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Staff Sergeant James Riley Day

United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, May 8, 1999

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Reflections for Staff Sergeant James Riley Day

Hey Buddy, I didn't find out about your death till years later when I was looking at the Security Police Memorial Page. We had some good times in Korea you will be missed. I just saw a picture of you on Fenimore's Facebook page. God Bless!

Chris Fritts

May 2, 2013

i do not know him but i know his son and i wanted to thank you for your service and what you have done.

paige Talbott

December 19, 2012

It has been 13 years and it hasn't gotten any easier. I thank you for your service and bravery for your country and family. Most of all I thank you for being an amazing father to our sons. You are loved and missed by everyone who ever met you.


December 19, 2012

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 8, 2012

Thank you for your service and sacrifice SSgt Day - RIP

Lt R. Stonebreaker

May 8, 2012

On the 10th anniversary of your death, you are not forgetten. Rest in peace, you are a hero.


May 8, 2009

S/Sgt. Day,
On today, the 9th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



May 8, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

March 12, 2008

Thank you for your service and dedication. You are not forgotten. Rest in peace, Sir!

Police Officer

October 16, 2006

To Staff Sgt. James Day, his loved ones and his fellow officers:

As the seventh anniversary of your tragic death approaches, please know that your memory is revered and honored.

May your family continue be to comforted by the warm embrace of their law enforcement family, and other police survivors who share this painful journey with them. My heart is with your family.

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, Sgt. Day. I am so humbled by your valor and courage.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service James gave to his community and the citizens of our country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on May 8, 1999.

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

May 8, 2006

It is 7 years today and we still miss you, love you and think of you often.

For anyone that has a fond or funny memory of my brother please feel free to share it with our family at [email protected] We think of him often and would love to know that others do also.

Shawna Day-Sewell

May 8, 2006

Staff Sergeant Day you are a hero. Thank you for your service to our nation. Rest in peace my brother. May God bless you and your loved ones.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

May 8, 2006

Rest in peace Brother James, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten for your service and courage.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham Retired
Sand Springs Okla Police Department

April 15, 2006

I knew James and his family. You will not be forgotten. Rest In Peace my Brother

Pendleton Police Department

March 29, 2006

Rest easy will not be forgotten.


Thank You for serving our country. Rest in peace.

Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

I want to thank you for being a military police officer on this veterans day thank you Mary Cocke

Mary Cocke Civilian
united State Park Police

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