Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal Anderson Gordon, III

Montgomery Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, September 24, 1997

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Reflections for Corporal Anderson Gordon, III

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

February 27, 2010

On this the twelth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

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, Anderson. I am so humbled by your valor and courage. In reading your reflections, I can see that
you were an amazing young man and that you are loved and missed by so many.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Anderson gave to his community and the citizens of Alabama, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 24, 1997.

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


September 25, 2009

On the anniversary of your passing, rest in peace brother. You are not forgotten. Please continue to keep watch over us here.


September 24, 2009

Anderson and I were partners. We rode together in the old district 9 for 6 or 8 months in 1991. I go to this website sometimes and pull up your profile. It is very sad to know that you didn't get the chance at life that you deserved. I will always remember you. Your friend and partner.

Patrick ONeal

July 23, 2008



March 17, 2008

I was just a little boy that day ,but that one single moment changed me a little bit my father had been with the pd for a while and when he came home and i asked him did you get the bad guys as i did everytime i happened to see him come home and he didnt answer me .at that moment i realized something was different yes he was sad for a while and to this day he wont talk about it but I had a new pride in what he did realizing that police officers arent just co worker they are a Brothers and Sisters we love you man keep an eye on us

R.P Fontaine
3rd generation MPD

March 3, 2008

Times spent in the gym, time spent on the softball field will never be forgotten. Still missing you brother keep looking out for us down here.

John H. Russell

Special Investigator
State of Alabama

December 21, 2007

"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

July 23, 2007


Jessica Buce
Wife of MPD Officer

May 7, 2007

corporal, my home page for my computer is and today your memorial was its feature i did not know you but i work with a couple of officers here in prattville that do and did work with you i have heard stories of your bravery "thank you" i hope Gods peace has touched your family in ways that is unkown to us. watch over us and tell clint and my mom i said hey .

prattville al

January 19, 2007

Merry Christmas Brother. You're not forgotten.

Sgt. Joe O'Toole
Louisville Metro Police

December 20, 2006

Your sacrifice was not in vain. Your family is in my prayers.

Friend of a fallen officer.


November 1, 2006

Rest in Peace, Corporal Gordon. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 30, 2006

Our thoughts and prayers have been with the Gordon family for years, and continue. We can only imagine the emotions you have struggled with since Officer's Houts death. Especially since it was so close to the anniversary of Anderson's. Thank you for being there to support our law enforcement family. You will always be a part of our family and Anderson will never be forgotten. He is still deeply missed.

May God comfort and keep you all.

Major D.W. Warren
Montgomery P.D.

October 24, 2006

Anderson was my brother's training officer. I know that MPD lost one of its finest men the day Anderson died. He was truly a gentleman, and I will remember him forever. I pray that God will keep His hand on Anderson's family, who miss him so much.

Sister of J.S. Hill, former MPD Officer

October 5, 2006

I was not with MPD when you were still with us, but
I want you to know that every night I ride by your mom's house to make sure everything is alright. Your legacy lives on to this day and we will never forget you. Keith Houts and I were both in Class 2005-A and on 3rd Shift. Please watch out for us and Keith. Rest in peace brother and continue on the thin blue line.

Officer J. W. Waldroff
Montgomery PD 3rd Shift

October 4, 2006

I just want Corporal Gordon's family to know that his memory still lives on. I was with MPD from 1995 through 1999 when I joined the FBI. Since the day of his tragic death, those of us who knew him have worked everyday with him in our memory. I believe that because of Anderson in our membery, we are better law enforcement officers and better people. Just know that his and your sacrifice is greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Anderson.

Special Agent Patrick Sanford
FBI Tallahassee (former MPD)

August 4, 2006

I still think of that day often. I was working in the Church building on the street where Officer Anderson Gordon III was shot. I heard firecrackers once and then again. Then someone buzzed on the intercom that someone was outside shooting. I asked my fellow worker to call 911 and I ran downstairs towards the shots. By the time I got down to the street, the suspect was gone and all that was left was your police car. I ran up to it, hoping that I could help. I looked through the shattered windshield and saw you sitting there peacefully. I tried to remember my lifegaurd and first aid training, wondering what I could do to help. But, all I could do was look at you, afraid to make things worse. I often think back on that day and wonder what I should have done. Could I have helped in any way? After thinking about every attempt at first aid and every possible outcome, I am left with this: I should have held your hand and let you know that everything was going to be alright. I'm sorry I didn't do that.
I remember waving frantically at the officers to come help you as the sped to the scene. Should I have grabbed your radio and shouted "officer down?" The first officers raced after the suspect. The next officer ran up to your car, looked in and threw his hat on the ground in agony.
I take comfort in the way you looked sitting in your car - at peace.


April 13, 2006

Anderson,I'll never forget how people used to call you Gordon Anderson and while we were not great friends when we rode together I do mourn for you and your family.I truly hope that you're in a better place.Blue skies and a peaceful sleep to you Brother in blue.
I.D #451

Former Corporal
Formerly Mpd

September 28, 2005

Although we are not related, I only found it fitting that I stop here and leave a reflection to let you know that you have not been forgotten and are a true hero.

Robert Gordon, father of fallen officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Robert Gordon

September 1, 2005

Thank you for your steadfast dedication. I have so much respect for police officers...I pray for your family. Shalom Aleichem

Kathleen Roberts

November 10, 2004

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

A hero never dies.....

Rest in peace, hero.

September 28, 2004

I thought for sure the world would stop that day. I can honestly say the death of Cpl. Anderson Gordon has been the single most impacting event of my entire life. Unfortunately, this was not the first time I had to deal with the death of a fallen hero, but I do hope it will be my last. I was a high school senior and my father was a fellow member of the MPD. I remember him coming home from work late that day because he didn't want to leave. No one did. Their brother was gone and they were grieving. We all were. I will never forget the face that always wore a smile and I will always think of what my daddy used to say about him. He said, "That's a true gentleman. Do you know the difference between a man and a gentleman? A gentleman loves his momma and takes care of his family." He had just left from having lunch with his momma when he was brutally murdered. I come from a long line of MPD officers and civilian employees. And I have never been so proud to be a part of the MPD family as I was the day Cpl. Anderson Gordon, III. was laid to rest. I have never seen anything like it in my life and I pray I never will again, but that was the most beautiful and heart wrenching service I've ever attended. I began that day with a deep sadness in my heart. I heart so badly for his family and fellow officers. But, I ended that day with my heart bursting with pride for him and all of those officers who came from all across the country to honor their fallen brother. To his family, you are always in the thoughts of my family, especially my father. And to you, Cpl. Gordon, I'll see you at roll call when my shift ends and until then, may God Bless you as you watch over the rest of us.

L.K. Thompson
City of Montgomery

May 4, 2004

Cpl Anderson Gordon was one of the nicest young men of his times. I was introduced to Anderson approximately one year before his death by my son, Stephen Lavender of MPD, who considered Anderson his best friend. I felt it not robbery to attend his memorial services, since Anderson opened his doors and his heart to me at a family gathering. My son considered the Gordon's his family. Although it has been several years now since his passing, I still remember that fateful day, when the call was received. Anderson, you are still in our hearts and minds, just as when you were alive. When I found this website, I was elated to find where I could make my expressions. Rest on Anderson, for the Bible says, "No greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his fellowman". Jesus did and so have you.

Nellie Lavender-Shakespeare
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

April 26, 2004

GOD bless you and your family, corporal Gordon

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

Deputy Sheriff
POLK County Sheriff's Office, Bartow, Florida

March 29, 2004

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