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Chief Deputy James William Cantrell

Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, January 10, 1972

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Reflections for Chief Deputy James William Cantrell

Chief Deputy Cantrell,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Deputy Sheriff for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Forsythe County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 10, 2022

Rest in peace Chief Deputy Cantrell.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 20, 2019

Bill was a good man doing a great job for his family, friends, Forsyth County. RIP BILL

Danny Reid

January 10, 2016

A special man that left his mark on Forsyth County. A day I will not ever forget...

Elizabeth Mize Gardiner

January 10, 2013

Rest in Peace, Deputy Cantrell. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 30, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th 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 who was murdered in the 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. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 10, 2012

I remember it like it was yesterday, even though I was 10 years old when it happened. It was such a sad time for our town. Bill would be proud of his boys now and the men they've become. God bless, Laura Thompson

Laura Thompson Pitsikoulis

January 17, 2011


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

January 3, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

October 8, 2007

May you Rest in Peace.

January 10, 2007

Hopefully Bobby and Allen will read this.I was 10 when your dad was killed and i can still rememeber my mom who was a nurse at the hospital came home and told me and my brother what had happened.We all played baseball together at haw creek.Your mother let you both go on vacation to Hatteras North Carolina with our family that summer.We had fun fishing and swimming but i cant forget hearing Bobby sometimes crying late at night i know for missing his father.Afterwards i remember going to your house and seeing the picture above on the wall and admiring the man behind the uniform.I guess thats when i 1st started thinking being a police officer.i havent seen either of you since high school but think of the sacrifice your dad and deputy mulkey gave..Goin on 17 years with Dekalb police and Marshals dept..Thank you Deputy Bill Cantrell

Deputy Clay Dankewich
Dekalb County Marshals

June 24, 2006

I was 4 at the time but I remember this because my parents testified at the trial. We lived right up the road at the time. I am sorry for the loss.

October 29, 2005

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

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero. God bless.

October 14, 2004

Rest easy, Brother, you and your partner are not forgotten.

Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, In.l

January 10, 2004



August 28, 2003

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