Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer James Henry Camp

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, March 9, 1999

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Reflections for Police Officer James Henry Camp

I went to grade school and high school with james in Peoria. I moved up to Chicago 6 yrs ago. Recently Chicago has had a rash of officers shot and killed. I couldn't help but to think of James and his family.

God bless,

Chuck

chuck Donahue

July 21, 2010

Although I didn't know you well, in fact hardly at all, I appreciated how you handled yourself. You were my supervisor on a few occasions before you became a police officer. I remember the day you took the test. You were one of the rare ones, a true professional in every sense of the word. Your quiet demeanor and ability to treat everyone fairly made you stand out. I look forward to shaking your hand one day and thanking you. RIP...

Inspector Staten
Federal Protective Service

March 13, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 9, 2010

I can't believe that the court system designed to deliver justice failed you. RIP James, you deserve it. Let us handle this POS.

Anonymous

November 20, 2009

Officer Camp,
I am outraged that the court system allowed this to happen. I am a native of Illinois but now I am proud to say I live in TEXAS! This piece of trash would have NEVER been allowed to live. God Bless the Chicago Police Dept and the family and friends of Officer Camp I am so sorry for your loss and then to live with the injustice of the POS not being given the death row.

TX

October 9, 2008

May God continue to bless your family......

Joanne

June 18, 2008

I miss you big bro. You were truly a friend and an inspiration in my life. You'll always have a special place in my heart. You'll never be forgotten.

Sgt. Gary Williams
C.P.D.

May 4, 2008

I miss you big bro. You were truly a friend and an inspiration in my life. You'll always have a special place in my heart. You'll never be forgotten.

Sgt. Gary Williams
C.P.D.

May 4, 2008

Officer Camp 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

April 18, 2008

This is the BIGGEST travesty of justice I've ever heard of! Thank you for you bravery, dedication, and sacrifice. May your loved ones take solace in the fact that you will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten!

DET SGT, Retired
AR

April 14, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR COURAGE AND DEDICATION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. I MUST AGREE WITH OTHERS THAT JUSTICE WAS NOT SERVED ON YOUR BEHALF. AS THIS WRITER CONTINUES TO LEAVE REFLECTIONS FOR EVERY OFFICER ON THIS WEB SITE, IT IS MOST UPSETTING TO READ STORIES OF POLICE OFFICES BEING MURDERED AND JUSTICE IS NOT BEING SERVED. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU, YOUR FAMILY, POLICE FAMILY AND FRIENDS, YOU SIR ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE. GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL THOSE THAT LOVE YOU.

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

March 12, 2008

How in the world did the court let this man get away with the murder and attempted murder of a Law Enforcement Officer?
Twenty-eight years and the offender is still breathing, talking, smiling, eating and we are paying for it.
I am sorry if I sound so crass, but this was a husband and son of a family that will grieve the rest of their lives because of one persons choice.
Never a day will go by that they won't think about him and what "should have been".
We are survivors, but Oh the pain and heartache that we have to bear for a life time.
It has been nine years but he is still in their hearts.
God bless this family and all of the families that have suffered a loss.

A Mother of a slain Deputy Sheriff

March 9, 2008

You have not been forgotten.

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

March 9, 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

October 17, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones and close friends on this 8th anniversary of your EOW. You are a true hero and heroes never die. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. Your name now appears with honor and respect at Gold Star Park on the Lake front of Chicago for all to see. You have not been forgotten.

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

March 9, 2007

Today is the 8th anniversary of your EOW. I was upset to hear that your killer got away with a light sentence and wasn't convicted of your murder. I see that the judge tried to correct the wrong but that prison term was later lowered. You will always be remembered and never forgotten. RIP.....
wife of a michigan deputy

March 9, 2007

G-d Bless.

March 9, 2007

James, The ultimate professional with the quiet demeanor. I remember your greeting of "how you doing superstar" often. I still remember that awful day when I was getting ready to start my shift and watching your face on the news as the horrible news was related about your death. From one Marine to another, Semper Fi! and we'll see each other again one day Superstar! I think of you everyday before I go on shift, your picture is proudly displayed as a Police officer and Friend.

Mel Ortiz
Burbank, Illinois P.D.

February 23, 2007

James, The ultimate professional with the quiet demeanor. I remember your greeting of "how you doing superstar" often. I still remember that awful day when I was getting ready to start my shift and watching your face on the news as the horrible news was related about your death. From one Marine to another, Semper Fi! and we'll see each other again one day Superstar! I think of you everyday before I go on shift, your picture is proudly displayed as a Police officer and Friend.

Mel Ortiz
Burbank, Illinois P.D.

February 23, 2007

Hey Unc…
It’s your nephew (Asparagus) out here in Syracuse NY. You know, I haven’t been able to really deal with this whole situation with you being gone all of this time but God truly heals all wounds of the living. I just want to say that God takes the best first because they may have proved to Him that they were too good for this earth. You’re not just fallen soldier, you are truly a fallen angel. I can try to keep the family together but you know how “we” are. I miss you, Unc.

Derek TH Galloway
Nephew

October 31, 2006

It has been over 7 years since you were called away and I know you are still missed by those that love you. Keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol protecting the Thin Blue Line. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten. On September 18th the Chicago Police Department will dedicate their new memorial and your name will be read out loud with honor and dignity that you deserve for being the hero that you are. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen Chicago Officer
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon, Chicago Gold Star Father

August 28, 2006

To Police Officer James Henry Camp and his loved ones:

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

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.

I am once again appalled by what passes for justice in the State of Illinois. What is going on there??? It at least seems as if the judge tried to rectify it as best he or she could by the sentencing on the other charges. But the acquital boggles my mind.

I also read that James was a Marine and Once a Marine, Always a Marine. James is a brother in green as well as a brother in blue to my beloved son Larry who was fatally shot during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers on April 23, 2005. I salute James' service to his country as part of the Corps. Semper Fi.

James, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

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, Officer Camp. I am so saddened that you were robbed of a lifetime by this line of duty death that occurred when you were so young.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service James gave to his community and the citizens of Illinois, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 9, 1999.

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




March 9, 2006

YOU ARE GONE FROM US BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.
YOUR CASE STILL BOTHERS ME ON HOW THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM FAILED YOU BY NOT FINDING HIM GUILTY OF YOUR MURDER OR THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF YOUR PARTNER. REST IN PEACE!!!!

DET. L.GAUTHNEY
COLUMBUS (OHIO) POLICE DEPT.

March 9, 2006

Thank you for your brave service with CPD. Although I did not know you, my prayers are with you and Tracee. I think of both of you often. Take care.

Christie Drozd and family

January 25, 2006

First of all my heart goes out to the family and friends of Officer Camp.I cannot believe that the killer of this HERO was aquitted of murder!!!! It makes a sane person go crazy over justice system. The coward that killed you, one day he will be judged by the ultimate Judge!! Well I don't want to air my gripes on this website but things like this gets to everyone who tries to live in the right way. So with that I will say Officer Camp you will be awaken one day to the sounds of trumpets and we will hopefully meet and share our life experiences. Sleep in peace, gone but not forgotten!!

Det Larry Gauthney
Columbus (OH) Police dept.

January 17, 2006

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