Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant James LaDow Davis

Ocean Shores Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Sunday, April 26, 1998

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Reflections for Lieutenant James LaDow Davis

Lt. Davis,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Ocean Shores. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 26, 2023

Rest in peace Lt. Davis.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 1, 2020

I have been thinking a lot about this day lately. I was one of the first on the scene trying to bring back Jim. This changed my life as well as others forever. Jenni, I think of you often as loosing a parent is a lot to handle.
Prayers and blessings with you and your family always.

Kimberley Tucker,

January 8, 2016

It's been a long time. (16 years) I miss you greatly and will always remember all the memories we had. I love you and you will always be in my heart and mind. You were a great brother to look up to and someone that I could count on any time. I remember my first ride in the patrol car, the awesome 4th of July parties, and you buying my first pair of Converse, etc. Those were some amazing times we shared. I love you Jim.

Michelle Bisson

April 26, 2014

I've just recently been reminded that we both have the the same father. I wish I would have connectd with him earlier. I would love to establish some connection with his family if they are interested.
Please email me and we can talk.

Don Davis

January 5, 2014

I too think of Jim often through the years. We worked together at Spokane Co and also as DARE Officers for our respective departments. Wishing you were still with us Jim.

Deputy Thomas E. Blair (RET)
Spokane Co. Sheriff Dept

December 12, 2012

What a great friend and mentor. I think of you often Jim.

Jeff Chandler
NJevada Court Services

June 23, 2012

we will always remember you and my family does too

Bradly Wood

May 22, 2012

I am privileged to pay tribute to you. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 14th 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 that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace, Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 26, 2012

Jim, I miss you. Your my brother forever! You were my only true friend! I miss our fishing trips. You being the ground our family walked on. I have two grand babies now Alexis, Dacota, . I wish you were here to enjoy them like me. Your kids are doing good we still love them all. Your grandkids are growing into good adults. But we don't see them much. You know mom has passed as you have seen her in the heavens i am sure. Jim as i long as i live i will remember that day. Our buddy T.J. called with the news. I still remember Lori dropping to the floor. Jessika say no not Jim. Jaime looking like she just seen god in person. Having to tell our family that night was the worst thing i have had to do in my life. Jim we miss you. You were the foundation of the family. I say thank you every time i see your picture or one of your kids. Take care i know your watching all of us. I will see you soon and go fishing in the blue waters. Scott


June 10, 2009

"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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 28, 2008

You were a real gem! Thanks for proudly wearing the badge.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

April 26, 2008

Thank you for always being there.


August 1, 2007

In trying to save another, you lost your life. To serve and protect to the end. Thank you for showing all of us what a hero is. Remembered always....

April 26, 2007

May Our Lord bless you for your heroism,May He also bless your loved ones.

April 26, 2007

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

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero. God bless.

September 30, 2004


Your reflection was one of the most touching ones I've read here. Please know that your husband is not forgotten, even by those who never had the fortune of meeting him.

Glassboro PD, NJ

September 20, 2004

The Hero and The Man

The hero died doing his job -

The man died doing something he loved to do.

The hero was called by many names, good and bad -

The man's favorites were Honey, Dad and Grandpa.

The hero wore a badge and gun -

The man wore some pretty ugly ties, unless his wife or kids picked them out.

The hero was very involved with the kids in his community. He was on the school board, was the D.A.R.E. officer, coached football
   and little league. He opened the door of his home and heart to kids needing more than they had -

The man believed all kids had the potential to be great kids if they had the opportunity and will to be one. He wanted to give them a
   chance to develop that potential through self-esteem, good schools, sports and the knowledge that he supported them and
   believed in them.

The hero will be remembered for his act of selflessness and bravery -

The man will be remembered for tossing a heads or tails quarter with his wife to see who had to kill the spiders in their home.

The hero will be remembered by those he took an oath to protect and serve; and by those he had to protect them from.

The man will be remembered by family, friends and co-workers who saw the tender marshmallow cream inside the hardened crust.

The hero died trying to save another life -

The man would never think of himself as a hero. He probably doesn't care much for the title.

The hero is gone -

The memories and love for the man never will be...

    I still love you most!

Sherry Davis

I was with Lt. Davis in the boat the day he died. We went into the water on that day to rescue two other officers and a surfer in trouble. It was my first rescue mission and the last for Lt. Davis. When our boat capsized, Lt. Davis made sure that I was ok, even though he was not.

The waves thrashed us about and sucked us under for nearly 1/2 an hour before the Coast Guard could get to us.

I got to go home that night. Lt. Davis did not.

Lt. Davis was awarded for his bravery in rescuing others three times by our department. Many people got to go home because of the bravery of this man, myself included.

Thank you Jim.

Officer Christian D. Iversen
Ocean Shores Police Department, WA

Jim Davis was a great man. He could never find something wrong in someone. He tought me alot of valuable information. He was always there when you needed him. He helped me decide what I want to do when I grow up. Im very thankful for how he has affected my life.

Kyle Steinmetz

I was searching on the web for family history. My great-grandfather was James LaDow and my uncle is James LaDow. My uncle is a retired police officer from the Los Angeles Police Department. My grandfather, Rex LaDow was also a police officer in Mishawaka, Indiana. I am proud to learn of James LaDow Davis and his heroism. He must have been a cousin and by his photo, he's definintely part of our family. I extend my condolences to his family and fellow officers. I wish we could have made contact in life.

Nancy LaDow Taylor

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