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Patrol Officer Lawrence Carter Penrod

Spanish Fork City Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Wednesday, February 5, 1997

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Reflections for Patrol Officer Lawrence Carter Penrod

I miss you dad

Troy D Penrod

October 20, 2018

Well Cap'n it's been 28 years since we got the call that you had been hit by a car driven by a 16 year old girl that was DWHUA. We hoped your injuries weren't serious, but it wasn't to be. For the next seven years we watched you fight. You always said you would get back on patrol and maybe that's why, even years later, you had such a positive attitude. Even when you were in the hospital you smiled that smile and joked around with Marty and me. It was the last time we would see you. Carol is with you now and I know it was a joyous reunion. As you can see by my signature I have a new mission. I was inspired to start this project with you and Ken in mind. I know you are watching over all of our blue blood brothers and sisters that have the watch now. When we go to coffee we often laugh about some of the trouble we used to stir up when you worked for Price PD. Your picture still hangs in my living room.I miss you my friend and think of you often. Until we meet again......

Steve Laude
Carbon County Utah SO 1978-1987
Officer Down Fund

April 5, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 5, 2010

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 31, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 4, 2008

To Officer Lawrence Carter Penrod, and his loved ones:

It has been ten years since your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart goes out to your family. They are in my thoughts and prayers.

Officer Penrod, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring. Your struggle to live the seven years between your injury and subsequent death is also a testament to the fighter you were.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Officer Penrod.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Officer Penrod gave to his community and the citizens of Utah, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 5, 1997.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 5, 2007

A decade has passed and you have not been forgotten nor will that ever be the case. Keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You are a true hero.

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

February 5, 2007

Gone, but never forgotten!

Officer Matthew Goodin
San Francisco Police Department

April 25, 2005

Rest in peace sir. Thank you for your service.

private citizen

February 13, 2004

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