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Investigator Charles Jerry Crabtree

Franklin County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, January 29, 2010

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Reflections for Investigator Charles Jerry Crabtree

God bless you for your 54 years of service to your community. Rest In Peace

Mark Mottola

January 29, 2020

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 30, 2018

Rest in Peace my brother.

Lieutenant Ray Flores (Ret.)

January 29, 2017

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

July 30, 2016


What a haunting thing as cops we do
When that nightmare we have comes true
Somewhere on a playground that they choose
When time stands still as bullets zoom
Who will live, who will die; we both will lose

These Dreams Never go away
Cause another one of us dies each day
Why do these people want to engage
What is it that fuels their rage
Don’t they know it makes me cry
To see them or us without reason die

I see a new name on the wall each week
This job isn’t for the timid or weak
The wall fills up as the year goes by
Each new name makes hundreds cry
New Year comes and another one starts
So many Mothers with broken hearts

The wives and children they don’t understand
Why someone killed Daddy when he made his stand
There’s a thin blue line between good and bad
When the goods guys win we all are glad
Then one of us falls on a call gone bad
We know he gave it all he had
Here’s what makes it all so sad
Another Child without a Dad

#430 CCSD

Chief Crabtree was our Cheif Deputy in neighboring Coffee Co for several years before moving home to Franklin Co. S.O. I miss him so much, Jerry was a real Man, Marine and Cop.

Corporal Jim ONeal #430 Coffee County Sheriff's Dept.

April 9, 2013

I do not have enough space or the words to properly describe Jerry Crabtree. He was more of a legend than a man to most anyone who knew him. I have one very fond memory of Jerry, he was not very good at golf, but I have never laughed so hard and had so much fun on a golf course. I am pretty sure he had planned a minimum of at least two jokes per hole. Jerry, we were blessed just to have been in your company.

Lead Officer Kendall Layne
Arnold Police Dept, Arnold AFB,TN

April 5, 2011

Your heroism and sacrifice is honored today, the first anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your many, many years of distinqushed 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. He was also your fellow Marine and I also thank you for your service to our country as a member of the Corps. Semper Fi.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. You must have been proud that your family continued your legacy of protecting and serving.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 29, 2011

To Investigator Jerry Crabtree, his family and his fellow officers with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department:

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

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

January 29, 2011

Jerry always had a smile that made you wonder what he'd been up to, or what he knew that you didn't know but was going to find out shortly. As someone said, he was a cop's cop. I knew him both professionally and personally, and I know his faith in God has finally carried him home. Rest in Eternal Peace, my old friend....

S/A Phil Kemp (retired)

January 3, 2011

The Dail family of Ocala, Florida sends our deepest condolences to you and sincerest love. We are praying for you and grieving with you. May the LORD carry you and protect and provide for you. Trust Him, rest in Him.

The Dail family, Ocala, FL
in-laws Ofc. Tony Zeppetella eow:6/13/03

July 2, 2010

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Every time 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 officer they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Investigator Crabtree. 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. I can also be found on Face Book.) You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Jerry, 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 Jerry's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Jerry's life was about so much more than the way he died. Jerry will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Investigator Crabtree, 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 seven years and a half years but he's still very much missed and forever loved.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancée of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

June 27, 2010

A great man, a great officer, and a great friend.


June 24, 2010

Investigator Crabtree,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your years of dedicated service and sacrifice-not just for your community, but also for our Country when you served in the USMC. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine


April 9, 2010

Rest in peace, Investigator Crabtree. Thank you for your many years of service to your community. You will not be forgotten. Prayers for your family, friends, and fellow law enforcement officers.

Kathy Bubb
Ohio Citizen

March 27, 2010

Dear Family, Friends, and Co-Workers of Investigator Jerru Crabtree,

We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of Investigator Jerry Crabtree. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in support during this very difficult time. We know that sometimes there is little comfort that comes from words. Keep focused as you can on the memories and joyous times for these things may bring you comfort. Rely heavily on family, friends, and other law enforcement for support. Honor your fallen loved one, for their sacrifice will not be forgotten. Investigator Jerry Crabtree is a hero.


Alissa Scott
Widow of Beryl Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-04

Co-Founders of Survivor Help Network


March 27, 2010

Godspeed Sir...Go in Peace

Dy. R. Murphy

February 16, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

Rest In Peace and I'll see you on the other side.

Sgt Don "Boots" Jensen

Don P Jensen
Milwaukee Wisconsin Police, Retired

February 15, 2010

Rest in peace brother. We've got the watch from here. May God bless your family, friends and fellow officers who all mourn the loss of yet another hero.

Motor Officer Dominick Marraccini
Easton Police Department, Easton, PA

February 14, 2010


Dare County Sheriffs Office, NC

February 11, 2010

Rest in Peace, Brother.

OFC B. Grajek

February 8, 2010

God Bless you Sir! My prayers are with you this morning and your family! I hope you can continue to watch over them!

Carol Furlong
Survivor Officer Roy Turner JR 2001

February 8, 2010

Thank you for your service. God bless you and your family.


February 6, 2010

Rest in peace Investigator Crabtree, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you very much for your service!


February 6, 2010

You've fought the noble fight and now God has called you home. Return to Him in honor, my brother, and rest forever in peace. Thank you for your selfless sacrifice. You are my Hero!

Farmington, NM Police Department

February 5, 2010

Thank you Jerry for your service to our country, for you service to the Community that you served, and most of all thank you for just being a friend. You will be missed.


February 5, 2010

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