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Deputy Sheriff Anthony Olson

Monterey County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Tuesday, September 24, 1996

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Anthony Olson

Blessed Are the Peacemakers, for They Will Be Called Children of God” (Matt 5:9)

God bless.

Park Ranger LEO'S Decker & Truj
Monterey County Parks

December 23, 2023

May God bles you always.

Park Rangers Tyler & Trujillo
Monterey County Parks

December 23, 2023

Deputy Olson,
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 Monterrey County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 24, 2021

Rest In Peace Padre.

Community Corrections Officer 3
Washington State Department of Corrections

May 29, 2021

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 24, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Olson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 13, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother. You are not forgotten

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

September 24, 2017

20 years to the day, Nouno and it still feels like yesterday. I'll never forget your love for Bud Light, Cheetos, the Boston Red Sox's, your Jeep, your sarcasm and always making time for me even with your busy schedule as a Deputy for Monterey County. I feel your presence everyday and I know you are watching and guiding down me from heaven. God gave me the prefect angel. Your memory will be forever eternal.

Love you aways,

Your Elenista

Eleni Leles

September 25, 2016

I worked with Tony in the city of Orinda, Ca back in the early 90's. I was a Deputy Sheriff at the time and Tony was a volunteer reserve Officer. Tony served with great enthusiasm and devotion. I still remember when he was sworn in by Monterey County and he received his ID card and badge. He returned to the PD and proudly showed us. Tony was a great guy beloved by all who worked with him. Sadly we always lose the good ones.


August 12, 2015

I worked with Tony out of the King City office and was off the night of his accident. I will never forget Tony's smile and love for the job. I remember watching one of his best friends Dave standing by his casket for several hours not moving. I know Dave loved him a lot and still misses him today. He has been missed all of these years.

The Monterey County Sheriff's Office is working really hard on our fallen officers memorial for 2014. Tony is my driving force to get this project accomplished and his FTO Neil Shaw has come out of retirement to assist us in this project and to see his brother's name on there also.

I was thinking about Tony today and wanted to drop a line in memory of him.

We miss him and our prayers go out to his mother and father.


Archie Warren

Detective Sergent
Monterey County Sheriff's Office

June 6, 2013

Rest in Peace, Deputy Olson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 15, 2012

My brother in arms and dear friend. On this 15th anniversary of your end of watch we still remember you, love you dearly and miss you greatly. Tony and I were related through family prior to law enforcement and I followed his passion and supported him as he finally got hired and had that drive to serve. Everyone who ever met him knew how special he was as a person and appreciated his humor and charm.

Again we look back and reflect fondly on the wonderful man, brother and public servant who passed way too soon.

Always in our hearts and never forgotten.

Sgt Mike Tryphonas
Pleasanton P.D.

September 24, 2011

I was with Deputy Robert Mondo at the time of the recovery of Anthony Olson and the discovery of his accident down the embankment of a very winding and crurving roadway while residing in Greenfield where Robert Mondo was considering retiring since he spent so much time in Greenfield growing up bailing hay,ect.on a Ranch in the vicinty. There we were going to live after his retirment and adopt foster children that needed loving homes. It was quite a shock to discover this incident and we; both Robert Mondo and myself give the family and the department our heart felt devotional adknowlegement of his passing. We both knew Olson and admired his determenation for he was greatly missed for those who knew him and most likley more than not respected for those with whom he did not know but had contact with. It is dicifcult to put into words how one feels for the emptyness within a heart is but just one humble word of many. He will and has been missed for a long time now. The integrity, bravery, and moral are but just a few to describe how Olsen was. May God bless his family and friends and for those who knew him well. He was a great person both in uniform and out. the Comradeship within the department was like a family for me as well as Mondo. When there is a loss in a field so honored the heart goes out to the family for we all will him dearly.

Dear Friends

November 23, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 13th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I can see from the reflections that you were an amazing man and deputy. Your memory will always be revered.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


September 25, 2009

On the 13th anniversary of Deputy Olson's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Deputy Olson is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

September 24, 2009

Rest in peace brother. You will never be forgotten.

Exp. J Greathead
Monterey County Sheriff's Department

January 11, 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 1, 2007

Tony Olson was one of my many trainees at the Corrections Bureau. He was a real nice guy and a fast learner. He breezed through the Corrections training program. I remember how happy I was to see his name on the list to go from Corrections to Patrol.

I remember seeing on the news that night where a Monterey Sheriff's deputy had died in an automobile accident. I wanted to know who it was, and then again, I didn't want to know who it was. Names of patrol deputies started running through my mind as I sat and cried. I still didn't call to find out who it was.

I waited until I went to work. As I signed in for my duty assignment, I saw Tony Olson's picture and the write up about him and I lost it. I broke down from sadness.

Tony, we'll never forget you. God gave you to us for a short time but now he has left you with us forever.

Deputy Otha L. Morgan
Monterey County Sheriff's Department

February 21, 2007

I was Tony's F.T.O. and Tony was the only trainee that I ever accelerated off of training. It was virtually unheard of, but the department concurred with me. Tony was smart, witty and humerous. We quickly became friends, partly because he never let my "intense training style" intimidate him. I enjoyed his company. Had his life not been cut short, I am convinced he would have been Sheriff some day. He was dynamic and innovative, starting up Monterey County's first Jet Ski lake patrol (Why didn't I think of that?).

I can't believe it's been 10 years. I sometimes cry as if it were yesterday. My wife, Doreen (a CHP officer) simply adored him. Less than two weeks before his death, we bought him Chinese food and went out for a beer. I still have that receipt. He never lived to see our wedding, but I have a feeling he was there in spirit.

In F.T.O. school, the instructors spoke of some of the longest friendships forged with certain trainees. Tony was a prime example. Tony lovingly mocked me and never let me get too puffed up. He was a class act all the way. I'll never forget his face or his voice.

Deputy Neil A. Shaw (Retired)
Monterey Co. Sheriff's Dept.

August 6, 2006

Thank you for your service. You will always be remembered!

July 24, 2006

I did not personally know Tony although we served in the same department. I attended his memorial service and was in awe of his short life and his impact on those around him. While death cannot be changed, the impact of departed loved ones can directly impact the living.

To Tony's family, I will pray for your strength.
He will not be forgotten in the memories of this department.

I salute Tony's family for their sacrifice.

Until Eternity and Forever,

Larry R. Bryant

Detective Larry R. Bryant
Monterey County Sheriff's Department

May 4, 2006

May God continue to grant you eternal peace, and bring comfort and peace to your loved ones.

January 25, 2005

Thank you Brother Anthony for your service and valor, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten. Watch over us.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs Police Dept. Okla

November 21, 2003

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