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Deputy Jailer Deadrick A. Taylor

Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, April 19, 1996

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Reflections for Deputy Jailer Deadrick A. Taylor

Deputy Jailer Taylor,
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 Shelby County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections/Detention Officer.


United States Border Patrol

April 19, 2021

RIP sir.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

February 3, 2021

Miss u man. You were my friend. We often worked together walking up and down the halls. Jamming “Pour Some Sugar on Me”. Man how You loved that Song. I purchased that CD because of you. I think about you all the time and the good and not so good experiences we shared at 201

Sgt Cedric A Griffin 3

Sgt Cedric A Griffin 3
Shelby County Sheriff

January 22, 2021

Deputy Jailer Taylor, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 3, 2019

A Hero in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand

April 19, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today on 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 that 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 in their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

April 19, 2012

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

April 19, 2010

Remembering Deputy Taylor today on his 13th anniversary of his death.


April 19, 2009

Rest in peace Officer Taylor, you have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Corrections Officer Brook McDonald
Middletown P.D. (Ohio)

April 19, 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

January 30, 2008

It's all over the news about the ambush at Virginia Tech.
yesterday. You were ambushed, too. Sometimes it can
be a very cruel world. God is the Judge and Justice WILL be done. Thank you for your service.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

April 19, 2007

To my good friend, when I move to California, I wouldn't have ever believed I would be writing this, on this web site. I really enjoyed working with you and we had fun in the most difficult of times on the rock. You were always there for me and we backed each other up, when thing went down. I admired you because you never backed down. I wish I was there to help you when they ambushed you. I will always remember you and may God take care of you my brother.

Kenneth Earles

December 20, 2006

rest in peace! You will never be forgotten.

December 15, 2005

~~~~~The Broken Chain~~~~~

We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name.~~In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.~~It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home.~~You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.~~Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the Chain will link again.

January 28, 2005

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 4, 2004

Deadrick, I never had the pleasure of meeting you, but your tragic death made me say an extra prayer for all the Deputy Jailers. It's a thankless job and not one that many people can do well. Please find George and Sherry and watch over us.

Deputy Faith Hill
Shelby County Sheriff's Office

November 22, 2003

When I started working at the jail in 1994 you trained me and you were the first to tell me to take this job one day at a time and do my best at what I do. Rest in Peace We miss you!!!

Officer L. Cantu

September 19, 2003

Deadrick I remember when we worked side by side in the county jail you were all about business and you always presented yourself well and respected everyone. You are greatly missed by us all God Bless your family and you as well.

Sgt. J.L. Mayes

Rest easy as you are not forgotten. Not today, not ever.

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

I worked with Sgt. Taylor for 4 years at the Shelby County jail in Memphis. You who are or have been jailers know that jailers have an even more thankless job than police officers do. This guy was a great guy and it's still a shock to know that a man who gave me guidance, leadership, and friendship was gunned down in his own carport by cowards who hid in the dark. Rest in Peace Sarge.

Ptlmn. A.T. Webb
Bartlett Police

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