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Police Officer Brian Todd Batchelder

Bentonville Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Tuesday, January 28, 1997

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Reflections for Police Officer Brian Todd Batchelder

Rest in peace Officer Batchelder.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 13, 2020


I remember when you first went to work for Bentonville PD as a dispatcher. You loved the work but you knew you were called to a officer role. I remember many times when after your dispatch shift you would call me to the station and ask if you could ride along with me for remainder of my shift. I remember the many Taco Bell runs I made for you and have gone to your grave many times and had a Taco Bell meal in remembrance of you. Just thinking of you today knowing it was many years ago I had to say goodbye to you my friend. You are never forgotten! Your son has got to be a great young man by now. Still missing you my dear friend! BTW you wouldn’t recognize Bentonville today it has at least quadrupled in size.

Sgt. Lori Whillock
Arkansas State Police

December 21, 2019

Never forget you friend.

Detective Michael Huber
Prairie Grove Police Department

January 31, 2015

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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect, and 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. I hold your family in my heart's embrace today

.Rest In Peace

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

January 28, 2012

I went to the American Police Hall of Fame there on the wall I found your name. Etched in Stone for all to see. I made a rubbing of it. As tears welled up in my eyes as I etched the crevises carved out for your name. I remembered those cold mornings of P/T and how you were so excited about being a cop. How nervous we were after the tests. How you teased me about being so young and being a Chief of Police and how I teased you for even being even younger than me. I found Harper's name too and copied it. Who would have thought our class would lose two of our own within a year. We miss you Brian!

Ptlm/TO Michael Huber
Greenland Arkansas Police

January 30, 2011

Officer Batchelder you are not forgotten by the men and women of the Boston Police Department. RIP

Det. Michael Kane
Boston Police Dept.

June 30, 2010

Brian was in my Junior English Class. He always had a smile on his face. He was a calm, amiable young man, and a joy to have in class. I had the privilege of interactng with him during his formative years.
All Brian's family and friends can be proud of him and his service to the community.

High School Instructor Lavonne Pistole
Bentonville High School

February 7, 2010

Just wanted those who love you know that you are not forgotten. We can come to this website and learn about Brian's service and sacrifice and leave a note of thanks and appreciation. Time has not diminished your memory.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


January 28, 2009

Rest in Peace, Officer Batchelder. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 31, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 25, 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

November 18, 2007

I was one of Brians Squad Leaders in the Acadamy. Brian became a loyal friend. I was Chief of Police in Grady Arkansas when I learned of his death. I was saddened so much about it I had to go home.

Brian was so full of life and was so excited about this new venture we had dedicated ourselves to.

I wrote this during those sad days after the accident....

"I Lost a Friend Today"
By Michael Huber
Dedicated to Brian Batchelder
Bentonville P.D.

I lost a friend today
I found out he has went away
He left behind this way of life
His newborn child and very young wife.

I just found out, just today
It just happened yesterday
No one knew where he had went
around a curve a tree he was sent.

I cried a tear for my friend today
We thought we both where here to stay
He was full of strenght full of pride
proud of the Badge on his chest the Gun on his side.

We Buried My friend Today
In the church we sat to pray
they placed a medal on his chest
My friend gave his life doing his best.

I missed my friend today
His memory will not fade away
It was his honor that was true
I remember him in a line colored blue

I lost a friend today

Ptlm./T.O. Michael Huber
Greenland P.D.

September 5, 2006

Brother Batchelder,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables LE Motorcycle Club

December 16, 2005

Brian, I remember you in school, and I had always regreted not keeping up with you after graduation. It was sad to be re-united with you at your funeral. We should have been serving together at some time in our careers. In your memory, I will strive to take care my brothers and sisters that I work with.

Officer Marcus Moore
Veterans Administration Police

October 15, 2005

Rest in peace Officer Batchelder. Thanks to the ODMP, we will never forget. God bless and protect your family.

"Well done, good and faithful servant!... Come and share your master's happiness." MATTHEW 25:21

Rosa Waters
Mother of Michael Waters
EOW: September 11, 2003

July 6, 2004


Although I only knew you for a short time, I will never forget you. Your ultimate sacrafice doing a job I know you loved should serve as a reminder to all of us that what we do is not just a job but a profession. A profession that demands we place others ahead of ourselves.

God bless you brother in blue. You will neve be forgotten.

Sergeant Michael Martin
Bentonville Police Department

March 7, 2004

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