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Correctional Officer Jerome Combs

Kankakee County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, February 27, 1986

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Reflections for Correctional Officer Jerome Combs

On this actual anniversary of your death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your sacrifice is always remembered by your law enforcement family. Rest in peace always.

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

February 27, 2021

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

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

July 26, 2020

Rest in peace Correctional Officer Combs.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 27, 2019

Correctional Officer Combs' story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 2-15-17 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan

February 15, 2017

I did not know him, but from reading about him, he was exceptional at his job, and a good person in life, condolences to the many who are still missing him.

N/A just graudated from college

July 5, 2014

I can't believe it has been almost 26 years. I remember that night and the days to follow like it was yesterday.

Ptlm. Jerry A Meents
Kankakee County Sheriff's Police / Retired

December 17, 2012

Rest in Peace, Correctional Officer Combs. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

November 21, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored amd revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your famiy is in my heart's embrace.

Rest In Peace.

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

February 27, 2012

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 27, 2012



February 21, 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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

January 7, 2008

The worlds' loss is Heavens' gain,
Gerome,in those 3 short months we became friends along with others I grew to respect you, your poise and dignity were augmented by your compassion,so young yet mature you stood to go far.
I remember you were looking forward to being promoted,God saw your Heart and gave you a field commission because in His wisdom He knew just how much your Heart is needed in Heaven,I'm sure you're a Commander of Legions,because I know you were Faithful with your earhthly charge,still hearing your laugh,remebering your grace.
Your friend always,
Derrell E. Upton

Derrell Upton Former Correctional Office
Fellow Employee

August 10, 2006

Officer Combs,
On today, the 19th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Kankakee County. No one has tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of the Correctional Officer.


February 27, 2005

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