Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Billy W. Blackwell

Lewisburg Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, February 1, 1975

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Reflections for Patrolman Billy W. Blackwell

Here is a list of .ost of my older ones
7 to 10 years ago

> >
> > Charles Buchanan
> > They may have been a brother,a sister or a friend…they rise again declaring
> > the legacy of men.
> >
> > Born in wombs of freedom they fell in distant lands; they come again
> > rejoiceing where the flag of liberty stands.
> > We live again to honor,they live again to proclaim the unity gained by
> > courage and hopes eternal flame.
> > They rise again from the ashes of historys sonnet of grief,their love of
> > country proud and deep…the bonds beyond belief.
> > But singing songs of valor they fought yet sought no gain…to stand before
> > the gates of freedom to give this nation its name:
> >
> > They rise again united,and from histories bloody rod,have given us their
> > blessing;
> >
> > No one knows what toil waits in front of wide st. peters gates,
> > I only know that death shall flee because sweet love hath lifted me.
> > In an instant,pain long abideing will kneel toward angels and there
> > confideing-endless joy and choirs singing-a greater harvest to heaven
> > bringing.
> > No one knows the saviors test,until one moment in life he is blest,
> > so on that day he takes us home we will know we never walked alone.
> > Then shall I ever sing and dance and see all living as a second chance.
> >
> > God gives us time between birth and our end-to share his love,to make a
> > friend…to seek the truth in that great amen.
> > To love his creatures great and small and see all subject to his call.
> >
> > No one knows the hurt in your soul,but at the opening of gods holy
> > scroll-at the end of your dreams there is only bliss,and the fathers
> > eternal gentle kiss.
> > I have been a warrior without a sword and fought by lofty prose and
> > strength of his word-no one can ever take those away-
> >
> > they toll a vast echo as I go on my way.
> > Charles h Buchanan 111
> >
> > 12:38pm
> > Charles Buchanan
> > I found a gift not laid near a tree,
> > A breath of new life descending on me,
> > As I had prayed for others-unknown neighbors, long -forgotten friends,
> >
> > ...Christ’s love returned to heal me as I prayed this prayer to him:
> > “Send me an angel to help me proclaim,
> > The truth of God’s word to all ill and maimed,
> > To all who are homeless, no warmth from a manger,
> > A hug from a friend or praise from a stranger,
> >
> > Who sit in silence, hurt and decay,
> > I pray that CHRISTMAS will find them today,
> > Send them all gifts that make them FEEL,
> > That no system of men may hide or steal,
> > Send them dignity wrapped in bright light,
> > In a home near a fireside, where friends are in sight.
> >
> > I pray that this CHRISTMAS will give all a place,
> > Under trees of good wishes, kindness and grace.
> > A prayer returned will heal all wounds,
> > And build in us mansions with no empty rooms.
> > By Charles Buchanan

> > have you passed a stranger on a cold and darkened street,
> > his eyes moistened and blurry before the tears drop to his feet,
> > this is the time of sorrow,between the need and the prayer,that we should
> > act as one to another to shelter the despair.
> >
> > to tell them that this would be you if you had not taken the time to stop
> > and listen to gods voice with your youth still left to shine.
> > have you prayed without shareing a simple act of faith or cast a burden
> > from your heart only to dwell in a lonelier place.
> > If you have seen the face of despair the result of the callous creed,it is
> > because you have not cried,nor spared a moment for those in need.
> >
> > miracles do not live in a vacuum or a closet filled with prayers,they live
> > in the heart of action between mans hope and tears.


Charles h buchanan 111

May 30, 2023

Rest in peace Patrolman Blackwell.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 8, 2022

2/1/1975 is the day I married my wife in Santa Cruz, CA. It was also the day that Patrolman Billy Blackwell's family mourned his loss. It is good to maintain a perspective on life. Mine was a day of joy; theirs a day of mourning. We therefore remember the sacrifice of the Blackwell family as we also celebrate our marriage.

Thank you, SIR, for your sacrifice on behalf of your community. You are not forgotten. May God bless your memory.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

February 1, 2019


I am a police officer with the Covington, KY Police Department. I was born on 2/1/75... In May, 2015 I will be participating in the Police Unity Tour (250 mile bicycle ride) to raise money / awareness for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and honor those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Based on my DOB and his EOW, I will be riding in honor of your father...

God Bless you and your family...

Patrolman, Scott Dames
Covington, KY Police Department

September 1, 2014

It's been 39 years since you were taken from us, Daddy. I miss you everyday.....

Much Love,
Your Darling Daughter

<3 you


February 1, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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

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

Rest In Peace.

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

February 1, 2012

should be retried again. this time give him 100 years

police friend

February 1, 2011

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement. You are a true hero.

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

February 1, 2010

"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

January 30, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NHVV

January 28, 2008

Thank you for the time you served your fellow man. Rest in peace...................................

Sadly missed,
Columbia, TN Police dept.

Columbia TN Police Dept

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