Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Harold E. Carlson

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, January 27, 1973

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Reflections for Police Officer Harold E. Carlson

Officer Carlson,
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 with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 27, 2023

My cousin,Sheryl, lived around the corner from them and when I visited..we would play with his daughter.
I was 10 when this happened and am now 58 and remember being told and crying.Explaining this horrific incident to 10 year olds was traumatic. I ended up marrying a police officer but never..ever. forgot them. So much so that I begged my husband to be extra careful on domestic calls.

Linda Sawyer
Childhood friend of Nancy

March 31, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Carlson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 21, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 45th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 27, 2018

As I recall, "Hap" was working a one-man car out of the 16th Pct. and responded to a "man with a gun" run. While standing on the porch trying to reason with the subject, a second unit arrived and the 2 officers opened fire, striking Carlson several times. The subject's rifle was not loaded or operable.

Retired Sergeant

December 28, 2015

Rest in Peace Harold; you did your duty

James J. Richards

December 5, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th 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.

Time never diminishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

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

January 27, 2012

My dad had many fond memories of Harold, dad always called him "Hap"... Hell off a ballplayer dad says, but a better officer and policeman.. My father loved him, all the way around, the fishing trips, the ballgames, and just his ability as a partner, a GREAT partner.... My father still misses him...

Eric Lademan
Ny fathers partner

March 29, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 23, 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

November 13, 2007

'Hap' was a fine officer, a gentleman and a honorable man.

Vincent Mazzara
Detroit Police brother officer

April 10, 2007

Harold "Hap" Carlson was in the class of June 1955 and was assigned to the Tenth Precinct after leaving the Academy. He transferred to the Sixteenth Precinct in about 1968. Hap was from Newberry, Michigan in the U.P. and owned a home on East Lake, near Newberry where he is now buried. He loved fishing, hunting and golfing. He was a good conscientious policeman. Hap served his department with honor and paid the ultimate sacrifice. May you rest in peace, friend, golf and fishing partner and brother officer.

Inspector Ray Murray

January 12, 2005



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