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Sergeant Otis Vernon Love, Jr.

Sheridan Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Sunday, February 8, 1998

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Reflections for Sergeant Otis Vernon Love, Jr.

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

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

February 8, 2021

Hi Family,
My name is Judy Chavis, daughter to Lee beMiller and Annie Mae Chavis, cousin to Otis(Junior to us). I was driving through Sheradan today and reflecting upon the last time I saw Junior. It was before he joined the police department, way before, and it was at the last Chavis family reunion at his Mom's. We had a great time and after the reunion, Junior, myself, and my sister Sherry went out honky-tonkin(we were all young and wild back then) and danced till the wee hours of the morning. I know that his mom, my aunt Lillian, has passed, and I'm so sorry to hear that. Me and my siblings knew nothing of her passing because we were never notified about it.
Please if any of the family can contact me, my siblings and I would like to try to get a Chavis family reunion together. I know that with the passing of Lillian, it was an end to my dad's generation.
Please call 1-501-226-8310 if the family is interested in having a reunion, also, I am on Facebook also, Judy Chavis.
We miss the family and just wish to get everyone together before the rest of us are singing with the angels.
Sept. 23, 2019

Judy Chavis
Cousin

September 23, 2019

Hi Family,
My name is Judy Chavis, daughter to Lee beMiller and Annie Mae Chavis, cousin to Otis(Junior to us). I was driving through Sheradan today and reflecting upon the last time I saw Junior. It was before he joined the police department, way before, and it was at the last Chavis family reunion at his Mom's. We had a great time and after the reunion, Junior, myself, and my sister Sherry went out honky-tonkin(we were all young and wild back then) and danced till the wee hours of the morning. I know that his mom, my aunt Lillian, has passed, and I'm so sorry to hear that. Me and my siblings knew nothing of her passing because we were never notified about it.
Please if any of the family can contact me, my siblings and I would like to try to get a Chavis family reunion together. I know that with the passing of Lillian, it was an end to my dad's generation.
Please call 1-501-226-8310 if the family is interested in having a reunion, also, I am on Facebook also, Judy Chavis.
We miss the family and just wish to get everyone together before the rest of us are singing with the angels.
Sept. 23, 2019

Judy Chavis
Cousin

September 23, 2019

Sergeant Love, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 17, 2019

Sgt. Love,
On today, the 21st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for- of just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Armed Forces-especially in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

February 8, 2019

Jr was a kind man. I was to leave Feb 9th to come to arkansas to see him and other family members. It was heartbreaking not to get to see his smile and hear his laughter. He is missed greatly!

Elizabeth Morris
2nd Cousin

February 6, 2014

hi my name is Robin Love. I cried while reading all of yalls post. He had passed just a month after i turned 4, even tho i was young i still remember alot about him and how he was a great man. He has and always will be my number one hero. He has been such an inspiration to alot of people and its very touching. I just remember running up into the house when i was little and jumping up in his lap watching t.v and eating Whoppers lol. He ALWAYS had a box of whoppers beside that chair. i remember him holding me and rocking me while i slept...i miss him so much and its awesome to know that he will never be forgotten by many others.


MY PAWPAW MY HERO!!!

Robin Love
Grand-Daughter

January 30, 2014

Papaw. I miss you so much. Its almost been 16 years and nothing has been the same. I was young when u passed but i remember countless episodes of cops and how i would sit on ur lap and put ur big ol glasses on. I joined the navy and i really am trying to make u proud. I talk to u everyday and i really hope u can hear me. Alot has changed since u left but we have gotten stronger. You are and will forever be my hero.

To everyone who has posted on this. THANK YOU!! It means so much to know he will never be forgotten. He is the best person i know

My Papaw. My Hero

MM3 Love, Tiffany
grand-daughter to Otis and daughter of Scott

January 30, 2014

Hi, my name is Brandon Love, Otis' first born grandson.
I was only in the 2nd grade when my grandpa passed away.
But I remember a lot about him, several wonderful memories.
To this day, I find myself asking what he would do in a certain
situation. I still get upset and cry about what happened, because I wish I would've gotten the chance to know him better.
I am now 23, married with 1 son, and my 2nd son will be here any day now. All I can say is I hope he is proud of me.
I love you papaw.

Brandon Love
Grandson

January 30, 2014

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated service to others.

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

February 8, 2013

Your sacrifice honored your vocation to serve and protect.
May your family, colleagues, and others left behind continue to heal and honor your memory.

Former Police Chief
Sheridan Police Department, Colorado

February 8, 2013

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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

To Scott, I understand how a loved one's life can unravel after a line of duty death. We are just not the same people anymore. I am glad that things are getting better for you, and I hold you in my heart's embrace today.

Phyllia Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 8, 2011

Scott I think of your father often.

