Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant James Ward

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, October 17, 1996

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Reflections for Sergeant James Ward

Remembering you Sgt. Hard to believe it's been 23 years. You were a good man .

Trf Ofc. (ret) G V Daunhauer
Jacksonville Sheriff Office

October 17, 2019

Rest in peace Sergeant Ward.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 30, 2019



October 17, 2018


Trf Ofc. (ret) G V Daunhauer
Jacksonville Sheriff Office

October 17, 2017

My cousin Sgt James (Jim) Ward was the reason I joined the USAF as Security Forces (Law Enforcement). I remember our ride alongs when I was a teen.
He used to tell me, "Why do you want to ride with me? You know you would see more action if your rode with one of my guys or ladies."
I miss him very much and often think of him.
After reading all the other Reflections, I want to say thank you to all of you for your kind words. I also want to tell those that he served with on the force, He loved you all very much. He was so happy to be working for JSO and he had some of the best around him. Thank you.

USAF Sgt. Stephen Hunter

January 11, 2017

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

We will never forget.. Continue to rest in peace Sergeant Ward.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

October 17, 2012

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Ward. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all, and you sir are a hero. May you continue to rest in peace Sgt Ward.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


October 17, 2011

We will never forget...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


October 17, 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


October 17, 2009

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 13, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 16, 2007

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace. God bless.

September 29, 2004

I met Officer Ward when I was about 18 years old. He was one of the reasons I became a police officer. He was always very professional but seemed to love his job and have fun doing it. I wish I could thank him in person for being such a great inspiration to me.

Officer R.R. Hullender
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

May 17, 2004

During the time of Sgt. Wards death he was just promoted to Sgt. and doing his shift rotations. I remember Sgt. Ward when he was a property Det. He was on my shift for only a short time and showed great promise as a supervisor.The afternoon of his tragic death I was getting ready to go on duty when the news was alerted for all extra personal to assist in the apprehension of the suspects and assist in calls for service.I remember during my tour with MPD color guard I held the city flag at the funeral.I remember the funeral as it were yesterday. This is a short prayer that has carried me through,Dear Lord be my eyes that I may see,be my ears that I may hear and dear Father give me the strength and courage to do what is right and Father please let me return home the same way I left, And through it all please be at my side. Amen. I never go on duty without saying this prayer, There is a lot of good all police do but the ones laid to rest we miss the most.

Charles L Newman
Jefferson County Police Dept.

SGT, Thanks for taking me under your wing during my time in your squad.All the guys that were in the squad still talk and reflect on the things we did as a family. Sgt, I still remember that day the woman approached us with a gun in her hand asking us if it looked real as she pointed it at me. I remember what you taught me before that incident and it saved both of us. Thanks Sgt. R.I.P.

Ptlm. G.V. Daunhauer
Jacksonville S.O.

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