andrew Edward Vertolli of the Stark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio and the additional 69 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

April 19, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Deputy Sheriff Andrew Edward Vertolli of the Stark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio and the additional 66 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

April 19, 2018

Deputy Sheriff Vetolli,
On today, the 37th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Stark County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
U.S. Border Patrol

April 19, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today on the 37th 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 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.

Phyllis Loya

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

April 19, 2012

Rest in peace brother, you have made the ultimate sacrifice.


Middletown P.D. (Ohio)

April 19, 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
Sergeant
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

January 8, 2008

Deputy Vertolli,
As a fellow member of the Stark County Sheriff's Office, I would like to thank you for paving the way for what we have today. The dedication that you made in your career to the members of the SCSO and the citizens of Stark County give newer Deputies like me a role model to base our careers. The SO formed an Honor Guard in 2003. At our first training session, a moment of silence was observed in your honor. You will not be forgotten.

Deputy Sheriff C.D. Newman
Stark County Sheriff's Office

December 27, 2007

You will never be forgotten.

Rose Ritz RN

August 3, 2006

Andy Its been a long time since you left us, But I still think about you and the times we shared working together at the Stark County Sheriffs Office, you may be gone but not for gotten.

Deputy K.L. Fetters
Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office West Palm Beach Fl.

June 14, 2005

You gave your life to protect others'. God bless you hero. Our uniforms the same, so you shall always remain. Never forgotten. Thank you for your service.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

October 19, 2003

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