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Police Officer Rodney Taylor Butts

Sacramento Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, October 15, 1975

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Reflections for Police Officer Rodney Taylor Butts

Rest in peace Officer Butts.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 25, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother. You are not forgotten.

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

October 15, 2017

I met Rodney in Sacramento in 1964. He was a wonderful man but my plans were Los Angeles and an acting career. I will
always remember him as a caring, handsome, police officer. I never knew if he was ever married and had a family but I do have a picture of him that I would love to send his family.

I will never forget him and his love for his silver oldsmobile with the wonderful sounds of music. ''God, watch over him" he is one a kind and I sincerely hope that whomever took his live that they have paid many times for their crime. I just looked him up on the internet to see where he was now and if he was still an officer and was shocked to read about him.

God bless his family and for the picture you can always contact me. I would love to talk with you.


Judith MDevitt
Las Vegas, Nevada

July 5, 2013

Rest in Peace, Officer Butts. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 21, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th 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.

I hope to meet your family at a NORCAL COPS function one day.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


October 15, 2009

It,s been thirty three years and I steel think of what Rod made of me. The morals and menners that he tought me and I have tought my children. You see Rod was my step father but he treated his three step children as if they were his own but he didn't have to. I think there is a song there somewhere (He didn't have to be).

Kenneth Fegan

November 12, 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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 5, 2007

We remember you today and thank you Sir for your service.

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 12, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

December 5, 2006

My career continued for 27 more years, but there was never another partner like you. Sorry I never took you up on one of your Las Vegas holidays.

Donald Simonds, retired

September 17, 2006

Brother Butts,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables LE Motorcycle Club

January 8, 2006

Officer Butts,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Sacramento.


October 15, 2005

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