Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sheriff Palmer Morrison Watts

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

End of Watch Thursday, August 15, 1918

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Reflections for Sheriff Palmer Morrison Watts

Mr. Watts would was my great grandfather. His daughter Ruth Fitts was my grandmother. My understanding is that Mr. Watts was a kind and wonderful father. He did not seek the office of Sheriff, but the citizens called and he responded.

John
relative

December 20, 2019

Sheriff Watts,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Tuscaloosa County.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

August 15, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

August 15, 2018

We are grateful for the service of Sheriff Palmer Watts, and remember his for his service this date, the 100th anniversary of his passing.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

August 15, 2018

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 95th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 21, 2013

Sheriff Watts,
On today, the 91st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Tuscaloosa County. It took another year, but your murderer finally got the justice that he deserved.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous

August 15, 2009

"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
Sergeant
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

July 24, 2007

Rest in Peace, Sheriff Watts. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

November 2, 2006

My grandfather died on August 31, 1918 when my mother was was only 7 months old, so the date you gave your life is significant in our family. Thank you for the service that you gave and know that you will not be forgotten.
Rest in Peace brother.

E.S.
Oklahoma City
6-2-04

E.S.
Citizen

June 2, 2004

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