Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Raymond C. Woods

New Milford Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Tuesday, November 28, 1972

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Reflections for Patrolman Raymond C. Woods

Patrolman Woods,
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 New Milford. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 28, 2022

Your selfless actions are the true definition of heroism. Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice are always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

November 28, 2020

Gone, but not forgotten. Thank you for your service & heroism.

Kathy Bell

May 14, 2020

Ray was a family friend and someone i admired. My Dad was a mentor to Ray at NMPD. He was a brave young man passing on 11/26/72. I became a P. O. 12/1/72.

Det. Thom Connell
Westwood PD (Ret)

May 14, 2020

Patrolman Woods rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 28, 2019

RIP officer Woods, you have not been forgotten.

Patrolman James Murray
Chicago Police Department (Retired)

July 21, 2018

Thank You for serving new Milford wit courage and honor.

John Papay
Future New Milford Police Officer

September 10, 2017

Thank you so much for your heroism.

Savanna Hurst

May 17, 2016

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th 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, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 28, 2011



February 1, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 12, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

November 28, 2007

Rest In Peace My Brother.

Kevin T Ryan
Ex- New Jersey Cop

November 28, 2007

Although I was a small child when you demonstrated your courage and commitment to save the lives of others, I still remember the sadness in our community. Now, 35 years later, I reflect on your heroism; remembering what courage and commitment is all about, as I enter the twilight of my career. You are not forgotten.

Sgt. Lisa Jasmine

March 20, 2007

I pray that you are still resting peacefully and hope that you are watching down over us.

Cpl. Egendoerfer
Mishawaka PD

November 28, 2006

What a shame that such a hero that gave his life to save others, has been forgotten by his community. It has almost been 33 years since your death and I am proud to give you the recoginition you deserve after all these long years.

St. Louis, MO area

June 22, 2005

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