Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sheriff J. C. Woodham

Geneva County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, August 7, 1957

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Reflections for Sheriff J. C. Woodham

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

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

August 7, 2020

Sheriff Woodham was the father of my dads best friend. I proudly serve with the same Dept Sheriff Woodham headed up. Go in peace, Sheriff Woodham. Tell John we miss him so.

Reserve Deputy Paul Dowling
Geneva County Sheriff’s Office

February 13, 2018

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You are very much loved by your family and will never be forgotten.

Sue Taylor

May 13, 2017

You will never be forgotten. Highway 52 in Geneva County between Hartford and the city of Geneva is named in your honor, sir.

NA Charlie Duncan

August 14, 2016

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 56th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first 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 Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 2, 2013

What a tragedy. So many good men and women have lost their lives in situations where drug users were out to score. Senseless. Seeing that picture of Sheriff Woodham with his kids is enough to break anyones heart. I'll bet he was a great cop. Sheriff Woodham, you are not forgotten. Thank you for your service.

Officer T. Cooper
Paradise PD

June 30, 2008

On the 50th anniversary of your brutal, tragic and untimely death, I salute you Sir! May all your family and friends take comfort in knowing you will NEVER be forgotten and will FOREVER be a hero!


August 7, 2007

Sheriff Woodham your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now. May you rest in peace brother.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

July 25, 2007

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

July 11, 2007

My father was shot and killed the month my 13th birthday. I have missed him every date since that useless act of crime.

Linda Woodham Ward

March 27, 2007

Rest in Peace, Sheriff Woodham. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 23, 2006


August 7, 2006

Sheriff Woodham,
On today, the 49th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Geneva County.



August 7, 2006

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