Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Policeman Robert J. Thurman

Glasgow Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, September 18, 1914

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Reflections for Policeman Robert J. Thurman

Rest in peace always and know that no passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 18, 2020

I had been told a few stories of Officer Thurman and they was passed down by the old policeman from Glasgow Police father was a firefighter for 34yrs in Glasgow..the police station was just next door and jail or holding area was in the basement there my dad started work as a fireman in 1957 so then he knew men who was officers back in the 20s and maybe earlier who was old men then in 57 anyway dad told me about the "old days" in Glasgow he said it was pretty rough the men would raise hell drinking and celebrating any event and this officer was going to clean up the town and was doing a great job was said but dad heard he was one tough guy he was said to take on 3 or 4 in a brawl easy and bring them in after he gave them a beat down. Apparantly back then it was not uncommon for men to be men and badge or not they would often accept a challenge of a fight and this be the case officer Thurman was said to be the victor everytime! But didn't have ample back up once and was ambushed by these men who was obviously cowards...its beyond me these men was only given 21yrs for 1st deg murder of police officer...and likely would have had this officer been from Glasgow and known but he wasnt he was from Burkesville...these men should have paid with their lives as did officer Thurman...Rip to a very brave tough fallen hero.

Richard Wilson
Former deputy jailer

March 1, 2020

Growing up I was told stories of officer Thurman by my Grandmother, I didn't know the details of his death until today, thank you for this memorial to all of these fallen heroes. I'm so proud to be a great great grandson of such a man

Gordon M Bulger
Great Great Grandson

April 3, 2016

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 96th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 18, 2010

The funeral line was long, There's an awful lot of cars, Folks came out of the restaurants, They came out of the bars.
The workers at the construction sites All let their hammers drop. Someone asked. "What is this all for?" And they said, "Aw, just a cop."
Some chuckled at the passing cars. Some shed a silent tear Some people said, "It's stupid," "all these dumb policemen here."
"How come they are not out fighting crime?" "Or in a doughnut shop?" Sure is a lot of trouble, For someone who's just a cop."
They blocked the intersections, They blocked the interstate. People yelled and cursed, "Damn, it's gonna make me late!"
"This is really ridiculous!" "They're makin' us all stop!" "It seems they are sure wastin' time, On someone who's just a cop."
Into the cemetery now, The slow procession comes, The woeful Taps are slowly played. There's loud salutes from guns.
The graveyard workers shake their heads "This service is a flop." "There's lots of good words wasted, On someone who's just a cop"
Yeah, just a cop to most folks. Did his duty every day. Trying to protect us, Till they took his life away.
And when he got to heaven, St. Peter put him at the top. An angel asked him, "Who was that?" And he said, "Aw, just a cop."
His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

May God be with everyone!!!!!!!!!

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, Tx

March 28, 2009

What you did in service to your community meant more than you'd ever guess - Thank you so much for your service.

Sgt Don "Boots" Jensen Retired
Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee, WI

May 3, 2007

Hero's never die; They just take on new assignments.

GOD Bless you and your family.

You are NOT forgotten.

Officer Paladino
Colorado Springs PD

April 26, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

April 23, 2007

Officer Thurman,
It has taken over 92 years but you are finally being honored. I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Glasgow.



April 22, 2007

Thank You Sir for your bravery and sacrifice you will always be remembered.


April 21, 2007



April 21, 2007

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