Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Lauretha Arnetha Vaird

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, January 2, 1996

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Reflections for Police Officer Lauretha Arnetha Vaird

This hurt, in the 1990's when she was shot and killed. God bless her and her family. She was a nice person, and I heard she was a good mother. Thanks for her service, G M Mayo 07/2023... remember ing

G M Mayo

July 15, 2023

Laurie introduced me to cool jazz. I ended up "inheriting" 2518 car. Her death profoundly affected me. A VERY NICE LADY

PO Stuart Geisler, retired
Philly PD

October 27, 2022

Lauretha was a wonderful person. She was my training officer.

PO Stuart Geisler
Squadmate Philadelphia PD

March 14, 2022

I still think of you often my friend, I still pray you are at peace and still guiding our thoughts and actions. You served with an exceptional heart & always with exemplary intentions.

Phila Police Dept

February 10, 2022

Officer Vaird,
On today, the 26th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Philadelphia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 2, 2022

Trying to take a few minutes to browse the ODMP site as I try and do most days, I came across a true hero whose untimely and heroic death I remember all too well. Officer Vaird, your memory, service, sacrifice and heroism will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always and God Bless your family.

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

August 19, 2020


You are always in my thoughts & prayers. We shared so many stories working together in rock #2518 and they will always be remembered & cherished. As you know, I visit your burial site at least 4 times a year and I will never ever forget you...Badge #5897 GOD REST YOUR SOUL!!!

Bill McKenna Former P/O 25th

August 8, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Vaird.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 2, 2020

Rest In Peace Sister in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 23rd anniversary of your EOW.

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

January 2, 2019

I play this song for my high school students each year and I explain the narrative. I grew up listening to G Love and the Special Sauce and that’s how I found out about Officer Vaird’s story via his song “Slipping Away”. I think everyone would be impressed with the student dialog that occurs - especially the support and respect that my young high school students verbally express for our law enforcement officers. It is a far cry from how the young perspective is portrayed in our media these days & I thought it was important to share.

David Burnham - Teacher
Cedar Cliff High School

December 9, 2016

I was looking online to see whatever happened to the rapper Cool C. I had to read where he was convicted of robbing a bank and killing a police officer. I then search for her and came across this site. My heart goes out to the Vaird family. This man still sits in a cell and breathing. I don't understand that. She will never be forgotten. RIP.

Deputy S.C. Scott
Forsyth County Sheriff Office (NC)

November 27, 2016

Dear Officer Vaird, I never knew you or your family, but I think about the day you left this world. I think about the day your sons lost their mom. I think about your parents hurt. Your siblings, nieces and nephew. I just want to Thank You for your bravery. I will never forget you and yor service. I pray that Stephen and Michael are making you proud. RIP with our Lord and Savior.


April 17, 2016

I put this application on my iPhone after a colleague in blue passed and came across your name. We went to the police academy together and I was so shocked to see your name and photo. My deepest condolences to your family for paying the the ultimate sacrifice. God bless you.

NA II Whitney Middleton

February 8, 2016

Rip Officer Lauretha Vaird. My condolences go out to your family. A couple of years ago my cousin Moses Walker was murdered as well ....He work for the Philadelphia Police Department as well he was about to retire and two men took his life as he walked home from work.

Egypt Edey
Homeland Security

February 4, 2016

I worked with Lauretha Vaird in the 25th District. She was a class act and a nice lady. While patrolling, she introduced me to cool jazz in our patrol car. I shall never get over her affected me profoundly.

Police Officer staStuart Geisler
Philly PD

September 1, 2015

May God continue to blessed those who you served and look over. It's because of people like you that we can walk safely at night and sigh with a breath of relief.
In deepest love and condolence to the family, friends and memory of a great woman

Capt. J. Johnson
NSA Bahrain Fire Dept

April 12, 2015

Rest in peace

Police Officer Charles Waters
Philadelphia Police Department

March 17, 2015

Eternal rest, grant unto P/O Vaird, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Thank you for your service!

Retired P/O
Proudly served Philadelphia Police Department

January 7, 2015

I read about you just today. It is very sad what happened to you, I know there's a lot going on in the world today. I pray that your children are doing well and that your family is doing well. Rest in peace!


January 7, 2015

And justice will be done.....soon..Rip Officer Vaird..


January 7, 2015


The person who took your life will now have their life taken tomorrow, Jan. 8, 2015. The courts will make them pay for the suffering they caused others and for the loss of your life!

Rest in Peace. Take care of the other brothers & sisters in Law Enforcement we have lost since your life ended.

Thanks for your service

Sgt. J.R. (retired)
Dept of Defense

January 7, 2015

Rest in Peace.

Avi Naik

January 7, 2015

The person responsible for your death will die 1/8/2015 by lethal injection

Mark Drennen
Former Corrections Officer

January 7, 2015

Every day I patrol the sector where your life was taken from you. Every time I pass that place I say a prayer. I know you're watching over me to.

p.o. van sciver 25th police district
ppd. land of oz

January 3, 2015


Seems like yesterday I stood by your casket and served as one of your honor guards, GOD REST YOUR SOUL!

Bill McKenna
Phila PD

January 2, 2015

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