Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Benjamin Paul Carden

Beaufort County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, January 6, 1925

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Reflections for Officer Benjamin Paul Carden

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 87th 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. How nice that your family is able to honor you on this site.

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

January 6, 2012

I am proud to be related to such a man. Does anyone know where he is buried?

LCDR (ret) Al Carden
Distant Cousin

December 30, 2011

MY GRANDFATHER IS LARGER THAN LIFE TO ME, HE HAS HAD A PLACE IN MY HEART, ALL OF MY LIFE. HIS NAVY PICTURE, IN
DRESS BLUES, STILL HANGS ON THE WALL AT MY PARENTS' HOME. MY DAD TALKED ABOUT LOSING HIS FATHER OFTEN; MY DAD WAS THREE WHEN MY GRANDFATHER WAS KILLED. MY GRANDFATHER WAS A NAVY VETERAN, AND A SOUTH CAROLINA
PEACE OFFICER. HE WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY AT THE AGE OF TWENTY THREE, WHILE SERVING A WARRANT ON A DOMESTIC CHARGE. I NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO KNOW HIM AND I WISH THINGS HAD BEEN DIFFERENT, HOWEVER, OFFICER
BENJAMIN PAUL CARDEN LIVES ON IN MY HEART .

KENNETH PAUL CARDEN, SR.
GRANDSON.

KENNETH PAUL CARDEN, SR.
GRANDSON

October 19, 2011

To all who have reflected:
Thank you.

All though I never knew him, Benjamin Paul Carden has had a great impact on my life. The character of his life was proven to me even more when his son, my grandfather, passed away.
To the family they were both known as Paul.
I found this short poem that had been printed in a newspaper from Bluffton,SC by a L.D. Hamer after my great grandfather passed away. I think its speaks to his life and his character.

"God give us men! Beaufort county demands,
Strong minds, great heats, true faith and ready hands.
Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy;
Men who possess opinions and a will;
Men who have honor; Men who will not lie;
Men who can stand before a demagogue
And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
In public duty and private thinking.
God give us men!
Men who serve not for selfish booty;
But real men, courageous, who flinch not at duty!
Men of dependable character, men of sterling worth.
Then wrong will be redressed and right will rule the earth.
God give us men!
God give us more men like Paul Carden!"




Kenny Carden
Great Grandson

October 17, 2011

Your life has not been forgotten nor was the sacrifice you knowingly made the day you signed the line for both your Country's service and your State's service. It has been said that I favor you more than my own grandfather/your brother Van. I wish I knew you both, but I'm sure that we will all be together soon enough.

To all the Men and Women who put on a uniform for the service of this Country; whether you be a Firefighter, Police Officer or in the U.S. Military. Be proud of yourself, pray often and always be prepared for the ultimate sacrifice by spending time with your loved one's.

Sincerely,
Your Great Nephew
Michael Van McMurray

Staff Sargent USAF & EAS-17
Great Nephew Michael Van McMurray

September 30, 2011

Officer Carden it has been 86 years since the end of your watch, you have not been forgotten. May God continue to bless you. Rest in peace my brother.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

January 6, 2011

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR POLICE AND MILITARY SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

January 1, 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
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.

July 9, 2007

Officer Carden,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just to your community, but also for our Country when you served in the U.S. Navy.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

February 18, 2006

Rest in peace Officer Carden. Thank you for your service.

Officer
Maryland

January 6, 2006

Brother Carden,

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.

Respectfully,
You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables LE Motorcycle Club

January 1, 2006

DAY IS DONE,
GONE THE SUN,
FROM THE HILLS, FROM THE LAKE, FROM THE SKIES.
ALL IS WELL, SAFELY REST,
GOD IS NIGH.

GO TO SLEEP, PEACEFUL SLEEP,
MAY THE SOLDIER OR SAILOR, GOD KEEP.
ON THE LAND OR THE DEEP,
SAFE IN SLEEP.

LOVE, GOOD NIGHT,
MUST THOU GO,
WHEN THE DAY, AND THE NIGHT NEED THEE SO?
ALL IS WELL. SPEEDETH ALL
TO THEIR REST.

FADES THE LIGHT;
AND AFAR
GOETH DAY, AND THE STARS SHINETH BRIGHT,
FARE THEE WELL; DAY IS GONE,
NIGHT IS ON.

THANKS AND PRAISE,
FOR OUR DAYS,
'NEATH THE SUN, 'NEATH THE STARS, 'NEATH THE SKY,
AS WE GO, THIS WE KNOW,
GOD IS NIGH.

A Brother In Blue

Anonymous

Gone but never forgotten rest now faithful brother.

Detective Troy S. Pilivi
Box Elder Narcotics Strike Force (Utah)

August 29, 2004

Never forgotten by your family and very proud of you

Nanette Carden, niece
Escambia Co sheriff's office,FL

March 13, 2004

GONE, BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN. REST IN PEACE BROTHER.

CHIEF RONNIE WATFORD-RETIRED
JEFFERSON POLICE DEPT,S.C.

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