Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Eric Jay Van Fossan

Eagle Pass Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, February 26, 2005

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Reflections for Police Officer Eric Jay Van Fossan

Rest in peace my brother.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

February 26, 2018

Thinking of you and your family on this seventh anniverary of your death. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 27, 2012

Thanks for your 11 years of services, Eric.


February 25, 2012

It is comeing up to 7 years and i still miss you so much. your sense of humor made our family get togethers so much fun. we all miss you so much. you were my cousin but you were like my brother always at our house. thank you for all the joy and love you brought to us. rest in peace.

Edith Doss Anderson

February 4, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends as another year passes. May they know you will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 2, 2010

It is going on 5 years now since our lost. We still miss him and think of him often. He was such an amazing person. Eric we will never forget you - I still chuckle at some of the crazy things we did when we were little.

Mary Doss
Close family member

December 28, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 4th anniversary 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.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family today.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

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

February 26, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 26, 2009

Rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

June 6, 2008

I loved him so much when there was no one who could take care of me he always was there for me. He is my best friend and caring uncle I wish i could have spent more time with him. He will always be loved. I will never forget what he has done for me. But he is in a better place now. I love him with all my heart.

Erick Jaschke
He is my uncle

February 22, 2008



February 20, 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 went to the Capital today to honor you and your family. May God keep you close as I pray for those you had to leave behind.

Terry Donovan,spouse of Amy Lynn Donovan EOW 31 October 2004

May 7, 2007

Remembering you on the 2nd anniversary of your EOW.
Thinking of all those left behind.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

February 26, 2007

My thoughts are with you loved ones on this 2nd anniversary of your EOW. Continue to watch over them as I know they think of you each and every day and the silent tears still flow from their broken hearts. You are a true hero and heroes never die, you will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

February 26, 2007

On this day let it be known you, sir, are not forgotten.
Rest in Peace.


February 26, 2007

G-d Bless.May Our Lord continue to comfort and strengthen your loved ones.

February 26, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

October 24, 2006

i wanna thank you for the advised and laughs you gave me, rest in peace my friend

david sifuentes jr

July 31, 2006

We Remember the Fallen

Not too long ago you became officers
to do the things policemen do.
To make our community a better and safer place
for all our people and proudly wear the blue.

You showed a certain pride and dignity – you stood
tall as you went about your daily tasks.
In a short while we opened our hearts and welcomed you
into our family and placed you tops in the class.

Then one morning not long ago you were absent from
roll call due to someone’s breaking of the law.
There were tears of sorrow and sadness all around we
wondered if any lawbreakers cared or saw.

There is an empty spot in each of our hearts for
you and the others who are listed as fallen.
We see your death as receiving much, much too
early in life, our precious master’s calling.

We will remember you when we see a stranded
motorist or witness a parade along main.
Or receive a domestic dispute call or be in search
of a missing child, we’ll all share your pain.

We’ll be reminded of how you responded to some
of our numerous domestic dispute calls.
With love and concern for your fellowman, diffused
the situations and settled those nasty brawls.

And how we had searched numerous hours for a missing
little girl found cold and alone near first light.
Oh! The joy – all eyes filled with tears flowing, yours more
than hers – it would have been a camera’s delight.

When we see a parade, a motorist in need of help
or a family grieving for their lost child.
We’ll think of you and the impact you made on our lives
as a family, though you served with us only a while.

When we drive Main or F, 15th, 10th, pass a
school or make a turn onto Avenue G.
We’ll think of you, your total dedication to the people
of our community and the grievous loss to our family.

And so we pray that God has welcomed both of
you to his glorious celestial home above.
Seated you at his right hand and holds you
and us forever in his eternal love.

CJ and Luke Crosby
May 16, 2006

Cpl. M. Crosby
Del Rio Police Dep.

May 11, 2006

This year I will be riding a bicycle in the Police Unity Tour in your honor, I have placed the band with your name on my wrist. I hope to present it to your family in Washington, DC.

Rest in peace brother, you are in my thoughts and prayers."

Detective Gary F. Souss
Belleville Police Dept. NJ

May 5, 2006

We will be in Washington with honor and respect to hear your name read.

Linda Rittenhouse, Matt's Mom
Matthew Rittenhouse EOW 9/16/04

Linda Rittenhouse

May 2, 2006

To Officer Eric Jay Van Fossan, and his loved ones:

Please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.
I hope that our paths cross in D.C.

Officer Van Fossan, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Officer Van Fossan.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Officer Van Fossan gave to his community and the citizens of Texas, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 26, 2005.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 16, 2006

We are thinking of you on the first anniversary of your death. CHP just
lost a young officer to a heart attack,
too. The pain just seems to run
deeper in law enforcement. Our
thoughts are with your wife and sons
as well as the others who continue
to honor your memory and deal with
the loss. Time won't diminish your
sacrifice. Thank you for your 11 years of service.

Lynn Kole
Washington State

February 26, 2006

On this the first anniversary day of your tragic death, please know that you are not forgotten.

May your family find peace and comfort in their faith and those who care for them.

Rest In Peace, Officer Van Fossan

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 26, 2006

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