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Sergeant Justin Thompson

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, June 20, 2007

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Reflections for Sergeant Justin Thompson

Rest in peace Sergeant Thompson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 16, 2019

When ever I see a fellow West Virginia police officer that has been taken from us, it takes me back to the sweetness of being from West Virginia. I did not know Sgt. Thompson but I am sure that he was a fine man, deputy and Marine. Your death in the service of your fellow man will never be forgotten and will remain respected forever. Thank you and all like you that have paid the ultimate price.

Staff Sergeant Albert Vincent
Goodlettsville Police Department

June 20, 2017

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

June 21, 2015

stewart...that funny I was just thinkin about flea the other day. i miss him and Justin both so much!!!


May 13, 2014

Man I sure do miss you and I hope you know that I love you like a brother. I took the boys hunting this weekend and thought about some of the hunting trips that you, me and flea had. Be at peace and know that you were one very special friend that will always be in my heart.


September 15, 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 5th anniversary year 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. He was also your brother in green so I bid you semper fi and thank you for your service in the Corps.

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

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 27, 2012

Hey fatty i rember the first time we meet at camp lejune and then when when i got to your unit i instantly took a likeing to you.
then when we got threw over to Irqa you became like a brother to me and then when we got back and i had to hold my weeding up till u got their and every one was freaking out lol it was good times but brother you be good at gaurding the gates of heaven and you will be missed

Lcpl william howes (cooter) USMC

August 30, 2012

I woke up this morning and you were on my mine. Atleast once a day it happens that you cross my mind but for some reason I thought you had called last night. I go to get on face book after I come home and there was a friend suggestion and I see your face. You have been gone four years and just out of the blue there is your face. For a minute I thought you being gone was a dream, I sent you a request like you were going to accept it knowing that your not. You were an amazing officer, soilder, and friend. You were doing your job the last time I saw you then an hour later you were gone. Then that morning I get the call that you are gone and all the things left unsaid that I wanted to say for years hit me in the chest and took my breath. God needed you more then we did and I hope one day I will get to tell you all of those things as we walk together joking like we used to do. I miss you

R. Lilly

July 23, 2011

Sorry it has taken me so long to write you brother. I can't belive that I gave you a hug after graduation, and because of work, the next time I got to see you was when I saluted you that sad day. I love you bro, and will never go a shift without thinking of you...Rest In Peace My Brother of the Badge

Cpl. J.W. Young- Beckley Police Dept.
Academy Roommate

October 14, 2010

I find it difficult to find words to say how I feel,you have left me speechless,hurt,and unanswered questions.I miss you so much.I feel blessed that you came into my life,touched my heart,and everything I learned from you,I will never forget. You made me a better person,and I love you for that.You are getting your own highway Saturday named after you,and i'm going to be there,like you were for me.


April 20, 2010

Justin ,You were the last deputy i hired as sheriff. I talked to you just a couple days before you left this place and as i drove away i thought to myself what a good hire you were. Had i known that the good lord needed another angel I would have told you what a good guy you are.I never got that chance and i couldnt bring myself to come to your funeral I will always remember you how you were that night we talked at alum creek and hope your parents knows what a fantastic job they did raising you I am so glad I hired you as a deputy sheriff and yet so sad at the same time .I hope I see you again someday little buddy. god bless your sole and thank you .


February 5, 2010

I served in Iraq with Sgt Thompson. He will always be one of the most courageous, professional, and beloved comrades anyone could ever have. I still think of him and the family all the time. Semper Fi.

Ssgt Huebschman

October 8, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, 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 line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer. He was your fellow Marine as well, thus a brother in green as well as blue.

Time ever diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I hold your family in my heart's embrace today and pray for their solace.

Phyllis Loya


June 20, 2009

To Sgt. Justin Thompson, his family and his fellow officers with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office:

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

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc.
Members and Staff

June 20, 2009

Justin- I had the honor and priveledge of meeting your parents and your brother last week during National Police Week in DC. I spent a little bit of time with them and they are amazing! You are loved and missed so much and my prayers will always be with them to help them deal with losing you. I know you are up there in heaven with Brian having the time of your life! God Bless and rest in peace:)

Melissa Linn

Melissa Linn
Wife of West Virginia State Trooper Brian W. Linn EOW 11-2-07

May 19, 2008

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 Sergeant Thompson. 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 Justin, 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 Justin's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Justin's life was about so much more than the way he died. Justin will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Sergeant Thompson, 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)

December 26, 2007

"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
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

The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No lord, I guess I ain't,
because those of us who carry a badge
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 awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
that wasn't mine to keep
though I worked a lot of overtime
when the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
though at time I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

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 a silence all around the throne
where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
for the judgment of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
you’ve born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
you’ve done your time in hell"

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers, thank you for your service and dedication to the law enforcement field, its men and women like you that make everyday a better plac to live.

911 Dispatcher
Franklin Park Illinois

August 18, 2007

You are in my prayers.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol

August 3, 2007

It is with great dismay that we send our condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Sgt. Thompson. His service to his community is very much appreciated and he will be missed by his law enforcement family.

May your journey to peace be a short one and may the peace you find be forever lasting. Blessings to you and a heartfelt thank you for all that you have contributed to our world.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of my department,

Officer Matthew Lewek
Menomonee Falls (WI) Police Department

July 21, 2007

By request of Sgt. Justin Thompson's family, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers. Many of you did not even know Justin, it is nice to know that people still care. We appreciate everything. Justin was a great person, as some of you might know, and to see how much of an impact on so many people he had has really touched his family deeply. We are so grateful for all your thoughts and prayers, and we will all remember this forever.

Rebecca Cornish

July 17, 2007

Rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.

Massachusetts State Police

July 11, 2007

My condolences to the family of this brave young man.
I have a son who is a WV State Trooper and each day I live with fear for him and all officers. We must remember though that they love serving and protecting ALL of us and thank our dear Lord for these brave individuals.
May God bless and know that there are so many of us out there praying and thinking of you.

Sue Holster-Fink

July 10, 2007

Semper Fidelis my friend. In the five years of reserve duty we served I could tell that you were one of the best. Then, in the nine months we spent fighting in Iraq you proved me right. Rest in peace, at least Heaven has one more honorable Marine guarding its' streets. You could never understand how much your Marines miss you.

"Some people live an entire lifetime wondering if they ever made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem." -President Ronald Regan, 1985

Cpl Cory Whitaker
A Co 4 CEB, 4th Marine Division

July 9, 2007

I appreciate and honor the service of Sgt. Thompson. Both his family and fellow officers are in my prayers.

White County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

July 9, 2007

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