Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Larry Mack Dowdy

Coryell County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, February 2, 2002

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Larry Mack Dowdy

Rest in Peace my brother.

N.Y.P.D. Ray Flores
Lieutenant (ret.)

February 2, 2017

You are honored today Sir.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 2, 2012

Remembering you on your anniversary!

Citizen NJ


February 2, 2011

Forgive me for missing the anniversary of your E.O.W., but I felt as though I could not continue to read about so many tragedies. I now realize the visit each day to leave a word of encouragement and hope to the loved ones of others, helps me to remember that I am not alone with my pain and heartbreak. So may I say to your friends and loved ones that my thoughts and prayers are with them now and always. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol and may they know you will never be forgotten.

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

February 23, 2009

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Continue to keep watch over all of them. You have not been forgotten.

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

February 2, 2009

To the family and friends of Deputy Larry Dowdy and his fellow officers:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to pay honor to Larry's memory on the seventh anniversary of the day Larry so tragically lost his life. His heroism, valor and bravery will be forever remembered.

May you be continue to be comforted by the support and caring of your law enforcement family, and other police survivors. We grieve for you and with you. Our family lost our beloved Larry Lasater when he was fatally shot in April of 2005 during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, so we know the anquish you are still experiencing.

Please know that the brotherhood and sisterhood of law enforcement and police survivors will always be by your side on each step of the journey.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the years of service Larry gave to his community and the citizens of Texas, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 2, 2002.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg, CA PD eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 2, 2009

Larry and I grew up in North Tyler together. We were always buddies. We played little league baseball together, spent the night at each others house, and remained close through the '80's when I lost track of him. The last I heard was he was an officer at a prison in Gatesville.

He was a dear friend and we shared several odd traits. We always mage the other laugh. We would have classes at John Tyler and when we heard tires screeching, we would always yell "bam".(You had to be there) We also shared a love of baseball and crazy statistics. We both loved the Yankees and knew every player and their batting averages.

God Bless Larry and his family.

John Durham
childhood friend

May 12, 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 5, 2008

~Never Forgotten~ Rest in peace.

911 Dispatcher

February 2, 2008



January 28, 2008

Another year is quickly approaching. Although I did not know you personally, I have heard many stories from my Dad.

Thank you for your service. May God bless your family and keep them safe.

Cpl. S. Martinez (Blanchard) #1295
Pinal County Sheriff's Office AZ

December 30, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this 5th anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol. I thank you for your long and dedicated career in law enforcement. I only wish you could have enjoyed just a little time retired as you so deserved it. You will never be forgotten

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

February 2, 2007

Deputy Dowdy,
As today marks the fifth anniversary of your passing, you are not forgotten. Thank you for your service.

Pennsylvania citizen

February 2, 2007

My fiancé, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis was a Deputy Sheriff with the Davis County Sheriff's Office in SE Iowa. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure Larry did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and Larry be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Deputy Dowdy's family, friends, and co-workers must have gone through in losing him. My heart goes out to you all, especially to his wife. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. Please know that my thoughts are with you and that you are not alone in your "journey". Should you ever need anything please do not hesitate to contact me. (Dennis' department will also always know how to reach me.)

As a fallen officer "survivor" and a friend, please accept my condolences on behalf of myself and the McElderry family. I never got the opportunity to know Larry but, I am certain he was well respected and well loved. Larry will live on in the hearts of all the lives he touched. You were all blessed to have been able to know and love Larry, even for a short time. I pray that Larry and Dennis will continue to watch over us along with all the other fallen officers all as only they can.

Thank you Deputy Dowdy for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiancé Dennis for me.

Wishing you and all those who loved you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancée of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

August 29, 2005

You gave the ultimate sacrifice. You may be gone, but you will NEVER be forgotten. We are all family in this job, sometimes we are the only family each other has. In pace requiescat, Rest in peace! Keep a watch on the rest of us as we go on shift each day.

"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way that when you die, the world will cry and you will rejoice." (American Indian Prayer)

Isaiah 40:31

Ptl. Kimberly Moses
MTSU Campus PD, TN

My deepest sorrow to your family. Know that those of us who have walked this path of pain pray for them each and every day. We are here to help in any way we can. Rest in Peace you will not be forgotten.

Stephanie Hires Duplantis
Metroplex TX Chapter COPS

Many called him Larry. I called him Mack. He was:
- a simple man
- as respected man
- a loved man
- a family man
- my uncle
- more than my uncle

I am very glad to have known him. I miss him. It is my hope and prayer that I (and others) will turn the deep heartache to action - expressing our sincere love to those we still have.

Shayne Cowan
Larry's Nephew

It is special men like your loved one that make The United States of America truely great.

May the God of all comfort place his tent over you. Please remember to throw all your burdens upon the Lord and he will sustain you. PS.55-22



Our thoughts and prayers goes out to family and friends of Officer Dowdy. May God bless you through this tragedy.
D. Jones
Mother of Officer Ron Jones
EOW 12/26/01

Rest in peace, brother officer. God bless.

"Courage, conscience, and integrity give meaning to life itself."
- John F. Kennedy,
"Profiles in Courage"

Michael Ferguson, Instructor
East Texas Regional Police Academy

On behalf of the National Drug Interdiction Association, I would like to express my deepest regards and sympathy to the family, friends and fellow officers of Deputy Sheriff Larry Mack Dowdy. Nobody can ever be prepared for the unthinkable. We will all miss you fallen hero. Rest in peace brother, rest in peace.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13

Douglas R. Wright / Board of Directors
National Drug Interdiction Association

Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Sheriff Dowdy's family

Upper Darby Police /Penna.

To the famliy of Officer Dowdy, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time, May God Bless you.

Uncle Of Mississippi State Trooper
Paul Denham

Danny Gibson

Of all of the risks that we take in our daily lives as peace officers, it seems simply driving a car is sometimes the most hazardous, and least acknowledged danger we face. From your South Texas Brothers, to the family and friends of Deputy Larry Mack Dowdy, we offer our thoughts and prayers.

Sgt H.L. Hawbaker
Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department (TX)

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