Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Denny Van Lawrence

Elko County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

End of Watch Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Denny Van Lawrence

As a member of the team your sacrifice will not be forgotten! Your legacy hangs visible for all to see and admire.

Rest Easy! You have made a lasting contribution in the battle!



January 17, 2023

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Van Lawrence.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 25, 2021

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 17, 2018

My salute to you my brother...for being a true hero, and serving your county. May God continue to watch over you and your family, your colleagues, and those heroic civilians who were there and took action against this coward.

N.Y.P.D. Lt. Ray Flores (Ret.)

January 17, 2017

I had the privilege of meeting Officer Lawrence in Jackpot Nevada in 1981. A medical problem involving an assault on a young person brought him to my medical office [I flew into Jackpot three times weekly to hold a medical clinic]. Denny Lawrence immediately impressed me with his professionalism and his humanity --- he was one of those rare persons one meets in life that leaves an immediate impression of what a human being should be. I don't understand why such good people are taken from us in this way. Denny Lawrence is remembered by me as a man amongst men and it remains an honor to have known him.
Richard Bargen, MD

Richard Bargen, MD

May 23, 2015

I bet he was an outstanding deputy! He and his family will be in my prayers! May he Rest in Peace

Maria C student
Mission Hills High School

May 2, 2014

As we start a new year(2013), your service and sacrifice will always be remembered.
Rest in Peace my Brother.

To my active duty Brothers and Sisters, PLEASE STAY SAFE!

Master Senior Investigator Cardell L. Dobbins #188 (Ret.)
Illinois Secretary of State Department of Police District 01, Region 01

January 1, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 2, 2012

I have laid down my life in service to all of you.
I have been a part of the fabric that has held the line between your safety and your victimization.
As I now become a part of the rich history of law enforcement, please remember me always for I have left behind those who loved and depended upon me.
I have given my life so that others may live in peace.
My partners and my agency, please remember my family, their loss, and don’t let time soften your compassion for them.
You guard the gate now and I will continue my watch from above.

Doug Gist, Captain (ret.) Washoe SO
Silver State National Peace Officers Museum

July 28, 2012

Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace through such incidents. May family & friends feel the presence of the "God of All Comfort" as they endure the distressing days ahead. I join them in their agonizing grief & remember them in my prayers.

Another senseless tragedy
Another day of grief,
Another day of praying
To help us find relief.

Relief from bitter anguish
Relief from rage so great,
Relief from lenient justice
Which continues to seal our fate.

Relief from heartache’s torment
As we continue on,
Oh, the awesome loss of brotherhood
Now that you are gone.

Though our hearts are deeply broken
And our tears forever flow,
There’s a comforting assurance
That now with God you go.

We know that you are welcome
Now at Heaven’s gate,
While meeting brothers & sisters
Who also met such fate.

The family of Law Enforcement
Knows no distance here or there,
And we recall in comfort
You await us there.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

July 17, 2012

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

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

July 9, 2012

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Deputy Sheriff Denny Lawrence and the Elko County Sheriff's Office during this time. Thank you, Deputy Lawrence, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

June 18, 2012

Deputy Sheriff Lawrence,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO-but for our Country as well when you served in the USN. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

U.S. Border Patrol

May 15, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of this brave officer. Rest in Peace.

Sheriff Ray Foster
Buchanan County Sheriff's Office

May 4, 2012

I just ran across this sad news. I lived in Jackpot when this happened. Denny was a friend of mine - a friend of everybody's. My son loved him - all the kids did. Denny watched over Jackpot's small grade school & was a big-brother to all the kids. I nver forget to stop & run my hand over his memorial plaque at the rest area where the shooting occurred whenever I go through Jackpot - "From A Grateful Community". Rest in Peace Dear Protector.

Gail Delaney
community friend

April 22, 2012

God's peace and speed Deputy Lawrence. Thank you for your many years of brave, dedicated service. RIP brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago PD

April 20, 2012

Thank you for all the heartfelt condolences, they mean so much to me and my brothers. Please know that while life was a struggle for him these past 30 years, he lived life to the fullest and had many friends. My father's example of perseverance will endure for all his future generations. He is survived by 3 sons and 1 daughter.

Anita Lawrence Casamento
Denny's Daughter, Potomac Falls VA

April 19, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Sheriff Lawrence

Fallen Officers Remembered would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and co-workers of Deputy Sheriff Denny Lawrence. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this very sad and tragic time. We truly appreciate the ultimate sacrifices that Deputy Sheriff Lawrence has risked during his law enforcement career. Please take comfort in knowing that we are grieving with you and are praying for you. Please contact us if you need or want to talk, we understand your loss and want to help in any way we can. He shall never be forgotten. God Bless all of you.
sister of Fallen Officer Rodney F. Pocceschi EOW 6/23/03

Jaclyn Pocceschi Mosley, President

April 19, 2012

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

"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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and may not be duplicated without permission

This may be re-posted in the Honor of his death and the death of any Law Enforcement Officer!

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 18, 2012

Rest In Peace Deputy Lawrence


April 18, 2012

This man was a hero! He will NEVER be forgotten. His suffering is Ito be remembered & made holy. God Bless the family, friends & the Department. Some tragedies just break your heart....

Mother of a Sargeant
Co'orado Springs Police Department

April 17, 2012

Deputy Lawrence you will be remembered as a hero by the members of the Boston Police Department. RIP

Detective Michael Kane
Boston Police Department

April 17, 2012

Expressing our deepest sympathy and hoping you will find comfort in knowing we have you in our thoughts and prayers.

Rita Rocker, Intergovernmental Relations
Georgia State Board of Pardons & Paroles

April 17, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to the dear family of Deputy Lawrence. God Bless him for his service and the sacrifice he made to keep others safe. Rest in Peace Brother, you will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, NC

April 16, 2012

RIP Brother

Deputy Anita Price
Bexar County Sheriff's Office, San Antonio, Texas

April 16, 2012

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