Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Randall Wade Vetter

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Monday, August 7, 2000

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Reflections for Trooper Randall Wade Vetter

Rest in Peace

Ptl. Fidoe
Twinsburg, Ohio PD

March 17, 2009

Rest in Peace.


January 21, 2009

I just saw the video of your incident, I was so furious when I saw how the old man got out and started shooting and started yelling. I know that God had a reason by doing this I just don't know why. I am saddened and angered that something like this would happen. Rest in Peace, Thank you for your service.

supporter or leo's

December 29, 2008

There are no words to describe what ou went through that day. It saddens me to see the video of that stupid person who would shot a officer over a seatbelt. Thank you for your all you did.

Rest in peace brother and thank you for all you did. watch over us and protect us.

FTO Mellott

December 6, 2008

Trooper Vetter, Your tragic and untimely reassignment to heaven was not in vain. My fellow cadets and myself viewed the footage from the incident just last night. What we learned will save so many more lives in the future.

Thank you for your sacrifice. It was not in vain.


December 4, 2008

Melvin Hale is the person who killed Randy Vetter in 2000. He has died in prison (Oct 2008), The death was confirmed through Hays County Sheriff's Office. May you now rest brother!

Fellow Texas Trooper

November 4, 2008

Thank you for your sacrifice.

Patrolman Brad L. Reider #185
Jackson Twp Police Dept (NJ)

September 25, 2008

I first saw the dash cam video last year at a Street Survival seminar given by Caliber Press. I was both sickened and saddened by what I saw and still find it difficult to view. I didnt even know it was the 8 year anniversary of your death, for some reason you just popped into my mind! Rest in Peace brother, we're doing the best we can down here.

Rio Arriba County Sheriffs Office

August 8, 2008

Sir You are remembered today of Your untimely death. Thank You Sir for Your Service. God Bless You and Your Family...

J Mullens

August 7, 2008

I have watched the dash cam footage numerous time and it burns my soul to think someone could, with such ease, kill a police officer. You may be gone, but you're never, ever forgotten. Many officers like myself will follow in your footsteps proudly.

God bless your soul and God bless your family.

Brother in Blue

May 11, 2008

My academy had the privelige to meet Randy's wife and children while we were still up in our academy in Austin. It was really heart breaking seeing his young children. I am also disgusted that the video of the incident has been recently leaked onto the internet. This video was distributed to HP offices for traning puposes not as a peep show for millions. God Bless his family and we will see you again some day.

Fellow Officer

May 2, 2008

I can not thank you enough for your dedication and sacrifice to the your agency and you country. Your and your family are always in my prayers.

Offficer Mike Wells
Albemarle County Virginia Police

April 5, 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 3, 2008

RIP brother. I just saw your video last week for the first time during a street survival seminar and I was so angry i had to walk out of the room. I know your last moments will undoubtedly help hundreds of officers. Thank you and god bless your family.

NJ Cop

January 28, 2008

It has been over 7 years. I pray your wife and son Robert are doing well.

Corporal H. Bradshaw Cowan

December 19, 2007

As a part of my law enforcement training I had to watch the dash cam footage of this tragic event. I have to say it was probably one of the worst things I have ever had to see. Trooper Vetter, I want to express my thanks for your years dedicated service. To your family, I want to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. I know that he is watching over you.

Rest in peace Brother, we have the watch.

Border Patrol Agent Robert Powell
U.S. Border Patrol

December 14, 2007

Randy-I miss our friendship. I think about all the good times we had at school. Every time I drive to Austin I think about Dance Across Texas on Thusday nights. It always makes me laugh. RIP brother.

college friend

December 8, 2007

I would like to extend my prayers to your family and fellow officers. I have never met you but at same time feel very sad and disgusted that your life was taken over a seatbelt violation. Now amensty is trying to convince people that the death penalty is wrong. After watching the video, I believe the death penalty is absolutely necessary in this case. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace. You will never be forgotten.


October 30, 2007

Just saw the video for the first time. It is so damn disturbing! This old man would kill one of us for a seatbelt violation? Rest In Peace Brother

Officer Eric Newbury
California Highway Patrol

October 3, 2007

I'm so sorry you were taken in such a tragic way. You will not be forgotten.


September 1, 2007

07 years have come and gone since your brutal, tragic, and untimely murder. I know the pain is still fresh in the hearts and minds of your family and friends. May they all take comfort in the fact that you will FOREVER be a hero and NEVER be forgotten!

DET SGT, Retired

August 7, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones today as they think of that tragic day 8 years ago. You are a true hero and heroes never die. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and protect them from harm. You will never be forgotten.

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

August 7, 2007

Trooper Vetter,
Today is the seventh anniversary of your EOW. Thank you for serving the state of Texas with the dedication you had. I will be thinking of your family and friends on this day, and know that you will never be forgotten.

Pennsylvania citizen

August 7, 2007



August 7, 2007

Hello there brother. Believe it or not, your tragic day is still being taught to Officers all across America. When I attended our department’s annual in service, your video was shown to remind us how easily our lives can be taken away.

While watching the show, “The Academy” today, your video was shown to a class of police recruits in the Los Angeles area, yes that's right, Los Angeles, California. I hope you and your family knows that your tragic day is saving the lives of Officers everywhere. You will always be honored and will never be forgotten. I just ask that you look over me as I continue my watch and also give me guidance to make it through the process of trying to be a Trooper, just like you.

With respect and love, your Brother in Blue. Say hello to all the other fallen heroes for me.

P.O. Bobby Castilo
Killeen Police Department

July 5, 2007

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