Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Jesse J. Buttram

Lenoir City Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, August 31, 1972

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Reflections for Sergeant Jesse J. Buttram

Sgt. Buttram,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 31, 2022

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

I knew officer Buttram very well. He was a friend and landlord of my father's business. His wife Frances en Frances beauty shop adjacent to my dad's business. Good people.

Wesley Lynn Hall

June 15, 2020

Rest in peace Sergeant Buttram. Might you be related to actor Pat Buttram?

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 1, 2020

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst anniversary year of your death. I am privilige 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

April 22, 2013

Thank you for keeping my Hometown safe and being the man you were. Rip

Ann Mills Jones
resident of Lenoir City,Tn

January 15, 2012

Your service was selfless. Thank you for so many years of watchful care for the people of Lenoir City. I reflect today on the 4 Oakland Ca. Officers and wanted to honor those in the town I wish to move to


Michael Terry
Grateful Citizen

March 25, 2009

"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

January 30, 2008

I remember Sgt. Buttram visiting my dad's business which was in the same building as his wife Frances Buttram's beauty shop. I remember once when someone took my dad's car. Sgt. Buttram and some other officers found a drunk man with it parked by the old Ice House. Dad got his car back because of Jesse. Maybe you're gone, but not forgotten.

Son of local businessman

August 23, 2007

SGT Buttram I was just a small kid when you gave your life to this city. but to let all know. you have two good grand sons as your stand in now. its their time to take the watch.


December 1, 2005

Sgt. Buttram,
As one officer wrote in another fallen officer's reflection-"No officer should be without a reflection." I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Lenoir City.


September 4, 2005

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