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Special Deputy Stephen Bollinger

Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, August 5, 2007

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Reflections for Special Deputy Stephen Bollinger

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Special Deputy Stephen Bollinger of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Ohio and the additional 76 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

August 5, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 5, 2020

Rest in peace Special Deputy Bollinger.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 16, 2020

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Special Deputy Stephen Bollinger of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Ohio and the additional 72 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

August 6, 2018

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 6th 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

February 1, 2013

On this anniversary of your sacrifice, I offer thanks for your service and good thoughts to your friends, family and department.

To all, thank you for what you do.


August 5, 2010

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated service to others.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/05

August 5, 2010

You were my mentor and best friend. You will always be in my heart. I know that Phillip, Khan, Grace, Tiffie, and Sophie are so happy to have you with them but those that loved you here miss you terribly. Someday we'll meet again, I'm sure of that.


June 23, 2010

To Specail Deputy Stephen Bollinger, his family and his fellow officers with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department:

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

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

August 5, 2009

Snake, you were a good friend and leader, your knowledge you passed down to the younger deputies will not be forgot! I am sure Kahn is glad to see you, we will miss you.

Ride on Brother

Deputy Sheriff
Franklin County Sheriff's Office Ohio

January 3, 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 Deputy Bollinger. 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 Stephen, 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 Stephen's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Stephen's life was about so much more than the way he died. Stephen will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Deputy Bollinger, 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 30, 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

Policeman's 23rd Psalm

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want,
His comforting hand reduces fear to naught;
He makes me walk through streets of crime,
But He gives me courage and peace of mind.

He leads me by still waters in the path I trod,
And He says in Romans I'm a "minister of God,"
He leads me in righteousness as He restores my soul,
For His name's sake He keeps me whole.

When I walk through death's valley, right up to the door,
I will fear no evil, for He comforts me more;
For Thou art with me every step of the way,
As thy rod and thy staff protect me each day.

He prepares a table, especially for me,
As I work daily among life's enemies;
He gives me authority to uphold the law,
And He anoints my position in the midst of it all.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me,
Each day of my life through eternity;
As I long to hear Him say, "Well done...,"
When I lay down my life, my badge, and my gun.

Author Unknown

Franklin County

October 8, 2007

Rest in peace Stephen

Special Deputy Richard Martin
Frankin County Sheriff Dept.

October 4, 2007

Rest in peace Steve.

Cpl. A. Heflin
Franklin County Sheriff's Office

August 18, 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

Sgt. Bollinger,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Franklin County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



August 16, 2007

Today we lost a hero, but today God welcomed one home.

Patrolman Dwayne Delcour
Mansfield Police Mansfield, Mo

August 15, 2007

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

RIP Brother

Patrolman William Mays Jr. #428
Youngstown State University Police Department

August 15, 2007

Goodbye to a great friend,family man,hunting and travelling buddy.I will allways remember your smile and humor.God bless you and your family.Mark,Dave and i will take care of them forever. R.I.P. Brother.

P.O.Lawrence Brown #12
Columbus,Ohio P.D. SWAT

August 14, 2007

The highest of distinctions is service to others. -King George VI

Sergeant Bollinger -- Your dedication to the good of your community will not be forgotten.

To all those touched by the loss of Sergeant Bollinger -- Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Colorado Springs (CO) Police Protective Association

August 14, 2007

RIP Officer Bollinger

Sgt. Kenneth Latour
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

August 14, 2007

God bless to the family, friends and co-workers of Sgt. Bollinger. RIP and Thank You for your service.


August 13, 2007

Thank you for your years of serive and dedication. May you rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

August 13, 2007

"IT IS NOT HOW HE DIED BUT HOW HE LIVED THAT MAKES HIM A HERO." God Bless your family and friends that they may find some peace. THANK YOU for keeping US safe. GODSPEED.


August 13, 2007

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