Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Randy Monroe Basnett

Fort Smith Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Friday, September 24, 1976

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Reflections for Patrolman Randy Monroe Basnett

It has been almost 31 years since your tour of duty ended but you have not been forgotten by those that love you. I know that they have thought of you each day during the past three decades and you are forever in their hearts. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You will never be forgotten.

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

July 7, 2007

I knew Randy from several Ride-alongs I took in the summer of 1976. Thanks Randy, God Bless you.

Lieutenant W. Baker
Denver Police Department

June 21, 2007

Thank you all so much for your kind words and remembrance of my brother, Randy. Thank you for taking the time to leave a reflection for him. Your heartfelt words mean so much to our family. Blessing to you and yours, Cindy


March 29, 2007

With the recent death of Officer Daniel Martinez, I couldn't help but think about the Basnett family and Officer Basnett. Just know dear family, that you are in my prayers today. I know that this tragedy, and all like it, remind you of your own personal loss. God Bless.

Chaplain David Copeland
White County Sheriff's Dept. Arkansas

March 28, 2007

Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice you gave to the City of Ft. Smith. Please watch over Officer Daniel Martinez , who went to join you on March 23, 2007. I know you’ll watch over everyone else during your shift in heaven.


March 28, 2007

I just found this website today and have sat here and read all the tributes to those who have gave their life to serve and protect the citizens of their communities. My father was a Police Officer for the most part of my life. His name was Dale E. Lairamore, Jr. He taught me to respect and appreciate those in Law Enforcement and as a child growing up my biggest fear was that he would not come home. I had such a hard time trying not to worry about all the bad guys out there that he would come into contact with. Those who did not care that he had a wife and kids at home that couldn't do without him. When Randy was killed it had a tremendous impact on me at a yound age of 8 years old. I saw for the first time ever, my father break down and cry. Every single time I drive by the location where he lost his life that day, I think of him and I think of his family. My mother was very big on remembering those who have gone before us and was always placing flowers on Randy's grave. Now that my parents are both gone, I still do that. Randy's grave is only two rows up and about30 feet down from mom and dad's. At this sad time with a Fort Smith Officer (Danny Martinez) being slain in the line of duty, my mind goes back to you Randy. That was 30 years ago, I was only 8 and I have never forgotten you. Thank you so much for your ultimate sacrifice. I can't help but smile through my tears because I just have this feeling that you and my dad are sitting around in heaven telling cop stories over a cup of coffee!! Thank you again, forever and ever in my thoughts.

Cindy Lairamore Bowles

Cindy B.

March 27, 2007

We will never forget you, Randy. We will see you again one day. Rest in Peace, brother.

March 25, 2007

Officer Basnett was killed within ear shot of my home. There is not a time that I pass that gas station that I don't think of him and his sacrifice. God bless all our law enforcement officers and their families. I deeply appreciate their service and sacrifice. Especially those, like Officer Randy Basnett, who gave the ultimate sacrifice. And, may God bless those left behind.

Chaplain David Copeland
White County Sheriff's Dept. Arkansas

January 12, 2007

Rest in peace brother. "Heroes live forever"

Fort Smith PD

July 26, 2006

Patrolman Basnett, thank you for your service.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

June 6, 2006

love u


May 2, 2006

I was just 5 years old when my father's co-worker was brutally slain by a coward. I vividly remember the pain this tragedy brought to the community and Randy's family.

I am now older than Randy was when he was killed in the line of duty. Randy never got the opportunities that so many officers get. His sacrifice is impossible to understand.

Randy, you are thought of often. I grew up with your picture in my parent's living room. It remains there today and your memory will never be forgotten.

Captain Travis Yates
Tulsa Police Department

April 28, 2006

Thank you for your service Patrolman Basnett. Rest in peace.


January 23, 2006

Patrolman Basnett,
On today, the 29th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fort Smith. It took 14 more years, but your murderer finally got the justice he deserved.


September 24, 2005

God bless you for your service and sacrifice. You are a hero for your actions on that fateful day.

St. Louis City Police

July 19, 2005

When a police officer dies, it is not just the agency who loses an officer but the entire country as well. And all of law enforcement mourns.

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

April 12, 2005

Randy, you are still so missed and Thank You for teaching me about fireflys when we were little. We will laugh about them when I see you.

Glenda June Joiner
Randy's Cousin

August 1, 2004

The BEST older brother I could ever have, I still miss you. I'll see you again someday..........Love, your Sis

July 31, 2004



May 2, 2004

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