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Deputy Sheriff Leroy Dale Brown

Cochise County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

End of Watch Saturday, December 6, 1969

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Leroy Dale Brown

Deputy Sheriff Brown,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also for our Country when you served with the USN during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

December 6, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you Hero and your family for your sacrifice and service to this country. Always remembered.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 6, 2019

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Brown. Blatant disrespect for law enforcement. A hero forever!

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 27, 2019

From reading the reflections, it is evident your family misses Leroy Dale Brown, even on this 49th anniversary of his loss. Officer Brown is not forgotten. May his family remember him for the hero he was and is.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

December 6, 2018

49 years and still think of you everyday. Never forgotten. Visited your name this year on the wall at the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville, FL.

T.C. Brown, Son
Federal Bureau of Prisons

December 5, 2018

Spent last week at National Police Week in DC and visited your name on the Law Enforcement Memorial Wall. Still miss you after all these years.

T.C. Brown, Son
Federal Bureau of Prisons

May 18, 2016

"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 5, 2013

I remember Leroy Brown when he worked on the bridge gang at the Southern Pacific railroad yard at the section yard 1 mile north of Bowie. I had contact with him throughout my school years at Bowie. I remember when he left the railroad so he could stay in Bowie with his family. That is when he became a cochise county deputy with Les Jones. I was attending the U. of A. when he was shot and killed by a local Bowie resident whom everyone knew as a disturbed individual. When sgt. Manny Tapia was killed in Nogales, I was asked by his family to represent him at the national police memorial in Washington D.C.. At that time, the police memorial had just been erected. It was good to see his name along with manny's on the memorial. This was an experience that I and manny's family will always cherish. The Concerns of Police Survivors is a great organization that will keep alive the memories of those officers that gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Sgt. Raul Castillo (retired)
Arizona Dept. of Public Safety

March 8, 2012

I recently read a book about the history of Bowie, Az.. and was reminded of Deputy Sheriff Leroy Brown's death. I remember it well.
My family lived just a couple hundred yards from the Brown's and the night before his death I was walking past their house on the way to a friend's home. I was only 12 at the time but remember it like yesterday. When I approached Brown's I noticed someone standing out front. It was dark but when I got closer I saw that it was Leroy, he was standing near the front porch smoking a cigarette enjoying the pleasant evening. I said hello and he replied with the same.
Less than 24 hours later my Mom came out of our house to tell me to get inside because there was a shooting and they were looking for the suspect. It was a very sad day for the entire town. I have often wondered what happened to his family because they moved not long after. This was one day prior to my 13th birthday.

Mark Hildebrand
past Bowie resident

Mark E. Hildebrand
a fellow resident of Bowie

February 29, 2012

As I read the previous reflections, my thoughts turned to that dreadful day that was a turing point in not only my life but in the life of two young boys, Leroy and my sons, Jeff and Todd.It was a horrrendous day one that I have not talked about to many. Today as we are entering another year, the pain and loss is as deep as it was on the day that Leroy was taken from us. The pain flickers as the blue light does on Todds facebook page. There are many things I could say about Leroy but the main things things that come to mind is how he loved his sons. He loved them above everything and everyone. But one day he told me he felt he had a calling and that was to be a law enforcement officer. Against all my reasons why he should not ...the calling was stronger than my pleadings. The day he was sworn in was one of his happiest days and while his time was short he loved every moment of it. Today, this many years later, I know in my heart that he watches over his sons and me.
Although, he is not here to see them as adults he has walked every step with them. Oh, how he would of played and spoiled his grandsons. He is very proud of them also and watches over them as they grow and walk their individual paths of their lives. I end this with a special thoughts of all the families that have lost loved ones that gave there life to be of service to serve and protect....

Clarene Brown
Clarene Brown /Widow

December 31, 2011

I have great memories of our lives as young boys growing up in Bowie. We were best of friends in those days.

Lorenzo Abalos

December 21, 2011

Rest in Peace Dad, We all miss him ALOT.
Prayers to all of you that have lost someone.

Jeff Brown

December 21, 2011

Rest in Peace Dad... We all miss him ALOT, miss the things we did together and, wish he was around to see his grandchildren. He is a great man and father. Time will come that I will see him again...
My prayer go out to all of you that have lost someone.

Jeff Brown

December 21, 2011

Thank you for your service your Honor and Pride reflect in your son and grandson ..

just a friend

December 21, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 6, 2011

"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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

July 25, 2007

Rest in Peace, Deputy Sheriff Brown. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 14, 2007

You are a true Hero that will never be forgotten. I will look forward to seeing you and all my brothers and sisters who have given the ultimate sacrifice when my Lord calls me home.
I will pray for your family and I will pray that God allows you to protect your youngest son as he carries on your legecy.

HEROS LIVE FOREVER...God Speed Brother..

December 27, 2005

A true hero. His life was takeing away for his duties to help others. We may never understand why, but we will march on.

Thank you Deputy Brown, you are a true hero to me and many others.


August 12, 2005

In memory of Deputy Brown for his ultimate sacrifice, and a salute to his proud family for enduring such a heartbreaking loss.

-Tim LeGarde
Scottsdale PD, 1996-2000

Ofc. T. LeGarde
University of Minnesota (Duluth campus) PD

Just trying to share memories of a great man and father. For I am more than a Federal Officer. I am also his youngest son. He was taken from the family that loved him much too soon back in December of 1969. I was only four when my father was taken from me so my memories are few. I remember him coming home and picking me up and holding me. I remember being given "secret" sips of his Pepsi. I remeber his laughter and wish I could hear it for real now. I miss most of all the times I did not get to share with him in my youth and now as an adult. I do not blame the man that shot him any longer. It was a terrible day that saw two families leave their loved ones. For you see, my father's assailant took his own life shortly after taking Dad's. The amny folks that knew my father said he was wonderful and would do anything for anyone who needed help. Life is so short even in the best circumstances. I only wish my father was here still today. My solace is that he is Heaven with God and is waiting to see me again there. I can almost hear his laughter of joy...

Senior Officer T.C. Brown
Federal Bureau of Prisons

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