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Deputy Sheriff W. Raiford Royals

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Monday, April 10, 1916

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff W. Raiford Royals

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Royals.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 10, 2019

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

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

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 27, 2016

Raiford Royals was my Great Grandfather. One of his daughters , Ruby Helm Royals was my grandmother. When both my brother and myself became police officers, to say that my Grandmother was concerned would be an understatement. We both served for almost 30 years each and are now retired. Our Great Grand father was always and inspiration to us, and our hero. Your memory will always be with us and has been passed on to our children and Grandchildren. Sir, you were, and are a true Hero! May your memory go on forever.

Gary Helm Chief of Police (retired)
Lake Wales Police Department, Lake Wales, Florida

May 13, 2015

Deputy Sheriff Royals,
On today, the 98th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Hamilton County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 10, 2014

So many years have passed, but as the saying goes heroes live forever and you sir are a hero.... May you continue to rest in peace Deputy Royals.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure, EOW 08/06/02

April 10, 2014

William Raiford Royal was my great-grand father. My grand father was Willie Royal. I did heard a story about what happen but never the whole story, as my grand father Wille died when I was young and my father Charles (C.W.) died at 46. I am so proud of my great grand-father Raiford. He has a great great grandson Billy that has followed in his foot steps. Is in Avation unit with Hernando County

Gwen Royal Lane
Great grand daughter

February 3, 2014

William Raiford Royal was my great-grand father. My grandmother shared many stories about her father and how tough life was after Raiford died. My grandmother remembered the day men came to the Hamilton
County jail( The Royal family lived on the second floor of the jail) and told them the ghastly news.
May you rest in G grandfather Raiford.

Noah A.fountain III
Great grandson

June 17, 2013

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you sir are a hero... Continue to rest in peace Deputy Royals.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

April 10, 2013

Thank you for your courage, sacrifice, and willingness to put yourself between the law abiding citizens you swore to protect and the evil that exists. You have not been forgotten my brother

Herb Fernandez
Detention Corporal
Midland County Sheriff's Office TX
Honor Guard Member

February 18, 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 97th 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 Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 17, 2013

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

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

February 15, 2013

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