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Deputy Sheriff Durwin Lynn Potts

Whitfield County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, December 21, 1996

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Durwin Lynn Potts

Deputy Sheriff Potts,
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 Whitfield County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 21, 2021

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Potts.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 10, 2019

I had the opportunity to work with Durwin at Dalton PD. One great guy who took pride in his job and conducted each shift the right way. I still tell Durwin stories to friends and family. He always had a smile on his face and could light up the squad room with his humor and smile. Miss you big guy


Mike Leonard
Former officer Dalton Police Dept

December 22, 2014

Durwin Potts and I went through Academy together in 1988. He worked for Dalton P.D. at that time. He struck me as a good guy.

Lt. Tony Henderson
Paulding County Sheriff's office

April 19, 2013

Missing you today Potts, like everyone else who knew you.

Patrisha Meyer (retired Sgt)

December 21, 2012

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

Officer 11169

April 3, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 15th 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. Rest In Peace

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

December 21, 2011

Twelve years have passed and your service is missed this Sunday the 21st day of December 2008. Will all respect and honor thank you for your service brother and your memory is not forgotten.

Deputy J.A. Whitfield
Tulsa County Sheriff Office

December 21, 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 27, 2007

You have not been forgotten. Remembering you on this 11th anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol.

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

December 21, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Manchester, NH

December 21, 2007

Durwin Lynn Potts grew up with the dream of being a law enforcement officer. His Uncle Robert Duncan, my father, was the brother of Union County, Georgia Sheriff Harlan Duncan. Uncle Harlan was his hero growing up.

I remember when we were kids, we always played the "Bounty Hunter." He was Josh Randle (Steve McQueen's old series) and I was his sidekick. We always got the bad guy.

Durwin was a family man, an inspiration and a great friend and relative. Utmost, he was a dedicated professional who took pride in wearing the badge. He lived the creed "to protect and to serve."

I became a journalist writing about the bad guys, Durwin lived his dream catching them. Durwin, you're still in my heart and you always will be. Death robs us of the flesh, but never the love or the memories.

Here's remembering you Josh Randle and all that you stood for in life and in death. You went out in the line of duty, but your memory lives on. Say hello to all the family. Tell them I love them and I miss you all.

Charles Allen Duncan
First Cousin

June 24, 2007

To the family and co-workers of Deputy Potts,

I wish to extend our wishes for a Blessed Christmas Holiday Season, knowing that Durwin's memory is kept close to our hearts, and on our minds.

Today marks his 10 year EOW anniversary, at what should be a most festive time of year.

Heroes Never Die...they are just reassigned to Heaven
In Memory of Deputy Durwin Potts, WCSO

John Garger, Secretary

December 21, 2006

Almost a decade has passed since your tour of duty ended but you have not been forgotten nor will that ever be the case. Your loved ones will keep your memory alive as will the Blue Family. You are a ture hero and heroes never die. Keep watch over your loved ones and those still on patrol.

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

Bob Gordon, Chicago Gold Star Father

September 10, 2006

Potts I will never forget you. Your my hero I wish we had more officers like you. Thank You for letting me tag along with you. You Connie and Chris are best friends anyone could ever ask for.


April 27, 2006

Deputy Potts,

There are many of us throughout the county, state, country and even across the globe that appreciate your ultimate sacrifice and services to Whitfield County, GA. You will always be honored and remembered.

To Durwin's family,co-workers and friends,
May God's Blessings ease your burdens of mourning the loss of your Husband, Dad, fellow LEO and friend. Please feel free to call on your fellow survivors at any time.

Please join us on April 22 in Atlanta for the 15th Annual Police Memorial Ride. There are posters at every cycle shop in Dalton, and also at Dalton PD, WCSO, MCSO and Chatsworth PD.

In memory of WCSO Deputy Durwin Potts, EOW 12/21/96 and CPD Officer Cole Martin, EOW 4/25/03

John Garger, Secretary
Georgia COPS

April 5, 2006

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

February 15, 2006

Dad, I miss you so much! You'll in the my mind forever and there will ALWAYS be a special place in my heart for you! I love you just as much today as i always have!

Rebekah Rombold

December 5, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace.

December 21, 2004

Durwin, You were the best the county had to offer. Wish they still made deputies that were as dedicated as you were. You are missed greatly but never forgotten. It was GREAT to work all those long traffic hours with someone like yourself. Rest in Peace and you'll never be forgotten

Lt. Gary Stephens

November 18, 2004


Connie Rombold-Potts

March 5, 2004

Deputy Potts did not loe his life-he gave it in service to his community, and in fullfillment of his oath as a peace officer. Bless him for his service.
Rest easy, Brother, you are not forgotten.

Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, In.l

March 1, 2004

We worked several years togather my brother. I have missed your humor. You were always there when needed. Several years have passed. They are not the same I miss you my brother. Your shift here is done rest in peace.

P.F.C. Ray Figg
Dalton Police Department

February 27, 2004

You were always there, no matter what the situation was. You were very dedicated to the Sheriff's Office and you will never be replaced. Wished they made officers as good as you were. Rest in Peace.


January 14, 2004

Maria and I miss your sense of humor and friendship. We always had a good time, whether at work, the fishing trip to Florida, or just going out to shoot together. When I go near the cemetary I often think of our friendship. I still miss you and will always remember our friendship.

Det. Sgt
Catoosa County Sheriff's Dept.

October 18, 2003

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