Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Lloyd Edward Lowry

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, September 23, 1997

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Reflections for Sergeant Lloyd Edward Lowry

Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 23, 2020

Rest in peace Sergeant Lowry.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 26, 2020

I cant believe that I just found this page. Ed was one of my best friends. He was stationed in Richmond County for several years and we became best friends. We played golf together and lifting weights for a long time. Ed was a man and the only reason he is gone is they got the drop on him. I hurt every time I go by that location where he and the deputy got killed. My daddy was a deputy here in Richmond County and I retired from the Rockingham Police Dept. I still get sick thinking about how they died. I know he is resting in peace. It was a shame for both of their families to have to go through this.

Lt. Robert Taylor
Rockingham Police Dept

April 18, 2020

I thank Sgt Lowry and Deputy Hathcock for their service. God bless your families. Rest in peace.

Edwin Bundy

March 19, 2020

Sergeant Lloyd Edward Lowry and Corporal David Walter Hathcock of the Cumberland County Sheriff Office will never ever be forgotten. May God bless their respective families, and may their soul rest in Heaven. I thank both Sergeant Lowry and Corporal Hathcock for their services.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired
New York State Police

October 17, 2018

I was on my way to Florida and saw Sgt. Lowry's Memorial sign. My father was a police officer in Philadelphia. Edward Lowry. I almost swerved into an 18 wheeler when I saw it because I thought I was imagining things.

My love and best wishes to Sgt. Lowry's family. I'm saying a prayer tonight for them. Also for Corporal Hatcock and his family.

Nothing
No one

November 5, 2017

I was in the Army and stationed at Fort Bragg at the time of Sgt Lowery's death. I was driving on I-95 when the two convicts he was chasing passed me. I saw Sgt Lowery's patrol car coming up fast and I moved over. I knew something was seriously wrong. I got off exit 52 and noticed several LEO's vehicles responding to his call. Later that day I was informed via the news that both officers were killed in the line of duty. We are blessed to have officers willing to lay down their lives to protect us. My thoughts are with the families of these two brave men. You will not be forgotten.

Quincy A Tarrance Sergeant First Class
U.S. Army Special Forces

June 7, 2016

I was in the Robeson Community College police academy BLET from Jan97 to Aug 97 ,he was one of our motor vehicle instructor for defense driving training and traffic laws .He was a very good instructor and a pretty good person, we had just graduated in August the second and was putting in applications to law enforcement agencies when we heard of the shooting my hreart drop ,he was always talking about his daughter

Officer Cleveland Hunter
DoD DAP Police

May 24, 2015

Sgt. Lowry was a excellent trooper. I remember him being stationed in Richmond County. He was chasing a car and finally got it stopped behind another car stopped at the corner of Raleigh St. and Charlotte St. in Hamlet. Ed was trying to drag the subject out through the drivers window. The driver had both hands out the window and Ed was holding onto the driver left hand while setting on the pavement. The driver was trying to get Ed's weapon and ever time he swung at it he would touch the handle. I helped trooper Lowery drag the driver out the window and put the handcuffs on him. Then help arrived. I was friends with Ed as he lived at the Hamlet Fire Dept. with us when he came to Richmond County. A few years later the subject that Sgt. Lowry had stopped and arrested rob a store and was shot and killed by a police officer trying to arrest him for the robbery.

Civilian Wayne Fuller

September 23, 2014

Thinking of you Sgt, 17 years after your death. Thank you for serving your state and this great nation. Continue to rest in peace sir, we got it!

Master Trooper J. R. Fleming
NC State Highway Patrol

September 23, 2014

Ed was the one that talked me into considering joining the NCSHP when he was assigned to my hometown of Rockingham. I graduated the 66th Basic Class and always looked to Ed as a mentor. I left the Patrol after 3 years and joined the US Army. When assigned to Fort Bragg, I was able to stop by and see Ed. I was grateful for that opportunity to have seen my friend one last time. I think of him often and wish Dixie and their children the best. His passing was a great loss for so many.

LTC (Retired) Jerry L Harding
US Army and former H-547

February 21, 2014

I had the honor of being in patrol school (60th) with Ed and working the same duty station (H2) with him. In 1995 6 troopers and wives went on a cruise with Ed and Dixie. What a great time. I have written a book (Badge Bullets and Blood) and it is dedicated to Ed and Pete Peterson. My heart still breaks every time I think of Ed. God Bless Him, what a man.

Harry Stegall Former H-238
NCSHP

January 18, 2014

Bitterly disappointed in the commutation to life that was handed down. You and your family deserved more.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

June 6, 2013

To Sgt Lowry's family: I can't imagine your loss, but I express my gratitude for your husband's/father's service to the state of North Carolina and it's citizens, and acknowledge his sacrifice.

The above article mentions the passerby who was fired upon by the suspects. He passed away a few years later of cancer, and I am married to his widow. By all accounts, he was a good man, too...... (Linda would be interested in knowing how your family is doing. If inclined, please reach us at: [email protected])

Shane A. Leiser
US Air Force (retired)

February 22, 2013

it isn't enough that this tragedy ends with the deaths of two veteran law enforcement officers. the justice system then kicks their graves and memories by allowing both to continue to live while families grieve and are reminded of their deaths.

