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Police Officer James Albert Chew

Steamboat Springs Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Friday, July 28, 1972

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Reflections for Police Officer James Albert Chew

Hi Al, It’s fifty years ago today (7-28-22) since you paid the price and I still think of you every single day. You were a good FTO, teacher, and friend. Thanks.

Eric Mellgren, Retired
Steamboat Springs PD

July 29, 2022

Officer Chew,
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 USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO; former Marine

United States Border Patrol

July 28, 2022

We lost you 50 years ago today, doesn't seem possible! Your memory lives on threw all of us!

Glenda schaeffer

July 28, 2022

To any of the Chew family. I would like to give our continued condolences for the ultimate sacrifice your father gave for our community. Our office has a plaque in our possession that we would like someone in the family to have. Please have someone reach out to me [email protected].

Detective Richard Munden
Routt County Sheriff's Office

July 6, 2022

To any of the Chew family. I would very much appreciate some contact information for any family member. I reached out several years ago and never received an address to send items that I think you would very much appreciate. Please have someone reach out to me [email protected].

Commander Jerry Stabile
Steamboat Springs Police Department

March 3, 2022

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 28, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Chew.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 29, 2020

Dear Commander Jerry Stabile

I would like to thank you so much for keeping my DADS image alive. It would be our honor to receive the etching from the Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C. My sister was diagnosed with cancer this past year. I feel she would love this.

Please express my appreciation to the Officer for getting the etching for the family.

Cindy Chew Coble

June 4, 2016

Cindy Chew,

First of all, the Steamboat Springs Police Department would like to give our continued condolences for the ultimate sacrifice your father gave for our community.

One of our Officers has just returned from the Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C. He etched your fathers name off of the memorial wall. We have it mounted in a beautiful frame. Please contact me so I can make arrangements to get the frame to you and your family.

Commander Jerry Stabile
STeamboat Springs Police Department

May 19, 2016

Cindy on behalf of the Steamboat Springs Police Services I would like to extend my continued condolences for your loss. Your father was a highly regarded member of the SSPD and a fixture in the community. We have a plaque hanging prominently in our hallway commemorating your fathers service and sacrifice. If you are ever in Steamboat Springs please stop by and say hello.

Sergeant Scott Middleton
steamboat Springs Police

January 20, 2014

Dear Dad

This is Cindy ( chatter box chew) your oldest daughter. I think about you all the time. Mom is gone now, but we used to share some of the fun times we all had. I remember growing up you did security work part time and mom would be so worried about you. I have 5 children ( 4 girls 1 young man) and 4 Grandchildren. Butch had 1 Daughter, he passed away some years back. My son said he was your twin. Boo, has 1 Daughter and 2 Grandchildren and a great grandson.

Dad all the children know about you and have seen pictures of you. They all know you passed away a hero.

My daughters make sure to keep all kids updated regarding the family.

Thank you for being my dad miss you bunches

P.S I married a man from TEXAS, you know grandpa would have been tickled.

Cindy Chew Coble
Oldest Daughter

October 4, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 21, 2013

It has been 40 years since we lost you Al,there isn't a day goes by we don't think of you!! Your forever in our hearts!! Love always,Sue,Carla,Kendal,Lori,Glenda and Brenda

brenda bartlett

July 3, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Chew. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 28, 2012

Officer Chew - Three weeks ago, I stood in the State Assembly chambers when your name was one of almost 250 read off during a motion regarding next month's Police Memorial Week. You are not forgotten.

Thank you for you service to the people of Steamboat Springs and the state of Colorado. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)

May 7, 2010

Officer Chew,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Steamboat Springs. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



July 30, 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
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

September 25, 2007

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Your heroism will never be forgotten.

Ptlm. William Reigle, II
So. Londonderry Twp. PD

October 24, 2005

Hey, I never knew you....heck I wasn't even alive when this happened, but the stories that my dad has told me about you, and the memories he remembers will go on forever. No one will ever be able to forget you.


September 1, 2005

The date of your death marked the date of my birth. One Officer exits and One enters...RIP brother

Officer Scott Plourde
Manchester CT PD

May 2, 2005

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