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Officer James Walter Sell

Gassville Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Saturday, February 4, 2006

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Reflections for Officer James Walter Sell

I first met Jim the day he showed up to be interviewed and take the Blytheville Police Department civil service examination. I was just leaving the police department when he entered the lobby and asked me to direct him to the room where the exams were being given. I remember he was wearing a black suit with short trousers and the redest socks I'd ever seen. Ha! He was quite a guy. A very outgoing and amiable man. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone he met. He worked 27 years for our department before retiring as a patrol captain. I was lucky enough to have run in to Jim at a local restaurant and we had lunch together shortly before he retired. Jim was a fine man, and he was one of the most thoughtful and generous men I have known. I am told that shortly before he was killed he had personally found and paid for a good used truck as replacement for one for his friends teen daughter after her truck had broke down. That was the kind of man Jim Sell was. May he rest in peace.

Ron Evans

July 31, 2023

Officer Sgt Jim Sell was my training officer at the Blytheville Police Department in Blytheville Arkansas. Great police officer and great man. Rest In Peace Jim
Patrolman James (Don) Pease

Patrolman 3 Don Pease
Blytheville Police Department Blytheville Arkansas

January 5, 2022

Thank you for your service Officer Sell. That is both in law enforcement as well as for your military service. Rest in Peace.......

Frank M

October 14, 2021

Mr. Sell, I saw reports of this the day it happened. I am a retired Texas game warden captain, and I have been coming to Gassville fishing for many years. I hate you gave your life in this manner. I respect you, your service, and regret our loss.

Tx. Game Warden Capt. Bill Magee
Tx. Parks and Wildlife Dept.

July 6, 2021

It's been exactly 15 years today since I last saw you. I was to be your relief officer on Sunday afternoon, February 5. Sadly, your life was ended for no reason. I just came back from the cemetery after stopping to talk with you for a few minutes. Your friendship meant a lot to me as we were the old-timers in the department. Know that I still think of you often, and your picture has remained on my bookcase for the past 15 years. I will continue to stop by and visit with you as I can.

Captain J. D. Tyler, GPD-2 (Retired)
Gassville Police Department

February 4, 2021

It is nice to know that he will be remembered for his service and sacrifice doing what he loved! I miss him!

His granddaughter

February 4, 2019

Another case of an awesome police officer meeting a dirt bag criminal. Thank you for your service as a Navy veteran and as a police officer. May you rest in peace

civilian citizen
just visiting your town and saw your memorial.

June 13, 2016


DECTIVE Tony Peterman

February 4, 2016

I never had the opportunity to meet Jim, but heard he was a great guy. I think of him and that tragic day when I drive by the location it occurred and when I see the monument in the City Park, commemorating him.

Patrolman Colby Harris
Gassville Police Department

February 5, 2014

Jim. Just remembering you and your family. Thank you for your service, and all the lessons you taught me.

Sgt Jeremy Davis

February 12, 2013

After moving from Wisconsin to Gassville in July of 2009 we learned of Officer Jim Sells. Although I have never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Sells, my wife and I are eager to attend a memorial service in his honor at Gassville park at 5 PM today. What a dedicated officer he was. And such a loss to his family, friends, and this community. God bless you Jim!

Don Decker

July 15, 2011

May you rest in peace Capt.Sell.You would be proud of your brothers and sisters in blue here in Blytheville.They are doing a good job!Godspeed


March 12, 2011

Thank you for your service. Still remembering the lessons you taught.

Sgt Jeremy Davis

February 6, 2011

I still miss you everyday. I know you died serving your community and in turn your country. As the days go by the pain gets easier, but I try to remind myself, that because you stopped him....he in the end was stopped and other lives were saved. Thank you Dad for being a neighbor, friend, servant and hero to your community.


May 3, 2010

It's been four years and I still miss him. I am proud of how he served his community, but hurt for what I lost. I pray that I will get the opportunity to visit once again the community that loved him so much. Thanks to all the COP survivors who have helped me over these painful years.


February 9, 2010


It has been four years, but I still remember the lessons you taught me. Rest in Peace.

Sgt Jeremy Davis

February 4, 2010

Thank you for you duty, service, and ultimate sacrifice. You will NEVER be forgotten and will FOREVER be a hero!

Sergeant, Retired
Fayetteville, AR PD

February 4, 2010

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for such a long and dedicated career in law enforcement and for the service to your country. You are a true hero and heroes never die. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones.

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

February 4, 2010

I worked with you @ Blytheville. Rest in Peace, Capt Sell.


December 14, 2009

I "googled" the Turner Diaries, having again, heard it pop up in the news, yet still not sure what it was. This is where I learned your name, and your fate. After reading of the details leading up to your senseless murder, I went outside, lit a cigarette, and cried. I shed tears for a man I did not know, yet a man I could only hope to be. To the ENTIRE Sell family, I am truly sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace, Officer Sell, and thank you for your service here.


August 1, 2009

Of all the fallen officers i have viewed, for some reason, this one gets to me the most.I shed tears every time i view this officer's page.Rest in peace.

Mo. reserve deputy

March 14, 2009

Forgive me for missing the anniversary of your E.O.W., but I felt as though I could not continue to read about so many tragedies. I now realize the visit each day to leave a word of encouragement and hope to the loved ones of others, helps me to remember that I am not alone with my pain and heartbreak. So may I say to your friends and loved ones that my thoughts and prayers are with them now and always. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol and may they know you will never be forgotten.

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

February 19, 2009

I salute you for your dedicated service to law enforcement and for being the true hero that you are. I am thinking of all of your loved ones today and those that were close to you. None of them will ever let you be forgotten, nor will the Blue Family ever forget you.

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

February 4, 2009

I am remembering you with the deepest respect for the many years of distinquished service you gave to the citizens of Arkansas. On this the third anniversary of your tragic death, I am embracing your family in my heart and in prayer.

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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 4, 2009

Rest in Peace, Officer Sell. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

July 28, 2008

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