Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Russell Travis "Rusty" Stalnaker

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, March 31, 1999

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Reflections for Police Officer Russell Travis "Rusty" Stalnaker

To Officer Russell Stalnaker and his loved ones:

On this the seventh anniversary week 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.
Reading the loving reflections about your beloved Rusty gives us some understanding of what a kind and honorable young man he was.

Rusty, 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 Stalnaker. I am humbled by your valor, courage, and dedication. I am so sorry your life was taken from you at such a young age when you had a lifetime ahead of you. How your parents and loved ones must miss you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Rusty gave to his community and the citizens of Georgia, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 31, 1999.

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

April 4, 2006

I just found out about this page a couple of days ago. I just want you to know that you influenced my life more than you knew. You, Joey, and Adam were all like brothers to me. I love you and your family and I just want you to know how much I miss you. I think about and pray for your family every day. I know that one day we will meet again.

Hope Golden

April 2, 2006

Seven years...I can hardly believe how they have passed...both slowly and quickly at the same time. I wish I could visit your gravesite today and sit for a few minutes in the quiet by your side. I would thank you for loving me, believing in me, and teaching me a great deal about life. I would share happy news with you too! Because distance keeps that from happening, I am using this website and a few minutes of silence and a few tears to feel the loss that still pricks a soft place in my heart. You are on my mind today...


March 31, 2006

Every year on my way to work I pass a new wreath lovingly placed on Pine Street. I had to find out who was this young man still held so dear in the hearts of those who knew him. He must have truely been an exceptional person. Knowing about his sacrifice allows me to care too.

Jennifer Flock, RN

March 30, 2006

I can hear your voice and laughter and feel your spirit in my heart

I love you


January 18, 2006

Although we've never met, I feel like I know so much about you. Your family has the best stories to tell about you. They miss and still love you so much. My heart goes out to Larry, Linda, Joey, and Adam -I'm so very sorry for your loss.


December 15, 2005

Thinking of you today. Love you and miss you...


December 8, 2005

Happy Birthday! May your memory be young and vibrant forever.


December 8, 2005

I wish to acknowledge the distinquished service Officer Rusty Stalnaker gave to his community and the citizens of Georgia, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 31, 1999. Officer Stalnaker, you are a true hero and your valor and dedication will always be remembered.

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

October 14, 2005

For Rusty,
You've been on my mind...and in my heart. It's the time of year you enjoyed country music and long drives. It's the time of year we fell in love. You are not forgotten. As long as I have breath, you are loved and remembered.


August 30, 2005

I can't believe it's been six years. It seems like only yesterday when I shed so many tears.

Allison Roberts

March 31, 2005

Rusty you are gone but not forgotten. You are thought of everyday.God Bless you.

wife of former officer
Douglasville, GA

March 12, 2005

Everytime I hear of an officer down, I think about you and Dana. You gave so many people so much joy in school. My heart hurt so bad for Dana and your family, I can't imagine the pain they had to deal with. I just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with them, still today.

Maia Noles

February 25, 2005

We had such a good time growing up together. I felt particuarly close to you and Dana since we all went through school together. I didn't believe you when you told me you were an Atlanta policeofficer. I remember you had to whip out your badge and show me to prove it. Your death was very devastating and everytime I think about it, it still brings me to tears. I know you are missed by a lot of people. I will never forget you because your birthday was the day before mine; thus, every year I reflect on your death and say to myself how old you "would have been" if you were still here. I am so sad that you are gone, but I am so proud of the man that you became in such a short time. Your courage was admirable and even through death it lives on in the hearts of every officer out there. Thank you.


December 28, 2004

At the rising of the sun and at its going down,
We remember you.

At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter,
We remember you.

At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring,
We remember you.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer,
We remember you.

At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn,
We remember you.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends, and especially on your birthday,
We remember you.

As long as we live, you too will live;
for you are now a part of us, as we remember you.

When those who loved and relied on you are weary and in need of strength,
They remember you.

When they are lost and sick at heart,
They remember you.

When they have joys they yearn to share,
They remember you.

When they have decisions that are difficult to make,
They remember you

When they have achievements that are based on yours,
They remember you.

As long as they live, you too shall live,
for you are a part of them, as we all remember you.

(Adapted from the Gates of Repentance
New Union Prayer Book)

Dianne Prager

December 13, 2004


Tonight you and Dana should be celebrating your birthday by doing something special and eating birthday cake together. Father God had plans for your future birthdays. I know he needed you there in heaven at the biggest celebration of all. You truly blessed my life during your short stay here. You were a special person to many people. You are greatly loved and forever remembered by many.

Your mother in law,


Diane Askew

December 8, 2004

We miss you so much. We should be out celebrating your birthday with you tonight, but I know what you are experiencing in heaven is a celebration beyond what any of us can imagine. I wish you could have stood with us at our wedding, but I know you were there in spirit. Our memories of you are so dear. Know that tonight we are thinking of you, remembering you, and looking forward to one day seeing your wonderful smile again. We love you!

Cathy & Robby

December 8, 2004

I can't believe that it has been almost six years since I celebrated your birthday with you. In six more days this would have been your 30th! Life is so different for me without you. I have moved on, but there's a part of me that misses you more than these words can express. And the season of your birthday always brings my memories of you into sharp focus. I'm so glad God allowed us to be married for a short was a wonderful part of my life. You were such a gift. I hope you are having the biggest and best birthday party ever in Heaven. I miss you, my Funny Bird. May Heaven be full of all the white icing you could ever want! Happy Birthday, dear Russ...


December 2, 2004


September 7, 2004

The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint."

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at time I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell


June 15, 2004

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer.

Today, March 31, 2004 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Police Officer Russell Travis Stalnaker who died in the line of duty on this date five years ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Officer Stalnaker’s sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

March 31, 2004


You made a huge impact on my life.  It seems like just yesterday you were incouraging me to get back in school.  I can't believe it's been over a year.  It happened on a rainy Wednesday, two days after my birthday.  I will NEVER forget that.  You will always be a part of my family...Rusty, you are missed!

Officer A. N. Toto
Atlanta Police

I Sometimes wonder why I decided to try to become a police officer.Because of people like yourself I now know why,there is a need for people to want to get out in the world and make a difference however small it may be, god bless your family and all those who serve with you acros the country.

M. Brooks
Concerned Citizen

I didn't know you personally but your still a brother and i know you will be missed badly. my prayers are with you family. sleep well brother and i know we will see ya again in heaven.

lynn morris
carroll county so

God Be With You And Your Family From Wayne New Jersey

William J. Minich

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