Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sheriff Ladson Lamar O'Connor

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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Reflections for Sheriff Ladson Lamar O'Connor

May the good lord welcome you with open arms, for you have done your job well.

Chaplain Douglas J. Maykowski
Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge #187 Mt. Clemens Michigan.

June 16, 2015

Hearts weep all over America tonight. Ladson will never be forgotten. May swift and final justice prevail.


June 16, 2015

Thank you for your time of service.
I salute you and your family.

Randalyn Benson
Survivor daughter of Chief James Leonard Speer

June 16, 2015

May the family's fond memories help them through this difficult time.

Terry L. Vice
Patrol Officer (1979-1984)
Greeley PD

June 16, 2015


To the family, friends, and colleagues of Sheriff Ladson O'Connor

From the beginning of time after Cain killed his brother, Abel, there has been a need for law enforcement officers to protect the weak and to bring evildoers to justice. This work is necessary in a sinful world and is dangerous. In modern times, three sheriff's deputies have sacrificed their lives to protect the citizens of Montgomery County, Georgia. Today, we honor the sacrifice of Sheriff Ladson O'Connor, of the Montgomery County, Georgia, Sheriff's Office; who was killed in the line-of-duty on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, as he and several other deputies from the Toombs County Sheriff's Office were in pursuit of a vehicle, that failed to stop and its occupants were firing at them, on Highway 56, near the Toombs County and the Montgomery County Line.

Lord God, we are grateful for the life of Sheriff Ladson O'Connor. He died serving us. Help us never to forget him. Help us celebrate the life of Sheriff Ladson O'Connor and honor his sacrifice. Be with the family, friends, and colleagues of this fallen hero. Comfort them and give them your strength. Guide those who seek to take care of the family of this hero. May those empowered to do so, care for them with integrity. In commemorating the death of this hero, help those who mourn to remember that death is not the end. Death does not have the final say, but is simply the transition to the glorious life to come. They should look forward to that life to come with joy and thanksgiving.

As for the citizens of Montgomery County, Georgia, help them to faithfully equip their law enforcement officers with the best tools to protect their county. May their training be adequate to the task. Help the citizens of Montgomery County, Georgia, to remember to pay their law enforcement officers fairly and treat them with respect. Help the citizens of Montgomery County, Georgia, to obey the law and treat each other with dignity so as not to add to the burden of crime and pain to their county.

The time for mourning will soon pass. We have now remembered and celebrated the life lost in this great tragedy. As the family, friends, and colleagues of Sheriff Ladson O'Connor go forward, they must celebrate the good things in their lives; and to celebrate life itself!

Finally, Lord God, we pray for the families, friends, and colleagues of all the law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line-of-duty and we thank you for their sacrifices. Bless the lives of their families, friends, and colleagues so they might find healing. Help their law enforcement organizations support the families of these fallen heroes. Even though their deaths might have been senseless, make something good come out of these situations so that their law enforcement organizations and the communities in which they lived and served might be stronger because of their lives and their deaths.

Now, Sheriff Ladson O'Connor, may the Lord bless you, and keep you: the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Amen.

In His Service,

Police Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Retired Captain of Police of the Nashua NH (USA) Police Department
Police Chaplain of the Merrimack NH (USA) Police Department
Senior Pastor of “The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry”

Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Merrimack, NH Police Department

