Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal Gary Reeves Blair

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, March 20, 1986

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Reflections for Corporal Gary Reeves Blair

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace always.

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

June 30, 2020

I think of you often, you were my childhood friend in East Grand Prairie- then after I became an officer my first police funeral. Never forgotten.

Tex Hopkins
Arlington pd retired

May 15, 2020

Gary, myself and other officers had just had breakfast that morning, at a small place on Hampton and Illinois, Sausage and gravy with biscuits, you always ordered that. A few minutes later, we left - you to work, me about to head back to station after working night shift. A few minutes later, we all heard the frantic calls on the radio. I turned around and headed that way to where you had marked out. Upon arrival, I found out what had happened - I couldn’t believe it, we had just had breakfast! A damn good officer was lost that day......

Dennis Morris, Patrol
Dallas Police Department #5154

May 4, 2020

Blair...it was 34 years ago when my life was forever changed with your tragic loss. A few months ago, I spoke with a gentleman who was on dispatch
for DPD that day. I heard in his voice what I feel in my heart when I think about that day,..a depth of loss which is incomprehensible.
I focus on the extraordinary blessing of having you in my life
since childhood and the always present laughter. In your honor,
a (now 60’ tall) Red Oak was planted. Lots of folks swing by to take pictures of Blair’s Tree
especially in the fall when green becomes orange, yellow and ultimately bright red. The annual acorns remind me of how you continue to touch my life and so many others.
Keep an eye on the many who continue to serve and all of us
who count on them.
You are remembered and always
with a smile.

Terri Jones (Tj)
Beloved pals

March 22, 2020

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

March 20, 2020

34 years ago today, unbelievable tragedy struck your family and friends. We lost you to the unexpected violence at a traffic stop. You sent one attacker to his grave in your final act of service. You are still missed and thought of regularly.

Reverend Dale Henderson
Chaplain

March 20, 2020

Tomorrow the 20th marks another year our hearts were broken with the news...as fresh in my heart and soul now as it was then. I will NEVER forget you...you will ALWAYS be remembered.

Dan Johnson
Family/Childhood Feiend

March 19, 2020

It’s been over 33 years since you loss your life. We met at Oak Cliff Bank and Trust through your wonderful mom Violet. I remember you as a fine dashing young man who became a police officer. To this day I still remember the day you lost your life. We were all shocked at the bank and ached for sweet Violet and your beautiful daughter. After all these years I looked to see if I could find you mentioned in Dallas Police Dept. records. Thankfully you are not forgotten. Sadly every time a police officer loses his or her life during their patrol I remember you and your sacrifice. I just wanted your family to know Gary that someone still thinks of you after all these years.

Monica May
Co Worker of Gary’s Mom Violet.

August 2, 2019

It’s been over 33 years since you loss your life. We met at Oak Cliff Bank and Trust through your wonderful mom Violet. I remember you as a fine dashing young man who became a police officer. To this day I still remember the day you lost your life. We were all shocked at the bank and ached for sweet Violet and your beautiful daughter. After all these years I looked to see if I could find you mentioned in Dallas Police Dept. records. Thankfully you are not forgotten. Sadly every time a police officer loses his or her life during their patrol I remember you and your sacrifice. I just wanted your family to know Gary that someone still thinks of you after all these years.

Monica May
Co Worker of Gary’s Mom Violet.

August 2, 2019

Gary,
Every now and then the memories just fill my heart and I am thankful I found this page to share. As I read through all the reflections we all have a common feeling of knowing what an exceptional man you were to so many. I know you are soaring with the angels. My fondest memory is when you took me on patrol one night and you got the police helicopter to take us on a ride around downtown Dallas. Ending the evening with eating watermelon in the parking lot of Kmart with your fellow officers. RIP my dear friend.

Kristie
Friend

May 23, 2019

Still think of you often Gary. You were one of the good guys.

Constable David Franklin
Anderson County Precinct 1

March 23, 2019

Always in our hearts & smiles, beloved Blair.

