Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

State Park Ranger Joseph A. Carr

Maryland Department of Natural Resources - State Park Service, Maryland

End of Watch Thursday, April 13, 1978

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Reflections for State Park Ranger Joseph A. Carr

To the friends and family of Ranger Joeseph A. Carr. Your service and devotion will be remembered always. The beauty of this warm fall day at your memorial site at Patapsco State Park on November 12, 2014, a day after Veterans Day is a testimony to your love of community and our natural resources.

Thank you.

Alan Rubinstein
Resident, Howard County, MD

November 12, 2014

We honor your sacrifice on this Police Week and every day that we serve.

Lieutenant Joe Offer
Maryland Natural Resources Police

May 12, 2014

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 who was murdered in 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 that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's s embrace.
Rest In Peace.

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

April 13, 2012

I was just out hiking in Patapsco State Park and saw the memorial for Ranger Carr. Thank you, sir.

park loving citizen

March 18, 2012

Thnak you for your service Sir.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 3, 2012

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

February 18, 2008

Never forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

April 13, 2007

Thank you for your service to my community. You will not be forgotten.

A Howard Co. resident

October 29, 2004

Thank you for your service Ranger Carr. I was too young to ever know you, but I am glad that you have this place to be honored and remembered.

RFC
Maryland State Forest & Park Service

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