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Police Officer Fred G. Claywell

High Point Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, June 18, 1925

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Reflections for Police Officer Fred G. Claywell

Please know that no passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice and you will always be remembered. Rest in peace always.

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

June 18, 2020

My grandfather, Fred Claywell ,who’s passion was to protect others died in the line of duty leaving a wife and 3 young boy. Minnie Wilson Claywell passed away several years later and the boys were left wards of the state. Because of their loss they didn’t have a mother or father’s love or guidance.
Over the years more and more officers have lost their lives leaving children without a parent.
Please pray for the safety of our officers .
Fred Claywell you have many descendants who have chosen the same field before they knew you were their great grandfather, your blood line runs strong. Rest In Peace!

Susan Wotring Ost (Claywell)

May 2, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Claywell.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 8, 2020

Officer Claywell,
On today, the 92nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of High Point. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 18, 2017

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 18, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 87th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state and the birthplace of my beloved fallen officer. 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

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

November 25, 2012

Officer Fred G. Claywell (Dec. 16, 1893-June 18, 1925)was from the town of Statesville in Iredell County, N.C. and served with the Statesville Police Department prior to moving to High Point to join the High Point Police. Both Fred and his wife Minnie Wilson Claywell (1892-1930) are buried in Iredell County at the Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery.

Joel Reese, Local History Librarian
Iredell County Public Library

May 17, 2012

Today is the last day of National Police Week and I wanted to leave a comment that re-afirm that your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Sgt John C Ost
FWPD - Grandson

May 21, 2011

Officer Claywell was my Grandfather.

Lee Chandler

December 12, 2010

"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

December 26, 2007

Dear Granddad.I feel like I know you from the many stories my Dad told of you, even though he was only 5 years old when you died. I keep your picture lovingly in my home and pray we will all meet one day.Love,your granddaughter Peg

Peggy Claywell Dondero

December 17, 2007



June 10, 2007

I'm sorry that I never had the opportunity to meet you but I hope you had a happy and healthy life before your tragic death.

Donna Claywell-Klaffky-Pullan
Biological Great Granddaughter

April 25, 2007 fallen officer should be without a reflection on this incredible website.....thank you for your service & God bless.

Special Agent Dennis Duncan
Norfolk Southern Railway Police

March 7, 2004

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