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Sergeant Douglas Duane Springer

Coldwater Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, August 1, 1996

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Reflections for Sergeant Douglas Duane Springer

Rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 1, 2020

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Sergeant Douglas Duane Springer of the Coldwater Police Department, Ohio and the additional 62 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

August 1, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Sergeant Douglas Duane Springer of the Coldwater Police Department, Ohio and the additional 62 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

August 1, 2019

Sergeant Springer, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 10, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Sergeant Douglas Duane Springer of the Coldwater Police Department, Ohio and the additional 62 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

August 1, 2018

Rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

June 6, 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
Sergeant
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

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE AND I KNOW YOU ARE CONTINUING TO WATCH OVER US ALL FROM THE STREETS OF GOLD!!

DISPATCHER GRETA M HUFF
KY STATE POLICE POST 13 HAZARD

February 17, 2007

To the family and loved ones of Sgt. Douglas Spinger and his fellow officers with the Coldwater Police Department:

On this the tenth anniversary date of Douglas's tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today.

I am so sorry that Douglas was robbed of his life, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Douglas gave to his community and the citizens of Ohio, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 1, 1996.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

August 1, 2006

Thank you for your service and courage. Rest in peace Brother Douglas, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7.15.73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs Police Dept. Okla

January 12, 2004

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