Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Correctional Officer Darla Kay Lathrem

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, June 11, 2003

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Reflections for Correctional Officer Darla Kay Lathrem

A heartfelt "thank you" for your dedication and commitment to your family, community and last but not least your lasting impression on your "brothers and sisters in blue." Although none of us can fill your foot steps, we are all challenged to strive to make a difference and leave a positive impression on all the lives we touch through out our careers. May you rest in peace, Sister Lathrem , and sing proudly with the angels.

I used to work at CCI and know what you all go through. God bless and stay safe.

Ofc. C Ziermann
Clearwater Police Dept

February 7, 2004

Rest easy my friend--I will allways remember you....

Sgt. D W Coleman
Charlotte Correctional Inst.

January 14, 2004

A Brother Warrior has fell and died today in battle.

This Brother Warrior has made the ultimate sacrifice.

He has given his life for his Fellow Warriors, his family and friends too.

Brother Warrior, pass your sword to us, so we can keep your spirit alive.

You, my Brother Warrior will not be forgotten.

God Bless you, your family and your friends.

We honor and respect all of the Fallen Warriors who have gone before us.

We ask you, Brother Warriors to guide us, protect us and pray for us.

We will meet again my Brother Warriors.

For this time not to fight another battle, but to live in eternal peace.

God bless all of the Warriors, past, present and future.

Sgt. Chad McDaniel
Seminole County Sheriff's Office

December 4, 2003



November 22, 2003

Darla, You are never far from our thoughts and prayers. It is now 4 1/2 months since you left our physical presence. You are missed every single day. Your passing has made a tremendous impact on so very many people in so many ways. I hope that the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Daniel Starks from the Fort Myers Police Department can find comfort in knowing that you were there to help welcome him to his new beat in Heaven when he ended his earthly watch this past weekend. Keep watching over us here at Charlotte C.I. as our own Guardian Angel.

Joni Wright, Secretary, Charlotte C.I.
Florida Department of Corrections

October 29, 2003

Correctional Officer's Farewell

We all know it can happen,
When we put our Colors on.
It only takes an instant,
Then one of us is gone.

Day to day we walk our beat,
In God we put our faith.
‘Cause we’re the law inside the wall,
We keep the Public safe.

You’ve done the job that few can do,
Your shift is at an end.
Farewell my Sister, Rest in peace,
On you we could depend.

Lt. Larry Peoples (Ret.)
Florida Dept. of Corrections

October 26, 2003

Rest In Peace My Sister.

A Sister In Blue

September 14, 2003

The members of the Kentucky Womens Law Enforcement Network would like to extend their sympathy to the family, friends and fellow Officers of Officer Darla Lathrem.

Historian--Officer Julie Schmidt
Kentucky Womens Law Enforcement Network

August 20, 2003

My thought and prayers are with the family, friends, and fellow correctional officers of this brave woman. May you rest in peace Officer Lathrem.

Lori Brown
Aunt of Deputy Renee Azure EOW 8/06/02

My thoughts are with the family of Darla and I hope you will someday feel better.

Officer Antony Rodriguez
Ca. Dept. of Corrections

May god bless you.and your co-workers. Thank you for protecting will never be forgotten. Rest in peace sister.......I know you are looking down on us.........

I'm thankful for all the ladies, who put on the uniform and face danger. To another American Hero God Bless!!!!!!


To the family, friends and coworkers of C.O. Lathrem:

I'm so sorry to hear about this senseless tragedy. The way that she died showed what kind of people she was protecting the community from, and she was truly a hero. God bless and comfort you during this difficult time.

Mountain View, CO

Rest in Peace Sister Lathrem. Your loved ones are in my thoughts & prayers.

