Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Ernest Elmer Bates

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, December 5, 1942

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Reflections for Officer Ernest Elmer Bates

Officer Bates,
You are not forgotten by the men and women of law enforcement. RIP

Mike Kane
Retired Detective, Boston Police Dept.

December 21, 2023

Officer Bates,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Dallas. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 5, 2022

Officer Bates was my grandfather. Since he succumbed to injuries in 1942 and I was born in 1945, I never got to meet him. However, my Mother tells me what a wonderful father and friend he was. He is a hero, and I am very proud to be his grandaughter.

With love,
Janice La Flamme Smith, daughter of Betty Jeane Bates, his only daughter
Allen, Texas
July 11, 2018

Janice Smith

July 11, 2018

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 69th 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.

Rest In Peace

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

December 5, 2011

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 4, 2007

When I graduated from high school in 1973 I went to work for the Dallas PD as a public service officer (non commissioned) assigned to the traffic division. I was eventually assigned to the intersection of Elm and Akard for 18 months....over 30 years after Officer Bates passed away. I never knew about his accident.
Here it is over 50 years later. I went to work for the neighboring Irving PD and retired after 27 years of service. With that being said, I'd like to say that I think it's a wonderful thing to have this website that honors fallen officers like Officer Bates. May God bless his family and the officers of the Dallas Police Department.

Patrolman D.E. Hutchison
Irving Police Department, Texas, retired.

April 6, 2005

Rest in peace Brother Ernest, you are not forgotten.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs Police Dept. Okla

October 24, 2003

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