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Officer Shirley Denise Winston

Columbus Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, December 31, 1990

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Reflections for Officer Shirley Denise Winston

Shirley, altough so much time has past, you are always thought of and will always be remembered. Love you and miss you.

Sheri Y. Rooks, General Instructor
Federal Bureau of Prisons

May 7, 2008



December 28, 2007

"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

December 23, 2007


It's hard to believe it's been almost 17 years. I think about you all the time. I wish things could turned out differently. You will live in my heart. I really miss you my friend rest in peace.

Darrion L. Eshmon

Darrion L. Eshmon
Former CPD Officer

October 20, 2007

Fallen sixteen yrs. ago, but NEVER forgotten.

Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEOs

December 16, 2006

You will always be missed and loved. The goodtimes we had Shrley, Myself, Foot,Curtis,Bryan,Your best Friend Joyce, Dean,Iantha,Rodrick,Sandra,We never forgot you. We love you Shirley Your cousin Teddy

Officer Teddy Jackson
Columbus police Dept

March 1, 2006

The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry a badge
can't always be a saint."

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at time I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell"


June 27, 2005

Rest in peace Sister...May we never forget your sacrifice...May your fellow officers have peace in their hearts and may we always remember but for the Grace of God...there Go I...

Officer Debra McFall Ross
East Buffalo Twp P.D. Lewisburg, Pa.

December 29, 2004

Shirley I just attended the Law Enforcement Memorial last night at the Government Center and it led me to visit your entry again. Thank you my friend for taking my place that night-I shall never ever forget you...

Deputy Marshal Wayne K. Cox
Muscogee County Marshal's Dept.

May 11, 2004

Rest in peace, Sister, you are not forgotten. Bless the other officer involved, for he's a victim, also.

Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, In.l

December 31, 2003

I miss seeing that beautiful smile! You will not be forgotten.

Fellow CPD Officer
Columbus Police

October 17, 2003

What a terrible tragedy!! Your service to the community has been honorable and will be remembered forever!! Rest in peace.

Fellow Female Law Enforcement Officer

Sgt. Cindy Hughes
Cobb County Sheriff's Office

not too many people know about this site. 13 years later and still not forgotten. Rest In Peace.


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