Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Thomas Layton Jeffries

Portland Police Bureau, Oregon

End of Watch Monday, July 21, 1997

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Reflections for Officer Thomas Layton Jeffries

Tom
I worked closely with your father in the past and was in law enforcement. It may have been 22 or more years ago, but I still remember your memorial and the incredible outpouring of support from the community for you and your family.

Dan Kelly

Dan Kelly
Retired Detective, Beaverton PD

September 24, 2019

Officer Thomas Jeffries
My good friend. As a Reserve Deputy You spent many shifts with me. You dreamed of becoming a Portland Police Officer. You followed your dream. I still miss You my brother.

Retired Deputy Paul Box
Polk County Sheriff’s Office

July 22, 2019

It’s been such a long time, Tom. I still remember getting the call like it was yesterday. I miss you, my friend.

Cpl. Wayne Mohler
Washington Co. Sheriff’s Office (Retired)

December 10, 2018

20 years and I still miss you.

Officer Palmer
Department of Corrections

July 22, 2017

At Estacada High School, Tom was my best friend. We both graduated, in 1980. Still remember him, at graduation. And remember the plays we did together. And, in the Clackamas County News, guffawing over his columns.

But, drop his clever writing, remember so much that we did, together. Tom's death is still a hole in my heart, and will be, as long as I am breathing.

Dean Moore
Junior High, High School friend

May 17, 2015

Tom was my best friend !,I worked with him for many years at Fred Meyer before he became a police officer I still to this day carry his police business card in my wallet and i think of him Often,I miss him and wish he was still here!

Bob Boehmke
Best Friend

May 12, 2015

Always in my heart.

Dee

July 4, 2014

Tom, I can not believe you are really gone. I have known you since you were young. I went to your funeral and was amazed by all the support and love. I saw your pregnant wife collapse and I cried for her. You are not forgotten my old friend. I know you are still on duty, keep watch. We miss you and think of you often.

Joanne Herring
Friend

May 17, 2014

I can't believe how long it has been, Tom. I miss you.

Cpl. Wayne Mohler
Washington County S.O.

November 6, 2013

I am a member of the Toronto Police Service and my good friend and fellow brother in blue is with the Portland PB. Kory Ballentine's comment says it all. That is exactly why we put our uniforms on every day. To protect our community and the future of it's people.

PC Karen Murray 923
Toronto Police Service

July 21, 2013

My brother was the 7 year old who you protected and is alive and well because of you and what you did, you will never be forgotten and my family prays for your wife and son to live a very happy life

Kory ballentine
[email protected]

May 5, 2013

Fourteen years may have passed but that does not lessen the pain for those that love and miss your dearly. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and protect them from harm. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

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

July 21, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 13th 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. I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 21, 2010

im sorry if people wont like who i am but i was a very close friend of the man who killed officer jeffries. i want to say that in the 10 years since he died, i have thought about him everyday. i am truly sorry for his family and friends. im sorry for everyone who's lives were destroyed by this. as for myself, this was a wake up call for me to change my life and i have.i pray that god is watching over officer jeffries wife and child and that god may bring peace to their hearts.

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
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

January 15, 2008

I wish to say "thank you" for your brave and selfless sacrifice 10 years ago today. You will NEVER be forgotten and FOREVER be a hero!

DET SGT, Retired
AR

July 20, 2007

Patrolman Jeffries,

On this the anniversary of your leaving us in the physical sense we pay tribute to your spirit. Today the Day Watch of the Henry County Georgia Police Department’s Central Precinct will hit the street in your honor. Please watch over us as we continue your fine work.

For the entire shift,
Sergeant V.T. Rosen

Sergeant V.T. Rosen
Henry County Police Department

July 20, 2007

Tom, it has been almost 10 years since you went EOW. I miss you more than you know. My kids are growing and i hurts that they did not get to know you. This week we laid to rest one of our Deputies, and the feelings of you leaving all came back. You were a great friend. I miss you brother....Jon

Sergeant Jon Cook
Marion County Sheriff's Office

June 23, 2007

There is a cross mounted high on a telephone pole near the place Officer Jeffries died. Every time I drive by, I look at it and remember his life, his sacrifice and his wife and son. Even though time passes, the citizens don't forget. We're thankful for our protectors.

M Runyon

May 24, 2007

I attended Tom's funeral many years ago and sadly have attended many other since then. It was IMPRESSIVE. My partner Det. Glenn Fairall went to the police academy with Tom and was a good friend of his. I think there is something that people need to know about Tom that will fill their hearts with overwhelming pride.

I learned a lot about Tom and what a cop's cop he was. A very intelligent and learned man, with a passion for history, honor, truth, and chivalry. It is no wonder my partner and he got a long so well.

I learned during my conversations with my partner that with the gallantry of a true heroes spirit, as a recruit at the police academy Tom told my partner that if he were ever to be killed in the line of duty that he wanted it to be in a running gun battle with a dangerous felon while protecting the life of women, child, or fellow officer.

It makes me peace knowing that if Tom had to go, he went in a manor that was worthy of a true hero spirit, who came into this profession for all the right reasons.

I wish we had a million more just like him.

Detective Damon Struble
Albany P.D. Oregon

February 7, 2007

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

October 4, 2006

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

September 27, 2006

...and, "Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be called the son's of GOD"

Matthew 5:3

July 20, 2005

Our thoughts and prayers go out to This Officer, as well as the Family, Friends, Department and Community.

This is a loss that will never be forgotten. Hours will turn into days, days turn into weeks, weeks into months and months into years but, the difference that these officers have made will last forever.

We lost Our Deputy Morris Taylor on September 14, 2002. When he joined the other Angels in Blue.

God Bless Our Law Enforcement Officers and Those Who Love Them.

Jack & Tracy Van Dolah
Former LEO/U.S.M.C. & Wife in Sutherlin, Oregon

May 22, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies.....

Rest in peace, hero.

September 29, 2004

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