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Special Agent S. Perry Watkins

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Secret Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, January 14, 1980

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Reflections for Special Agent S. Perry Watkins

Perry Watkins was my grandfather. He died a hero. I wish I could’ve met such an incredible man.

Jordan Watkins

May 4, 2020

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

January 15, 2020

Rest in peace Special Agent Watkins.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 14, 2020

I think of Perry when I think of duty , dedication and honor. Yes Gary your father was a fine person and dedicated law enforcement officer.

Special Agent Ret. H. Beckmann
US Secret Service (in Denver 1975-77)

April 29, 2014

I think of you often, especially when I wonder if I'm being the best father, the best man, that I can be. Thank you for everything. You were the best father a son could have. I love you and miss you, Dad.


Teacher, Gary S. Watkins

May 27, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty-first 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 dimishes respect and your memory wili always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

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

January 14, 2012

"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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 31, 2008



January 5, 2008

I recently lost a good friend in Deputy Sheriff Kevin Carper (Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office) to gunfire. We had a debriefing, and the gentleman who led the debriefing was your Secret Service Partner who was present during your shooting. His words were words of comfort, and his insights were very helpful. You ARE NOT forgotten, your work continues, your loss was sensless, but your loss is helping other hurting officers. I never met you, but i thank you for your sacrifice to this nation. You are gone, but not forgotten.

Brandon Letterman
Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office

March 8, 2007

SA Watkins, you are not forgotten. Rest in Peace brother.


January 14, 2005

Thank you sir, you are not forgotten!!!

God Bless


citizen of Va

September 12, 2004

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