Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Harry Charlton, III

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, June 25, 1971

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Reflections for Patrolman Harry Charlton, III

Harry. Birthdays were always specialfor us and today, your birthday, Dec 26th,remains very speical to me.
Love you forever

Juanita M Charlton

December 26, 2009

Happy anniversary...It would have been a great 45th today
But I am grateful for the time we did have

Juanita Maude

August 15, 2009

Harry, another year.
Pain may ease a bit but
the love and memories will stay

Juanita Maude Charlton

June 25, 2009

Thinking of you and the love we have for each other
on this the beginning of a new year


January 1, 2009

I didn't forget this year or any years in the past and
will never forget.
Dec 26 Happy Birthday
My knight in shining armor.
I will love you forever.

Juanita Maude

December 26, 2008

Herry, you transported me to my home after I got off duty on your last night on this earth. I will always remember you as one of the finest that we had. Rest in peace brother.

E. H. Clark
Richmond Police (retired)

October 20, 2008

another year...I will always remember the good life we
had. Nothing can diminish the memories we made. From snow angels to Christmas in Williamsburg. All good

Juanita Charlton

June 25, 2008

Officer Charlton your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 24, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

April 7, 2008

Just another spring the ones we enjoyed on our
motorcycle on The Skyline Drive so many years ago

I miss you everyday and will love you forever


Juanita M Charlton

March 25, 2008

Thankyou OFFICER CHARLTON for your service, you are a true hero to us all. God bless your family and friends


January 21, 2008

Harry, another year has passed. Another birthday we did not
get to share...another Christmas with no traditional trip to Colonial Williamsburg together. I miss you and will love you forever.


December 31, 2007

Harry It has been 36 years...and I still wake up in the middle of the night...thinking Sgt Snell is ringing my doorbell. Telling me to get dressed and go with him to MCV. My life changed forever that summer night. You would not be disappointed in the way my life has been. The strength you displaced for the short seven years of our marriage has carried me thru some difficult times. I have survived because of you. I will love you forever and ever.

Juanita Charlton

June 25, 2007

Thanks you for your service. May God continue to bless your family and friends. Many years have passed, but your valor is still respected.

Chesterfield County Police Depatment

June 25, 2007

Harry you are on my mind and in my heart every minute of everyday. This week end especially.
I just know I will always carry you in my heart

Juanita M Charlton

June 23, 2007

You are sorely missed and always will be. You are loved as a brother. No better friend could ever be had. We will meet again soon.

Jerry Blevins
Life Long Friend

May 17, 2007

Jan 24 2007

And I thought I mourned alone for this great man. I will never forget the what love he carried in his heart for me and the people he served with.

Time may ease the pain but it never goes away. I fought every year to keep Harry's killer in jail and succeeded until March 2005 when he was given a compassionate parole so he could die of cancer on the outside. A great injustice. He should have died in prison like the coward he was.


Juanita Maude Charlton

January 24, 2007

Thank you for serving the City of Richmond and the Commonwealth.

Patrol Officer
Chesterfield Police Dpeartment

June 25, 2006

Ptlmn. Charlton,

Thank you for your service and sacrifice made protecting the citizens of the City of Richmond and the Commonwealth of Virginia....... You are not ever FORGOTTEN!!!!!!!!

Senior Officer D.W.Reichhardt
VSUPD (Chesterfield, Va.)

June 25, 2006

Harry, We worked together for eight years. I admired your dedication and you were respected by all who worked with you. We will never forget you.

Rest in peace, Brother.

Patrolman T. Carlton Jones Jr. (retired)
Richmond Police Department

December 15, 2005

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

April 6, 2005

Harry, today is the 33rd anniversary of your murder. I remember the day like it was yesterday. You'll always be remembered Harry, by the members of the Richmond Police Department and the Virginia State Police. (For those that didn't know, Harry started his career with the Richmond, VA Police Department, then left and became a State Trooper with the VSP. Several years later, he returned to the police department). He was a hell of a man and an extremely sharp troop! With brotherly love and respect, Jim Crotty (former Richmond, VA Polic Officer).

Jim Crotty, Special Agent (Ret.)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms

June 25, 2004

Harry Charlton . . . you are a hero and a warrior. In life you were highly respected by all your colleagues . . . especially as a traffic enforcement officer. I met you while a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. I was doing my internship with the Richmond Police Department. You were so professional . . . tall and strong, with an impressive command presence. Even in death, you saved the life of another police officer. The night you made the "last traffic stop", the man who murdered you drove North into Chesterfield County (VA). Shortly afterwords, he was stopped for speeding by a Chesterfield County Police Officer, then released. A few days later, when he was arrested by Richmond Police Detectives, he stated that he would have shot the Chesterfield County Police Officer too, but had discarded the revolver after having shot you. You are a blue angel now Harry . . . at peace with our heavenly Father . . . your name is still spoken with honor in Richmond, Virginia. With brotherly love and respect, Jim Crotty (Former Richmond, VA Policeman)

Special Agent Jim Crotty
ATF (SA, Retired)

February 27, 2004

In honor of Officer Charlton....

You are not forgotten.

Police Officer II J. Harding
Richmond, Virginia Police Dept.

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