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Police Officer Horst Harold Woods

United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police Services, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, January 10, 1996

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Reflections for Police Officer Horst Harold Woods

Rest in peace Officer Woods.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 8, 2019

You served this nation in two capacities, first in the U.S. Navy and then helping to protect those who served with you. You showed more loyalty to the United States than yourself and you should be Blessed by God for that alone.

Brother, you proved yourself a true hero and I wish you had been around for many years after; to be able to retire peacefully. But, since you went above and beyond, that did not happen so I pray you are resting peacefully with God in Heaven. I am sure you are.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

January 10, 2016

I read these memories every few years. Woody was the kindest man you could hope to meet. He showered his family with love and that endures. Rest well Uncle, we carry your watch forever.

Kyle Jaffa
Firefighter / nephew

December 26, 2015

Officer Woods,
On today, the 19th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a LEO but when you served in the USN as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

January 10, 2015

SMCM Horst Woods, you will always be remembered by me and all who served with you in the OPS Department onboard USS Paul Revere LPA-248 from 1977 - 1979. Your expert seamanship and leadership contributed greatly to our success during Operation Tropic Thunder. Rest in peace, shipmate.

CWO2 Frank Dyson USN (ret)
shipmates on USS Paul Revere

February 4, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 16th 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. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 10, 2012

Officer Woods,
The sacrifice you made has not been forgotten. Today I honor you. Rest easy, brother.

Senior officer J Anthony Sandoval
Kingsville Police Department

March 15, 2009

Officer Woods,
Sir, on today, the 13th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a Police Officer, but also when you served in the USN. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



January 10, 2009

Hero's are never forgotten! Continue to rest in peace brother.

Police Officer - Paul Bodenhamer
Dept of Veterans Affairs

April 10, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

March 31, 2008


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

January 3, 2008

Years have gone by without you, we do miss you so much. You are every day remembered in our hearts. We know that you are in a much better place, just so sad not to have you with us anymore. I know you are resting in peace, and happy to say that grandma and grandpa are now with you! Love you forever!

sister and niece

October 20, 2007

Woody was always a decent honest person who told you like it was. I will always cherish the few years we spent together aboard the NASSAU. It's just plain sad that this happened to such a truly good man. Rest in peace Horst. One day we can tell each other some more sea stories

Rod Sanders DCCM USN Retired
Shipmate USS Nassau

April 6, 2007

Always remembered by your Brother Police officers from the Boston VA.

Michael Giannetti
VA Police, Boston, Mass

February 3, 2007

May you Rest in Peace.

January 10, 2007

Woody, it was fun stopping by the VA and having a smoke with you. You were always full of life and humor. You kept many of us at the base laughing when we would stop by. Thanks for the good times and all of the laughs. The world is indeed a lesser place without you.

Travis Haymore
377 SPS

November 1, 2006

My Brother Officr; I responded that night to your shooting as a member of the 377th Security Forces Squadron stationed at Kirtland. It was the first and I hope the only Officer shooting I ever have to got to. The events of that night led to me becoming a VA Police Officer when I retired from the Air Force last year. You are gone but will never be forgotten in my mind. The events of that night came rushing back when I saw your name on the Memorial at the VA Police Academy in Little Rock. Rest in peace my friend.

Officer Andrew Linegar
VA Police Officer

October 12, 2006

John 11:35

D. Clark
Veterans Affairs

April 12, 2006

Brother Woods, may you rest in peace and your scarifice is not forgoten by your fellow VA Police Officers. Your name along with your VA police Officers who scarificed their lifes in the line duty to protect the veterans,employees and visitors of the VA medical centers across our country is read during roll call during Police Officers Week. Rest in Peave Brother.
Former VA Police Officer #3046

Gilbert da Costa
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police

July 29, 2005


Police Officer Donny A. Smith #4040
Veterans Affairs Police Richmond,VA

March 4, 2005


Police Officer Donny A. Smith #4040
Veterans Affairs Police Richmond,VA

March 4, 2005


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrifice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Officer Woods.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 13, 2004

Dear Harold -- I read your memorial today and thought of you. You are not forgotten in the memories of your wife, your family and your friends. You are missed. Thank you for being on of the special people who were willing to do a dangerous job -- and make the ultimate sacrifice. God be with you. Rest in Peace.

Kathleen Bakergumprecht-Davies
Family Law Attorney - Cal;ifornia





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