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Patrol Officer James Leroy Bennett

Decatur Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, April 3, 1980

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Reflections for Patrol Officer James Leroy Bennett


Thanks for having been a friend all those 43 years ago. You told me one day when you came into the SO, I was dispatching, we had been talking about careers, you told me that day what ever you decide to do Police, Fire, EMT, BE the best, do the best you can.

Thanks for those words, I tell my Daughter and Son in law the same.


Terry Chester

April 4, 2023

Rest in heavenly peace on this your 40 anniversary in heaven

Mark Mottola

April 3, 2020

God Bless You.

Billy Don Curry

August 9, 2019

Rest in peace Special Officer Bennett.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 3, 2019

I can only imagine how proud you are of your son and grandsons. And what you would give to still be here today and watch them grow. Thank you for your service James. You will NEVER be forgotten. Heroes Live Forever!

Ashlee Hardy
Surviving Spouse D. Weston Hardy Plano PD EOW 7/7/07

October 21, 2016

I had the honor of meeting your son. He is a fine man. You'd be proud. You will never be forgotten Sir. God bless.

Surviving Daughter of Special Agent J. Robert Porter
Federal Bureau of Investigation
E.O.W. 8/9/79

June 28, 2016

Brother, you have not been forgotten. Rest in the arms of angels.

Sgt. R M Micelli

April 4, 2016

Rest in Peace Officer James Leroy Bennett. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever pursue and gnaw at the flesh of your murderer. May his pain and turmoil be 100 fold for eternity!


Senior Special Agent B. L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police

April 3, 2016




June 18, 2015

I had the honor to hear your story told by your loving Sister who is so very proud of you. Proud to call you a Brother in Blue.

I. Mata
Converse PD

February 25, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd anniversary year 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 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 3, 2012

Deroy, Just letting you know that i'm thinking about you with all of what is gong on in Bridgeport!!! Love ya my Brother

Steve Baker

April 3, 2009

Officer Bennett had the rare quality of making you want to do the right thing because it was the right thing to do not because of his or other authority figures presence. As kids we would play basketball at the Methodist parking lot. He would drop by and talk with us often leaving us with the charge to "Stay out of trouble." Very simple-we had something to do and we had a reminder what not do and who we would dissapoint and deal with if we got in trouble. Even then we couldn't see the logic other officers used when they ran us off the court. He was I realize now, the first person for whom I felt respect.
Years later I bought a car from the department auction. A young officer came to open the impound up for me to take the vehicle. I liked him almost immediately and felt like I knew him but, couldn't quite place how until I looked at his name plate-Bennett. Decatur is lucky if the son is anything like the father.


April 24, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe

April 9, 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

February 6, 2008

I never knew you because I was born 3 weeks before you died...but I want to thank you for your service and for being a part of our wonderful family. I speak for the whole family when I say its awsome and a provelige to be related to you, your son, and your grandsons.

Kimberly Anderson (Cox)

October 16, 2007

never forgotten

March 29, 2007

thank you for your services..god bless and r.i.p.

fairfield county s-o lanc,ohio

December 6, 2006

Dear Sir, you were a good man and your service has not been forgotten. Thank you for your time here on earth. I'll catch up with you later.

State of California

May 25, 2006

Law enforcement officers are, indeed, a special breed of people. Ask anyone on the street and they will tell you that they would not have our jobs for anything in the world. It takes something special to do what we do and at the same time be able to even contemplate retirement. We try to be optimists. Unfortunately, there are a few of us who will never make that date with retirement. By the very nature of our job, we are at risk everyday of losing our lives, either at the hand of some deranged individual or in some other situation that we, by virtue of our occupation, may be unable to avoid. Some people have recognized the hazardous duties we involve ourselves in, the risks we take, and the pride we take in accomplishing that job. There is National Law Enforcement Week, dedicated to us who gladly accept the responsibility of protecting the citizens in our respective jurisdictions. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day is dedicated to those who gave their lives in the line of duty. These are but a two examples of remembrances specifically for law enforcement personnel. Remembrances that come but once a year. We should remind fellow officers of another type of remembrance, one that will last a lifetime. Sooner or later, a doctor will pronounce us dead. It is inevitable. Regardless of whatever happens, death is the end we will all have to face.
Author Unknown

Jim Moore
New Orleans P.D., Retired

November 11, 2004

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