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Police Officer Kelmer Harwin One Feather

Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety, Tribal Police

End of Watch Saturday, July 1, 2000

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Reflections for Police Officer Kelmer Harwin One Feather

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

July 2, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 1, 2020

Wow! today 19 years ago you left, seems like yesterday, I'm glad I got the opportunity to be a part of your life, wish you didn't have to go so soon though, if you could see what myself and Brandon have done throughout our lives, you would be proud, I hope you are taking care of business out there in them happy hunting grounds and please know, you are missed and a part of our daily lives.
Your daughter,
Santana One Feather

Santana One Feather

July 1, 2019

Kelmar was a good friend to me when I spent summers at his family's home in Oglala, SD. I will always remember his good and generous heart. It was my honour to know him.

Remembering you, kola, all these years later. Your spirit endures and is still very much with us.

Richard Green
England, UK

June 23, 2018

We did not meet in this life, but I have known you through your son. He is a good, honorable and strong man. He honors you with his life and choices. I know you through him and have met you many times through his stories. You are missed, but never forgotten.

Amanda Ziebell

December 7, 2016

Kelmar, our brother, our friend, you will never be forgotten.

Kindle Family

July 2, 2016

Kelmar your son is growing into a fine man!

John Carl Roat

April 11, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 4, 2015

Kalmer was a good fren during high school, and even after high school as I knew him as a police officer. He done his job to keep the public safe and it is too bad he died doing his job. I miss you my fren.

Garfield Apple
Oglala Sioux Tribe

July 1, 2013

I miss my uncle I think about him almost every day he died doing what loved serving the people but it was not right that he die like this. He was a good man and I am glad that after 13 years he is remembered in a good way. rest in piece uncle Kelmer I miss you so much

Eric One Feather

February 14, 2013

Some little box could never contain the emotions one would feel when losing a loved one, expecailly their father... not one day goes by that I don't think about him. my dad.

Oglala Lakota

December 8, 2012

During the late 80's, Kelmer and myself worked together as BIA police officers on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation. I think of him often, and when I tell stories of my days as a BIA officer, they include Kelmer. Rest in peace did good.

Greg Rogers
St. Francis,SD

April 14, 2012

Rest in peace brother. Mitakuye Oyasin.

Battling Bear

Corporal Jason Fiske
Loudon Police

January 4, 2009

Remembering you on this the 8th anniversary of your ascent
into the spirit world. I know that you are ever present in spirit with your family, friends and your brothers and sisters
in blue. Those who are still and listen will still hear the
wisdom of your guidance.
Rest in Peace

July 1, 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 6, 2008

Our family pauses today to reflect and pay tribute to Officer One Feather. Police officers typically are not appreciated, as they are stopping people from doing something illegal. Officer One Feather died transporting miscreants, and one more good officer lost his life for no reason.

Officer One Feather, from a Lakota Sioux family to an Oglala Sioux, you are not forgotten; rest in peace, sir.

Family of Patrolman Clifton T. Miller
Rossford, Ohio, P.D., EOW 14 May, 1966

October 24, 2007

i think about the times we would sit and talk and discuss the future of our lives. the songs we sang when we had time to do those special songs. everytime a tribal police unit goes by i look for u,but u are not there. uncle u are home and i miss u very much, we will see each other again...laterz

Dean G.B

July 26, 2007

To the Family of Officer One Feather, You have my deepest sympathy, what a true hero he is. To give one's life in the line of duty by keeping our people safe, I remember him, once I saw him a long time ago, he was a very strong man of character and stature whom I will never forget. When I was at the United States Police Academy, I would get to feeling home sick or if I felt like giving up, I would walk down to the Memorial that has Officer One Feathers name on it, and I would find myself thinking of him and getting strenght from just seeing his name on that wall, he inspired me to stay motivated and continue to finish my training, My brother in blue I will always remember you and you and your family will always be in my prayers. Hau!!

Police Officer Garry Janis
OST Dept. Public Safety

March 29, 2007

To Officer Kelmer One Feather, his loved ones, and his fellow officers:

On this the sixth anniversary day of your tragic death, please know that you are remembered and honored today.

Reading the reflections left for you lets me know how well-loved and well-respected you are, and how dearly you are missed.

I share the agony of your loved ones as I lost my beloved youngest son when he was murdered during a foot pursuit of two robbers on April 23, 2005. I am awed by your courage and dedication, and your dedication to your tribe.

Kelmer, 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, your reservartion 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 One Feather. Your memory is honored and revered today and everyday.

This respect is sent with the utmpost respect for the service Officer One Feather gave to his country, to his tribe and to his community as a police officer, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on July 1, 2000.

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

July 1, 2006

Thank you for serving your community and our nation. May God continue to bless your family, friends and department.

Patrol Officer
Chesterfield County Police Dept., Va.

July 1, 2006

I recently found this website and was reading about Officer One Feather's death. My friend was killed 314 days ago in the line of Duty. I have to watch my husband get dressed everyday and have to put a bullet proof vest on. My heart today is heavy for the family, friends and co-worker of Officer Oner Feather. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Wife if an Indpls Police Officer
Indianapolis, IN

July 1, 2005

I spend a lot of time on this site since my son lost his life in the line of duty. I just wanted you to know that your family and your fellow officer are in my thoughts and prayers on this day.

Maxine Magpie Rutherford
mother of Deputy Josh Rutherford EOW 5/29/03

August 4, 2004



July 1, 2004

I am truly sorry for writing Officer One Feather's last name wrong I believe he also went by that last name. Just a week or so ago in Pierre South Dakota. A memorial was given for all officers killed in the line of duty. And it truly hits the heart when I found out that my fellow officer, Kelmar was the 50th officer to lose his life in the line of duty in South Dakota. His memorial is coming up on the 1st of July I give my prayers to all officers that had gave their all.

Police Officer Charlie Cummings Jr
Oglala Sioux Tribal Police



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