Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Senior Corporal Harold Franklin Baird, Jr.

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, August 19, 2000

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Reflections for Senior Corporal Harold Franklin Baird, Jr.

I think of you often, Hal, I know your parents, children and others miss you too.

Iris E Baird

August 19, 2011

Amigo its been a long time and I want you and your family to know your missed greatly. We handled the east dallas projects together and having you ride with me made the day go by. I knew if something happened you had my back etc.....The times were great. I can picture you sitten on a cloud still telling stories. GOD BLESS

S Hernandez

August 17, 2011

Hal taught me an important lesson.... being police can only make you feel down if you let it. I would see him in the parking lot at SE substation before work and he walked in he would start saying, "I love my job. I love my job," just loud enough to be sure somone would turn and look at him. He'd follow with a big smile and say (to answer some incredulous looks), "If I keep saying it, I'll start to believe it!" In good times and in bad, I find myself saying the same thing as I walk across the parking lot. On good days it brings a smile to my face, and on the bad days, it gives me strength to go on.

Officer Patrick Fogg
Dallas Police Dept.

August 8, 2011

Just thinking about you. Your baby girl will graduate from high school this month. She is a captain in the Jr. ROTC. Still playing your violin in the orchestra. Loves animals and has her college picked out. She is so beautiful. So proud of her. Sure wish you were here. Keep up the good work of watching over your family. Love you, momma

Sharon Dickerson
Hal's mom

May 1, 2011

We are going to celebrate the 22nd birthday of your son tomorrow. Just think he was 12 when you were killed. He is taller than you were now. He gives me the best hugs & a great "grandmother's day card" He is just as loving as you were. Your daughter will be 17 next month. She is a beautiful girl inside and out. Keep watching over them. Love you, momma

Sharon Dickerson
Hal's mother

May 21, 2010

Continue thinking of you 5/7/2010 my dear nephew...

Iirs Baird
Aunt (Paternal)

May 7, 2010

Your Family, friends and co-workers of the Dallas PD will remain in my thoughts and prayers today.

9 years later and no one has forgotten a true hero.

Rest in peace corporal...

"Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they will be called the sons of God" Matthew 5:9

James Clendening
Glades County Sheriff's Office, FL

August 19, 2009

Just thinking about you today. Still missing you and loving you. I guess you and Andy Davis are sharing stories in heaven now. What a pair you two must be. Love you, momma

Sharon Dickerson

February 18, 2009

Still miss you brother and think about you everyday.

Brother in Blue
Dallas Police Department

January 11, 2009

I had the opportunity to be Hal's trainee for seven weeks that was two weeks before his accident. Hal was like a ray of sunshine that taught me alot about being a police officer and setting an example for citizens to follow. Hal was a man of honor that loved his family and hunting in Africa. The first thing i did when i arrived in D.C. was to go to the National Police Memorial and look for your name. I will continue to remember you, your family, and the partner you always spoke of who name was pronounced like mine.

W Byrd
Former DPD

July 11, 2008

I'll be graduating from the Academy here in 3 weeks. July 18th. Before we go, we were stood in front of a portrait and told that we would be writing about who stood before us. I was put in front of S.C. Baird. I wanted to pay my respects, and to say that it is an honor to learn of your life and all that you have done. I can only wish to bring as much honor to this Uniform as you have done. And to say that I will carry you, every day, in my heart.

D. Collier
Dallas P.D

June 29, 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

February 5, 2008

Thank you for your bravery and your sacrifice. May your loved ones take comfort in knowing that you will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten! Until one day in Heaven we meet, keep walking your beat on the Golden Street watching over your brothers and sisters on earth.

DET SGT, Retired

September 13, 2007

I can not believe how much I still miss you. Some days the pain is so very great that I feel like I can not breathe. It has been seven years now. Your children are getting so big and beautiful and handsome. Your brothers are doing better. Your niece is almost seven. Even she misses you because your brother has made you come alive in her memory. She saw your picture at our house and started to cry. She prayed for you in church. Keep watching over all of us. I am so sorry you and all the other officers are having to welcome so many fellow officers to heaven this year. I will try to comfort as many of the parents as I can. All my love and tears. Momma

Sharon Dickerson
Hal's mom

September 6, 2007

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Senior Corporal Baird Jr on the anniversary of his passing. May God comfort you all. Heros are never forgotten.

911 Dispatcher

August 19, 2007

You have not been forgotten nor will that ever be the case. Keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol guarding over the Thin Blue Line.

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

August 19, 2007

Corporal Baird,
Today is the seventh anniversary of your EOW. My thoughts are with your loved ones and friends as they remember you and this difficult day. How does one begin to say thank you for the courage you exemplified? The sacrifice you and your entire family were asked to make on August 19, 2000, something that no one should have to make, will never be forgotten.

Pennsylvania citizen

August 18, 2007

Wow, Hal it's been almost 7 years now since you were taken from us. We were partners for a year and a lot of you wore off on me and made me a better and safer officer. Still miss you brother.

J Gurski
Dallas PD

April 6, 2007

To the family and loved ones of Senior Corporal Harold Franklin Baird Jr. and his fellow officers with the Dallas Police Department:

On this the sixth anniversary of Hal's tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today. Hal's professionalism and dedication will never be forgotten.
To have received 41 commendations shows what a distinquished career he had and what pride he must have taken in his job.

In reading the loving reflections left by his family, friends and co-workers I can see that he was very well respected and is sorely missed. I hope that God is holding him in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul.

To his Mom, I share your anquish in having lost a beloved son in the line of duty. I know that it feels like a big chunk of our heart is missing, and how our lives can be forever altered in a matter of minutes.

I am so sorry that Hal was robbed of his life so tragically, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Hal gave to his community and the citizens of Texas, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 19, 2000.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

August 21, 2006

Just wanted to let you know that we have not forgotten the sacrafice that you gave for your country. You are a true hero, and I know that you are keeping a close watch on your parents and family. Sharon and Jim I just wanted you to know that your son has not been forgotten, the blue candle in my window shines for Harold today and everyday.
Harold keep a close eye on your parents we do love them, and look Clint up for me tell him that I miss him and love him.
Sharon and Jim we'll see you at parents retreat. Love ya

Connie Barker Fort Walton Beach, Fl
Mother of Clint Walker E.O.W. 1-14-04 Prattville, Al

August 19, 2006

Son, it is so hard to believe it has been five years. We all miss you. I am sure you are watching over your family. They are doing well. Your son is over six feet tall and a senior in high school now. Your daughter is in middle school. She is so much like you, it almost hurts to look at her. She is a woods and water girl just like her dad. Your brothers sure miss you. David always wears the braclet "HERO'S LIVE FOREVER" Someday I am sure I will be better too. Keep watching over us and keep us safe. Love you, momma

Sharon Dickerson

October 2, 2005

On the 5th anniversary of your death, I thank you for your service to the city of Dallas.

RIP Brother

Comm. of Massachusetts

August 19, 2005

As a next door neighbor, I got to see Hal as a normal man, and not one of the nightwatchman that stand for those that cannot stand for themselves. He is remembered by all that knew him.

Asst. Director
Valor Security

June 20, 2004

You are not forgotten.......

Sgt. Al Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Yuma, AZ

January 27, 2004

Hi son, Another year has passed. I am doing better. I feel like Kelly and the children are too. I am learning to quilt so we have more in common now. It is hard being in her shop and seeing the shelves we helped you make and seeing your pictures on the memory quilts but it is comforting too. i still miss you and love you. Momma

Sharon Dickerson

January 1, 2004

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