Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Constable Jay D. Close

Dundee Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, December 24, 1910

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Reflections for Constable Jay D. Close

One day. A forever honored hero. Rest in peace Constable Close.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 3, 2019

I said a little prayer today for Constable Close and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

December 14, 2015

Jay Close was the oldest of 5 boys. He was my maternal grandfather's brother. The town found that he had not decided yet whether he wanted to buy a writing desk or a rocking chair for his mother for x mas . When the word spread of this the " Town's businessmen collected the money and bought the desk for his mother as a loving remembrance of her son". During the funeral service All businesses closed as a tribute to Jay Close. The town also put up a grave stone that says " No greater love has a man than to give his life in service to others." What a tribute to my uncle.

Pat Mills
Great Niece

February 9, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 101rst 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.

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

December 25, 2011

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge. Proverbs 14:32

Thank you for your service.

Friend of USFS Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


September 30, 2010

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service. It doesn't matter how long you service, it matters that you are a hero just by the profession you chose

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 11, 2007

Constable Close, My family and I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to another hero. Like too many other heroes, your EOW came entirely too soon. How devastating it must have been for your family to hear that you were gone after only one day on the job. Thank you for your bravery, your honesty and your integrity. More importantly thank you for the sacrifices you made in selflessly serving all of us. Only those of us who have served fully understand the sacrifices we make to protect our families, friends, and fellow citizens. By and large these sacrifices pale in comparison to your ultimate sacrifice. God bless you and your family. You are in our prayers. Rest is peace hero; your watch is over...we will take the watch from here.

Final Inspection

The Policeman stood and faced his God,
which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?

The Policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No Lord I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry a badge
can't always be a saint."

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
that wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime
when the bills got just to steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've cried unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
among the people here.
They never wanted me around
except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had to much,
but if you don't I'll understand.

There was silence all around the Throne
where the saints had often trod.
As the Policeman waited quietly,
for the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, Policeman,
you've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
you've done your time in Hell."

SMSgt, USAF (Ret)

August 8, 2007



July 23, 2006

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