Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Morton "Morty" Ford

Alexandria Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, June 18, 2011

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Reflections for Sergeant Morton "Morty" Ford

Morty, you are missed but not forgotten. In 2019 I walked the Camino de Santiago in honor of you, Charley, Andy, and others from APD and lit a candle in your memory at the Catedral de Santiago (Cathedral of St. James) in Santiago de Compostela on the eve of the Feast of St. James. Along the Camino I carried a laminated Thin Blue Line flag with your name and EOW date on it so all could see your sacrifice.

Vaya con dios, Amigo.

James S. Peet, Phd, CFE
Former Alexandria PD

May 20, 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 18, 2018

Morty was one of the finest police officers I ever met. We worked together for a few years and he made an impression on me that lasted my entire career.

Richard Baker
APD 819, ACPD 654

September 8, 2016

Morty you will always be in my heart. I always strived to be the kind of officer that you were but could never live up to your level. No better person, officer or friend has walked this earth. I think of you every time that I play scrabble.

Retired Patrol Officer 4 Daria E.Roy
Alexandria Police Dept.

March 30, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 18, 2015

I first began my career in law enforcement as a civilian working in the Communications Division at the old Alexandria Police HQ located on N. Pitt Street. I can remember the good times on the midnight shift working with the likes of Ned Thompson and others. During that time I had the opportunity to meet Sgt. Morty Ford. He was a true professional and treated everyone , both sworn and civilian with respect and dignity. I later went on to join the Metropolitan Police Department as a sworn officer where I served 27 years before retiring in 2010. Rest in peace my brother and we will always remember your service.

Officer Kenneth Bryson
Metropolitan Police Department(Retired)

May 13, 2013

On Friday, myself and a few other APD Officers will ride 230 miles with the Police Unity Tour's Chapter IV in your honor and remembrance. The following week we will honor you at the academy's memorial. Thank you for your service and selfless dedication.

Captain S. Fard #1693
Alexandria Police Department

May 8, 2013

Honored to have known you as my uncle. I pray that you are resting peacefully. We are so proud of all you accomplished in your life.

Lori Davis

April 28, 2013

Hey Morty...great sense of humor, great guy...RIP and see you one day

Sergeant Charles Hannah
Alex sheriff

December 9, 2012

Thinking of your family during this holiday season which can be very diffucult times on this grief journey. Your heroism and service is honored today. 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both their pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 26, 2012

Thank you for your Heroism Sir, RIP

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

June 18, 2012

Sgt. Ford,
On today, the 1st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Alexandria. You sir, are a hero and definitetly a leader who led by example. I wish we had supervisors like you my agency. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

June 18, 2012

today I ran my first 5k and your name was on my runners tag. i ran in your honor today. thank you for your service, you are a hero.

Jessica Bryant/ wife of a police officer

May 12, 2012

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

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

February 23, 2012

Morty was a good man, a good cop, a good Marine, a good artist, and a good friend to many people. He was respected by all and a mentor to anyone smart enough to seek out his advice. He touched many lives in many different ways; he was like a big brother to me. He went through some tough ordeals throughout his life and career, and I am proud to have partnered up with him in fighting the "Politics of Police Work" in the mid-80s. He will long be remembered and I will miss him greatly. Follow the road home brother; we will see you on the other side.

Detective Joe Morrash (Retired)
Alexandria Police Department

February 6, 2012

I'll always miss your great sense of humor and hearty laugh. It was a pleasure to serve with you.

Sgt. Ben Bolton

February 2, 2012

As one of the other officers who was involved in this gunfight I will miss Morty. We were close friends, going to numerous baseball games together and going to the beach w/me and my family every summer. Each year following the incident everyone involved gathered at a local restaurant to catch up and remember how lucky most of us were.

Morty was a true individual who lived life on his terms and had one hell-of-a good ride. We miss you buddy.

Capt. Ken Howard (Ret.)
Alexandria Police Department 1968 - 1997

February 1, 2012

You may rest easy, and your watch is covered. Thank you for your service to the city. It is an honor to wear the same badge.

K. S.

January 31, 2012

Rest in peace blue brother.

Deputy T. Luttrell

January 31, 2012

Morty, you will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace.


January 31, 2012

Truly honored to have known you. Your legacy will be felt at the APD for years to come.

Amy Bertsch

January 31, 2012

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