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Chief of Police Earl H. Berendes

Bellevue Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Wednesday, April 16, 1969

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Reflections for Chief of Police Earl H. Berendes

On this 50th year anniversary of the passing of an Officer who was sworn to serve and protect, a Father, Husband and Grandfather I offer my condolences. I offer an apology to the family and friends and Bellevue Police Department and the city of Bellevue, Iowa.
I offer this apology on behalf of those that were involved in this senseless act.

Mike Huston
Related to guilty parties

April 17, 2019

Chief Berendee,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Bellevue. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

April 16, 2019

Chief Berendes,

I salute you on the 50th anniversary of your tragic death. Your legacy lives on through your children and grandchildren and in the memory of every Bellevue officer that has served since. Your sacrifice has earned you a permanent place of honor in Bellevue and in Jackson County.

I am humbled and honored to carry the same badge number as you. May you rest in peace.

Badge 49-21

Chief Lynn J. Schwager
Bellevue Iowa Police Chief

April 16, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 50th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

April 16, 2019

Rest in Peace, Chief Berendes. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 23, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 11, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 43rd 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 who was murdered in 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. The release of your killer after serving only three years was an absolute travesty of justice for which there can be no excuse.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

April 17, 2012

Beaten to death with a shovel, and the perp is released on parole three years later? Something is terribly wrong in this country. Thanks for your service Chief Berendes, the good people in society owe you!

R. Emary
Chandler, Arizona

March 4, 2010

On Friday October 5, 2007 a memorial was unveiled in honor of my Grandpa Chief Earl H. Berendes who was killed in the line of duty. On April 17, 1969 he was making his last round but never returned home to his family. On behalf of the Berendes family I would like to thank Officer Nate Albaugh and Officer Corey Kettmann. Because of these two officers Chief Earl Berendes memory will live on.

Sue Clancy

June 17, 2008

I hope we have made you proud Chief. Bellevue will remember you forever!

Officer Corey J. Kettmann
Bellevue Police Department

October 16, 2007


October 6, 2007

Your diligence should be a model for all who follow you Chief!

May 11, 2006

Rest in peace chief. You are missed.

April 16, 2005

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