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Police Officer Charles Richard Thomas Haist

Henry County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, February 16, 2005

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Reflections for Police Officer Charles Richard Thomas Haist

I was doing one of my usual "I wonder what ever happened to so & so?" internet searches and I discovered that my old childhood friend had passed a few years ago. This is not what I was hoping to find.

Back in the late 1970s, I lived next door to you & Kat in Oxford Place Apartments off Jonesboro Road in Morrow, GA. I'm a few years older than you...and you were the one who taught me how to ride a bike.

When my family moved a few miles down the road, I owuld come over and spend the night on the weekends. We would commit so many childish pranks, especially on the girls in the swimming pool.

Your folks would take us to the baseball diamond so I could watch you play baseball. I told you that you would hit a homerun that day....and sure enough you did!

I'll never forget you old friend....I'll see you again in heaven and we can play baseball together and ride our bikes again.

I would love to hear from the Haist family. It would mean so much to me. I can be found on MySpace and on Facebook...and I reside in New Orleans, Louisiana these days...hard to believe that I'll be 40 in a couple of months...please reach out. Thanks and may God bless the Haist family.

Christopher Lesley
Old Childhood Friend

July 15, 2008

I just wanted to write and say hello. Mack and I truly miss you.We have your picture hanging on the wall and every time I look at it I remember all the times we used to goof off, I remember your smile that you always had. Well it's almost been five years that Mack and I have been married. If it wasn't for you, I would have missed out on having the most wonderful man. He is carring and thoughtful just like you.
I just want to say thank you!
We love you and miss you!
Mack and Heidi Ward

Trooper Mack Ward and Heidi Ward

June 10, 2008

Hi Chuck & family,
I just wanted to stop in and say that you are still in our hearts and prayers. Another year has come where we will remember you & Jimmy during our basketball games this weekend and another one in a few more weeks.
This year we have another Henry County law enforcement officer to add to our memorial from the Sheriff's Office.
As you cheer for your team please keep the Scarlet family in your thoughts.
We hope to see some of your family members at the games.
God Bless,
Chief Deputy David McCart
"Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:21

Chief Deputy David McCart
Henry County Sheriff's Office Ga.

April 16, 2008

This was the 4th birthday of yours that we had to endure without you. Although it is a celebration of the beginning of your life, a life well lived, it still sucks that you are not here to celebrate it. It is good to have this site to come and leave you messages and to say the things that are in our hearts that we can no longer say directly to you. Kat is doing well, she is the happiest I have seen her in a long time. You would really like Tom. He treats her the way she deserves to be treated. He also treats your mom well, and she really needs it because she has had a rough year. I had lunch with her Tues, and she looked good and was in good spirits. You would like the fact that he takes the role of the man in the family seriously. I feel like with all that Kat has gone through in the last several years, she deserves to finally be happy. Beth, mom and I try to make sure that we are there for your mom and Kat as much as possible. We check on your dad from time to time as well. They are all still hurting and need to be loved on and comforted and I feel it is our job as their family to be there for them. Although we all lost you, no one feels it like they do. We are all busy. Our lives, jobs, and families tend to pull us in different directions. But, it is important to make time to check in with them and let them know that they are not alone in their grief. It would be easy to get wrapped up in how much I miss you, but I know that no matter how much it hurts me to think about you being gone, it cannot compare to what they feel. You were such a light in our family, and your presense is missed greatly. I know if there was anything you could do, it would be to make sure that you mom, sister and dad were looked after. Please know that you are loved and still missed daily.

Brandy Mapp

April 10, 2008

Happy Birthday! I know you are celebrating in Heaven! You are missed and thought of daily!


April 9, 2008

Happy Birthday Boogies,
I miss you very much but know you are having a wonderful birthday in a "heavenly" place. Please give Buckwheat a kiss for me.

April 9, 2008

Happy Birthday Bro. You are still missed everyday. I love you and wish I could give you a big bear hug!


