Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Stephen Douglas Sorensen

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, August 2, 2003

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Stephen Douglas Sorensen

Steve was a great man and deputy. I worked side by side with him for years. He taught me a lot about life and was always there for me. I know you're are walking the streets of heaven, just as you were here, with pride and honor. Thinking of you daily.


June 9, 2013

I also knew Doug from Academy Class 271 and had the privileged of sitting next to him daily. A gentle soul with a kind heart and never too busy to help his fellow Man.

He is definitely missed

Dr. Marc Spittler
LASD, Ret.

February 13, 2013

I had the honor of being in the same platoon and Academy Class as Doug. A great man with a great heart.

Academy Class #271

January 26, 2012

Deputy Sorenson was a great asset to our small community in Lake Los Angeles. He was there for me during a time when the neighborhood appeared to be taken a dive for the worse. It was only a few weeks prior that I had seen him and this was so tragic. I knew that it was time to move from this community we had grown to love for nine years. Places change, faces and values change.

However, Sorenson will always have a special place in my prayers. Him and his family are the people that you wish and love to have in your community. We simply don't have enough of them.

An old neighbor and acquittance

September 20, 2011

I often pass the two memorial signs placed alongside hwy 138 near 165th ave., near Lake Los Angeles. Each time I do I thank you for your service to the citizens of Los Angeles County.

Tim Liddell
CHP retired

January 17, 2011

It has been 7 years and it seems like it was just yesterday. A day does not go by that we do not think of you. We miss you dearly.
Love,Scott, Michelle and Jared....

The Stall Family

August 2, 2010

On the anniversary of this tragic incident. I Wanted to say that you are remembered and thank you for doing a job that most would not. Rest in peace.

Police Officer Brian Koren

August 2, 2010

NEVER forgotten. From LASD 17 and LASD 13


June 25, 2010

Just letting you know we're still thinking about you. You touched the lives of so many in a positive way. We miss you.

A. Nagel, Sgt.

November 30, 2009

Rest in Peace, Deputy Sorensen. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 23, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the sixth anniversary week 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


August 4, 2009

On the 6th anniversary of Deputy Sorensen's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Deputy Sorensen is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

August 2, 2009

Still thinking of you, Deputy Stephen Sorensen. You were mourned as a brother and hero of society. The following poems were inspired by you. You are always in our hearts.
"That Is"
Inspired by Deputy Stephen Sorensen
by: S.K. Williams
To Serve and Protect

Protect our children, that is.
From the sting of evil’s kiss.
He pried the trapped from a blazing car
Kept as many as he could from the war.

The war on the streets, that is,

Delivered a child that wasn’t his.
Changed a tire when it was blown
Fear kept inside of things he’d known

Fear of mortality, that is.

If he were here, he’d tell you this:
“I wear my badge with pride
And push my needs aside.

Aside for your safety, that is.

Duty, honor, trust and faithfulness
In the laws I swore to uphold,
Now I patrol on beats of gold.”

The streets in heaven, that is.

The Death of a Cop
Inspired by Deputy Stephen Sorensen
by: S.K. Williams

Who could've known, on that fateful day,
the life of a man, taken away?
A mistake cost him his life,
leaving behind his children and wife.
He gave his life while giving his all.
Who is this man who took the fall?

His many friends gather 'round,
they talk of his life and who he touched;
they all will miss him very much.
Embracing his memory, reliving the pain,
by doing their jobs, again and again.

His children cry in the night,
"Where's my daddy, is he alright?"
An empty spot next to his wife,
where once a loving man filled her life.
Wearing his tearstained shirt,
her tears soak his pillow, 'til her lids cave in.
Quietness now, "I'll dream of you.
Wait for me, I'll see you soon".

"Street Heroes"
Inspired by Deputy Stephen Sorensen
by: S.K. Williams
They’re out there,
protecting, serving…

…and dying …

…at hands of those
whom they’ve sworn
to protect and serve.

S.K. Williams
On The Outside Looking In

July 30, 2008

Deputy Sorensen, a tragic loss is felt by us all, even those who never knew you. Not a dry eye in the house, Sir.


July 13, 2008

My heart goes out to your family. It pains me greatly anytime an officer falls. Know that there are some of us out here that know the truth.

A citizen

April 27, 2008

Heard the EOW Roll call your Brothers did. What a Great Tribute. RIP Brother.


April 21, 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

September 12, 2007

Steve I would like to say it was an honor knowing you and speaking with you. I wish we could have had more time to know each other, I never had a chance to say thank you for your knowledge and I will never forget you. P.S. Alexis never forgot about her horse ride.

California Department Of corrections

August 3, 2007

On the 04th anniversary of your brutal and tragic murder, I salute you, sir. I doubt if time has made it any easier on your family and friends. However, I hope everyone will take comfort in knowing that you will NEVER be forgotten and will FOREVER be a hero!

DET SGT, Retired

August 2, 2007

I've been thinking about you so much today Chris. I remember the day that Steve died as clear as yesterday. Pierre called me to let me know he was ok, but that a deputy was missing. It was a long horrible day. I was whelping a collie litter and just wanted Pierre to come home and tell me this deputy was ok. I didn't even know him or you yet. So much has happened in 4 years. It's making me cry today looking at these memorial pages and feeling how much I miss Pierre. You've been there for me and I so appreciate it. I love you and really can't wait til we see them again.
You are loved and I know Steve was too.

Diana Hiiesalu Bain
Widow ~ Deputy Pierre Bain E.O.W. 3-23-06

August 2, 2007

Deputy Sorensen,
Today is the fourth anniversary of your EOW. My thoughts are with your family and friends at this time. Thank God for people like you who stand up for justice, even if it means putting yourself in harm's way. Your dedicated spirit lives on forever.

Pennsylvania citizen

August 2, 2007

Rest in Peace Sir!!! God Bless

Deputy J. Webb
Fairfield County Sheriff's Office

July 18, 2007

Rest easy.

Patrolman Brad L. Reider #185
Jackson Twp Police (NJ)

February 15, 2007

Deputy Sorensen, you are a true hero. Thank You for your courageous efforts. We will continue the fight and always remember our fallen brothers & sisters. You are not forgotten, we will honor your memory.

Detective Thomas Tully
Southampton Town Police, Long Island, New York

December 16, 2006

To the family and loved ones of Deputy Sheriff Stephen Douglas Sorensen and his fellow officers with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department:

On this the third anniversary date of Steve's tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today. Although I never had the privilege of meeting Steve, I feel as if I know him through the loving reflections left by loved ones and friends. His valor and courage will never be forgotten.
The lessons he taught to those he mentored will be carried forward.

I hope that God is holding his wife and son in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul.

I am so sorry that Steve was robbed of his life at such a young age, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Steve gave to his community and the citizens of California, and or the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 2, 2003.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

August 2, 2006

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