Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant James M. West, Sr.

Decatur County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, October 28, 1980

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Reflections for Lieutenant James M. West, Sr.

Lieutenant James M. West Sr. will never be forgotten. Thank you for your devotion to service. May your soul rest in Heaven.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

March 1, 2021

On this actual 40th anniversary of your untimely and heroic sacrifice I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

October 28, 2020

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 14, 2020

Lt. West, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 30, 2019

A great man and officer that was highly respected in the community.

Mark Swicord

August 19, 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 34th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged 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 officer Larry Lasater

January 27, 2014

Lt. West,
while growing up in Bainbridge I remember you stopping by to visit my father during the 1960's as a Deputy Sheriff. you were a very positive and professional image for Law Enforcement. You're still remembered in high regards today whenever your name comes up. Seeing you as a kid gave me encouragement to become a Police Officer. THANKS

Sgt. Cliff Green
U. S. Capitol Police, Wash D.C.

December 21, 2012

Rest in Peace, Lieutenant West. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 25, 2012

The words "Thank You" are not enough. I know you are in a better place. Rest in Peace

Captain Chip Nix
Decatur County Sheriff's Office

December 25, 2010


There is not a day that goes by that I don't look at picture and see your smile. Everyone see's so much of you in me and I know you are with me on daily basis as my guardian angel. You were taken away too early and there are days that I am truly angered that I never was able to walk beside you on duty. But I realize God took you off-duty here on Earth and let you walk the beat on the golden streets of Heaven. So until that day we meet again, you travel light, keep smiling on me, and know that I love you.

OFC. Bobby L. iSims, III
Grandson/State of Florida

August 9, 2010

Lt. West, Thank You for your service and dedication to your family, friends, job, and the community you served. Sir your memory will never fade and you will always be remembered. GOD BLESS & Rest In Peace!

Detention Deputy G. Carew
Seminole CO. Sheriff's Office, FL J.E.P.C.F.

February 26, 2009

RIP.You will not be forgotten.


October 31, 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

December 23, 2007

My mother was extremely proud of you and your service. Although I only met you briefly as a small child enjoying a Georgia summer in 1966, you still continue to impact my life as I meet dozens of people from around the country who knew you from Bainbridge. Rest in peace Uncle James, and may God continue to allow your memory to have a positive impact on the lives of those you served and their children's children.

Gerald Phipps

November 16, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 26, 2007

Just a note to say that you are not forgotten.

Doug Teachworth
Lynnwood, WA PD

July 20, 2007

Lt. West,
He was a gentleman, and respected by members of the county which he served. Lt. West overcame several lifethreatening ordeals before his life was cut short. I remember the night in Climax, GA where he and my dad, the Chief of Police, located an railcar leaking ammonia. Lt. West literal helped save a town that night. Rest in peace, and God bless your family.

Deputy Ben Carroll
Clay County Sheriff, Florida

August 12, 2005

Lieutenant West after all of these years you are still remembered as a hero! God bless you sir.

Ofcr. Dan Winger

March 18, 2005

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