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Police Officer Lewis Andrew "Andy" Traylor

Austin Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, July 31, 2021

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Reflections for Police Officer Lewis Andrew "Andy" Traylor

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service. God's speed sir.

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin State Conservation Warden & State Trooper (Retired)

August 28, 2021

Officer Traylor was my field training officer, my shift mate for four years, and my friend. He was one heck of an officer, always looking for work, and had taken over 40 guns off of the street this year alone. I looked up to him, and will greatly miss him. Hopefully I can become half the officer he was to help keep the streets a safer place.

Thank you, Andy. Your brothers are taking it from here.

Officer Culbertson
Austin Police Department

August 23, 2021

Officer Traylor,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

August 22, 2021

Rest easy now, brother. We shall take up your fallen torch and carry on the fight against all things evil. Godspeed, Sheepdog.

Officer Mark Wilde
Arlington, WA PD

August 20, 2021

Brother Traylor I prayed for you when I visited you in the hospital and was devastated when they told me you went home to be with the Lord. I was honored to have taken the last "Overwarch". I sat next to you placing my hand on the U.S Flag that draped your casket. I prayed that you're soul reached heaven and thought of the times how we goofed off in show up when you worked OT with us. I look at the chair where you sat in, remember the smile you always had, how you always talked about your family and the cookies/cupcakes your wife made for us. Brother rest with the Lord, We Have The Thin Blue Line Now.

Ricardo Medrano jr. ap 4883
Austin Pd, Region IV, F803

August 14, 2021

I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Officer Traylor. I am truly sorry for your loss. Officer Traylor lived a life of service and sacrifice and he will not be forgotten. I pray God will walk with you in the difficult days ahead.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

August 11, 2021

Rest in Peace Officer Traylor. May the Lord grant your family, friends and co-workers peace during this very difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Deputy Parole Administrator Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

August 11, 2021

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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 whose 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

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

August 9, 2021

An unimaginable loss for his family, and a terrible loss for our community. I hope his family can find their way through this tragedy.

David Herrin

August 9, 2021

Rest In Peace officer Traylor. Thank you for keeping Austin safe.

Charles Harrington
Austin, Texas citizen

August 9, 2021

I did not know Joe but I am pretty sure his family did not expect to lose him so soon. There is no greater loss to a family, a community, or a nation than to lose one of the few hero's we still have. I am so very sorry that your father/husband/partner in life has left you. I am sure that he will be watching down from heaven to keep you safe and to let you know how very much he treasured you. Praying that his mortal family and police family find a way to move forward in honor of Joes sacrifice. You are in my heart and my prayers today. Kathleen

Sgt. Kathleen Czech
Pima County Sheriffs Department- Tucson AZ

August 6, 2021

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

"Forged by the Sea"

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

August 6, 2021

Officer Traylor, you are a true hero. You dedicated your life keeping your community to live in peace. Your reward in heaven will be abundant. May our Lord immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

August 6, 2021



August 5, 2021

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Officer, Lewis "Andy" Taylor, in the line of duty. It is always a huge loss when a fellow Officer makes the ultimate sacrifice. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed. We thank Officer Taylor for his service as a United States Navy Veteran.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

August 5, 2021

On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Police Officer Lewis Andrew "Andy" Traylor and the extended law enforcement family of the Austin Police Department, Texas.

End of Watch Saturday, July 31, 2021

Rest in Peace brother and watch over us. We will protect and serve from here on in your honor.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

August 5, 2021

Prayers such tragic news.

Parole Officer Training Academy - Instru
Texas Department of Criminal Justice

August 4, 2021

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
one’s character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

CBP Officer(retired), Luis R Otero
DHS/Bureau Of Customs And Border Protection

August 4, 2021

The hardest charger of all. Your work and dedication will never be forgotten. We will miss you mkre than you’ll ever know.

Officer Ellis Schramm
Austin Police Deptartment, TX

August 4, 2021

To the man that has past away I have met you many times and you were a secret role model to me. The first time I met you was when I knew in my mind I was going to be a police officer. I have been trying to do well in school and will continue to do better in your name. You always had a smile on your face no matter what you might have witnessed before, you were there ready go server at a moments notice. I would like to thank you for that. So thank you for your selfless service to others, your kind heart, your amazing personality that we will all miss, and most importantly thank you for watching over us. May you Rest In Peace. The other officers will hold the line from here and I hope to join them soon.

“Blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called children of God”- Mathew 5:9

Trevan Burruss, Rest in peace!

August 4, 2021

RIP, Officer Traylor. Praying for your loved ones.

Officer C Curione (Retired)
Rochester Police Department, NY

August 4, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr.
Assistant Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (ASAC)
New York Field Office
Federal Air Marshal Service

August 4, 2021

Officer Traylor- I wish I had gotten the chance to know you better. I do remember your face and kind demeanor on calls. It was an honor to have served the east side of Austin with you.

Medic Michael K. D’Elia
Austin-Travis County EMS

August 4, 2021

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Traylor. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Austin Police Department.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

August 3, 2021

Thanks for being an outstanding officer and just an all around exceptional person. You will be missed brother. We'll hold the line from here.

Corporal Tomlinson
Austin PD

August 3, 2021

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