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Special Officer Charles Burvel Graves

Louisville and Nashville Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, November 18, 1932

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Reflections for Special Officer Charles Burvel Graves

We Will Always Remember Your Sacrifice.
To fully appreciate and honor Special Officer Graves for his dedication we must remember that on 4-15-1920 Sheriff Graves shot and killed a moonshiner in self defense and later was indicted for 2nd degree murder, tried convicted and sentenced to 10 years. After a full review by the Governor, on 10-16-1920 ex-Sheriff Graves was paroled and given a full pardon with all rights and privileges restored. He was employed by L&N railroad in Birmingham, Al when on 6-13-1929 he was shot by a hobo 4 times (3 glancing shots to the breast, waist and arm and 1 shot to the foot). After a full recovery, he was shot dead by hobos on 10-15-1932.

Claude Neal Hudson - Historian
Rising Sun Lodge #29 F&AM

June 1, 2019

Officer Graves,
On today, the 84th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.


United States Border Patrol

November 18, 2016

Thank You Special Officer Charles Graves for your service and sacrifice keeping the Nations steel roadways safe. The hobo lifestyle is often romanticized but it is rife with a large criminal element. May the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the flesh of your murderers.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston,TX

November 18, 2015

Railroad Police agencies seem to be slowly becoming a thing of the past, which is a travesty. For all of those who still serve to protect one of the main things that made America what it is today, and for all who preceded them, we, as a nation, owe our thanks.

You were murdered by some of the lowest of the low after so many years of public service and putting your life on the line for others. When you were killed, you may have worked for a railroad, but everyone used the railroad to some degree and in some capacity and frankly still do. Though your paycheck came from a private concern, you still worked for the public at large. For that and all the years you were employed in the public sector, I thank you. No doubt your descendants have never forgotten you.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful, Brother.

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

November 18, 2015

The Promise: Always honored, never forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
GreaterCleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

July 9, 2015

Officer Graves,
Sir, it has taken 80 years but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice.


United States Border Patrol

December 3, 2012

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

December 2, 2012

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 80th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 29, 2012

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

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 29, 2012

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