Officer Kevin R Turley
Jacksonville (Alabama) Police Department

Darla's passing has left a void in the hearts of all of us, no matter how well we knew her. I pray that the Lord will help ease the pain that void leaves. We must all remember that Darla would want this tragedy to somehow become positive in helping all of us to be there for each other for comfort and support. We must all strive to be there for each other as we slowly go from tears to smiles as we remember her and not the ultimate sacrifice she made. We will remember the wonderful person she was. I hope we will all be better for having known her, even for a short time. She will truly be an angel watching over Charlotte C.I. I hope Darla's family can find comfort in knowing how much she was loved by others, as well as her family. Darla, may you smile down upon us from your well deserved place in the Kingdom of Heaven. You will never be forgotten.

Joni Wright, Secretary
Charlotte Correctional Institution

Darla, I was so luckly to have a chance to supervise such a beautiful person as you. You were a awsome officer, Darla i will miss you so much, but i will never forget you. You have a place in my heart. Save me a place next to you in heaven. cci has an angle now, her name is officer DARLA KAY LATHERM.


Dear Darla,

We have never met, but you are my sister as a fellow Corrections Officer and in Christ. The connection is apparent, but I also shared the same birthdate as you also, 03/24, except that I am 4 years older. Your death has helped me appreciate the life I have. It should not be taken for granted, who knows what tomorrow will bring. May God bless and comfort your family.

Lt. Lisa Burch
Lee County Sheriffs Office Detention Bureau

CCI Angel
Darla the past year has been a blessing to have known you, You taught so many people how to smile, how to shine. You did it so well it was easy to catch on,,,,, Everyone that knew you as a friend considered you a sister! The sweat, and tears we sheded during the academy will never be forgotten we made it! we enjoyed it when we looked back at all the fun we had as a class. We were a hell of a group,,You had the warmest heart on the compound that will never,, never be forgotten. For you have made an influence on everyone we all love you and will be forever caring your smile on our faces. I thank you for all the advise you gave me, during our short time together rest in peace sweet heart untill we meet again ~ ^j^

A.Martin C.O
Charlotte CI

My thoughts and prayers are with Darla LATHREMS Family and coworkers at the Institution.


Darla our sister in heaven you will not beforgotten. For this is a sad time and yes we weep now but in time we will think of you and smile. For now we know we will all meet again but for the time being you will be CCI's personal angle in the big sky. For every Officer at CCI you have touch them in someway and Darla you are everyones hero with love and blessing to C/O Darla Kay Lathrem's family and freinds my prayers are with you.

girlfriend of CCI C/O 2nd shift

girlfrien of C/O

Darla our sister in heaven you will not beforgotten. For this is a sad time and yes we weep now but in time we will think of you and smile. For now we know we will all meet again but for the time being you will be CCI's personal angle in the big sky. For every Officer at CCI you have touch them in someway and Darla you are everyones hero with love and blessing to C/O Darla Kay Lathrem's family and freinds my prayers are with you.

girlfriend of CCI C/O 2nd shift

girlfrien of C/O

Our hearts are with you in your loss. We understand there's nothing to take away the pain...we will pray for you. Our
sister was too young, but we will remember where we are
and who we deal with, more so than before. God keep you in His heart.

Martha H. Escobar-Correctional Officer
Lake City Correctional Facility CCA

Even though I knew you for a short time, it was enuff for you to leave an impression one that will be missed. Your kind words and gentle heart brought joy to all that were around you. Even with the games played you stuck to it. God Bless you., And when I leave each day I will look at and thank you for watching over us. As now your our Guiding Light for the dark end of the tunnel. My prayers go to you and your family at this time of loss.

CO K. Wenrich
Charlotte CI

My family and myself would like to express our deepest sympathy to Darla's family.May you take comfort in knowing that you all are in so many peoples thoughts and prayers.Darla's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

SCLO John Bruggeling
Charlotte CI

From the first time I meet you at the Academy, I knew you
were a good person. Every time you saw me you would ask
me how my leg was, how was I feeling, you always showed
true concern. I feel cheated that you were taken from us so
soon. I know you are in a better place now and I am
a better person from having had you as a friend.
God be with you and with your family. You will be on my mind
and in my heart till we meet again.

CO. J.C.Wilkins
DOC. Charlotte C.I.

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