June 16, 2015

peace to you and your loved ones

Mrs Ronald Phillips
widow of Sgt Ronald Phillips

June 16, 2015


Henry Co.Sheriff's Office, McDoough,Ga

June 16, 2015



June 16, 2015

My heart is just ripped wide open with sorrow for the loss of one of Georgia's Finest! God bless his soul as he enters into Eternal reward, richly deserved for his bravery, service and fearlessness in battle with the evils that man do. He must have been a mightily wonderful, brave, honest, loving man to have broken hearts around the country that did not even know him, mine included. I honor his heroism in the face of extreme danger, knowing every day that this could be his last: This made him a hero, standing beside every other Officer, Fireman/woman, Soldier, and anyone that protects others in their life's work, here and gone before us. I pray for the peace of God's arms to surround his wife and four children....for you I just cannot find words! I pray that you are wrapped in angel's wings until you are able to see the sun again and rejoice. I ask God to keep his fellow officers safe and able to get through this very difficult time ~ the loss of a brother! I pray that those responsible receive justice, even knowing that God's justice is mighty and final. I pray that over time, those who knew him best can find peace in their hearts, and remember him only with joy and laughter and fondness... I pray very very hard that those present when Sheriff O'Connor lost his life are able to separate from the memory of what was seen and fill that space with joyous memories when he was happy, and living life to its fullest.. I pray that God heals this community and gets all of you through the trial to come, and the the hurt and anger and outrage at such a stupid stupid act that took someone's life. But I pray with my whole heart and soul, that Officer O'Conner looks over the side of a huge fluffy cloud, and he sees everyone he loves living life to the fullest: working, living loving, raising families, arguing, making up, shopping, making a difference, taking a nap, laughing at a movie...JUST LIVIN' LIFE! I wish you all love and peace and healing.

Sandra Dee Gawel
concerned American from Florida

June 16, 2015

We honor the life of our brother this day. Thank you Sheriff for your dedication and service to your community. May the Lord bring peace to your friends and family.

Chief R. A. McCann
Armour College Police

June 16, 2015

May the God of Peace surround the family and members of the Sheriff's office during this tragic time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sheriff Brian Burnett
Chelan County Sheriff's Office / Wenatchee Washington

June 16, 2015

R.I.P. Brother.

Inv. Bowman
Dare Co. Sheriff's Office, NC

June 16, 2015

Didn't know you, but God bless you, Sir, for doing your duty, and my condolences to your family.


June 16, 2015

Rest easy. Take it home Sheriff.

Officer L.J. Smith
White Springs PD, White Springs, FL

June 16, 2015

RIP Sheriff O'Connor Thank you for your secrvices and may prayers be with your family, friends and co-workers.

James Hallgrimson
Arrow Security

June 16, 2015

Rest in Peace...

Syracuse Police Dept, NY

June 16, 2015

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
Copyright BMI © 1993 - All Rights Reserved

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

June 16, 2015

Sheriff O'Connor's wife used to work for Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources LED as a K-9 officer.
Our prayers go out to her and her family

Corporal Bill Bryson
Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources LED

June 16, 2015

Sheriff O' Connor's wife used to work for the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources as a K-9 officer.
Our prayers go out to her and family.

Corporal Bill Bryson
Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources LED

June 16, 2015

Please accept my sincere condolences for the tragic loss of Sheriff O' Connor. My thoughts and prayers are with you and his family. At this very difficult time.

Rest in peace brother.

P.O. (Ret) Donald Current
NYC Transit PD/NYC Police Dept

June 16, 2015

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Sheriff Ladson O’Connor. Another Hero taken too soon. May God comfort you and your family as you go and touch the face of God.
Your honorable service and sacrifice and bravery to the citizens of Montgomery County, Georgia will not be forgotten. God Speed and God Bless. Rest in Peace Sir.

May the children of Sheriff O’Connor know that their Dad is a HERO who we will not forget and will forever be in his debt for all he has done for us, Sheriff O’Connor Thank You for your service and protection to us all, may you rest in peace God bless you and your family.

Final Salute

VIPS 750 Jeff Claybern
Alexandria Kentucky Police Department

June 16, 2015

Rest in peace brother, thank your service, for you will be truly missed.

Ret. Officer Dominick Santoianni
Eastchester Police Dept.

June 16, 2015

Sheriff O'Connor,
On the 1st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Montgomery County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 16, 2015


Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues. Our promise: Always honored never forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

June 16, 2015

Sheriff,I will never forget you, i served you with the highest honor and i loved you as a brother,you did so much for our department and made it the best Sheriff,s office that i have ever worked for, you will never be forgotten and i look forward to walk the walk on the other side one day with you,thank you for letting me serve beside you;I love all of you in my agency and would lay my life on the line for anyone of you,rest in peace my Sheriff

Deputy Quinn Williamson
Montgomery County Sheriffs Office

June 16, 2015

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