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Reserve Lieutenant Jimmie Van Wingate

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, June 14, 1970

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Reflections for Reserve Lieutenant Jimmie Van Wingate

Lieutenant Wingate,

Your wife stopped me today. She handed me a bag of candy and a small cross. It was a small cross, but the weight it carried was massive. She stated she had prayed over it and asked if we could pray together. You have an incredible wife and this really meant something for me today. It was extremely kind and I hope pay it forward. The cross will stay with me in my department vehicle until I retire.

Sgt J Bruce Wright
Lawrence IN PD

February 20, 2023

Rest in peace Reserve Lt. Van Wingate.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 14, 2022

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest | Salute

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret)

June 14, 2022

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest | Salute

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret)

June 14, 2021

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest | Salute

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret)

June 18, 2020

Rather than dwell on the questionable technicalities that have and still affect proper law enforcement to this day, it’s important to note that yours and your partners actions that day are the true definition of service before self. Your heroic sacrifice is one that will never be forgotten by your LE brethren, both retired and active.

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

June 14, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you Hero and your family for your courage and sacrifice. Always remembered.

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

June 14, 2020

Lt. Van Wingate,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Marion County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 14, 2020

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest | Salute

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret)

June 13, 2019

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest | Salute!

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

June 13, 2018

Lt. Van Wingate, you will not be forgotten. As a former Reserve Sheriff's Deputy in Marion County I was aware of your sacrifice and thought of you every time I headed to roll call. RIP Lt.

Former Res. Sheriff's Deputy
Marion County Sheriff's Dept., Indiana

June 15, 2017

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest

S. I. Drake, Lt/IPD-IMPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

June 13, 2017

Eternal Rest

S. I. Drake, Lt/IPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

June 14, 2016

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

June 15, 2015

Eternal Rest

S. I. Drake, Lt/IPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

June 13, 2015

Eternal Rest

S. I. Drake, Lt/IPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

June 13, 2014

RIP peace Hero! You are not forgotten!

Former Sheriff's Deputy
Marion Co. Sheriff's Dept., Indianapolis, IN

April 26, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 43rd 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. Rest In Peace.

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

June 15, 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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

July 31, 2007

thank you for your services.

fairfield county s-o lancaster,ohio

December 26, 2006

I started my career with the MCSD one year and a month before your death. I had the honor of wotking with you, you were the first officer to die in the Line of Duty, with our depatrtment after I came on, it was certainly a great honor for me to know you, and I know GOD will always keep you in his safe arms.

Capt. Cliff Durham

Capt. Cliff Durham`

November 15, 2006

Jim was my good friend. His sister, Lila, is my wife of 41 years. I was in the first car to arrive after the shooting and heard his last words. I took Jim's father, mother and two sisters in to see him for the first time in the funeral home. His father, Albert Russell Wingate died in January, 1998. He never truly got over the loss of his son. The entire family is the poorer for not having Jim with us all these years.

I served as a reserve police officer until 1988. I was on the Hancock County Sheriff's Department for the last nine years. I remember the loss of Jim and the others I've known over the years. The last, a fine man and great officer, was Malcolm Grass, Captain (former two-term sheriff.) I have photos of these two men in my den where I see them daily.

Reserve Deputy Norman Sharp
former Marion County Sheriff's Department

September 10, 2005

You were married to my mother at the time of your death. I am taking good care of her. Please rest in peace.


August 27, 2005

Deputy Wingate,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Marion County. It's a crime that your murderer was let off on a technicality.


June 14, 2005

I was three weeks old when you were murdered. Now I am a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and I hold I deep appreciation for your service and sacrifice. You will not be forgotten.

Reserve Deputy

April 11, 2005

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