Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer James Douglas Bossen

Indianapolis Airport Authority Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Friday, February 5, 1982

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Reflections for Officer James Douglas Bossen

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest | Salute

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret)

February 5, 2021

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest | Salute

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret)

February 5, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Bossen.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 2, 2019

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest | Salute

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret)

February 4, 2019


Monica Zahasky

February 5, 2017

You are remembered today, Officer Bossen! You are a hero!

Fmr Sheriff's Deputy
Marion County Sheriff's Department, India a

August 19, 2013

Rest in Peace, Officer Bossen. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 13, 2013

To the family and friends of Officer James Bossen and his fellow officers:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to pay honor to James' memory on the 29th anniversary of the day he so tragically lost his life. His heroism, valor and bravery will be forever remembered.

We grieve for you and with you. Our family lost our beloved Larry Lasater when he was fatally shot in April of 2005 during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, so we know the anquish you are still experiencing.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the years of service James gave to his community and the citizens of Indiana, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 5, 1982.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg, CA PD eow 4/24/05

Phylllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 5, 2011

On this 29th anniversary of your tragic death, I wish to thank you for your selfless service to the people of the Indianapolis International Airport, and in a very real way, all Americans and foreign visitors alike. You put yourself on the line for the travelling public and went above and beyond, sadly losing your life in the process. On this sad anniversary I know, though many years have passed, those who knew and loved you best feel like it was only yesterday.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

February 5, 2011

Remembering Officer Bossen
Rest in Peace

Deputy Randy Bennett
Henry County Sheriff's Dept. (Indiana)

February 5, 2010


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 4, 2008

"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 9, 2008

Rest in peace

Lt. Stephen A. Joy
Prince George's County Police Department

October 21, 2005

You have been gone for 22 years. And you are still in our hearts brother. God bless you and all, Law Enforcement Officers.

Indianapolis Airport Police

August 19, 2004

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