Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant David M. Furrh

Gonzales County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, December 6, 2000

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Reflections for Sergeant David M. Furrh

Rest in peace Sergeant Furrh.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 3, 2019

I saw your photograph in the waiting room of the Gonzales County jail and was curious.
The internet provided me with your story.
I am an officer for nearby Flatonia PD, but I never met you.
Actually, at the time of your death I was a Bexar County deputy.
Please know that you are in the hearts of fellow officers and deputies, who continue to faithfully serve the cause of justice and the principle of law.

Patrolman Marvin Thomas
Flatonia Police Department

July 2, 2014

Heroes live forever, Sergeant Furrh, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Gonzales County and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

December 6, 2013

Rest in peace, Sergeant Furrh. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Gonzales County and the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

December 6, 2012

Thinking of you always & especially today, your birthday.


August 8, 2011

I can't believe it's been 10 years today that our Michael called me and told me that you'd been "murdered". I still miss you so much and I wish you were here with me to witness every milestone Michael reaches. He's a remarkable young man, one that I know you're very proud of. You certainly taught him how to care for his fellow man - he has a big heart and is an excellent paramedic! And he's such a great father, just like you were to him. Thank you for that. You were here long enough to be a great role model for him and I see him striving in everything he does to make you proud. Consequently, he makes me prouder than one Mom should be allowed! I miss you, my friend, and I love you still. Always have, always will.

Sherri Corporon

December 6, 2010

Michael A. Furrh EMT-Paramedic

Your dad would be proud of you. I remember he would always say "Michael this and Michael that" while we were working. He would always talk about you. In 1999 I arrived first on a major 10-50. Two females, driver and passenger. The passenger was dead on impact. Eighteen wheeler hit them. I was trying to help the driver and your dad arrived. While I was trying to keep the driver calm your dad tried opening the left back door of the vehicle. I looked in the back seat and saw an infant in a car seat. The left back door was jammed and would not open, so your dad broke out the back glass of the hatch back and entered the vehicle. He grabbed the car seat that the baby was in and began CPR. It's wierd cause I remember that kids eyes were open and they had glass fragments in them. Your dad saved that baby. I'll never forget that incident. Mike you STAY SAFE and take care of your family.

Frank Allenger

Frank Allenger, Chief Investigator
25th Judicial District Attorney Office

April 25, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the ninth 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you. The hurt of losing a beloved family member never goes away...both the pain and pride are forever. To David's mother, I share your anquish in losing a child which has to surely be life's greatest sorrow. You are in my heart's embrace.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 6, 2009

I am proud to announce that David will be having his first grandchild in December. It will be a boy and we will proudly be naming him after David. We are very excited; my only regret is that David won't be here to see him. But I know David's family will be very sure to tell him about what a wonderful man his grandpa was. And Michael and I will make sure he wears the name proudly, David Michael Furrh!


June 26, 2009

Dad, its been over 8 years since youve been gone. Ive gone to school like you wanted me to. Im a Paramedic now. Ive gotten married, and now I have a son on the way. He will be born pretty close to the day you left. He will be named after you Dad. Ive had ups and downs since youve been gone. Good days and bad days. I miss you more than anyone will ever know. You taught me so many lessons while you were here. I inherited your work ethic. Ive been working alot here lately. I gonna slow down when David Michael is born though. I know I need to spend more time with my family. I just wanted you to know Dad, that I love you and miss you every day. I wish that you were here sometimes for advice. Your friends have taken good care of me and have been there for me. Most of them are a part of my family now. Just an update Dad. I hope my request for advice dont fall on deaf ears. Peace be with you.

I Love you Dad,

Michael A. Furrh EMT-Paramedic
Matagorda EMS-Director

June 25, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this eighth anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

December 6, 2008

The memory for our only son, David, is constant, there is not a day that goes by without some reminder, of our beloved son. How much he has missed, watching his children grow, the love of all our family. He is buried not far from our house, we pass by the cemetery on the way to town,we visit him often. soon it will be eight years since his death but in many ways it seems like yesterday

annabelle furrh

November 8, 2008

I never got the honor of meeting David, but I just married his son in May. Athough I never met him, i feel like i know him from all the great stories I've heard from his family. I can say, even never having met him, that he was a good man that loved his family and loved protecting the citizens in his community. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for them. I am honored to now be a part of his family.

Amy Furrh

July 3, 2008

Police memorial week is here again and I find myself thinking of the three police funerals I've been to in the last 10 years. The first I ever attended was David's. His spirit still drives me 8 years later. David is still with all of us that knew him.

Senior Police Officer Eric Cleveland
Austin PD

May 16, 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 7, 2008

He is never forgotten. At every family gathering I think we are all still waiting for him to come through the door with one of his smiles and quirky remarks. His children are growing up and he would be proud of each one of them. You can see him in all three of them. He died trying to make a difference and he inspires me every day of my life. I am thankful and proud of his service to the community.


December 8, 2007

I still have a framed photo of David here at the house to remember him by as well as my memories of him. I still wish he was around but I have comfort knowing he is at peace in heaven. "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God." Watch over us David.

Senior Police Officer Eric Cleveland
Austin Police Department

December 6, 2007

I think of you every day. It's been six years and it seems like forever since I saw you, but in the same instant, its like yesterday that you were standing on the porch at our parents. Daddy's health is getting worse and I wish you were here to be with him and us through this time. I really miss talking things over with you.


December 23, 2006

David was a go getter and hard worker I admired his drive to rid our community of drug dealers. I think of you often David.

Tim Crow Chief
Gonzales Police Department

March 5, 2006

Sergeant David Furrh shares my son's name. After reading the reflections left by those who knew him, I would be proud if my son grows into the kind of man he obviously was. My condolences.

Tom Furrh
Distant Relative

June 9, 2005

I worked with David the first years of my career in law enforcement. David was a mentor to me to make my criminal interdiction efforts more refined. David was always willing to share his knowledge with younger officers like myself. He was unselfish when he passed his experience on to others. I could call David on his night off and he would always answer my questions or come out when needed. He was devoted to law enforcement and he was truly a leader. His death was shock to me and still to this day I cannot forget what and how he taught me. As the anniversary to his death approaches yet again, the memories of him, his family, and the life he left behind come back to me. I know that David is with the Lord watching over every one of us with those eyes that no one could forget.

Patrolman Eric Cleveland
Gonzales Police Department

December 3, 2003

My father was my best friend and the greatest father that ever lived. We may have had our ups and downs, but we always found a way through it. I miss him and I will continue to miss him forever. I just know that if there is a door to be kicked down in heaven, he'll be doing it. He loved what he did, and because of me going with him on patrol every so often, Im convinced that that is what Im going to be doing in 5 years.

Michael Furrh (son)

I met David in 1989 when I went to work for the Lavaca County Sheriff's Dept. as a Deputy Sheriff. It didn't take me long to see what a "go-getter" he was. He spent alot of his off-duty time at the S.O. and on drug cases. We didn't always see eye to eye on things, but I always respected him for his motivation and passion to "get the bad guys".

May God bless him and his family.

Judge Micah C. Harmon
Lavaca County Justice of the Peace Pct. #1

We miss you so much. You are not forgotten. We love you.


David is still with all of us, i feel him from time to time. He was and still is my brother. I know that he is with Mathew, my son who also is in heaven. I can just see David, standing with Matthew , who would have been eight years old now. I can see David holding my son's hand and taking care of him.

Unit 604

Chief Investigator, Frank Allenger
Gonzales Sheriff's Office

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