April 9, 2008

I can't believe 3 years have passed so quickly, yet it seems like forever since our last conversation. I think about you daily. Today we went to the crash site and the graveside and knew you were at both places with us by the police sirenes we heard. We then got together to watch videos, eat and remember you. Kat got out your pacman game and we played for a long time trying to get the best score. Kat won (stinker). You would have loved it. This morning while on my way to pick up my first run at 4:30 am, you were on my mind and the song that says "where'd you go? I miss you so, seems like its been forever since you've been gone, please come back home." kept playing in my head. I wish you could come back home. It does seem like forever, yet it hurts just like it was yesterday. Watching videos of you is bitter sweet. Hearing your laugh, seeing your smile and being reminded just how full of life you were. Such a tradgic loss, way too early. Know that you will always be loved and missed. Heros Live Forever! Love ya, Bye!

Brandy Mapp

February 16, 2008

Hey Bro,

Today is in remembrance of you and your sacrifice. We all love and miss you. We heard you (by siren of course) at both the crash site and at your grave today. We all knew it was you saying hello! Live, Love, Laugh! Your sis


February 16, 2008

Chuck -

It is hard to believe that years have gone by since we first heard of what happened. Every time I pass by the accident site and see the cross your family placed in your honor, I am reminded of what a good friend and great officer you were. I will be in D.C. tomorrow and plan on visiting the police memorial to pay tribute to the sacrifices you and those before you have made. You are still missed at the PD and I know that every shift will be riding in honor of you tomorrow!

Kathalee - if you can call me at the department sometime, I would like to speak with you...the numbers I have tried seem to be no good. Thanks!

Lt. Christy Nebel

February 15, 2008

You & your family are still in my prayers. Three years and I still think about you daily. You made a huge impact on me and my life. Thank you!

HC Citizen

February 14, 2008

Hey bro... here we are at year 3. Sometimes I feel no way is or has this happened. And other times, I feel like I have been dealing with this for a lifetime. Bottom line - I miss you!!! There is not a day that goes by that you don't cross my mind. I know you already have all the information or thoughts I could ever share on this site. But it gives me comfort and so many others to reach out to our loved ones or just share our thoughts. But both of your the ladies who loved and still love you are doing good. The most precious thing I have from both of them is their friendship. Which is priceless!! They both are with great guys. I got to tell you, you would love M... he is a ton of fun and reminds me a lot -- did I say a lot of you!! They are really good together. It is really good to see. It was hard at first (mainly because I was selfish), but you know. I know you would want nothing else but for them to experience love and happiness. That is just you! Anyway. I love you with all my heart. I have stared that hope chest for your girls. I pray they will come looking for us one day. I can't wait to share all that they missed about you! This Sat. we are doing things a little different than the previous 2 yrs. This year - more personal. For anyone that would like to join us - you can reach the family and we will include you. We will be at the gravesite to place flowers in the am and then something more personal later in the day. This year - it is about LIVE LOVE LAUGH!! The way Chuck would want us all to REMEMBER, HONOR AND NEVER FORGET!! Love ya Bro!!


February 12, 2008



February 10, 2008

Hey brother.
It is still so hard to believe that you are no longer with us. Three years have not really eased the pain just left more questions. My only comfort is that you are now in Glory with your maker and know no evel, pain, or loss. Your smail and laugh are missed by many and our lives are all richer for having known you. I am traveling on the 3 year anniversary as I was when you were taken from us but I wanted to let you know that I still think of you daily and pray for your family often.
God Bless You Chuck. We love you more than ever.

lifetime friend

February 6, 2008

I can't believe that it has been two years and 11 months since you were taken from us. I remember it like it was yesterday that we were in Recon class laughing at "measuring from a straight line". Even though we only had those few weeks together, we became friends instantly. I wanted you to come to the coast on hang out with us so we could show you how we do it. But I never got the chance. When I get to Heaven, you can show me how you do it there. I miss the time that we shared as classmates as well as friends. May you forever watch our us, Bro! Know that you are my Hero! You will always be remembered! Keep all of us safe as long as you can and meet me at the Gates so you can show me around! Remembering You Forever Chuck,

Pfc. Michael Davis, K-9 Handler
Brunswick, Ga. Police Dept.

January 16, 2008


Hey man, I was just thinking about something funny you did, and wanted to drop you a line. You know the state court in the old building phone thing....That was funny! Anyway, take it easy, tell Sgt. Gilbert, Wilbur, and James hello.


