Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Fred Earl Babb

Apalachicola Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, December 1, 1967

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Reflections for Officer Fred Earl Babb

Thoughts and prayers remain with the Babb Family as their sacrifices have not been forgotten. Officer Fred Babb is truly a hero public servant who placed his community's safety ahead of his own. While Officer Babb's life was preceded by mine, and his death soon after I was born, it's comforting to know that the proud law enforcement traditions of service to others first remain today in the area I call home. My thoughts also remain with the members of the Apalachicola Police Department, Port St. Joe Police, Franklin County Sheriff's Office, and the Gulf County Sheriff's Office.

Gary Howze, Director
Florida Office of the Attorney General

December 3, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Babb.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 30, 2019

May officer Fred Earl Babb soul rest in Heaven. Officer Babb will never be forgotten.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

February 19, 2018

I had a friend who witnessed the shooting. The first shot disabled the officer, the killer then fired two more rounds into Officer Babbs.

Chris Nash
kid in Apalachicola

October 16, 2015

I now work for the Apalachicola Police Department and I have lived in Franklin County all my life. I know Fred Babb Jr., Officer Babb's son. And I also knew Fred Babb lll before I worked the case of a missing person with this family concerning Fred Babb lll. While searching on and off duty for two months, I received a call that a body was found in the woods of Apalachicola. With emergency lights flashing and sirens blaring I arrived on scene and discovered my hunting partner and friend's body. I was extremely heartbroken and it still haunts me today. This is an amazing family and I know their hearts are riddled with tragic losses. I pray that God can comfort this family through their hardships.

Officer Chase Richards
Apalachicola Police Department

November 6, 2014

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all, and you sir are a hero. Continue to rest in peace Officer Babb.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

December 1, 2012

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 24, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 5, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 44th 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
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 1, 2011

We will never forget the sacrifice you made for us, continue to rest in peace Officer Babb.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


December 1, 2011

HEROES do live forever and we will never forget.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


December 1, 2010

Rest in peace.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

May 7, 2009

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

December 1, 2007

I was a little girl living at 56 17th street, playing out in the front yard, when a car came squealing by... a police car was in hot pursuit. I didn't know what was going on, only that my mother told me to come into the house.
a few hours later, my father, Billy Spikes, who was working at Florida Power Corporation, came home. his face was as white as his shirt and there were splotches of blood on the shirt.
he said, "Babbs is dead."
Babbs, whose wife was pregnant at the time, had gone to the Junior Food Store after getting a distress call from the store manager who said a man was in the store with a gun.
My dad was also at the store. He had gone into the restroom when he heard "taps" on the wall. then "taps" on the bathroom door.
He opened the door to go out and saw Babbs just laying there. He says he took the handkerchief out of his pocket and tried to stop the bleeding, but it was too late. He was gone... shot several times at close range.
The bad guy was eventually caught in Port St. Joe, hiding under a house.
When it came time for court, my dad testified against him.
The felon stood up in court and threatened to kill my dad.
I've never forgotten Babbs and the ultimate sacrifice he made. And it grieves me that his son never got to know what a wonderful man he was. Very kind, very funny, very humble.
Thanks, Babbs.

caron (spikes) myers
family friend

August 30, 2006

The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry a badge
can't always be a saint."

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at time I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell"

Fellow Brother Officer in Florida

June 22, 2005

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