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Police Officer Derrick Lanier

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, March 2, 1996

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Reflections for Police Officer Derrick Lanier

Not a day goes by that I don’t miss you. I still have talks with you and visit you when I come home to Cleveland. Haven’t been the same without you.

Lori Duche

March 20, 2021

Officer Lanier,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cuyahoga. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 2, 2021

May God and St. Michael watch over you in Heaven.

Kenneth Collins
Police Officer

March 2, 2021

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorney Generals Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Derrick Lanier of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department, Ohio and the additional 52 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

March 2, 2021

I was in the academy. We worked multiple clubs as I headed “loss Prevention”. I remember Terry King coming into our Academy class Early Saturday morning as he could barely contain himself. He broke the news to new recruits and it got real for real for us as you were to be laid to rest. All they had to do was leave the club and you could have left and went home. It’s funny how I’m writing this all of these years later as CNHA detective June another childhood friend Just left hear two days ago from a pandemic called coronavirus. But you know that already. Don’t you? I pray you’re resting comfortably under a tree eating grapes and talking with Jesus.

Jeff Turner
CMHA Special Police Officer 1

January 11, 2021

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Derrick Lanier of the Cuyahoga Metro Housing Authority Police Department, Ohio and the additional 50 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

March 2, 2020

Officer Lanier, today is a solemn anniversary. 22 years ago today you were murdered by a pair of meaningless thugs. I hope they paid for their crimes, your family certainly has.

I pray for your continued rest and God Bless. God keep the women and men of the CMHA Police safe as they go about their daily rounds.

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

March 2, 2018

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Derrick Lanier of the Cuyahoga Metro Housing Authority Police Department, Ohio and the additional 47 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

March 2, 2018

We are ever thankful for officers like Derrik Lanier.

Stan Jefferson

March 1, 2016

One of the truest heroes. God Bless and may you forever Rest in Peace, Officer Lanier, Brother.

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

June 17, 2015


Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

March 2, 2014

I was also working the night of your death. That night will forever be etched in my memory. I remember how we found out the location of your assailant. CPD surrounded him and wouldn't let us get to him. Thank God because I was so angry and upset!!! I shouldn't have ever went to W.96th and Madison but when they said " CMHA Officer down", it shot volts through my entire body, because we are all bvrothers and sisters under the blue. You are missed Bro. Although I was older then you when you passed, I never meant such a strong willed, courageous individual, with such a big heart.

Cornell Grimes


September 12, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was murdered on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

March 2, 2012



March 2, 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

December 31, 2007


I remember. You will not be forgotten.

Deputy Mike Pearlman
Belmont Co. SO ( former Sgt. CMHA PD )

August 12, 2007

Real men save lives and Officer Lanier is a real man. One word to decribe him; HERO!!

November 18, 2006

It was great working with you Derrik, We will meet again. Keep an eye on us.

Chief David Cimperman
Barnhill Vil PD ( Former Partner of Derrik )

August 7, 2006

Thank you for your service to your fellowman. Rest in peace my brother.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

May 15, 2006

Brother Lanier,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables LE Motorcycle Club

January 18, 2006

Police Officer Derrik Lanier
I, can remember in 1993 when you were helping us process for the job. You were very honest with us and helpful. Remember after I was finally hired, and receive a broadcast or an on view to respond to a call and needed back up. You were always there to serve. You will always be missed by me and all others that worked with you.

May you now rest in peace forever.

SPO Kenneth R. Puree #226

December 1, 2005

Rest in peace Officer Lanier.
Know that your memory lives on.

Senior Trooper
Virginia State Police

March 2, 2005

~~~To those I Love and Those Who Love Me~~~

When I am gone, release me, Let me go
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.

I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it's time I traveled alone.

So grieve a while if indeed you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part
So bless the memories within your heart,

I won't be far away, for life goes on
So if you need me, call and I will come
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near
And if you listen with your heart, you'll
Hear all of my love around you soft and clear

And when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and say,
"Welcome Home"

January 15, 2005

Rest easy, brother. You are not forgotten. You lived and died a hero. May God comfort those you leave behind and may he condemn your killers.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

My prayers are with your family. Rest in peace brother.

Police Officer
Denver Police Department

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