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Police Officer Philip Mahan Davis

Pelham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, December 4, 2009

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Reflections for Police Officer Philip Mahan Davis

Officer Davis,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pelham. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 4, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Davis.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 9, 2019

Just thinking about you brother. Called and talked to your wife and the kids tonight. We all miss you.

Pelham PD

December 3, 2018

RIP brother. In His Hands and my Prayers.

Inv Frank Vickery (Retired)
Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

December 5, 2016

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.

Chief of Police Christopher Dillard
Owens Cross Roads Police Department

January 31, 2014

Philip, your jokes made me laugh; but just when i thought you were making comedy you'd turn it around to be the biggest teaching moment. You knew I always wanted to stand behind the shield, but with your quick jokes to make people laugh then your remarkable wisdom that showed me the man was the police officer, not the shield. I grew up wanting to be the man you proved yourself to be. You showed me, through your actions and deeds, how to be that man. Even when u threatened to handcuff me and tape my mouth shut, actually i miss that to. You were a big brother to me, and i miss you.


November 30, 2013

Thank you for your selfless service to your community. Thank you for the times you made me laugh. I feel priveleged to have known you. The initial anger is still there; it is beginning to change to sadness. I've met your beautiful family and I think of them everyday. My parents and I participated in the annual fundraiser in May and my son and I visited with your Mom around Mother's Day this year. I will continue to reflect on your service and dedication. I will carry out my duties with that reflection in mind. Thank you for giving us all something to aspire to. I know you are with God.


December 4, 2012

May you be resting in peace Officer Davis. Thank you for being such a hero. God Bless!

Linda Merrick
Florida Citizen

December 4, 2012

Thinking of you today, brother. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you at least once, but today especially. Thank you for everything and know we are still fighting the fight in your stead. Rest easy, brother.

Sgt Jayme L. Moore
Shelby County Sheriffs Office

December 4, 2011

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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 4, 2011

I did not work for your department, or personal know you. However, when I heard of what happened that dark day, it really hurt me bad. It was like losing a brother. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. Rest easy! You are a hero!

Gerad Martin Park Manager I
Wind Creek State Park

August 7, 2011

It has taken me a long time to write here. Philip, I knew you brother, and considered you a friend. I came here several times to comment, but I never did since I was involved in the investigation. I must say, it was the hardest thing I've done in my career, but it was an honor to make sure that you were taken care of, that justice was served. I figured I would post something the day "he" was convicted, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I feel it a priveledge to have sat with your friends, family, and coworkers through everything. You were the paradigm of what a professional law enforcement officer should aspire to be, myself included, and it was evidenced by all of the people you touched. God bless Paula, for she is the strongest woman I have ever had the chance to meet. You will never be forgotten, Philip, and we love you and your family as much as our own. The healing process has begun, but it will be a long journey for everyone. I count myself blessed to have know you. Until we meet again, rest easy, brother, and may we honor your memory through our continued service.

Sgt. J. L. Moore
Shelby County Sheriff's Office

July 1, 2011


I am thinking of you and your beautiful family today. I attended 2 days of the trial of the person who did this to you. I was able to meet some of your family and friends. It is clear your were surrounded with wonderful people while you were here. Now, your wife is surrounded by them as well. I am not surprised that you were in such good company, though. Your personality drew kind people to you. While I only spent 2 days with them, it did not take long to feel welcomed and accepted by them. They will all remain in my heart and my prayers forever.

I gave my high school year books to your wife. We looked up all the pictures of you. There were two that stood out the most. One was on the front page of the year book. I think our graduating class was about 400 people, yet there you are on the front page. You really knew how to make an impression on people (smile). The other picture is of you in the Christian Fellowship Association that met every Wednesday morning. You were not just a member, but an Officer of the Association. What a proud history you had, Philip. You were standing for all that is righteous even in high school. You always had your eye on a higher purpose. As your children grow, I know they will be proud of all their Dad accomplished. Your influence will be with them always.

When we last ran into each other at the University of Alabama, we were surprised to see one another pursuing law enforcement. Our paths tooks us in different directions, mine took me out of state. When I learned of this trajedy, my first thought was to attend the funeral and connect with those you left behind. As I continued reading the articles, though, I realized that I was too late. Every article was like falling deeper into a hole. I hit rock bottom with the last one. I just kept thinking, 'No, no, it cannot be.' The man who did this horrible thing not only took away a colleague, but he altered my high school memories. I will always have a fondness for those days, but the memories will be bittersweet as I realize all over again that one of our 'group' is not among us any more, at least not in physical form. I know you will be watching over all of your family and friends. I do find joy in knowing that you were happy while you were here.

