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Detective Louis L. Shirley

New York Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Saturday, April 14, 1923

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Reflections for Detective Louis L. Shirley

Det. Shirley,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served during World War I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 14, 2023

Rest in Peace Detective Louis L. Shirley. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting America's steel roadways.

I Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the flesh of your murderer. May his soul feel the flames of hell engulf it for eternity.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, Texas

April 19, 2016

The Promise: Always honored, never forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

July 9, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 89th 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 14, 2012

Det. Shirley was my mother's first cousin. To the best of my knowledge, I and my 3 sons and my 11 grandchildren are his only living kin on his father's side. I received a blurry copy of a very old news clipping in a box of family history material after my mother passed in 2004. I not only would like to thank "Slim" for his sacrifices but also bless whomever put together this very nice tribute, so many years later. Many veterans came before him in his family and many came afterward, it is an honor and privilege to be related to him.

Mary Louise Ray

April 12, 2012

Det. Shirley,
On today, the 85th anniversary of your murder, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a police officer but also for our Country when you served during WW I.



April 15, 2008

We share the same last name and occupation. Your story is a reminder of the dangers that all law enforcement face in those areas that most never venture.
Thank you for you bravery and service.

J.S. Shirley K-9
Norfolk Southern RR Police

August 8, 2007

Det. Shirley, my Dad was a NYCRR cop for about 5 years in the late 50s and early 60s. He often speaks fondly of his time there and how close the guys were. It's safe to say that when you were taken a terrific sadness fell upon the department.

Thank you for your service in the cause of justice, first in the Great War and then on the rails of the New York Central. You truly are a hero.

God Bless and Rest in Peace

Ptl. Jim Leahy Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

October 3, 2005

We will not let you be forgotten. Rest in peace, my brother


March 11, 2004

Louis, I echo Cpl. Hershberger's sentiments as well. I am assigned to the Chicago area of our railroad, but occasionally patrol the areas around South Bend, Mishawaka & Elkhart. You are not forgotten. I instruct a course on officer safety involving railroads and your memory is honored by each officer in every class I teach. God bless.

Special Agent Dennis Duncan
Norfolk Southern Railway Police

February 25, 2004

Even though Detective Shirley did not wear the badge of the Elkhart police department, I still count him as one of ours. Detective Shirley was killed while serving in my city, on ground that I myself have patrolled, now nearly 80 years later. I pray that Detective Shirley's death will never be forgotten, as his sacrifice is still appreciated today by those of us who keep up the fight. I'm proud to have Detective Shirley as a brother that I have never met, someday I hope to.

Cpl. Mike Hershberger
Elkhart, IN PD

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