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Police Officer Henry Allen Brown

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, April 25, 1997

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Reflections for Police Officer Henry Allen Brown

I did not know Officer Brown personally but I would see him at jail from time to time as I also worked for the Dallas Police Department.
As a fellow officer of course I went to the funeral. I will never forget the grief of his wife. It wrenched at my heart like nothing since. She loved this man completely. I saw her about a year later and told her that I was a fellow officer and offered my condolences. I could tell that the pain had not subsided in her and I felt helpless to do anything for her. This is the price way pay, the yolk the Police family wears.
Anyone who has the courage to wear the uniform deserves our respect. It doesn’t matter if they are working in an administrative position or on the tip of the spear. We never knew when death would come to us just while we were just doing our jobs. Henry Allen Brown was just trying to help someone change a flat tire and it cost him his life. He did nothing wrong, followed proper procedure and the person he helped might have been your mother, father sister or brother. He did his duty. He taught me that lesson. I was a better Police Officer because of Henry Allen Brown.

Sergeant C. Charles Sherek, #6996
Dallas Police Department (retired)

April 26, 2019

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

April 25, 2018

Still remembering you classmate. Rest easy

Criminal Investigator Greg J Kouba
Victoria County Sheriff's Office, Tx

April 25, 2017

Rest in Peace Officer Henry Allen Brown. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Dallas, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, Texas

April 25, 2016

I LOOK FORWARD TO RUNNING AT THE NATIONAL POLICE MEMORIAL WEEK (WASHINGTON D.C) IN MEMORY OF HENRY ALLEN BROWN! BE BLESSED FAMILY

Senior Corporal Moody
Dallas PD

February 4, 2016

Allen was a cut above the rest. He was a great person and came from an outstanding and loving family. His Grandfather Henry "Pete" Brown was my first mentor in Law Enforcement and helped me get hired by the Victoria County Sheriff's Office in 1981.

Retired Sergeant Rick Guzman - Narcotics
Texas Dept. Of Public Safety

November 5, 2015

Never forgotten.

Police Officer - -
Mesquite (TX) Police Department

April 25, 2015

Happy birthday Allen!!! You would have been 50 yrs old today, March 12th!!! You are dearly missed & loved! You will live in my heart forever!!! RIP BROTHER ALLEN

Becky
Brother-in-law

March 13, 2012

Allen, you were a great friend and classmate at St. Joseph's High School in Victoria. Many fond memories of you. God Bless you and watch over your brothers and sisters in law enforcement down here!

Deputy Greg J. Kouba, Training Coordinat
Bastrop County Sheriff's Office

May 17, 2011

Allen was a wonderful person and an exceptional officer. Working with him an honor. Like yesterday.......

Sgt. Kay Hughbanks
Dallas Police Departmet

May 7, 2011

Hey Allen,

It's still hard.. I can't believe it's been 12 years.... We were just in Lancaster this past weekend for Michael's Graduation(2009 Lancaster High).He looks so much like you. You would have been so proud of him.And so much of Michael is you. Me, Mom, Lynette and Grandma were there. Then tears were starting to fall.. I love you so much... You are gone but never forgotten We all just have to know that You are on God's Team now. He's got one of the best soldiers on his Team.

Robin
Sister

June 14, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach the 12th 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. He was shot twice when ambushed on April 23rd when he was on a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, 8 years after you were killaed.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

In looking at the loving reflections, I can see that you were much respected and admired and are loved and missed by many. The number of commendations you were awarded in your career shows your character, competence, and selflessness. It was a privilege to read about the man you were.

Phyllis Loya

Phylllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 25, 2009

I never knew Officer Brown,
In 2005 I met his wife Edwina who is my friend.
Every year "Ed" puts flowers on his grave and remembers,
Her husband, yet her heart will never mend.

"Ed works for DPS" and so do I
She has not yet said goodbye to Officer Brown.
I met his son Michael too
who looks like you, Officer Brown.

Although I never knew you Officer Brown
I feel as though I do
Because your wife is my friend and I have seen her pain
I have heard what a kind and wonderful husband you were to her. And, What a great man you were Sir.

I remember you, though I never knew you.

and I will never forget you, a fallen officer, my hero too.

DPS DL EXAMINER
FRIEND OF WIFE EDWINA

June 16, 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
Sergeant
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

February 5, 2008

Officer Brown was born to be an officer. Winning many praises from his command staff and numerous awards. In the end he died trying to help someone in need. Many people would have drove by someone in need especially in the rain. For you it was just part of the job. You did the badge proud.

