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Officer Thomas E. Wright

Decatur Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Thursday, March 27, 1930

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Reflections for Officer Thomas E. Wright

Mr. Wright:
My name is Frank DeButy, I am a retired Lieutenant with DPD. I VERY MUCH wish to communicate with you regarding your grandfather. DPD has recognized your grandfather as one of two Officers K.I.L.D., there are two more I have just recently discovered. I am taking steps to make sure there is a proper ceremony honoring such tremendously brave men as your Grandfather. Please use the information given below to contact me. Did you know that your Grandfather's name is etched in the Wall of Fallen Officers in Washington,D.C.? I have rubbings of said etchings.


Frank DeButy Lt. Ret. D.P.D.

Lt.Frank DeButy
Decatur, Ala. Police Dept.

August 29, 2014

This is my Grandfather, whom I never met. He was killed in the line of duty when my father, his son, was only 3 years old. I was named for him. I believe that, because of him in some way unimaginable, I entered the law enforcement profession and have been a member since 1975. I've tried to serve in my nearly 37 years with grace and dignity.

Thomas Wright
Grandson, Career Dispatcher with Fort Collins CO Police Services

September 2, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 82nd 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 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

March 27, 2012



February 26, 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

July 11, 2007

On this anniversary week of his death, we pause to honor and remember Officer Wright and acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice he paid.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to any and all of his surviving family members. May he never be forgotten.

Major D.W. Warren
Montgomery Police Dept. - Montgomery, AL

March 28, 2007

Rest in Peace, Officer Wright. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 2006

Officer Wright,
Thank you for the great job I know you were doing for Decatur. I hope the judge was made an example of. God bless.

Patrolman Rick Thiot
Cullman, Alabama P.D.

February 12, 2005

You will not be forgotten.

Officer Burcham
Decatur Police Dept.(AL)

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