Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Vernon M. Seals

Truesdale Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, October 6, 2002

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Reflections for Police Officer Vernon M. Seals

Everytime I drive along I-70 through Truesdale I think of you. I wish your wife and son the best. Thank you for your service.

Lt. Hall

July 17, 2023

Rest in Peace

Ptl. B L Waltz (Ret)
Avon Lake PD OH

August 22, 2020

I am thinking of you and your family in this time of celebration for so many graduating seniors

Seth Russell
Cousin to your wife Tina

June 15, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Seals.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 26, 2020

Officer Seals,
On today, the 16th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Truesdale. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 6, 2018

To Officer Vernon Seals and and his loved ones:

On this the sixth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for your family and society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Officer Seals.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Officer Seals gave to his community and the citizens of Missouri, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 6, 2002.

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

Phyllis Loya
mother of Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

October 5, 2008

Vernon, Shane and I miss you so much. You were brother and best friend to Shane and you are loved and missed every day. You became my brother when you were 10 years old and I cherish the memories of the 26 years I knew you. You will be in our hearts and thoughts forever.

Lisa Seals
Sister in law

June 14, 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

December 11, 2007

Today on the anniversasry of your death we wish to remember you and thank you sir for your service.

Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 6, 2007

Happy Birthday Vernon! Wish you were here so we could both get "OLD" together. Love you, miss you.


July 22, 2007

Vernon, Capt, Matthew's still tell your stories about the time you spent in Wright City to the new guys,
Thank You,

Police Officer Joshua M. Litttle
Former Wright City Patrolman 122, Hazelwood Police Officer 425

May 6, 2007

God Bless your family buddy, you are gone, but never forgotten, Rest easy now my Brother in law, your watch on earth is over.

SGT. John L. Gulledge Retired
Escambia CO FL SO

April 27, 2007

I just want to thank everyone who has posted a reflection here for Vernon and his family and his fellow officers. This is the first time I have pulled up this site and read these reflections. It means a lot to me and I can say that I have felt the love and prayers that you all have sent our way.
Vernon - Trevor and I miss you terribly and want you to know we Love you and think of you every day. Thank you for our 10 years of marriage, you were a great husband and thank you for being such a great Dad to Trevor. He is so much like you and I know you are very proud of him. Thank you for keeping an eye on him from heaven keeping him safe and leading him down the right paths in life. I am counting on you to help me raise him even though you are not right here next to me. We miss you so much! All our love. TNT

Tina Seals

February 19, 2007

Remembering you today,and praying for your family.

The family of Austin Police Officer Amy Lynn Donovan
E.O.W. 31 October 2004

October 3, 2006

i would like to express my heartfelt sorrow to the family of officer seals. this tragic event occured while i was in my first week in the police academy. i will always remember hearing about it. godspeed, vernon. watch over us brother. 10-42.

p.o. mike mainieri-240
chesterfield pd

August 30, 2005

Rest in Peace, my Brother. I will always remember the hours we spent together on patrol, the things we taught each other, and the laughter that we shared. Although not blood, you were always a brother to me. I still remember the smile that you always had, the smirk of pulling one over on me, and the help you always extended to me when needed.

Tina, and family, our prayers are with you. Vernon's picture and memorial still hang in my office today. Know that Vernon always spoke of his love for you and his son, and that you were the most important things in the world to him. God Bless you both, and know that we are here for you.

To Chief Black, and all the officers of Truesdale, you too are in our prayers. God Bless You.

Chief Aaron Spalding
Silex Police Department - Missouri

December 26, 2003

Athough we did not see much of each other after the academy, you will truley be missed. God speed, my brother!

P.O. Jim McIntyre
Brentwood, Mo. P.D.




To the family of Officer Vernon Seales, My heart goes out to you all. My partner Damacio Montano, was shot and killed on the same day as Vernon. I understand your pain and loss. May god bless you in every way. I just recently learned of Vernon's passing and it breaks my heart to see that two men passed so tragically on the same day. I hope that peace finds you soon. My deepest thoughts are with you. God Bless you and Officer Seales.

Deputy Simon Heffron
Valencia County Sheriff's Department

It is so sad when an Officer of the Law is KIA, Yet we go to our stations each day and pray the we return home at the end of our shift to hold our loved ones just that one more time. God Bless you. And all the Officers that have laid their lives down in the line of duty. May you go to your eternal home, That house in the heavens, that house no made with hands. So Mote it be!

D.A. Raymer, Past President
FL Chap International Police SQ Club

My thougths and prayers are with Officer Vernon Seales family, friends and co-workers. You are not alone in your grief and pain. Psalm 55:22

Denise Nichols - surviving spouse
Alabama State Trooper Brian Nichols EOW 2/17/2002

Officer Seales, you are a true hero, my condolances to you and your family. You made a difference while you were here.

Officer Don Hurley
Eloy Az. Police Department

My sincerest smypathy to the family goes without saying. Such a waste of a beautiful life. May they find comfort in God and know that we LEO survivors are there for them also.

Jean Vincent

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God... Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great..." Matthew 5:3-12

Rest In Peace, We Now Have Your Watch
* In Valor There Is Hope *

Police Officer Chris Farrell
Mount Pleasant Police Department

I Am The Officer"

I have been where you fear to be,
I have seen what you fear to see,
I have done what you fear to do -
All these things I have done for you.

I am the person you lean upon,
The one you cast your scorn upon,
The one you bring your troubles to -
All these people I've been for you.

The one you ask to stand apart,
The one you feel should have no heart,
The one you call "The Officer in Blue,"
But I'm just a person, just like you.

And through the years I've come to see,
That I am not always what you ask of me;
So, take this badge ... take this gun ...
Will you take it ... will anyone?

And when you watch a person die
And hear a battered baby cry,
Then do you think that you can be
All these things you ask of me?

~Author unknown~

Cadet Taylor North Harris County Police
Harris County,Tx

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