March 28, 2007

Hero. When one hears the word, most people think of a supernatural mythical figure like Batman or Superman, soaring through the skies and bringing justice to the world. Maybe that’s just too much pop culture seeping into our everyday lives, but Webster’s defines a hero as “a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.” Police officers are some of the real heroes of today. This is the story of Henry Brown.
Officer Henry Allen Brown #6354 joined the southwest division in the Dallas Police Force in 1990. He was the class leader of Class 222 and ended up being partners with a fellow classmate of his, now Sergeant Marvin Johnson. Over Officer Brown’s illustrious career, he received over 35 commendations, one of them for administering CPR to a 17-year-old gunshot victim. Sgt. Johnson remembered him receiving a Life Saving Bar after responding to a shooting call on Wheatland Road. Sgt. Johnson said when they arrived, they observed a Latin male lying in the courtyard with a gunshot wound to the chest. Officer Brown raced over to the victim and began giving him CPR, while they waited for DFD to arrive. Even though the man later died in the hospital, it wasn’t from a lack of effort from Officer Brown.
He was a man who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and going hunting. To make the deep nights go by faster, he’d crack jokes and have the car full of laughs. One story Sgt. Johnson told me occurred on a family disturbance call in Oak Cliff one night. When the duo arrived, they were informed that the suspect who had beaten his girlfriend was inside, sitting on the couch and high on PCP. Officer Brown told Sgt. Johnson he had to use the bathroom and that it couldn’t wait. Sgt. Johnson went on inside and scuffled with the suspect and finally got him outside. Just as he was about to handcuff him, Officer Brown arrived out of the blue and fresh off the toilet and assisted with the arrest. Sgt. Johnson remembers telling Officer Brown the next day that “they were going to work out.”
Police officers encounter dangers every day they report to work—murderers, rapists, crackheads, and more. Officer Brown did his job and dealt with these types of people every day, making our city a safer place. It was an act of kindness that eventually ended his life. On April 25, 1997, during a torrential rainfall, Officer Brown spotted a stranded woman on I-20. A woman was trying to cross the freeway on foot, and Officer Brown picked her up and drove her back to her van. He got out to examine her flat tire and moments later, a car skidded into his patrol car, pinning him between it and the woman’s van. Sgt. Lloyd D. Brown said it was an “unselfish effort to save a young life.”
Isn’t fate cruel? Here was a man who on his very first day stuttered so badly on the radio that he scared the dispatcher into thinking his element was in trouble and needed cover. Here was a man who earned 35 commendations in a mere seven years, with two of them being Life Saving Bars. Here is a man who touched the lives of everyone he met and lost his life for stopping to help an innocent woman during a dreadful, rainy day.
Officer Brown left behind his wife, Edwina, and his son, Michael. The Dallas Police Department and anyone who ever came in contact with Officer Henry Brown can know they met a modern day, selfless human being…a hero.

B. Uptmore #8804
DPD

November 5, 2006

Good people are never forgotten.

April 25, 2006

HERO !!!!!

December 19, 2005

I just learned of Henry's passing, some eight years afterward. I feel compelled in some small way to let other's know of the caliber of person that he was.

My badge number was 6351. Henry's was 6357. We went through the academy together, and sweated our asses off running around Bachman Lake together. I say together. He was always leading the pack. In fact his times were always much better that mine. But then Henry always led our class, literally. He led in humility and with a quiet word. He always pushed you to do more, as he was sweating to do more himself. He was the kind of guy that could throw you into the stinky blue mats during DT (at Corp Morrell's instruction), and then tell you "Sorry Odie, I didn't mean to make throw you so hard". "Let me give you a hand up,are you alright?". I remember he always lent a hand without fail... To his DT partner, as well as anyone else that needed one.
Before graduation I remember his character shining through when we had our mock poilce games at the Redbird academy. We were to conduct live simulation exercises one night prior to our graduation. He was to play to a loiterer in the simulation that myself and another recruit were officers in. We were to question him, write down his information and do a radio check on him. Halfway into the situation enactment a unknown car drove up quite unannounced and abruptly. Before the instructor could get to the car to find out what was going on, Henry walked up to the car and helped the disoriented driver with directions how to get to Red Bird Mall. The instructor was a little irritated at him and said " Recruit Brown, you're playing the part of a crook, and crooks don't give people directions.". Without hesitating he said " but I'm training to be police officer and officers do!". I'm pretty sure he got extra credit points for that! Either way he made me and my buddy laugh!
When he graduated at the top of our class (222) he came to more than one of us and said he hoped that we would go through training together. He was just that kind of guy. He was everyone's friend. I consider him to have been a friend of mine. I can honestly say that I never heard him speak ill of anyone and never heard anyone speak ill of him. I feel honored to have trained with Henry in class 222 and served with him on the streets of Dallas. His integrity is a credit to all who wear the badge. His memory is an enduring one.
May God bless you richly Henry.
Respectfully,
Kevin L. Odenwald
Dallas P.D. 6351
Class 222

K.L. "Odie" Odenwald
Dallas Police Department

August 22, 2005

~~~Eternally and Always~~~

I didn't get to say goodbye
You're gone without a reason why
I've loved you all of my life
and then you weren't there

I didn't get a chance to say
how much I cared
I can't even remember the tears
that I cried
All I really wanted was to tell you
Goodbye

When I last saw you I felt I wouldn't
see you again
There was a distance between us
that I couldn't explain
You wouldn't look
at me but I could see the tears
in your eyes
If you knew then
You should have told me
Then I could have said
Goodbye

So many words left unspoken
So many hearts left so broken
My love for you is forever
And that will never die
We'll be together always
Our souls are one with God
Eternally and Always
I'll never have to say
Goodbye

Anonymous

February 5, 2005

Don't grieve for me for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work, or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I've found a peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you all the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I've savored so much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me,
for God wanted me now, He set me free.

Semper Fidelis....(Always Faithful)

December 14, 2004

May you rest in peace and may your tragic death not be forgotten.

Explorer Chirs Linton
Fort Worth police department

God Bless those left behind.

S. Yates

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