Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Joseph M. Weth, Jr.

Portsmouth Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, May 28, 1982

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Reflections for Patrolman Joseph M. Weth, Jr.

Patrolman Weth,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USNR. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

May 28, 2022

Officer Weth,
On today, the 36th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USNR. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

May 28, 2018

Joe, I think about you often. I spent many hours as a observer flying with you in the old Bell 47. I went with you on a check ride in the same aircraft the night before the tragic accident. You are missed my friend. God bless you my friend.

Tom Raby Sr.
Portsmouth Police Dept Aux.

November 4, 2016

I treasure all those Bell 47 "Christmas Lights Tours" I had as a kid.


May 28, 2015

Joe...I think about you everyday, as I helped you prep the airplane for the flight to BWI, then waiting for your return to PVG at around 1400, only to receive a call from the NTSB and Maryland State well my friend.

SGT Donald Hicks (RET)

May 28, 2015

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

May 28, 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 30th 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.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

May 28, 2012

I can still remember when we were kids,the family gaterings that we had in New Jersey and Virginia, Most of the family is gone now,Aunt Mildred just recently passed on, that leaves no aunts or uncles.
Its amazing to think that your Brother Chris is still alive who would have thought that he would outlive You,Junie and your Mom and Dad.
Rest in peace Cousin

Phil Ehlers

February 21, 2010

Thank-you for your service. Rest in Peace.

Lt. Stephen A. Joy
Prince George's County Police, Maryland

September 4, 2009

Joe, I can't believe it's been this long. I still remember our Easter's in Newtown. Our Road trips in CYO. Skipping reserve meetings and going to Ocean View. Your old Sportster. You would love my Electra Glide. It is my Honor this year to come present a flower. Perhaps some day we shall meet again and continue on as we did so many years ago.

Capt. Jerry Kennett USMM

April 17, 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
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

April 3, 2008

Joe, I still see your hugh smile, and I hear your hardy laugh. It seems like only yesterday we were in the academy. Our entire class has now retired, and moved on, but you have not been left behind. You are still with us Joe, and we hold your memory dear. God keep you in his fold. We love you.

Your friend,

Retired Detective Jerry Barnes
Portsmouth Police Department

October 8, 2005

Hey Joe,
I can't believe it's been 23 years today since I last saw you. I miss how you always had time to stop and chat and laugh at my jokes. We were neighbors, friends, classmates, members of the same USNR division and shipmates. I'll never forget the time you took me up in the old Bell 47. I still have the 8x10 B&W of the helo and crew on my wall. I know you have your 'real' wings, now. I am honored and proud to tell people that we were friends. I would say 'Rest Well', but I know you never rested. Bravo Zulu. Clyde :)

Clyde W. Nordan, Jr.
Friend and Shipmate

May 25, 2005

On behalf of the men and women of the Virginia State University Police Department, our thoughts and prayers to the Weth family and the Porthsmouth Police Department.

Virginia State University Police Department

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