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Deputy Sheriff Dell Walker Bowers, Jr.

Val Verde County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, November 11, 1970

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Dell Walker Bowers, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Bowers,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Val Verde County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 11, 2020

Dell Bowers was my Grandfather. I was born a couple years after he was killed but I grew up hearing about him. My Father, Terry Bowers, told me stories about his Dad's law enforcement exploits. I believe that it was his stories about the job my Grandfather did serving our state for so many years and my Father's own tales that led me to a career in law enforcement. I'm proud to be third generation LEO and I will be forever grateful for your service and sacrifice.

Sgt. Logan HarperHill
Round Rock Police Department

October 23, 2020

Today I read the story of Deputy Sheriff Dell Walker Bowers Jr. RIP Brother. I had heard the story from his son Terry Don Bowers who was 7 years old at the time of Deputy Bowers passing. Terry Bowers worked for the Texas Department of Public Safety and after a long and distinguished career, Terry retired as a Captain with DPS. On July 2, 2020 Captain Bowers passed away in Edinburg, Texas and will be laid to rest on 7/7/2020 at Valley Veterans cemetery. Both Deputy Sheriff Dell Walker Bowers and Captain Terry Bowers will always be remembered and both will finally be reunited. God Bless.

Special Agent Joe F Guzman
Texas Department of Public Safety-CID

July 7, 2020

RIP brother, you will never be forgotten.

Officer J. Honeycutt
Utah Valley University Police

July 25, 2016

Deputy Sheriff Bowers,
On today, the 43rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Val Verde County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 11, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst 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, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 11, 2011

"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
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 5, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Manchester, NH

November 6, 2007

Rest in peace, my brother. You are not forgotten by your entire police family.

St. Louis City Police

May 28, 2005

I just read the memorial for Deputy Sheriff Dell Walker Bowers Jr.. I want the family to know that he is not forgotten and there are a lot folks all across this country that still care very deeply. May God continue to pour out his blessings upon the family.

Patrolman Doug Hutchison
irving Police Department, Texas, retired.

May 24, 2005

Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. No officer who gives his/her life for us need ever be forgotton. You died a hero; rest in peace.


Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

March 25, 2004

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