I pray for healing for all those who are touched by this terrible act. May we all find peace knowing that you were welcomed into Heaven with the open arms of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Donna Grayson
Customs & Border Protection

May 26, 2011

Philip, I know you know this, but I wanted to articulate it here. Your wife and family are amazing. I know you are proud. I CANNOT imagine the courage it took for them to do what they did today. To stand face to face with evil, stare it in the eye, and bravely convey all that is righteous. We saw justice today. We saw 12 men and women convict an evil man of an unspeakable crime. We saw a police lieutenant stand up to that evil and speak to the loss of an entire department. We saw your wife, with such conviction and strength, than only God could have provided, tell us all what an amazing man, husband, brother, son and father you were. I know you are proud. We all stand in awe, of not only the ultimate sacrifice you made but the one your family makes today in your honor.
Rest Easy Brother.


May 12, 2011

I didn't know Off. Davis; heard about this on the radio this morning...just wanted to say how I appreciate our police...they have always helped me when I needed it, and I am so sorry for this.

Even though they sometimes can't show it, I believe that any man or woman that works in this field has to have a good heart.

Your family will continue on, Officer Davis; your kids will grow knowing you were a good man who cared about people. I wish them well.

Kim Darnell

May 10, 2011

I remember Philip fondly. I graduated from Tuscaloosa County High School with him. We were in the band and had several other classes together. He had such a hilarious, dry sense of humor. He could crack people up but keep a straight face. I am so sad to hear that he was killed. The last time I saw him I was a student employee of the University of Alabama Police Department. I was shocked to see him in uniform. I never knew his interests were in law enforcement. I remember he was very intelligent and at the same time he was usually one of the 'class clowns.' (I use that term in a fond way-he made everyone laugh, including the teachers!) Having just found out about this, it is still quite a shock. My prayers go out to his family. Philip, you are remembered. I am thankful for the time I knew you and for the laughter you brought to us. God bless you.

Donna Grayson
Tuscaloosa County High School

May 3, 2011

I didn't know you personally. I don't know any police officers, but I think of you often and wonder what became of the coward that shot you down in a second and then ran and hid with his officer brother.
Your life mattered and strangers do care and do remember.
May justice prevail and I pray your family is healing.


March 27, 2011

Just thinking about you. Take care brother.


February 24, 2011

Still think about you every day. Can't get my mind around the thought that we are all supposed to 10-26 at the end of shift, and you didn't.


December 10, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the first 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.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and care for you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 5, 2010

I was there on that horrible night, I witnessed the incident happen as i was driving up I65 headed home. I was the only one who stopped before the police got there. Dressed in my ACU's i witnessed something that I had not yet witnessed anywhere else. A fallen hero on American soil. I did all i could for him that night. I Identified the vehicle the suspect was in and stayed with the officers until he was caught.

I did not know Officer Philip Davis, but i could tell by the way the officers were acting they were losing more than a co-worker.

As i was walking back to my car to tell a friend of mine what was going on police arrived.

I am 22 years old (21 at time of incident) I still think about Officer Davis everyday. What i witnessed, and how no one else would stop. There was probably 10 people in front of us.

This is the first time i have spoke out about the situation. and would like to tell his family and friends that I keep him in my thoughts and prayers every day.

That day changed my life, just as it did many others.

May you be with God looking down on your family.

SPC Amanda Tackett
Army National Guard

December 4, 2010

To Officer Philip Davis, his family and his fellow officers with the Pelham Police Department:

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

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

December 4, 2010

Thinking about you brother. Remembering your family during this time.

Alabaster, AL

November 29, 2010

Still thinking about you, every day. Your absence is felt every day. I speak for all of us. Take care brother.


September 17, 2010

Phillip was a good man/father/officer. He was a friend of mine and will be deeply missed. He was a very funny person and I know that he is making our dear Lord and saviour laugh on a daily basis.

See you in Heaven one day my friend.

Officer Daniel Chesser
Harpersville Police Dept./Friend

July 9, 2010

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