Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Steven Donald Van Horn

Newport Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, November 16, 1997

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Reflections for Sergeant Steven Donald Van Horn

Sgt. Van Horn,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO; former Marine

United States Border Patrol

November 16, 2022

Rest in peace Sergeant Van Horn.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 22, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother. We honor you on the 20th anniversary of your E.O.W. Thank you and your family for your and their sacrifice.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 16, 2017

Rest in peace grandpa wish I could have met you


January 13, 2016

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Van Horn. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 16, 2012

What an honorable man my Uncle Steve was. It was a terrible loss to the Van Horn family and to anyone who knew him. He is forever in my heart.

Kila Downum

November 16, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis L. Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 16, 2009

God Speed, Brother.

Union PD, NJ

October 14, 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
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 1, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 29, 2007

Rest safe with Our Lord and may He bless your loved ones.

November 16, 2006

To Sgt. Steven Donald Van Horn, his family and friends, and fellow officers:

On this the eighth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that you are remembered. Your valor and dedication are not forgotten. Rest in Peace, Sgt. Van Horn.

I am glad that the City of Newport Beach found this to be a line of duty death as it certainly was. The incident which led to your untimely death was indicative of the many different kinds of danger an officer encounters in performing their duties.

May your family continue to be supported by their law enforcement family, and other police survivors.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of distinquished service Sgt. Van Horn gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on November 16, 1997.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

November 17, 2005

Remembering you today on the anniversary of your death. What a
tragedy this was that you were taken
from your 6 kids. May they trust God
to fill the void from the loss of a Father's love.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

November 16, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute your for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace.

November 16, 2004

Thinking of you on the anniversary of
your death. Thank you for your
years of service. Your memory lives
Lynn Kole
Washington State

November 16, 2004


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrifice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Sgt. Van Horn.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

June 29, 2004

God bless you brother and your family. We face many challenges but who would ever guess that something like this would stretch the blue line even thinner. Thank you for your service and know that a hero is never forgotten. You are not forgotten.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

November 12, 2003

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