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Policeman Owen D. Yancey

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, October 20, 1935

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Reflections for Policeman Owen D. Yancey

Rest In Peace Brother We honor and remember you on the 82nd anniversary of your E.O.W. You are not forgotten.

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

October 20, 2017

RIP Officer Yancey. You are not forgotten.

Deputy Sheriff LASD

October 20, 2016

Officer Yancey, on today the 78th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Los Angeles. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

October 20, 2013

Rest in Peace, Policeman Yancey. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 14, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 74th 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.

Your sacrifice was made so many years ago. Evil was, is, and will be a part of life just as goodness such as yours will also be present.

I was also very touched by the letter written by his son. Even though it has been so many years since the family lost their beloved, I hope they do partipate in the COPS chapter in Southern California. His memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Anonymous

October 20, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 74th 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.

Your sacrifice was made so many years ago. Evil was, is, and will be a part of life just as goodness such as yours will also be present.

I was also very touched by the letter written by his son. Even though it has been so many years since the family lost their beloved, I hope they do partipate in the COPS chapter in Southern California. His memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Anonymous

October 20, 2009

I’ve been reading reflections for years, the story posted by Sgt Moreland, LAPD, is a wonderful/sad story. It was interesting to read a little history of a PO that was killed in the line of duty and the effects it has on a family. Thank you Mr. Owen D. Yancey Sr. for taking the time to write about your dad. Thank you also Sgt. Moreland for posting and sharing the story to the other officers. God Bless you all!!!!

Retired Sgt
City of Miami PD Fla.

September 15, 2009

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 17, 2007

Some years ago, I asked for reflections from those who knew the officers who had died in the line-of-duty at Southwest (formerly University) Station. One response I recieved completely floored me. I have used it for roll-call training sessions:

(Letter dated 05/20/1994)

Dear Sgt. Moreland:

I have had to do a lot of remembering and thinking to write this letter.

My father (Owen D. Yancey) was killed in 1935, I was just about to turn eight years-old. I can remember some things about him.

He was born in Oklahoma at the turn of the century, next to the youngest of about ten children on a small farm near Chandler, in Lincoln County. In the early twenties he and a 'buddy' came to California because there was not much to do in Oklahoma at the time. He was in the L.A. area for several years. He had a sister living in Inglewood. As soon as he made the academy, he sent for his sweetheart, (my mother) she arrived in L.A. by train, picked-up and rushed to Inglewood, pushed in the front door and there was the family, my father and a preacher waiting for her, almost a reverse 'shotgun wedding.'

They settled at 1019 West 65th Place in L.A. and had two kids. I can remember the 1932 Olympics. Dad directed traffic on the south side of the Coliseum. Mom took me to a couple of events. Later, in 1933, we had the earthquake. Dad was waiting for a fellow officer in front of University Station when it hit. He drove home, checked on us, then went back on duty and wasn't seen for a week.

Later, we moved to the 'Outland,' 116th Street and San Pedro. That's where we were living when dad was killed. When we got word of the shooting my mother ended up riding on the back of an L.A. Officer's motorcycle, skirts flying, to the General Hospital, code-three. The Motor Officer (Stambaugh) was our neighbor. He got a day-off without pay for that stunt.

My mother raised two boys on the Police pension. After the medical insurance payment, it amounted to about $98 a month. My brother and I both started working at a very young age. My mother never remarried, I think mainly to keep the pension because of the stories she heard from another officer about police widows who married bums and ended up losing their penions.

My father was tall and good looking, after he died I think I was in shock for quite a while. I just knew I had lost something wonderful. He usually worked nights so i did not get to be with him as much as I wanted. My brother was four years younger and does not remember much about dad.

I have missed him all my life.

I am starting to cry, so I'll say goodbye.

Sincerely,
Owen Yancey, Sr.

P.S. Owen D. Yancey was a loving father and I believe a good husband. I can remember more hugs from my father than my mother. His death left a void in my life that I didn't realize until I had children of my own.

Sgt. K. Moreland
LAPD

December 6, 2005

Thank You for your service to the City of Los Angeles, You will never be forgotten.
GOD BLESS YOU, REST IN PEACE

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October 20, 2004

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