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Sheriff Harry L. Wolfe

Union County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, January 21, 1982

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Reflections for Sheriff Harry L. Wolfe

May God have mercy on Stanley Penn. And hopefully he will repent to the lord for the life he took


August 1, 2020

The murderer of Sheriff Harry Wolfe (Stanley Penn) has died in prison. My prayers be with the fellow officers and family of Sheriff Wolfe. I hope that this gives them some closure.


February 13, 2020

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Sheriff Harry L. Wolfe of the Union County Sheriff's Office, Ohio and the additional 57 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

January 21, 2020

I am 56 years old and can remember Sheriff Wolfe coming to my parents house when I was a kid. It was a neighborhood meeting about shady things going on around the area. I always thought it was nice that he took the time to do that for my parents. He was old school and a true professional. Not so much politics. Great job Sheriff.

William Ferrell
Long time union county resident.

July 30, 2019

Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Sheriff Wolfe.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 21, 2018

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Sheriff Harry L. Wolfe of the Union County Sheriff's Office, Ohio and the additional 60 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

January 21, 2018

he was truly an awesome Sheriff may you R I P Sir. It was always great working with you and your office

retired detective
marion county sheriffs dept

October 20, 2017

Love you grandpa, wish I could have met you.

Harrison Wolfe, a proud grandson of Harry Lee Wolfe

December 21, 2016

Sheriff Wolfe,
On today, the 32nd 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 U.S. Army during WW II fighting the Germans in Europe as a member of the 30th "Old Hickory" Inf. Div. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 21, 2014

So many years ago but your name is carved in stone on the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial Wall in our nation's capital ensuring you will never be forgotten. Well served Peace Officer. Rest in Peace...

Tammie Elliott-Gehle
Surviving Spouse of Sgt. Robert L. Elliott Miami County, Ohio S.O. EOW

June 4, 2013

My Father, Bill Howard, was his foxhole buddy in the 30th Division during WW II. I have several photos, letters etc in Dads war book collection. In fact I believe Sheriff Wolfe visited Dad in Honaker, Virginia and vice versa. I recently was showing my son his Grandfather WW II collection and found the newspaper articles Mrs. Wolfe sent to Dad when this happen. I remember Dad speaking fondly of Sheriff Wolfe and several war stories of them together. I barely remember him visiting but according to my father he was a great friend and soldier. May he rest in Peace!

Doug Howard

February 8, 2013

God be with you and your family, Sheriff. Thanks for the service with the Ohio State Patrol and The Union County Sheriff"s Office.

((RET) P.O. Jeffrey D. Schwendenmann
Chevot Police Dept.

June 4, 2012

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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect and you will always be honored and revered. I Pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

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

January 21, 2012


My name is Sara and Harry was my grandfather. His daughter Kim is my mother. I have never met anyone from my mothers side of the family and would love to be able to contact someone and learn about my mothers past. Harry sounded like an incredible man and I would love to hear more about him from his family, and I guess my family. Please email me if you know of any way to contact the Wolfe family. Thank you so much.

Citizen Sara

January 2, 2012

My aunt and uncle, Billy and Lou Wanda Ferrell remembered Sheriff Wolfe as a good man who would personally respond to calls made to the Sheriff department. His brand of common sense law enforcement and dedication to his community is still missed by the residents of Union County. I was only a child when he was murdered, but grew up hearing their stories of how one good man can make a difference in his community.

Eric Williams
Resident, Millcreek Twp.

December 3, 2011

Although I rarely see the Wolfe family these days, I remember that moment well. The Wolfe family sat directly in the pew behind my family's every Sunday. And I remember the empty space where Harry used to sit that remained vacant for many Sundays after.

I still think about his family often.

Ron Rhodes (Jr.) - Citizen
Friend of family.

July 27, 2011

Sheriff Wolfe, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

January 21, 2010

I'm sorry to hear about what happened to you. I'm more saddened to know the guy who did this to you is eligible to get out.I pray he doesn't. Justice will not have been served if he gets out. Rest in peace. We will all handle it for you down here.It's the least we could do for such a great man.

supporter of Sheriff Wolfe

February 17, 2008

Sheriff Wolfe,

Thank you for your years of service to the citizens of Ohio and Union County. I just wrote and sent out a letter opposing the release of your killer! May he stay where he is and die behind bars for what he did to you and your family!!!!

President Jim Gilbert
Fraternal Order of Police,Capital City Lodge #9, Columbus, Ohio

February 8, 2008



January 13, 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

January 8, 2008

Hi Harry:

You and I stationed together at the Delaware Post 21 back in 1963. You were my hero back then, Harry; I never knew anyone who worked harder or could get the job done with as much enthusiasm as you. You were the best pursuit driver of anyone I know, and a legend in your own time. I'm very proud to have served with you.

S/Lt. Ron Thompson (ret.)
The Ohio State Highway Patrol

December 15, 2006

I remember the day you left us just like it was yesterday.
I have a son now, and I have told him about you and how brave of a person you were.

I will never forget you. Rest in peace my friend !

Steve Rhodes
Former Union County Deputy

July 25, 2006

Sheriff Wolfe,
I heard many stories about you in my career at Union County. When they tore down the old building, we found some old post cards that you had once sent while you were on vacation.

I never dreamed that one day my husband's name would join your name on the wall. I trained several dispatcher's at Union County telling them about your death and teaching them about officer safety. I never thought I would experience it first hand. Strange that you think about it every day but don't really know what a family endures until you experience it yourself.

Thank you for your service, your legacy, and your ultimate sacrifice.

Sara Winfield
Wife of Brandy EOW 10/14/04

July 26, 2005

Rest in peace. Working for you as one of your deputies was the highlight of my life and career.

Dispatcher Charles Williams
Ohio State Highway Patrol

February 7, 2005

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