Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff J. R. "Bud" Allison

Williamson County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, August 30, 1924

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff J. R. "Bud" Allison

Deputy Allison's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 2-10-18 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

February 10, 2018

This page is a wonderful discovery and tribute. "Bud" Allison was also my great grandfather and my father spoke often and fondly of him. We grew up hearing about the events that led to his death--it was a deep and lasting loss in the family, yet he also lives on in all of us. There is a book, "Bloody Williamson" that chronicles the events of that time. One day I was in a tiny rural post office in Colorado and happened to be talking about Bud and the shootout when the postal clerk overheard and suddenly exclaimed " Bloody Williamson! My guys were the Klansmen!" Apparently, the Klansmen that had been killed were his relatives and the next day he returned with an old photo of them in their white robes. We marveled together at our strange and small world.

Lesli Allison
Great Granddaughter

September 21, 2016

James Robert (Bud) Allison, is my great-grandfather. Of course I never knew him and until I found this site, didn't realize that he was a deputy sheriff and had never seen the information about the KKK involvement. I'd heard the stories about the events of his death from his daughter, my grandmother. At age 11, my grandmother and her 6-year old sister relocated with him from Alabama to live in Herrin after their mother died during childbirth two years earlier. My granfmother told many stories about their lives in Illinois with her dad whom she dearly loved. My grandmother died at age 87 but his tragic death stayed with her always. She really always carried the scars and trauma of losing her father for her entire life. I'm absolutely that families of every fallen officer feels the same.

On behalf of my Bud Allison's family, I am appreciative of the people who have posted these reflections to honor Robert Allison.

Finding this information gives the phrase "thin blue line" a more personal perspective.

Many thanks and regards to ALL of the men and women who put their lives on the line daily to serve and protect us all.

Thank you,

Dr. Lynne Meeks
great granddaughter

August 8, 2016

Thank you for this tribute. As a descendant of Bud, I am grateful to you for recognizing him.

Major Alison Sigmon, USAFR
Great Granddaughter

March 9, 2013

Rest in Peace, Deputy Allison. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 29, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 88th 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

December 20, 2012

Deputy Sheriff Allison,
Sir, it has taken over 88 years but youi are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank youi for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Williamson Couinty.


United States Border Patrol

December 20, 2012

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

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 19, 2012

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