Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Larry Wayne Russell

Athens Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, January 2, 2004

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Reflections for Sergeant Larry Wayne Russell

Rest Easy Brother, Thanks for all you've done for your community and your profession. You are a hero to us all.

Dep. Paul Sperandeo
Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office , LA

May 15, 2004

This November will be 2 years since I lost my Sergeant to the hands of a troubled man. Our life on this earth is but a short moment. Looking at the reflections already left for Sergeant Russell, I am certain that he was a great man, leader, and person. I am also certain that this is why our Father in Heaven needed him back. Yes, life on earth is short, but what a glorious thing it is to know that we have eternity to look forward to. Sarge...I look forward to shaking your hand when the day comes!! May God bless the Russell family and the Athens Police Dept. family.

"His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." MATTHEW 25:21

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" TIMOTHY 4:7

Indeed you have Sgt. Russell, and may we all do the same.

Officer Andy Meresse
Tallahassee Police Department (FL)

May 8, 2004

To the Russell family friends, and the Athens Police Department, you have lost a beautiful soul, but heaven has one more shining star. Our thoughts and prays are with you all. Thanks Sergeant Russell for all you have done for your brothers and sisters; rest in peace.

Patrol Officer
Prince George's County, Maryland

April 13, 2004

When my instructor at the Police Acadamy (Detective Rich Nestor of Clearwater PD) first told our class about this website, I thought the assignment was a little morbid. We were to go onto the website, find an officer that was brought down in the line of duty, and write a report about it. Now that I have been through this, I realize that he was just making us realize what we are going into. I cannot that Sgt Russel and his faimily enough. You made the ultimate sacrifice my brother, and you will not be forgotten. Thank you.

Cadet Brad J Simmons
Southeastern Public Safety Institute (Police Acadamy) in Florida

April 6, 2004

I am saddened to the deaths of more law enforcement officers. I hate that we are living in such a cruel world. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Officer Russell.

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 4, 2004




March 25, 2004




March 25, 2004

I celabrated your life today little brother, all the good times with family and friends, the special times in our fort protecting the world and our family from evil. rest asured I will carry on the fight, your family is safe with me, i will do for them as you would of done for mine, I will help them with all my heart as you would have. I will protect them as you would have. the wolf will not enter ther lives that is my promise to you little brother. rest in peace for i am here as i will always be.

big brother

R Russell
Big Brother

March 24, 2004

Happy Birthday
We love you


March 24, 2004

In loving memory of my brother Larry
3-24-61 to 1-2-04

A dear brother, a wonderful father,
a loving husband and friend.
Such was our brother,
a man among men.
He answered the call that fateful day,
along with a fellow brother in blue,
where both were felled by ambush,
there was nothing they could do.
Now the world mourns their passing,
now our tears flow like rain,
while our hearts are so broken,
trampled and in pain.
Our brother was laid to rest with honors,
befitting the hero he was.
Salutes were sounded and bugles cried,
while carried by officers who had stood by his side.
Officers came from everywhere on that day,
with tears in their eyes and pain in their hearts,
to mourn the passing of their brothers
who had stood their last watch.
Now we know that he watches over all of us from above,
with his usual patience, caring and love.
Oh how we miss you, sweet brother of ours,
but we know we will again meet some day.
To the world you are a hero,
but you always were to me,
because of the man you grew up to be.

Gail 1-20-04

There are no words sufficient to express the grief that a tragedy like this brings to so many people or how many lives it does touch. We will forever be grateful for the outpouring of love and support our family has received from so many. I miss my baby brother, and cherish the memories I have. Through bad days and good, those memories will sustain us, and we will always remember his love and laughter. I love you.... I miss you...there will never be enough words.

Gail Russell Ultz, sister

March 23, 2004

One last time............ What I wouldn't give.
Help me god to understand. Help me God
to cope. Help me God to go on. Help me God..
I miss you so, I need to feel your breath, your
presence, your soul. Your are the beat of
my heart, the breath I take, how can any
thing compare? Where are the tears going
to fall?