Jones (Terri/Tj)
March 21, 2019

Jones (Terri/tj)
Beloved pals

March 21, 2019

Rest in peace Corporal Blair.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 20, 2019

Even though this Wednesday marks 33 years since you were taken from us you’re as much in my heart, thoughts, and prayers today as much as oh those many years ago...always.

Dan Johnson
Family Friends

March 19, 2019

Remembering a Friend, Mentor, and Hero who greatly influenced my life's choices & direction.

Reverend Dale Henderson
Chaplain-At-Large
Rev. Dale Henderson Ministries
*God has recruited another Angel from amongst the Best of the Best
in Blue.

October 7, 2018

32 1/2 years ago my mentor and friend lost his life in service to his community.
It still seems unreal to me that Gary was instantly gone from among us and in such an unexpected way.
This tragedy has never left my mind and is one of the reasons I chose my vocation as a Chaplain.
His example of character and influence upon my life has been an anchor deeply planted which time has proven true.

Reverend Dale Henderson -Chaplain
Friend

October 7, 2018

Tuesday marks 32 years since I received the phone call from my Mother. You’re as much in my heart and prayers today as you were those many years ago. You’ll always be in my heart and mind.

Dan Johnson
Family Friend

March 19, 2018

I was working at Oak Cliff Bank and Trust Company at the time with Garys' mom, Violet Steward. Through this lovely lady I was able to meet Gary and found out that he was a collage roommate of one of my high school classmates, David Black.

The Blair and Steward Family will always remain in my memories.

Clarence Nash
Friend

September 6, 2016

Today marks 30 years since the tragic murder of our beloved brother and brother-in-law. Each time we hear that an officer has been injured or killed in the line of duty, we are reminded of the sacrifice they and their family make each day protecting and serving. We are proud that Gary influenced our son to become a police officer and for him to marry an officer. Rest in peace Gary. We miss you.

Jim and Darla Ziegler
Bother-in-law and sister

March 20, 2016

30 years ago I received the most horrible news of my life. Even though I've been able to "visit" you in Grand Prairie and DC, its as hard today as it was that day. I've never forgotten you...I never will.

Dan Johnson
Childhood Friend

March 20, 2016

Gary.... I think of you often. You have not been forgotten. I will always remember that horrible day I received the news. God speed my dear friend.

Kristie Scarbrough
friend

June 23, 2015

39 years Gary, but I'll never forget you...nor will anyone else that ever knew you. I think about you often...and always will...RIP.

Dan Johnson
Childhood Friend

March 19, 2015

Gary Blair was a member of my Sunday School class and we played on the church softball team together. I often think about Gary and how he served all of us. I greatly appreciate Gary Blair and all of the men and women that serve as police officers. The police officers have to do their best to control the situation during an arrest. If they die during an attempted arrest, who will then protect us from that criminal that has a gun except for another police officer? I want the police officer to be able to go home to their family every day. Thank you, Gary Blair! May God Bless Your Family and Bless Your Soul! Thank you!

Randy Miller
Friend

January 19, 2015

It is hard to believe it was so long ago that you were shot down in the prime of your life. I worked with you at First Texas Bank and you were a good friend and a good person. After you were killed I learned that you grew up with my husband's family in Grand Prairie the Johnsons. Your mother and my husband's aunt were best friends and attended the same church. I visited with your Mother at several functions we attended.

I always have spoken about you to my children who were very small when you died. We were in Washington DC last year and my son and his fiancé said they had a present for me. They handed me a scroll of paper and on it was a pencil tracing "Gary Reeves Blair" from the police memorial in Washington DC. I broke down in tears, to everyone's surprise and even to myself. They had no idea it would have meant so much. It is wonderful to see you honored and I will never forget you.

Nikie Coston
Friend

October 30, 2014

Gary, another year has come and gone. I will NEVER forget the day Mother gave me the news. It's bee a tough year...lot's of officers lost...I know you are looking out for them. I'll never forget you...RIP my friend.

Dan Johnson
Childhood Friend

March 21, 2014

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