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Deputy Sheriff John L. Waller

Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, June 14, 1953

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff John L. Waller

Deputy Sheriff John L. Waller
Sir, just know that those of us that have worn the badge will never forget the sacrifice you laid upon the "Alter of Freedom" to protect the citizens of Franklin Parish, Louisiana.
May you Rest In Peace

Master Trooper Mike Evans
Louisiana State Police / Troop-F, Monroe, Louisiana

August 11, 2019

Deputy Sheriff Waller,
On today, the 65th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Franklin Parish. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 14, 2018

I did not know this man, but he was my paternal grandfather's brother. At the time of Officer John L. Waller's death, my daddy was only 7 years old. He said that the family was on vacation in California at the time, and upon hearing the work of Uncle John L's death, his family abruptly cut short their vacation, and headed back to northeast Louisiana, only stopping ONCE during the drive that took several days. My papaw (Sheriff Hiram B. Waller), never DID get over the guilt that his brother lost his life in the line of duty. Apparently, my papaw and his brother looked quite a bit alike, and even more tragic, my papaw had dealt with the perpetrator before and had tried on numerous occasions to assist him in getting professional help for his addictions and mental illness. Just a sad situation all the way around. My great uncle was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the man who killed him was not necessarily a BAD person, but one who was clearly disturbed and needed professional help. I do not fault him, nor do I hold any of his family members accountable for his actions. I only hope and pray that the addiction/mental illness amongst his family members was broken after this incident and his descendants have enjoyed happy and fulfilling lives.

Melanie Waller Routon
Great-niece, daughter of his nephew, Ralph M. Waller

July 9, 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

June 15, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 59th 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. Rest In Peace.

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

June 15, 2012

Although I did not serve with you I am sure that the basis of our Department is backed by deputies such as yourself.

Officer Cody Cain
Franklin Parish Detention Center

March 20, 2006

Deputy Waller, there are many people who put things like this aside becasue of stupid matters. Visiting this memorial should be a priority to all. Always remember, YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN

Clare County Sheriff Dept. Michigan

July 16, 2005

Deputy Waller, as a native of Franklin Parish, former police officer, and friend of a fallen officer, I would like to be the first to offer a reflection in your memory. May you rest in peace, and know that there is at least one person who appreciates your service and sacrifice. May your loved ones take comfort in knowing that you are in a better place, and that someone does care.


May 24, 2005

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