Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Air Interdiction Agent Clinton B. Thrasher

United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Air and Marine Operations, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, April 25, 2007

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Reflections for Air Interdiction Agent Clinton B. Thrasher

Clint, I salute you, a fellow agent and patriot. I remember flying with you and giving you some training during the many times you came into the McAllen Air Ops unit (when we were Border Patrol) to volunteer to work with us. I was thrilled when you finally became an AIA. I was proud to have met you. During my last year in Air & Marine, I was detailed to McAllen several times to fly. I respectfully flew over the location of your EOW. May God bless your family as they always honor your life, memory an service.

Air Interdiction Agent (Ret) Gary Baer
US Border Patrol/US CBP Air & Marine

November 21, 2020

Thank you for your service

Mark Mottola

April 25, 2020

Air Interdiction Agent Thrasher rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 9, 2019

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

April 25, 2018

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

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

February 7, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach the second 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 the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer. He was shot twice when ambushed on April 23rd when he was on a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, 2 years before you were killed.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 25, 2009

To Air Interdiction Agent Clinton B. Thrasher, his family and his fellow officers with the United States Department of Homeland Security:

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

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc.
Members and Staff

April 25, 2009

It was my pleasure to get to know Clint during our training at the Federal Law Enforcement academy in 2003. Clint was a professional law enforcement agent and a great guy. We had many laughs and Clint was quick to assist other classmates in their training. Clint expressed a deep love for his wife and family during our time together. I miss being able to give Clint a call to discuss work and tell a joke or two. Whenever the phone rang and I heard his Texas drawl I knew who it was without having to ask. We miss him and wish his family the best. Rest In Peace buddy.

AIA Tom Mabrey
CBP Air and Marine/Friend

April 23, 2009

Remembering you and all your loved ones on this day and every day. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You have not been forgotten.

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

April 25, 2008

Having served in both Federal and local law enforcement I am at a loss for words when I hear about men and women like Agent Thrasher that have given their lives for this country. God bless and thank you for your career that you gave to all of us, serving our country.
Matthew Anselmo

SSGT Matthew Anselmo
USAF Security Forces

February 5, 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

November 12, 2007

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Everytime I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the man they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Agent Thrasher, especially to his wife. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Clinton, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Clinton's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Clinton's life was about so much more than the way he died. Clinton will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Agent Thrasher, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been almost five years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,


Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Surviving Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

October 28, 2007

I knew Clint not as a Federal Agent but during his time as a student and fellow aviator at Louisiana Tech University during the early 1990's. Needless to say, I was very sad to learn of his untimely death.

I flew with Clint many times and can attest to the fact that he was a natural pilot. Furthermore, his enthusium for aviation was infectious to those around him. As a person, he was always eager to laugh and he always had a smile on his face. He was a great guy all around.

May his family please accept my sincere condolences,

Edward B. Monnin III

Edward Monnin
Louisiana Tech University

July 24, 2007

I was extremely saddned to here about Clint. I worked with Clint many years ago when we were both flight intstructors, fresh out of school and trying to build our flight time for that future job. Clint was a natural pilot and I always enjoyed flying and working with him at the local flying service where we both got our start. I volunteer to serve with the DHS in my own work and understand the great sacrifice Clint has made while trying to protect our country. Clint, your family is in my prayers.

Bret
B737 Captain

Bret, Captain
Former Co-worker

July 10, 2007

We are sincerely grateful for your service and your efforts at keeping us all safe. May your family find strength in dealing with your loss.

Bless you.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of my department,

Officer Matthew Lewek
Menomonee Falls (WI) Police Department

June 25, 2007

I met Thrasher face to face only twice. We knew that when he was in the air over us, work was about to come our way. He had a nose for the job. With his overhead view, he guided me and other Border Patrol Agents to a smuggling operation in progress just two days before he died. We should have been in court the day after he died. That was hard.

Mrs. Thrasher, my condolences go out to you and your daughters. Your husband was a great man.

Border Patrol Agent Jason Rhyne
USBP Rio Grande City Station

June 14, 2007

I also want to express my condolences to the family and friends of Agent Clinton Thrasher. I am a Border Patrol Agent from the Sector he works at and got to work with him as he provided air support for me and follow agents out of the Kingsville, Texas station. Air support for us on the ground is always and will always be critical to our mission. God bless you and your family. Rest in peace partner. #5169

Senior Border Patrol Agent
CBP Border Patrol RGV Sector Kingsville, Texas

June 3, 2007

You leave behing a three beautiful young ladies and a group of proud men who will miss you.

SPB J. Letney
USBP Bugler LRT Honor Guard

June 1, 2007

I want to express my condolences to the family and friends of Agent Clinton Thrasher. I did not know him but would have liked to.

I hope his wife and family will be supported my many loved ones during this terrible time for them.

Sincerely,

Donald J. O'Brien
MEO/SMEO in FL '89-'06

SMEO (ret/disability) Don O'Brien
previously AMID, Tampa

May 31, 2007

what to say? hard to talk about him even now after months time. he was great. liked by everyone. we had a lot of good times together and think of him every day. the day he was accepted by the customs service he was on the way to the bank to sign the papers on the lot next to mine to build a house. of course he cancled that to go. i was upset that he was'nt goin to live next door but knew that he would excel in his endevours and be much happier. that boy loved to fly. i got the chance to fly with him once and when we got to the plane i swear his eyes lit up ten times. he couldnt wait to "get up". just wish i had the chance to talk to him one more time.

Shawn Taylor
best friend

May 23, 2007

Through all the sorrow, the one happy thought was that you were doing a job that you enjoyed. I still expect to see you and your family drive up next door. You are so missed but we know that you are helping to keep peace in heaven. Thanks for helping keep America safe.
Kay Carter

Kay Carter
friend

May 17, 2007

Thank you for your service.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
CHP

May 16, 2007

To the family of Clint, I know no words can ease your pain, but having been around you only for a moment I was inspired by your faith in God, love for the agency and for one another. With these things I know that you will persevere in this time of tremendous tribulation. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. With the most sincere respect and admiration for your strength,

Monica Epling & family

Monica Epling
wife of James Epling EOW 12/16/03

May 16, 2007

WE HAVE WATCHED YOU GROW, FROM A BOY TO A HANDSOME YOUNG MAN WITH INCREDIBLE VISION FOR YOUR FUTURE.....YOU BECAME WHAT EVERY PARENT IS PROUD TO HAVE FOR A SON! THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES...THEY WILL FOREVER SHINE IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS. YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY AND COMMUNITY WILL MISS YOU. WE KEEP THEM IN OUR PRAYERS.

LORRAINE WHITE

May 15, 2007

GOD SPEED BROTHER....

PATROLMAN #1141 / ASU TFO
RICHMOND PD (CA)

May 13, 2007

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