I love you
Michele Russell

Michele Russell, wife

March 20, 2004

My family would like to send our sympathy to the family, freinds & co-workers of Sergeant Larry Wayne Russell. We know your loss is tremendous as we're dealing with the death of our niece P.O. Jennifer Fettig EOW 2/16/04. May God continue to give you comfort in your time of grief and the strength to go on. You're in our thoughts & prayers.

Gail M Pabst

March 19, 2004

Although we never had a chance to meet, we shared a common goal.
To make the world a better place, but now it's taken a toll.
Now I say to you in words of a prayer, I will remember what you've done.
Your death was the ultimate in sacrifice, how tragic that you're gone.
One day we'll meet and talk about our common goal and then,
The heartache that I 'm feeling now, will no longer have to mend.

The Men and Women of the Green Bay Polic
Green Bay P.D. Green Bay WI

March 12, 2004

My thoughts and prayers have been with you from day one of this terrible crime. God Bess you and yours. Your hero is at rest. Thank You Sergeant Russell!

Courthouse Security/JuneBerry
Morgan County

February 20, 2004

I would like to express our condolences to all the Detroit Officers and the slain officer's families on behalf of everyone at the Sampson Co. Sheriff's Office, N.C.

Sampson Co Sheriffs Office

February 19, 2004

Rest in peace Sgt Russell and may God bless your family, friends and co-workers.

NJ Agency

February 16, 2004

It is with great repect and saddness that I write this to express my condolences to Athens PD, and to the families of these two fine officers. God gives us great peace in allowing us memories of good times. Dwell on these good memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From a Patrol Sergeant in Texas

February 15, 2004


You were my friend and protector. You were honorable, caring and possessed great integrity. You were always kind, and tough when you needed to be . . . but always fair. You, like Tony, were a great warrior. It is important that we remember that which is inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial, as it applies to both you and Tony . . . "It is not how they died that made them heros, but rather, how they lived." I have always carried my retired ATF badge with me, and will always continue to do so . . . with the black mourning band on it forever, in memory of you and Tony. Thank you for your friendship, and the love and safety you brought to so many. You will never be forgotten. With brotherly love and respect, Jim Crotty

Jim Crotty
ATF (SA, Retired)

February 11, 2004

Rest easy now, your brothers and sisters will take it from here. My sympathy to all the family and friends.

Joy VanDruff Telecommunicator I
Wake County SO

February 11, 2004

only to say that i can truly understand what are you are going through and to say that normally this isn't something i would have been aware of it was a great comfort to me and my family from all of those who wrote in , my greatest sympathies and behalf of myself and those who lost my uncle, rest asssured you are being looked after!

sincerely and honestly,
a loved one

Oh that you would bless me indeed,
and enlarge my territory,
that your hand would be with me,
and that would you would keep from evil


February 11, 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 (FL)

February 10, 2004

Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Sergeant Russell and to all the personnel of the Athens Police Department who worked with him.

While it is no consolation for your loss, remember that we, and many others in this country, appreciate the sacrifice that he made in ensuring the safety of the public.

God bless.

Southwest Central Dispatch
Palos Heights, IL

February 5, 2004

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Sergeant Russell and to all of the officers who served with him.

While I did not have the privilege to have known him personally, I am certain that he has earned his place in heaven. Rest in peace my friend, those of us who remain will cover your post on the thin, blue line


February 5, 2004

It is a tragedy to lose a fellow brother in law enforcement to such acts of cowardice. My prayers go out to your family and friends. Stay strong Athens PD.

Police Officer Mike Macias
Burbank PD, CA

February 4, 2004

My sympathies to this department. It is almost insufferable to lose one officer -- the pain of losing two is beyond comprehension.

My condolences to the families and friends of these heroes who paid the ultimate price.

Linda B.
St. Louis, MO

February 3, 2004

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