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Police Officer Dell Otis Fountain

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, March 23, 1996

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Reflections for Police Officer Dell Otis Fountain

Officer Fountain,
Though it’s been 26 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 29, 2022

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 5, 2020

Rest In Peace you are a hero

Mark Mottola

March 23, 2020

Officer Fountain,
On today, the 24th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 23, 2020


Illinois Antique Emergency Vehicle Assn.

June 24, 2015

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

Officer 11169

April 27, 2012

15 years NEVER forgotten

Chicago Police

March 23, 2011

Does not seem like 15 years since you made the ultimate sacrifice. You will not be forgotten. Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice.

Detective Thomas Downes

March 20, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 23, 2010

Wow, 14 years since you left. I bet we all look a little older now from up there! You are always warmly remembered. Rest easy, Dell.

George Hemesath

February 19, 2010

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones and friends on this day. Continue to watch over all of them. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

March 23, 2009

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion
Proverbs 28:1

God bless you and all who mourn you on this the anniversery of your death. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


March 23, 2009


I always thought you were to gentle and easy going for the job. I am glad to have known you. Rest easy friend.


Ken Witkowski
Villa Park PD, Former 015 PO

May 8, 2008



February 27, 2008

Rest in peace.

November 6, 2007

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

October 17, 2007

RIP brother!

Deputy Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

March 6, 2007

To Officer Dell Fountain and his loved ones:

On this the tenth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.
Reading the loving reflections about your beloved Dell gives us some understanding of what a kind and honorable man he was.

Dell, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Officer Fountain. I am humbled by your valor, courage, and dedication.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Dell gave to his community and the citizens of Illinois, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 23, 1996.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 23, 2006

Hey Dell, another Christmas at Fort Forgotten. Quite a few coppers who see your picture here on my desk remember good old "country" Dell. We always tell of your good nature to those who didn't know you. Sometimes memories are a good thing. God keep you and your family from whom you were taken.

George Hemesath
CPD - 015

December 23, 2005

We're moving out of our old station into a nice new one on Madison Street. I'll be leaving a lot of old memories behind, but I'll be bringing you with me - I found an old picture of you in our storage room! It will be one of the first things on my new desk.
Take care and God bless you,

George Hemesath
CPD - 015

October 1, 2005

~~~Eternally and Always~~~

I didn't get to say goodbye
You're gone without a reason why
I've loved you all of my life
and then you weren't there

I didn't get a chance to say
how much I cared
I can't even remember the tears
that I cried
All I really wanted was to tell you

When I last saw you I felt I wouldn't
see you again
There was a distance between us
that I couldn't explain
You wouldn't look
at me but I could see the tears
in your eyes
If you knew then
You should have told me
Then I could have said

So many words left unspoken
So many hearts left so broken
My love for you is forever
And that will never die
We'll be together always
Our souls are one with God
Eternally and Always
I'll never have to say


January 31, 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 13, 2005

I remember taking prisoners to the Cook County Jail in the wagon like it was yesterday. Joking around, eating peanuts; you truly had a warm heart.
Merry Christmas Dell.

George Hemesath
Chicago Police Dept.

December 16, 2004

Three weeks before I was to be sworn in as a Chicago Police officer, Officer Dell Fountian was taken from this earth. It was the first police funeral of my career and the last for him. I remember other recruits asking, " Why do we have to be here?"
My response was, this man died as a policeman, which you are about to become and if you are anything like this officer, this city should thank you everyday for being there when it needs you the most. Officer Fountain opened eyes that day to a class of recruits that were about to embark on a road to thankless people who take for granted, that some one is willing to place themselves in harms way to protect them without giving a second thought. And in that I say, " Thank You, Officer Fountain." I truley from the bottom of my heart am sorry for his loss and sorry to the Fountain Family for their loss of a special man, one who was special in God's eyes and to the Chicago Police Department.

You will always be one of Chicago's Finest!

CPD 020

November 10, 2004

Rest In Peace, Your sacrifice will not be forgotten .

Police Officer
Chicago Police

October 1, 2004

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