Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sheriff Wyman S. Basinger

Cole County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, February 6, 1986

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Reflections for Sheriff Wyman S. Basinger

I worked for Sheriff Basinger and Deputy Hemeyer from 1979 to 1980, and then returned to the U.S. Air Force. Both of these gentlemen are family friends and I thank them for their service and commitment to helping the residence of Cole County.

Michael Gross
Grandson
Deputy Sheriff, Bige Gross

October 30, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th 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 for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 6, 2011

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR LONG AND DEDICATED SERVICE, YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE.

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

February 4, 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
Sergeant
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 6, 2007

In 1980, I was out of High School and did not know what to do.

Sheriff Bassinger and his best Deputy, John Hemeyer, (later Sheriff) took me under their wing and mentored me about the career of law enforcement. My experiences with these two great law men were life altering. I was convinced that this was the business for me and I wanted to be like him, truthful, brave, and protecting others.

What a generation of police officers! Sheriff Bassinger will not be duplicated and it is very sad that their style of policing, communication, and dedication has been lost.

Sheriff Bassinger made a difference in my life and I know he has in the lives of others. I will never forget him or John.

Robert Russo

Sergeant Robert Russo
St. Louis Metropolitain Police

September 4, 2007

~~~Eternally and Always~~~

I didn't get to say goodbye
You're gone without a reason why
I've loved you all of my life
and then you weren't there

I didn't get a chance to say
how much I cared
I can't even remember the tears
that I cried
All I really wanted was to tell you
Goodbye

When I last saw you I felt I wouldn't
see you again
There was a distance between us
that I couldn't explain
You wouldn't look
at me but I could see the tears
in your eyes
If you knew then
You should have told me
Then I could have said
Goodbye

So many words left unspoken
So many hearts left so broken
My love for you is forever
And that will never die
We'll be together always
Our souls are one with God
Eternally and Always
I'll never have to say
Goodbye

RIP

Class 65
Missouri Sheriffs Association Training Academy

February 13, 2005

Rest easy, Brother, you are not forgotten.


Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, In.l

January 3, 2004

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