Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Gary Lee Ward

Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Saturday, February 2, 1985

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Reflections for Detective Gary Lee Ward

I believe he should have been convicted for 1st degree murder, with no change of parole. I hope he Rots in hell n burns !!!

Patrick Crager , no rank

February 5, 2023

Rest in peace Detective Ward.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 14, 2020

Det. Ward,
On today, the 34th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Oklahoma City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

February 2, 2019

Gary hired me to work my first extra job catching shoplifters at Spartan-Atlantic on N Lincoln in 1971. Rest in Peace brother.

Ret. Sgt Gordon Robertson

June 21, 2017

Gary, you and I worked the same extra job at the Holiday Inn where you killed. We were working for Les McCaleb. I was off that night and you were working. Rest in Peace my fellow OCPD officer. You earned it.

Ret. Lt. Jodie Perkins 1970-2001

August 10, 2016

Remember Gary well. He rode Charlie 4 and I was Charlie 3, occasionally rode together. Made many calls together, Shared many cups of coffee, hours of heartache and hours of joy. Think about him often. May God be with his family.

Thomas Ashing, SGT
Oklahoma City Police Department

February 4, 2016

One of the best men, I ever met.
He took time with me, when I was a teen, to talk to me.
I have thought of him often throughout my life.
You will never be forgotten as long as I live.
Thank you for your extraordinary service.

Gary Smith
Friend of Officer Ward

September 4, 2015

You are honored today as a hero Sir. RIP

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

February 2, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th 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.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

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

February 2, 2012

Remembering you on your anniversary!

Citizen NJ


February 2, 2011

RIP my Brother.

Deputy S. Yates
Covinton County Sheriff's Dept. (Mississippi)

July 18, 2010



February 3, 2010

To the members of Detective Gary Ward: My name is Thomas Riggs. I am the brother of Officer Richard O. Riggs who was killed just eleven months after Gary was killed in the line of duty. Altough I did not know Gary I heard alot of good about him and his service on the Police Force. We cannot replace Officers like Gary and Richard we can only add others into the system. Although we will never forget I can only hope that time has helped heal some of the pain. May God Bless you and know that Gary is in a better place.

Thomas Riggs

August 7, 2009


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 28, 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
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 9, 2008

What a priviledge it was to serve with my friend Gary Ward. We shared a lot of things, good and not so good, funny and not so funny. I love your family and think of you and them often. I know your heart was right with God when you left this world. I hope to see you again and we can finish our talks without being dispatched to a call. Car 20 to 24, meet me at the corner.

Detective John Lane

November 15, 2005

A friend of my lost a good friend and this world has lost a good man... Our Prayers are with you and him alike..


April 15, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

April 12, 2005

Gary I never met you but I was the officer who found you on that lonely night at the Holiday Inn.

I had only been on the job for 6 months. I am sorry that I could not have been there when you needed it most.

Lieutenant Mike Norris

Lieutenant Mike Norris

August 12, 2004

Detective Ward, thank you for a job well done. You will never be forgotten. Our prayers go out to your family.

Lyndell & Elizabeth Taylor
Parents of
Morris Lyn Taylor
Deputy Sheriff (Douglas County, Oregon)
EOW 9-14-02

March 28, 2004

Thank you Detective Ward for giving us your all.

T. Henshaw - Detective
Bell Gardens Police Department, CA

February 9, 2004

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