Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff David Eugene Beck, Sr.

Mobile County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Monday, November 17, 1975

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff David Eugene Beck, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Beck, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 21, 2020

As the day draws near and I read the reflection left here, I would like to say,I was with David on that fateful day and know who was and wasn't there. I pray That people will leave accurate accounts as to what transpired that day and not fictional accounts for themselves.David and Robert wouldn't want this to be glamorized for THEY are the ones who paid the price not anyone that wasn't there standing beside them.Sorry for ranting but this is for David and Robert!

Samuel Morgan
Former partner with David Beck.

November 11, 2018

I was a 24 year old cub reporter , employed by WALA TV, on that fateful day. My colleague and I were listening to the police scanner, as we were driving around Mobile, when we heard that officers Beck and Stolz were chasing two suspects in an armed robbery who had shot up the front end of a deputies car as he pursued them towards the Mississippi State line.
My colleague and I were able to catch up to officers Beck and Stolz after they cornered the suspects in a wooded area near the Mississippi state line.. out past Mobile airport. We were getting ready to follow the officers into the woods, when they told us to stay back... because the suspects were armed and dangerous. I am now 67 years old and retired. Until this day, I often think about officers Beck and Stolz. I am thankful for their courage and commitment to serve and protect the citizens of Mobile. My colleague and I owe them both a debt of gratitude for saving our lives. Had they not told us to stay back, we too would have been caught in the hail of gunfire from the two armed robbers.
God bless them both,
Norman Robinson

Norman Robinson
WDSU TV New Orleans/ Retired

June 1, 2018

39 years ago today you took your last breath. You made the ultimate sacrifice to insure the safety of citizens as well as other law enforcement officers in Mobile County. Although I was only 8 yrs old when you were murdered I will always remember looking up to you when I would see you in your uniform. The impact you made in my life at such a young age made me want to continue in your shoes. I think of you often when I'm patrolling the same streets you patroled many years ago. One day I will be able to share stories of my experience as a law enforcement officer. Until then you will never be forgotten !

Your nephew, Sgt. Paul Bailey (MCSO)

Paul Bailey, Sergeant
Mobile County Sheriffs Office

November 17, 2014

As time approaches again I will never forget you and the sacrifice you made.Thank you David Beck for your supreme sacrifice .

Sam Morgan
Friend forever

November 15, 2014

You passed away 12 years before I was born, but I knew the man you were from all the stories I heard. You were my father's hero and during a ride along he took me to the place where you and Deputy Stolz faced death. I am so proud of the determination and courage you gave on that tragic day. My career has just begun and I try to model myself after you and my father. On graduation day from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center I received the Director's Award, which was voted on by my class for the officer most exemplifying respect, honor, discipline, courage and integrity. As I was receiving the award I thought of you and the responsibility I have to ensure I do all that is necessary to serve for the greater good. As I'm faced with decisions I pray you continue to guide my actions. Thank you for watching over us from heaven, I will do my very best to make you and our family proud.


November 18, 2013

Deputy David Beck encouraged and inspired me to become a Polce Officer. His inspiration remains with me.I think of him often with admiraton and respect.He will always be remembered with Honor and respect for The ultimate sacrifice he made. Miss you David.I remain 10-8.

Michael S. Herring

November 18, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th 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
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 17, 2010

Thank you David for your service and sacrifice for meand all of mobile.i think of you of ten and some of the fun things we did to help pass time on quite days.

Sam Morgan

April 1, 2010



May 11, 2009

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

November 29, 2007

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

July 19, 2007

You will forever be in our hearts and on our minds.I wish you could have been here to see your children grow up and watch your grandbabies grow up as I have.You would be so proud. Your loving Wife, Pat

Patricia Beck Powers "Pat"

May 17, 2007

On this anniversary of his death, we pause to honor the memory of Deputy Beck. Our thoughts and prayers are also extended to his surviving family members during this time.

May God comfort and keep you.

Major D.W. Warren
Montgomery, AL - Police Department

November 16, 2006

Rest in Peace, Deputy Beck. Your sacrifice if not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 26, 2006

Gone but "never" forgotten...

Sister- in- law

September 26, 2006

Deputy Beck, you are not forgotten

November 17, 2005

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