God Bless both of you for your selfless sacrifice

J Shultz
former police officer

December 14, 2012

Ed, I'm so sorry the justice system has let you down. I'll never forget that terrible day. First one Golphin, and now the other has had their sentences commuted to life. They say that racism played a role in the death sentence. I don't believe that's the case. I believe the jury saw the same pictures I did, and heard the same 911 tapes I did, and came to a reasonable conclusion. They learned what a great guy you were, and realized that everyone that met you had been robbed of having you in their life. You should be retired now casting some lines into the water. I really wish you were. God bless you, God bless Dixie and your family as well.

Master Trooper
North Carolina State Highway Patrol

December 14, 2012

Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace in such incidents & our only real comfort comes from Him. May His strength, comfort & peace continue to be the sustaining force in the lives of all who knew this beloved officer; and may it somehow help to know they do not grieve alone.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

October 7, 2009

The funeral line was long, There's an awful lot of cars, Folks came out of the restaurants, They came out of the bars.
The workers at the construction sites All let their hammers drop. Someone asked. "What is this all for?" And they said, "Aw, just a cop."
Some chuckled at the passing cars. Some shed a silent tear Some people said, "It's stupid," "all these dumb policemen here."
"How come they are not out fighting crime?" "Or in a doughnut shop?" Sure is a lot of trouble, For someone who's just a cop."
They blocked the intersections, They blocked the interstate. People yelled and cursed, "Damn, it's gonna make me late!"
"This is really ridiculous!" "They're makin' us all stop!" "It seems they are sure wastin' time, On someone who's just a cop."
Into the cemetery now, The slow procession comes, The woeful Taps are slowly played. There's loud salutes from guns.
The graveyard workers shake their heads "This service is a flop." "There's lots of good words wasted, On someone who's just a cop"
Yeah, just a cop to most folks. Did his duty every day. Trying to protect us, Till they took his life away.
And when he got to heaven, St. Peter put him at the top. An angel asked him, "Who was that?" And he said, "Aw, just a cop."
His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

May God be with everyone!!!!!!!!!

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, TX

April 16, 2009

I shared a court day with Sgt Lowery and would sometimes see him in the LEC on the weekends when we were processing our arrests. I saw him the Saturday before his murder and we had a laugh about the DWI arrest who had been sick in his car. The Sergeant took it in stride and had a good laugh about it as well. I was also in the court room when the DA's office came in and asked the judge to dismiss all of your citations/arrests, I can't even describe how that made all of the officers feel.

I attended your service, but was unable to make it to the grave site. You were so well thought of and respected that the procession was so long that our car never made it to the cemetary. The entire route was lined with citizens who came out to pay their respets as well.

God bless.

Anonymous

January 18, 2009

Sergeant Lowry, I respect the price you've paid in the pursuit of justice. A few weeks ago I was requested to give a speech about bravery, having prior knowledge of this incident, I used you as my primary example. I will leave an exerpt from my closing statement. "The simple fact that Sgt. Lowry put on a uniform and a badge every day was an act of bravery. I leave you with a message, justice has a cost, and brave men and women will step forward to uphold justice, and some in the process do pay the ultimate price. Bravery, to an average person here in the United States, ie the 9-5 guy, is just a word. However to a fallen officer's agency and family, bravery is not a word, it is a reminder that in the face of overwhelming odds, and even in the face of death, that their loved one, or their brother in law enforcement upheld his duty, and paid the ultimate price so that others would not have to."

Exp.
Southern Pines Police Department NC

December 3, 2008

SGT. Lowry your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

October 16, 2008

You were an amazing person who had a tremendous impact on the people who
served with you. You were a wonderful role model with a matchless work ethic.
The admiration people had for you will never be forgotten. I can only imagine
how much you are missed. You served many years, but still your career was cut
short. Eleven years later, time has not diminished your service nor sacrifice.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

Anonymous

September 24, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on this anniversary.

Former Police Officer
District Heights Police (MD), Dept.

September 23, 2008

We miss you Ed.

Trooper
NC State Highway Patrol

May 11, 2008

Over 10 years has passed and the tears still fall every time I look at Ed's memorial. I still miss him and think he was the worlds best trooper. No one has mentioned that Ed was demoted for chasing a bad guy and shooting out his tires a few years before he was killed. All of the troopers looked up to him for that, but the hierarchy thought it was a little too aggressive. Ed appealed the decision and won his stripes back. He was reinstated as a sergeant posthumously. Way to go, Ed!!!!!!
Also, the man that chased after the suspects, giving step by step details to the communications center has died of cancer at a very young age. It seems that heroes finish last, but I know that they are much better off than those left behind. They are in mansions made of gold and awaiting our arrival.

N.C. Trooper
N.C. State Highway Patrol

January 28, 2008

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