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Patrolman Douglas Eugene Cantrill

Davis Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, September 7, 1959

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Reflections for Patrolman Douglas Eugene Cantrill

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

August 1, 2019

So very sorry, Officer Cantrill. Thank you for your service. One month in Davis and no one charged - may God bring justice to light. I hurt for your loss, though it has been years. My daughter now only 4 months on the job with Davis Police Department. Prayers for your family and ALL our men and women in blue. God Bless and pray to see you at the ultimate Return.

Kim Durham
Davis Police Department - Daughter

December 27, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

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

September 7, 2018

Rest in Peace, Patrolman Cantrill. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 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
Sergeant
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

August 28, 2007

To the family and friends of Officer Cantill and the Davis Police Department:

It has been almost forty six years since your death, but you are not forgotten. Your valor will be forever remembered and honored. How very sad that you had to die at such a young age.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service you gave to the Davis community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice you and your family made on September 7, 1959 in the line of duty.
Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, PPD eow 4/24/05

August 24, 2005

No officers death shall be without a reflection. Rest in peace Officer Cantrill.

Sergeant James Alfieri
New York State Office of Court Administration

September 29, 2004

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