Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Gary Neil Priess

DeWitt Township Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, January 25, 2000

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Reflections for Police Officer Gary Neil Priess

Rest in peace Officer Priess.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 24, 2020

20 years today.... Gary, you were taken from our family. You have missed so much, since you've been gone. The birth of 6 beautiful children, within the extended family. Your children have both grown up so beautiful with wonderful lives and the people that have come into them in the form of new jobs and relationships. You would be proud. Everything about you is missed....your laughter and humor....your very presence at every family event and your dedication to your job and family. Let's not forget your avid hobbies of hot air balloons and Department Christmas villages pieces. You are the reason I started my own Christmas village and have been adding to it every year. Last year, I got a vintage Department 56 Precinct 25 Police Station along with a porcelain standing police man and car with lights that light up. It is special because it marks this January 25th day of tragedy. I will always light it up every year on this day to remember you and your sacrifice. I also put blue lights on one of my outside bushes and my porch light glows blue from this day and the rest of the year until October. Thank you for your brave, selfless service that you put out there every day you were on this earth. You left an impact with all who knew you, and even some that didn't after you were gone.
~Love Always, until we see each other again~

Melinda Fischer

January 25, 2020

I can't believe 17 years ago on this very day you were taken away from us. You are greatly missed. Rest in peace brother.

Future LEO and Family member of fallen O

January 25, 2017

Even though I had never met you before, I think of you every time I drive by the highway which is dedicated in your name. Rest In Peace Brother. You'll never be forgotten.

Future LEO and Family member of fallen O

January 14, 2017

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 12th 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.

Time never dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember him for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hold his family in my heart's embrace today. I am sure he is especially proud that his family continues his legacy of serving and protecting..

Rest In Peace

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

January 25, 2012

You would be so so proud of who your children, Ryan and Megan, have grown up to be.

You are missed.


January 25, 2011

You are not forgotten.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi
YOrk Regional Police, Ontario Canada

January 25, 2011

Hey Gary~

The whole family misses your sustaining presence. We miss the humor. Christmas is the hardest. I miss your villages that you used to put up. I have started a little Christmas village of my own in honor of you. I remember everytime I display my blue lights and ribbons every Christmas and January. They are for you Gary...You will always be loved and missed. I can't wait to see you again in Heaven.

Melinda Fischer

January 29, 2010

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones and close friends on this day. Continue to keep watch over all of them. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You will never be forgotten.

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

January 25, 2010

The kids were here for Christmas. We stayed up late and watched the home movies of all of the Christmases that we shared. We laughed at your jokes and laughed when you laughed. We'll remember and love you always.


January 25, 2010

Just wanted to let you know that you have not been forgotten and are greatly missed.


October 6, 2009

Hard to believe its been 9 years. I still think of you when driving thru the Memorial Highway. I will never forget you and what you have taught me. It has made me become the person that I am today and I know will always remain with me when I graduate the police academy. I miss you so much.


January 25, 2009

Gary - hard to believe that horrible day was 8 years ago. I remember getting the call -couldn't believe it then and still find it hard to believe. Every time I hear a bad joke - I know it was a Gary joke.
Miss you

Clinton County SO

January 7, 2009

Gary, I think of you each day as I travel by the scene and thru the " Gary Priess Memorial freeway". I miss your jokes and our talks. I cannot count the times that I write cites in the township especially on 127 and say out loud to myself
" this one is for Gary"

Miss You my friend----Jeff

Sgt Jeff Clarke
Clinton Co Sheriff

February 22, 2008

Thinking of you and your loved ones on this 8th anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You are a true hero and heroes never die, you will never be forgotten.

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

January 25, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 22, 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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 14, 2007

You have not been forgotten nor will that ever occur.
"Good Men and Women Must Die, But Death Cannot Kill Their Names."

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

October 4, 2007

I will remember

January 30, 2007

I remember when Gary and my dad would stop by to see me and and my brother at are house. We called him big bird. He was part of are family. I enjoyed seeing him when he came over.

Jason Relyea

January 30, 2007

90 days for killing you just isn't enough. New laws have been passed in Michigan to help protect officers and road workers from bad drivers. Thank you for your service. You will never be forgotten. Please continue to watch over your fellow officers.

wife of a michigan leo

January 24, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

May 16, 2006

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, January 25, 2006 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Police Officer Gary Neil Priess who died in the line of duty on this date six years ago.

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

Officer Priess’ sacrifice will never be forgotten.

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

January 25, 2006

Some one was telling me a joke yesterday-it was definately a Gary joke! So many new faces around now - its sad that many never got to know you and your jokes.
Miss you still-

Dep. S Worthington

July 1, 2005

Rest in peace, Gary.


March 1, 2005

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