Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Harry W. Vosper

Seattle Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Thursday, July 21, 1949

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Reflections for Detective Harry W. Vosper

Uncle Harry you are remembered everyday and missed dearly!

Your life mattered!

Family Lyndi Mcdougall
Seattle Police Department

August 25, 2020

His selfless sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Retired SPD dispatcher
Seattle Police

August 24, 2020

Your selfless and heroic actions are the definition of duty before self. Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 21, 2020

There is a dedication to this fallen officer at the end of the radio series Dragnet Episode 13 . I am a former Met Police Detective from London, UK and thought it was apt to mention it here on his memorial page.
I was fortunate to spend 34 years working with similar colleagues, gone but not forgotten. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Detective Chief Inspector (rt)
Met Police London

March 4, 2014

You are our hero Uncle Harry. Thank you for the legacy of courage you left our family. Your story is now passed on to another generation of Vosper-Baughn children.

In memory of my great uncle Harry Vosper, Seattle Police Detective killed in the line of duty.

Lyndi Baughn McDougall
Grand Niece

January 31, 2014

Today, January 30, 2014, the city of Seattle finally showed you, and 31 other fellow fallen officers dating back to 1891, the honor that is well deserved by the sacrifices that you and these others have made. I hold in my hand the State of Washington Medal of Honor that you earned in that moment that you took a bullet meant for the fellow officer that you so selflessly were protecting. Your heroism will never be forgotten and stands as an example for all of us and a reminder that a life of service is and will always be a life well lived...Thank You Uncle Harry!

Michael Baughn
Grand Nephew

January 31, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 64th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 14, 2013

Thank you for your heroism sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

July 21, 2012

I am not 80 m years old and remember back to 1949 when Harry Vosper was shot and killed at a home on Capitol Hill. As I recall he was shot through a door. Harry was off duty, but decided to go and help. At the time of his death, he and Don Sprinkle were the two top detectives in Seatt.e Harry was so sharp about the Seattle area that if you gave him an address he could tell you the color of the house. As a youth, I only saw Harry a few times. We called him Uncle Harry, but he was actually my cousin.

My wife Judy and I live in Tucson, AZ now. All my prior years were spent in the Seattle area. I was living just north of Green Lake until age 27.

John Vosper
Detective Vosper's cousin
April 27, 2012

John Vosper

April 28, 2012

My great Uncle Harry was and will always be the hero of our family. My father who died last year loved and admired you and instilled in us the deepest respect for your courage and goodness. I have your 32 cal. Colt that you carried that day tucked away in my safe and shared it with my 10 year old daughter just the other day. Now you are her true hero and I promise that your story and memory will never be forgoten. Although I was born six years after you gave your life your story has been a beacon all of my 54 years. Thank you for all that you have meant to our family.

Your grand nephew,
Michael Baughn

Michael Baughn (civilian)
Detective Vosper's nephew

May 16, 2010

This Memorial day I want to thank you for the bravery and selflessness you showed that day. You were a true warrior and will not be forgotten !

Deputy Brian Petree
Hendricks County Sheriffs Dept.

May 26, 2009

Detective Vosper, you truly exemplify the words of Jesus in John 15:13: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." I honor you for your life and your service. How you died is the highest expression of the kind of man you were. We will not forget.

May 14, 2008



September 8, 2007

The radio program Dragnet dedicated their 9-1-1949 show to Detective Vosper.

John Schroeder

December 23, 2005

Rest in peace Brother Harry, you are a true hero and will not be forgotten.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs Police Dept. Okla

September 17, 2003

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