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Auxiliary Officer George Wayne Starr

Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, August 31, 1991

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Reflections for Auxiliary Officer George Wayne Starr

George, your anniversary date came up on my phone. I just wanted you and your family to know you have 3 outstanding nephews two which served in the United Air Force one is retired and one was just promoted to CSmgt. They never met you but they know who you are.

God Speed/Sister In Law

Danita Wynn Driskill

October 1, 2022

Officer Starr,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice- ot just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

August 31, 2021

Rest in peace Auxiliary Officer Starr.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 31, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 31, 2020

Another of my HEROs. We are blood family.

Cynthia Ann Starr

August 11, 2020

As a matter of correction, our father passed away on December 4, 2011 vice December 2004. Thankfully he did not live long enough to witness Gene's ambush.

Frank Starr

June 25, 2018

George and Joye have been gone for nearly 27 years and much has happened since. The Navy and the City of Va. Bch. made training videos about DUI which were viewed for years by countless people. Our brother Gene became a police officer and convicted over 1,000 DUI drivers. Our family has provided about 1,000 in-person presentations in an attempt to minimize the number of other victims. U fortunately, Pop passed in December 2004, but never got over George's death. As Gene wrote in his post dated 5/11/16, he was ambushed on 2/18/14 while on duty in Pine Hill, Alabama. As a result he suffered PTSD including nightmares and physical pain. Unfortunately 7-1/2 months after he wrote his post here he died in his home just three days after Christmas. Now Pop, George, and Gene all lie next to each other in a family plot. Through the years our family has grown in numbers although those three are known more through recollection than through time together. They left us too soon, but all three made the world a better place. Thanks are owed to so many people who have helped and who have prayed for us, and to those who have honored them by continuing to keep their stories and causes alive.

Frank Starr

June 25, 2018

George, you know its your baby brother. Of course I'm 47 now not so much a baby but always be your baby brother. The scarifiest you made on Aug 31,1991 made me the man I am today. You are the reason I became a Police Officer. Back on Feb 18,2014 I was responding to a domestic dispute and was ambushed I was shot once in the arm and once I'm the chest without my vest on. I was shot while in my patrol car my car took 14 bullets. Thank for being my brother and for being my guardian Angel esp that. God bless all Law Enforcement. Stay safe my brothers in BLUE.

Retired/ Police

May 11, 2016

George was a good man and an inspiration to all of us that were honored enough to have to worked and gone through the academy with him.

Officer BN Keen
VBPD/ Friend and co worker

August 31, 2013

My mother was helping you with the accident the night you both died. I was told your wife was pregnant as well. I wish you had gotten the chance to live your life and get to know your child. Life was unfair to all of us that night...

Kristin J
daughter of Joye Annette

January 14, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 18th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was murdered on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 31, 2009

Officer Starr,
On today, the 17th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your community, but also for our Country when you served in the USN. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas


August 31, 2008

"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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

April 8, 2008


I was your training officer the night you exchanged your life for an injured stranger. You were the good Samaritan in the truest form. I knew your dedication to becoming the best police officer you could be. I knew your dedication to your country and your family. I knew your dedication to your roots. You were strong of character and pure of heart, and I still think of you often.

Heaven is a greater place because of you.


Bill Knox
Former Aux OFficer VBPD

January 22, 2008

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Starr and we honor his distinguished service to the cause of justice and peace. Sadly, our nation has lost one of its finest citizens, a community has lost a friend and protector, and a family has lost an example of character and courage who they will love and respect forever. Today, because of the sacrifice Officer Starr has made, the house of freedom is stronger, sturdier, and more secure.

To the family and friends of Officer Starr, I would like you to know that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you the strength necessary to move on. Just as you were always with him when he walked the beat or patrolled the streets, know that he will always be with you - wherever you may be. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Officer Starr is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

SA Thomas Doyle
FBI New York City

March 30, 2007

I met George while he was attending the acadamy. His enthusiasum to be a police officer was a sight to see. His death was tragic. He did however give his life doing what he always said he wanted to do "help". Today a video about his tragic death is used for DUI prevention. He still continues to "help others"

L Grindstaff
Former Officer

May 17, 2006

Sorry you never achived your goal! Lost But not forgotten!!!!! God Bless


May 9, 2006

Officer Starr, I never had the chance of knowing you, but you are a true hero. Not only did you take on the task of being a Police Officer, you did it for FREE! Officer Starr, when asked if someone is a hero, you are whom they are compared, because you are a hero by every meaning of the word.

Virginia Beach Police Department

March 24, 2005

I work with you both in the navy and as an officer. Your courage and devotion to both jobs was and is still commendable. You left us doing what you wanted to do. I’m only sorry you never made it home to be a trooper. God bless you and your family.

former VBPD AUX

February 12, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

December 20, 2004

george, your brother gene is very proud of you. im sure you were as good of an officer as he is. say hello to scott johnson for me. we'll all meet one day.

lt danny selover
gautier pd, gautier ms.

December 18, 2003

REst in peace, brother. WE Love You.

Officer RB Wade,ret
Richmond,Va Police, Ret

August 22, 2003

I never knew you but I know we were related. By brother was named after your father who was my fathers brother. Thanks for all you did to protect and serve. I only with I had known you.

CO II C. Starr

George, although I didn't have the pleasure to have worked with you much I was well aware of your dedication to being an Auxiliary Officer. You didn't have to stop that fateful night but you did and you made the ultimate sacrifice and for that you are truly a hero. Rest in peace, you will never be forgotten.

Auxiliary Officer K.R. Harlan
Va. Beach Police Department

Auxiliary Police Officer
Va. Beach Police Department

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