Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff David H. Whittier

Orleans County Sheriff's Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, September 8, 1989

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff David H. Whittier

I am happy to have found this deputy's picture and submitted his photo for approval. I am retired and have made this a part time mission. To find and submit photos of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good. Rest in Peace Deputy Whittier. May your memory stay relevant. Never forget.

P.O. retired Bflo.PD
Buffalo NY PD

September 16, 2022

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)

September 8, 2020

Its almost been 30yrs since we laid you to rest, there's not a day goes by that I don't think about you . I can only hope that we have made you proud in the lives we lead cause you made us very proud the way you lead yours. May you rest in peace til we meet again.

Thad Whittier

May 15, 2019

No fallen officer should be without a photo. We salute you deputy Whittier.

Officer (retired)

September 27, 2018

On this National Peace Officer's Memorial Day 2014 - the men & women of the Orleans County N.Y. Sheriff's Office honor the memory & sacrifice of Deputy Sheriff David H. Whittier.

Undersheriff Steve Smith
Orleans County, N.Y. Sheriff's Office

May 15, 2014

We honor the memory of Deputy Sheriff David Whittier on this National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Undersheriff Steve Smith
Orleans County, N.Y. Sheriff's Office

May 15, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 20th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 8, 2009

I said a little prayer today for Deputy Sheriff Whittier and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

September 3, 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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 20, 2007

Although I was too young at the time of your passing, I reflect now on your service to the citizens of Orleans County.

Godspeed Deputy Whittier.

Brian P. Gidley

October 11, 2006

I have a rubbing of your name from the NLEO Memorial in Washington. We have it displayed in the Line Up room.

I look at it every day.

I remember.

Ptl. Mike Ryan
NYS University Police Brockport

Ptl. Mike Ryan
NYS University Police Brockport

September 8, 2006

Deputy Sheriff Whittier,
On today, the 16th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service for the citizens of Orleans County.


September 8, 2005

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