Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police William Arnold Bearshield, Sr.

Gregory Police Department, South Dakota

End of Watch Monday, July 26, 1976

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Reflections for Chief of Police William Arnold Bearshield, Sr.

Chief Bearshield,
We never met, but I have heard many many stories about you from your grandson, William James Marshall. He always speaks of you as a remarkable man who made such a difference in so many lives...he has taken me several times to visit your gravesite and I know that not a day goes by that he doesn’t think of you. Thank you, not only for your service and sacrifice, but for being a part of making this wonderful man beside me the man that he is today. I know you look down and are so proud of your family...they are very special people and I am honored to be amongst them.
Sincerely and respectfully,
Tessa M Jones

Tessa M Jones
Family friend

January 7, 2018

Thank you everyone who has taken the time to post on this remembrance page. I was never able to meet my Grandpa before he was taken from us. Many of you are officers yourself so thank you for making this a better place. I pray for your families and your safety each night.

I Never Got To...

I never got to give you a hug
before an angel took your hand and gave you a tug

I never got to give you a kiss
before you made your final wish

I never got to tell you I love you
before you disappeared into the sky so blue

I never got to tell you Goodbye
before you got your wings and learned to fly

all these things I wish I did whether by choice or fate
I was too late...

by Emilee Reynolds

Brandy Louwagie

February 12, 2014

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

January 26, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 26, 2010

"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

January 24, 2008

Thank you my brother for all you did. Thank you for making a better place for me to raise my family. Rest well, rest well.

Seinor Motor Officer M. Thurmond

July 26, 2006

You're display of courage is an exact definition of the character required to perform our duties. "May our courage be steadfast and unwavering as we stand before those who wish to do harm to others."

Deputy Justin Hooper
Mellette County Sheriff's Office

June 15, 2006

Thanks to whom ever posted the rememberance, it is greatly appreciated. He was a man who appreciated everything around him. His family still misses him greatly.

Jim Marshall (Grandson)

April 25, 2006

Chief Bearshield,
On today, the 29th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Gregory.


July 26, 2005

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