Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Vincent Tyrone Tatum

Nevada Department of Corrections, Nevada

End of Watch Thursday, September 2, 1982

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Reflections for Sergeant Vincent Tyrone Tatum

Rest In Peace

Nick mottola

September 2, 2020

Rest in peace Sergeant Tatum.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 16, 2020

I greatly appreciate this memorial to Sgt. Tatum. While I became employed with the Nevada Department of Corrections (formerly Dept of Prisons), in 1987, there were many negative rumors still circulating the "prison grapevine" as to the passing of Sgt. Tatum.

I am absolutely thrilled to now see that the "Officer Down Memorial Page" has put the "rumor mill" at the Southern Desert Correctional Center where it concerns Sgt. Tatum.

However, there is still much work to be done. There is another corrections officer by the name of Cedric D. Porter who died in the line of duty over twenty years ago and has still been wrongfully saddled with shame.

I'm very hopeful, likened to the Sgt. Tatum's circumstances, that the board of the "Officer Down Memorial Page" will see through the mounds of corruption that has kept this fallen officer, Cedric D. Porter his rights to "rest in peace" and be honored and respected, most appropriately.

We should keep in mind that Officer Cedric Porter was given a paupers funeral. An absolutely horrible ending to the life of both a good man, and a good officer.

Corrections Officer Bradley D. Chapline
Nevada Department of Corrections - Southern Desert Correctional Center

July 1, 2018

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 31rst anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

August 15, 2013

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

July 9, 2012

Sgt. Tatum,
Although we never met, I hope that you are in peace now. May the lord watch over your family and child. It's not how you left us but your dedication, courage, loyalty and service to our department and your legacey will continue for ever. You are not forgotten.... all who follow the path of our career will understand the importance of our job!!! Rest in Peace brother and watch over us.

Officer C. Moran
Nevada Department of Corrections

January 16, 2012

Sgt. Tatum,
Sir, it has taken over 28 years but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Nevada. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



February 8, 2011

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