Sergeant V.T. Rosen
Henry County Police

January 10, 2008

Well another year has come and gone. The holidays are over and a new year has started. It is so hard to believe that we have been through 3 holiday seasons without you. Even harder to believe that Feb. 16th is just around the corner, and will mark 3 yrs. since you were killed. I agree with Kat, it doesn't get easier. You are still loved and missed as much now as you were then. In 2007 Georgia had 5 officers killed in the line of duty. Better than the last 2 years, but still too many. I appreciate these officers for paying the ultimate price and for all law enforcement officers for putting their lives on the line everyday. I know that the job you did was one I could never do. It takes courage beyond what I possess, but am glad you did and that the others do and did also. You are never far from my thoughts. I pass by Jonesboro Rd exit almost daily, and everytime I think of you. I stop by your grave sometimes, and still cannot believe that I am standing at your grave. It is so surrell and wrong. I will stop by soon and put new flowers out for you. It is so hard to look at your smile on this page and not cry for such a precious gift being lost. I will write again soon. I love and miss you daily.

Brandy Mapp

January 2, 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

December 27, 2007

Merry Christmas Chuckie! And thank you for the inspiration you recently gave me. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it works. Until then, please continue to watch over him and keep him safe.

Much love at Christmas and always.

Marla Gray

December 25, 2007

Chuck, I just wanted you to know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I visited your grave site on Thanksgiving (and of course I will be there at Christmas)and I could tell you get a lot of visitors.
Oh, I made detective...I know, I hate the park...who would have thought I would still be there??
Andy misses you alot!

S. Craig

December 10, 2007


Hey man. I was just thinking about you, and wanted to stop by.


Sergeant V.T. Rosen
Henry County Police Department

November 30, 2007

Hey Boogies,
Tell my dad happy birthday for me today. I miss and love you both very much!!!!

November 20, 2007


I was just thinking of you, and thought I would drop ou a line. Bet you liked that GA / FL game huh? Anyway, say hey to Wilbur, and Jimmy, and James for me. Take care.


Sergeant V.T. Rosen
Henry County Police Department

November 6, 2007

Hey Bro, I just felt like writing tonight. I know you know, but this week especially has been tough. Here we are again with another Football season and I can't call you. I know Sat. night we would have been celebrating for sure. What a nerve racking game. Football always makes me miss you more than even on a normal day. And me, now playing flag for fun. You would love playing with us. There is some much in my life that would just simply be better if you were here. I am about to hit another holiday season without you (It will be here before we know it) and I dread it. Still after so much time, things have not gotten easier. Sure things are different. But not easy. Never could I imagine waking and going - wow it's easy now. What a joke. I know it is different for everyone but for me there will always be a piece that is missing. Rachel was actually rooting for the bulldawgs with us Sat. (of course we were playing Alabama - which she hates:->). Roy reached out this week, we haven't connected but hope to soon. He still misses you I know. He is really the only one that keeps in touch consistenly other than Jeff at HCPD. Everyone else probably doesn't want to bother us - but if they only knew that would never be the case. Sure life is hectic and times seems to fly whether you have fun or not! But we would love to hear from anyone that cares about you. Especially your girls. We miss them and wish we could reach out. Maybe one day we will get lucky and they will search for you (us) on the web and come looking for us. We would want nothing more than to have them as a part of our lives. Not to replace you in anyway, but because we love them and they are family. Nothing could replace or even cover the wound that we all still share without you here. We love you. I miss you daily and hate that your not here to celebrate GA football with me. Hate that you can't help me with life choices and decisions. I cherish your opinion and need you so many times. There was nothing quite like our friendship and I will always crave a word. Love always, miss ya, your sis.


September 23, 2007

Hey Boogies,
Well football season has officially started and everyone knows how you are about football. It makes me think about all the games we watched together and about the cold weather, which was your favorite. I was thinking about the first Auburn/Georgia game we watched together, and Auburn won, and you were such a good sport about it. Even with all of your GA gear on.... face mask and all. And the Halloween pumpkin you carved, an Atlanta Falcons pumpkin. Only you... I think about you all the time and wonder if my life will ever be like it was when you were in it. It has not been so far but I can't even begin to describe how happy it makes me to know that you were and are a part of my life. I would have rather known you for the short time that I did than to not know you at all. I love you very much and miss you!!!!

September 8, 2007

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