Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Nelson Henry Yamamoto

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, March 31, 1992

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Nelson Henry Yamamoto

I was ending my probation at Newton Division and working the night you were shot. I'll never forget seeing the LASD Calvary show up to look for your killer. At Baker to Vegas I remember Firestone wearing a shirt with your name on it and thinking how respectful and honorable it was. I'll never forget you or the price you paid. May God Bless you family.

Officer Metoyer
LAPD

July 12, 2012

It's been twenty years and I still think of you every April when your service was held. All who knew you will never forget sharing laughter and good times with you. I'm still looking up to you.

c

April 20, 2012

Nelson,

It's been twenty years since your passing. Today, I spoke with your mother and assured her and your father that you are not forgotten. For the past twenty years, I still visit you at Green Hills each and every time I vacation in the Los Angeles area. I have not and will not forget your sacrifice.

Thank you, Nelson.

A Washington state deputy

A Deputy

April 1, 2012

I met you long ago at MLK. You didn't know me, but I took your hand and tried to provide hope. My wishes had failed you and I'm sorry. I gave you a prayer card, St Michael if you recall. It was a prayer for policemen. I kept it in my vest. I gave it to you with hopes of comfort. None the less I'm sorry for your loss. He was a good man, a Firestone Deputy, and that is family. Family... My son Jake now wears Nelsons memorial tee shirt with respect and pride He lives on, young lady, he lives on....".. Brian Kazmierski................

Deputy, Firestone.... Brian kazmierski
LASD

October 31, 2011

Nelson, I pray for you and every deputy I had the honor and previledge of working with that died in the line of duty. I was your Watch Commander the night you were shot. I can say that every person at FPK that night did everything in their power to save you and find your killer. I am proud to say I served with you. Your death was tragic. You will NEVER be forgotten.

Captain
LASD - Retired

September 22, 2011

I'm not sure what made me think of you today. The last time I saw you was so many years ago at your sister's wedding. And before that...I am not so sure. What I do remember are the Sundays spent with your family, first at church, then to your house. You and my cousin would always try and elude me and I, in all of my single digit aged petulance of a tongue stuck out at the two of you, secretly looked up to you both so much. The fort your dad built, the long days in the pool, your poodle Ruffles, pretending to be the guys on S.W.A.T! I sit here and smile broadly at those memories. You were and will always be remembered with so much love.

Christina
Friend

September 11, 2011

i remember your big smile and your friendship ..you are not forgotten

Greg Frickey
lasd f.s.b.

July 8, 2011

I never had the opportunity meet you. I was a brand new "boot" to the department. This was my first experience with the loss of a comrade. I have not nor will I ever forget. God Bless and God Speed Deputy Yamamoto. I want you to know I take your sacrifice and the lessons learned with me to this very day. Thank you.

KMD
LASD

May 17, 2010

It has been 18 years and not a day goes by that I don't think about you. You are my heart, my soul, and I miss you so much. I was blessed to have you in my life and will love you forever.

Anonymous

April 17, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 31, 2010

Rest in Peace, Deputy Yamamoto. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 23, 2009

Nelson, as a fellow NTHS Grad (82'), I was cruising the alumni site when I stumbled across your picture, and read what happened. God Bless you and your family.

Sgt Jeffrey Burke
Lake County Sheriff's Office, Waukegan, IL

July 15, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the seventeenth 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 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 31, 2009

Aloha Nelson,
Just wanted you to know that I am proud to have known you as a friend. I've been in the department for over six years now. Who would have thought we would end up in law enforcement. Miss you my friend.
Aloha,
Glenn.

Deputy Sheriff Glenn J. PARK
Hawaii State Sheriff Department / High School Friend

August 28, 2008

i just wanted to post a message to say that deputy yamamoto has not been forgotten. today in the academy we as a class were reminded of the sacrafice he gave to protect the citizens of los angeles. we will never forget


lasd dst

April 9, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

February 28, 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
Sergeant
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

September 12, 2007

Nelson,

It's been 15 years since your passing and I want you and your parents know that you are not forgotten. Tonight, I just got off the telephone with your mother and let her and your father know you are remembered. For the past 14 years, I visit your parents and then I visit you at Green Hills to pay my respects every time I vacation in the greater Los Angeles area.

Thank you Nelson.

A Washington state deputy who will not forget you.

Deputy

March 31, 2007

You were the first to be taken in my career Nelson. I didn't know you, but today I definitely know your kind. I will have a good thought for you and your family today. Rest in Peace BROTHER. WE WILL ALWAYS BE PROUD OF YOU!!


LASD

March 31, 2007

My condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Nelson Yamamoto. I am sadden that Dep. Yamamoto never got the chance to enjoy a long career in law enforcement, have a family, and live a full life. Rest In Peace.

Ofc. Eric Chiang
San Francisco Police Department - Bayview District

December 28, 2006

Hi Deputy Yamamoto.

I never met you. You were killed before I became a Deputy DA in January 1993. But, my first assignment was Florence-Firestone, in that "lovely" concrete building on Hill Street.