Cpl Christopher Ice
Buncombe County Sheriff office NC

December 5, 2009

Its almost been 12 years...it is not yet any easier.All the holidays that you both are missing and the special things ..when your children were born you couldnt wait to see. Now your both looking from a better part of the world..SCOTT i was very young and barely remeber you..but atleast i still do..im sorry to hear about your brother..as if loosing dad wasnt hard enough ...hang in there and it will get better i would like for you to look me up theres alot of questions i have that since you were older when it happend. i have a myspace under cate creed. i dont have your email or would email you! ..thank you otis for having my dads back at the incident..a big price you paid for us all!

officer bobby watson daughter
officer bobby watsons daughter

October 15, 2009

Hello to all. My name is Scott, Dad's 3rd son. When Dad was here, I too had a career in the US ARMY. I was also a SGT. After he was taken from us, my life totally fell apart! I'm back up on my feet now. Dad is still with us. I talk to him all the time. I just wish he could talk back, you know? I've visited this site before. Sad to say it's been years since then. I read all the reflections left for Dad...and I cried. You all will NEVER know what those comments meant to me when I read them. OFC Christopher Ice...I remember you and how much Dad thought of you. I remember him driving up in your white Mustang to pick us up when we arrived in Florida. Lt. Williams...Thank You for having Dad's back all those years. To ALL SURVIVORS...Never Forget!!!! Do not blame God, for it is not his fault. It was time for them to come home. Speaking from experience, it gets somewhat easier as time goes by. Other days are hard as hell! I lost my younger brother to a heart attack in 2001. He was 30. I myself had a heart attack March of this year. Forgive my ramblings, but I'm just overwhelmed with emotions after reading all those reflections. I am married now to the Most Precious Woman in the universe. She and Mom is what gets me through. Mom is doing ok...she has her days. My heart and prayers go out to all survivors, Officers, friends and family of ALL Fallen Officers! I feel your pain. You are never alone. We can't let their passings be in vein! I will close here for now. Dad...you have always been and will always be My Hero! I Love and Miss You So Very Much! Bobby Ray...Thank you too! You too gave your life for us all! Never Forget....PLEASE!! I Love You Dad!
SEMPER FI!!!
Love Always, Scott
P.S.
Feel free to email me if you wish.

Scott Love
SGT Love's son

July 10, 2009

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Love. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

June 8, 2009

To the family and friends of Sgt. Otis Vernon Love:

On the eleventh anniversary of his death, please know that his valor and service will be forever remembered.

May you continue to be comforted by the support and caring of your law enforcement family, and other police survivors. We grieve for you and with you. Our family lost our beloved Larry Lasater when he was fatally shot in April of 2005 during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, so we know the anquish you are still experiencing as the agony of this loss never diminishes.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the years of service Otis gave to his community and the citizens of Arkansas, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 8, 1998.

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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 8, 2009

Today on the 10th anniversary of your death, we pause and say a prayer for the loved ones you left behind and still mourn.
Rest in peace Sarge, you are not forgotten.
Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Deborah Roelandts (911 retired)
Oconomowoc Wisconsin

Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc

February 8, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 5, 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

November 20, 2007

Mr.Love,Im sorry to hear of your death,if you was still alive today you would be suprised to hear im a police officer now,but to just let you know(your the reason i am what i am today)if you wouldnt have pulled me over all those times and got me driving illegaly i probally would have never straighten my act up,thank you and god bless Mr.Love.

ofc.hopson
KPD,LOuisiana

March 23, 2007

i appreciate the things you done for the county.i know the both of you are in a better place.your a good man that is missed and will never be forgotten.

officer watsons daughter
friend

June 13, 2006

THE SEASONS OF THE SOUL

When you feel cast down and despondently sad
And you long to be happy and carefree and glad,
Do you ask yourself, as I so often do,
Why must there be days that are cheerless and blue?
Why is the song silenced in the heart that was gay?
And then I ask God, "What makes life this way?"
And His explanation makes everything clear,
The soul has its seasons, the same as the year.
We, too, must pass through life's autumn of death
And have our hearts frozen by winter's cold breath.
But spring always comes with new life and birth
Followed by summer to warm the soft earth.
And, oh, what a comfort to know there are reasons,
That souls, like nature, must too have their seasons,
Bounteous seasons and barren ones too,
Times for rejoicing and times to be blue.
For with nothing but "sameness" how dull life would be,
For only life's challenge can set the soul free,
And it takes a mixture of both bitter and sweet
To season our lives and make them complete."
(author - Helen Rice)

We all grieve over the lost lives in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

God bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great nation.

Gone but never forgotten.

Grandma & Grandpa Hinkle
Oxnard, California

September 26, 2004

I first met Otis while we were stationed on the USS Independence in the early 80's. Upon being discharged I invited Otis to come to work with the Palm Beach County Sheriffs office in Fla which he did. As sometimes happens misunderstandings destroy friendships and this was the case with us. I guess I just wanted to say that I'm sorry for what happened between us Otis, your were one of the finest people I had ever know! I will pray for you and your family, and when it is my time to go, I hope we can once again, be partners!

Patrolman Christopher Ice
Hendersonville Police Department, NC

Sergeant Love and Officer Watson will both be greatly missed. They were liked, respected, and loved by many, and their loss has created an emptiness that will not soon be filled or forgotten.

Lieutenant Kent Williams
Sheridan Police Department, AR

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