Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Chief Gary L. Martin

Lake County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, August 22, 2006

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Reflections for Deputy Chief Gary L. Martin

I wish I had been around you more growing up. You, Jimmy and Paul always made me smile. When dad was killed, we would not have made it through the whole ordeal without you. I think of you and Olga often. I will always love you.

Charles E. Sharp
Nephew

October 1, 2018

NEVER FORGOTTEN!
Cops Cycling for Survivors
www.copscycling4survivors.org

Monica Zahasky
Cops Cycling for Survivors

August 23, 2017

May you always rest in peace, and may your family always be safe and blessed. Thanking you and your partner for your service on that faithful day.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

August 22, 2017

I first met Deputy Chief Martin when he spoke at our Staff & Command Class in 2003. Later, when I considered a switch from IL to IN Law Enforcement, I reached out to Chief Martin who gave me all the support that I needed for my transition. The world is truly poorer having lost Chief Martin and Lt. Dudley.

Supervisor John Eagan
Indiana Gaming Commission

September 4, 2014

Rest in peace sir

Officer Shannon Yates
University of Southern Miss Police Department

December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas. Missing you more and more this holiday season.

Your grandson was in his first play at nursery school. Made Jennifer cry because her Lil Turtle (as she calls him) did such a fine job....With his smile he can do no wrong. Southern charm all the way.

His musical abilities have earned him a drum set and guitar for Christmas. (Saving your guitar for him) "Ear plugs for us would be fine."

Watch over us.
Christ Is Born! Glorify Him!

Olga
Spouse

December 24, 2013

Seven years have gone by. August is a month of happiness and sadness. Jennifer and Zach were married and then three days later you were gone. In a blink of a second life changes. Two years later Maria leaves us. I miss my older sister and you.

Aidan is four and starting nursery school. He has your legs and your energy to run. Jennifer will be finishing college in two months. You would be proud of your daughter and grandson. Aidan strums his guitar because he has some Nashville roots in him. When he gets older I will give him his grandpa's guitar.

Keep looking down on us and we will be looking up at you.

I miss you and love you.
Memory Eternal

Olga
Spouse

August 21, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 7th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 11, 2013

Rest in Peace, Deputy Chief Martin. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 5, 2013

Gary was a professor of mine when I attended as a grad student Indiana University NW. It was fun attending his classes as well as educational. His, wit, wisdom, and humor is something I will not forget. Years after I graduated from IUN and joined the Chicago Police Dept, I continued to keep in touch with him. He will not be forgotten and the memories of him will live on. Kenny Glover.

police officer
Chicago Police

February 3, 2013

Happy Birthday in heaven Professor Martin,
I miss you dearly and tears begin to well in my eyes at the very thought of you not being here in the physical. I take comfort in knowing that you are truly a guardian angel. I appreciate you looking out for me all my years at IUN and am so thankful for the friendship that developed from you being my freshman advisor. I'm grateful to have met such a wonderful person who means so much to so many. I pray for comfort, strength & peace to be upon your family and all those who cherish your memory. I love you and can still hear your voice saying "Come here you little bitty thang you." ;-) May you continue to rest in eternal piece and I can't wait to see your smiling face again Lord willing.

Marisa (Calvert) Turner
Student & friend

October 22, 2012

The day is coming to a close..They say it gets easier each day...The heart ache still continues...

We celebrated your life today...Had a Wendy's picnic...Chili...We sat real still and felt the breeze blow over our heads...I told Aidan that it was grandpa riding his bike...He looked up as if he could see you..

We love you and miss you...Watch over us...

Olga
Spouse

August 23, 2012

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

August 22, 2012

I miss you my friend...

Chief Brian Miller
Hammond Police Department

August 22, 2012

5 years ago today in the rain, you were laid to rest and to this day you are remembered fondly by many people. I was looking forward to working with you in Portage as you were coming back to teaching. I have moved from Indiana, and every now and then I get questioned about the memorial tattoo on my leg, I tell them that it is honoring the man who helped make many of the law enforcement officers in NW Indiana the good officers they are, stressing what you learn on the streets is more important than what is in the book.

Tara Moore

August 25, 2011

Gary it has been five years since you left us. I miss you and my heart aches for you. Knowing that you are watching over us helps ease the pain.

You would be proud of your daughter. She is such a wonderful mother. Then there is your grandson. He has a little of you in him. He loves a good tomato over a cookie. He turns his little foot on his toe like you did before you ran.
They say he is spoiled. But you and I know he is just loved.

Thank you for my children. Greg and Jennifer have given me the strength I need to keep moving forward.

Marty, I send you all my love ...

MEMORY ETERNAL
Olga (Baby)

Olga
Spouse

August 22, 2011

It's been almost five years since we lost the best cop and professor Northwest Indiana has ever seen. Gary Martin was the kind of person you never forgot and you never want to. I hope you are cycling in peace.

Liz Makula
Student and friend

August 15, 2011

Still remembering Gary. Talked about him today with numerous guys talking about how much he influenced them.

Sergeant
Valparaiso Police Department

May 8, 2011

To Deputy Chief Gary L. Martin, his family and his fellow officers with the Lake County Sheriff's Department:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Deputy Chief Matin’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Deputy Chief Martin and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

August 22, 2009

Last Monday, July 20, 2009, the 2009 Cops Cycling for COPS ride began. We all know that you are riding with us during the ride and you are never forgotten.

Anonymous

July 26, 2009

remembering you everyday,still to painful to describe the tremendous loss, rest in peace,my southern brother
keeping your "fire" alive,Adois

sheriff roy dominguez
office of the lake county sheriff

December 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Daddy...
While in God's Hands, you have blessed me with a miracle that is protected in your arms each minute of my life.
We Love You,
Your Little Girl & Soon-To-Be...Grandbaby Martin

Jennifer Martin-Luskey
Daughter

October 22, 2008

Its been 2 years...we will never forget your dedication to all the survivors.

Mark Hannan
IL C.O.P.S.

August 22, 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
Sergeant
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

January 9, 2008

Gary,

When I participated in the Indiana Police Unity Tour during the Spring of 2003, you rode at the back of our line. Over the Blue Ridge mountains, traveling the Shenandoah Valley, you couldn't be anything but encouraging. We rode many a mile together from Indiana to Washington, DC. As I processed another DUI driver through the jail in south-central Los Angeles last night, that damn country music of yours kept blaring.............with your voice saying, "Just keep up a nice even pace..........you can make it." On that late Summer afternoon last year, with jet lag in my head, we stood in pouring rain to honor your life during the outdoor memorial. Not enough pouring rain to match our tears and saying goodbye. Thank you for your friendship.............until we meet up high......

Officer Sam Knight
California Highway Patrol

August 31, 2007

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