I was so wet behind the ears when I was hired. I had no clue about the real dangers that befell law enforcement. I shamefully admit that I was a bit of a liberal and would often take the side against the police.

That all changed on April 1st, 1993. A mere 3 months into the job, I had a preliminary hearing with your TO. I was clueless about what had happened to you the previous year. The deputy was late and not looking too good. He said he had had a late night (you can fill in the blanks) and preceded to share with me his situation.

He told me that he and your fellow deputies had spent the night before at your gravesite. They were commemorating the first anniversary of your death. In words that I think are too raw and personal to share, I will just say, he was still deeply tormented with guilt and responsibility about your death. He believed that he had let you down in some way as your TO.

I was so new and inexperienced all I could go on was sheer emotion and empathy. Your Training Officer was so devastated, it was apparent. He loved you deeply. He missed you greatly. And in his pain he told me the complete story of your death. It absolutely rocked me.

I believe that that day was the first time I began to realize the extreme risks and sacrifices law enforcement take each day they "punch the clock". It changed me overnight. Yes, I was heartbroken at your lost, but I was also awed by your bravery.

Nelson, I know you did what instinct told you to do that night. DW should take no responsibility, I hope he realizes that by now. And I just want you to know that you are the main reason I completely embraced my job. It wasn't a paycheck after that day. It truly was a desire to do what was right.

I would have preferred to have known you in life.. I'd prefer you alive to have had the chance to complain to the WC that you didn't show up to Div. 69 when you were supposed to. Be that is it may, Nelson, in your tragic death, you changed someone completely. I thank you for that.

Deborah
LA Deputy District Attorney

November 21, 2006

I SAW DICK BUNNEL THE OTHER DAY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE YOUR PASSING ABOUT 14 YEARS AGO.HE WAS A PART OF YOUR OLD HOJJ POSSE. NONE OF US WHO KNEW YOU AT HOJJ WILL EVER FORGET YOU. A BOOK MUST BE WRITTEN ABOUT THOSE ESCAPADES. I TRIED TO CONVINCE YOU TO TAKE A MORE DELIBERATE PATH (I WAS 34 AND YOU WERE 26).I KNEW MY VINCIBILITY WHEREAS YOU WERE STILL INVINCIBLE. THAT LAST FEBRUARY NIGHT IN 92 WE LEFT HOJJ TOGETHER. YOU WERE TRANSFERRING TO CENTURY PATROL AND I TO BISCAILUZ CENTER. AS WE STOOD IN THE PARKING LOT,I ASKED YOU AGAIN. "NELSON ARE YOU SURE?" YOUR ANSWER AND THE ONLY CONSOLATION I HAVE HAD ALL THESE YEARS WAS YOUR REPLY. "MIKE I'M GOING TO GO OUT AND TRY. I'M GOING TO HAVE SOME FUN. IF I DON'T LIKE IT I CAN ALWAYS COME BACK." OF COURSE, YOU DID NOT COME BACK. YOU WERE DOING WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO.YOU TRIED TO COME BACK,FOUGHT TO COME BACK, IF ONLY FOR A BRIEF VISIT, BUT POWERS GREATER THAN ANY OF US WERE AT WORK. I MISS THE JOYFUL EXUBERANCE THAT YOU APPROACHED EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE. IN THE DAYS SINCE YOUR SACRIFICE YOUR LEGEND HAS GROWN: YOUR EXPLOITS IN THE WEIGHT ROOM TO THE MANNER IN WHICH YOU PERFOMED ON PATROL. YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED A HERO.UNFORTUNATELY AND SELFISHLY FOR THOSE OF US WHO MOURN THEM, TRUE HEROES HAVE TO DIE AND USUALLY AT A YOUNG AGE. NOT MANY GERIATRIC HEROES OUT THERE.I JUST WISH YOU WERE HERE WITH A WIFE AND KIDS AND ALL YOU LOOKED FORWARD TO. WE AT HOJJ HAD YOU ABOUT 4 YEARS. CENTURY HAD YOU FOR 6 WEEKS. IN LGHT OF YOUR SACRIFICE TO THAT STATION AND THAT COMMUNITY THEY CAME TO LOVE YOU.WE AT THE HALL LOVED YOU FROM THE BEGINNING AND NEVER STOPPED. NELSON, I KNOW YOU WILL NEVER READ THIS.BUT FOR THOSE WHO WILL I WANTED THEM TO KNOW WHAT MANNER OF MAN I KNEW YOU TO BE.

DEPUTY NICHAEL F. HARRIS
LA COUNTY SHERIFF

June 18, 2006

It has taken nearly 14 years for the final justice in your death to take place. At last Killer King has earned what they deserve. Your death should never have happend. Rest in Peace!

July 4, 2005

Let it never be said that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has forgotten its own. Your name is on our wall and will always be in hearts.

Rest in peace.


Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

September 2, 2004

God bless you,my brother! I'm brazilian officer ,in the line of duty !! I will follow your exemple!!!!

James justice Junior
Guarda Civil Metropolitana

July 3, 2004

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