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Constable William Lewis Staggs

Jefferson County Constable's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, May 24, 1911

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Reflections for Constable William Lewis Staggs

Constable Staggs,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Jefferson County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 24, 2021

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 25, 2015

William Lewis Staggs was my great-grandfather. His daughter, Jennie Staggs Franklin was my grandmother. I was told my great-grandfather was 6'10" in height. Very tall now, and definitely tall then. My great uncles were very big men anywhere from 6'3" to 6'5" so I guess the information about my great-grandfather was true. I always thought maybe the reason he made sheriff was because he was bigger and could "whip" everybody.

Don Franklin
Great grandson of William Lewis Staggs

October 15, 2013

William Lewis Staggs was my great-grandfather; my grandfather - Bishop James Staggs - deceased in 2005 at the age of 98. To hear HIS recollection of the times that William was killed and the next few days thereafter was always moving. ONE THING that always stuck with me: "My grandfather said that 'they were told' that his father's mule was found grazing gently near the body when it was discovered." ALSO - several years ago a BIRMINGHAM newspaper interviewed my Aunt (my grandfather's daughter - still living in Bessemer - about the long ago killing....

Citizen Michael N. Mangrum
Citizen of Bristol TN

November 29, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 98th 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. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya


May 26, 2009

Constable Staggs, you are my great grandfather and I just found out about you. You would be happy to know that your son Everett, who was 9 years old at your death, lived until 1993. I am his grandson and your great great granddaughter is going to be born to us this month. She will hear of your sacrifice and how you gave your life protecting the area she will grow up in.

Thank you

Michael Staggs
great grandson

July 4, 2008

Constable Staggs, you left us many years ago but you are not forgotten. I met your Grandaughter at the 2007 Police Unity Tour Arrival. She had some kind words for me and the other bicycle riders on the tour. I felt it apropriate to honor your sacrafice to this profession by riding in your memory during the 2008 Unity Tour which leaves in less than three weeks from Liberty State Park in NJ traveling almost 300 miles to the Police Memorial in Washington DC. Remember, you are not forgotten.
Sgt John R Hurd, Chester Township Police Department NJ

Sergeant John Hurd
Chester Township Police Department

April 20, 2008

On the anniversary of his death, we pause to honor and remember Constable Staggs and acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice he paid.

May he never be forgotten.

Major D.W. Warren
Montgomery Police Dept. - Montgomery, AL

May 24, 2007

Constable Staggs,
It has taken almost 96 years, but you are finally being honored. I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Jefferson County.



March 21, 2007

Constable Staggs, Sir,
In four years it will have been One Hundred years since you lay down your life, today I come here to thank you for your service to the state of Alabama, and our Country. You were and are one of our Hero's that will forever be remembered. May you rest in peace, Sir. Mother-in-law of: Sgt. Jeffrey T. Hewitt Asheville, North Carolina

Carolyn Moore

March 18, 2007

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