Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Franklin Jay Minnie, Sr.

Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

End of Watch Sunday, June 1, 1997

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Franklin Jay Minnie, Sr.

Frank worked for me on several shifts when I was a watch commander. He was always one of the hardest workers on the shift and loved working traffic. Prior to coming to our agency he had also worked for LAPD and Nye County SO (Nevada). I remember one night he was arresting a man at his home on an assault and his dog attacked Frank. Frank fought the dog off, arrested its owner and didn't get stitched up until he had dropped his prisoner off at booking. Frank was a great cop and will always be sorely missed all who knew him. He also loved motorcycles and liked being a motor officer, having come by and allowing my young son to sit on his bike--thanks Frank for always being there...

Jim Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office and Nevada DPS

October 16, 2017

Frank was one of my favorite- he had such a great way of joking around and made our days in shop a lot easier.

Nate Kuhl Equip Service Worker II
Washoe County Equip. Services

June 1, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 1, 2015

Just driving around town when I ended up behind a yellow hummer. It's license plate frame caught my attention... "And on the 8th day God created Police Officers." And then I spotted a memorial sticker with your name. My heart goes out to your family. My father, Deputy David Grant was killed in the line of duty EOW 5-31-04. My husband is currently a motor officer with RPD. I know how it feels to have your world ripped from you. I just wanted to let the family know - I saw his memorial sticker and though I did not know Deputy Minnie, I am thinking of him today. May he continue to rest in peace -

Jennifer Grant-Blount
Daughter of Deputy David Grant

April 10, 2015

Frank will always be remembered by my family for his efforts to save my infant son who tragically passed away in 1995. He was first on the scene, took compassionate control of the situation, and although unsuccessful, valiantly administered infant CPR until the EMT's arrived to relieve him. His willingness to respond although tasked for another duty has always had my respect for his dedication to service for his fellow citizens.

Steven Childs, civilian

December 10, 2013

You are not forgotten Deputy Minnie. Today "A" Shift honors you and your sacrifice by dedicating our watch to you. Rest in peace brother, you will NEVER be forgotten.

Sgt. J.L. Slaughter
Radford Police Department

June 1, 2013

Deputy Minnie you are not forgotten by the members of the Boston Police. RIP

Det. Michael Kane
Boston Police Dept

January 6, 2012

Although I did not know you personally I went to your funeral. I was an explorer with Reno Police. Thank you for your service and thank you for keeping our county safe.

J. Lambert

March 30, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twelth 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 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.

Phyllis Loya


June 1, 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 11, 2007

May you rest in Peace and may Our Lord continue to comfort your loved ones.

June 1, 2006

I can hardly believe the time that's passed since you left.
I miss your sense of humor, your smile and your bright blue eyes are forever burned into my memory.
I was always afraid I would forget your voice but I haven't. It's just as clear in my dreams as the last time I talked to you.
I will never forget that day and the series of events that led up to the hardest goodbye I've ever known.
"Officer Down" is something none of us want to hear over the radio. Holding your breath, heart racing, you wait to hear the next transmissions. Who is it? What happened? Your head swims. Everyone wants to run from the station, to help, to do something except sit there..waiting. I never thought it would be you, but it was. I thought "he'll be okay, there's nothing he can't recover from, he's too scrappy to go down without a fight." Conflicting reports came but then the Sheriff came in. To see him cry, I knew the news was not good. I waited so long to come to the hospital, not prepared to have to say goodbye. A million jokes, years of laughs, never prepared me for this. I had to accept that God had another plan for you. You satisfied his purpose for you here and you were being called home for a higher purpose. I bid you farewell and just hours later, you were gone.
You were a great officer and an even greater man. You were dedicated and committed to our community and even more so, to your son, whom I know you loved endlessly.
I miss you still and am grateful to have known you and blessed to have shared five years of love, laughter and memories.
So much now I understand, none of which I regret.
You will never be forgotten and never replaced in the hearts of those you touched and whose lives you impacted.

Former WCSO

May 30, 2005

you wrote me my first got me while i used to deliver pizzas. as a matter of fact you got me twice that night. you are a good man and i thank you for all you did to make this world a safer place. you are a real hero and you will not be forgotten.

thanks again rest in peace

state trooper
va state police

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