Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Orville Edwin Sharbono

Fairview Police Department, Montana

End of Watch Saturday, March 17, 1990

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Reflections for Chief of Police Orville Edwin Sharbono

My 2 friends and I had talked to Orville 20 minutes before he was shot. We were at the Hotel Albert having lunch and he stopped by our table. He said he was on his way to service a warrant and was dreading it. Someone else was supposed to deliver it but they were out of town. Within 20 minutes someone came running in and said Jim Allen had killed Orville. Everyone was crying. It was the saddest day in Fairview's long history. He was loved by the community.

Annabelle Heiser
Neighbor and friend

March 17, 2018

Well on this anniversary you will not be alone. This past year your bride and love of your life joined you. Your heart is once again complete. Blessings on you Chief.

Richland Co Sheriffs Office

March 18, 2016

I was a young man and a rookie cop the day Orville lost his life serving his community. I think of Orville not only on this day but very often. He was a good friend, comrade and role model. He always had a good story over a hot cup of coffee. He had generally a great attitude even when things may not have been going his way. Them that knew him had a special bond and he will never be forgotten.

Sheriff John K. Dynneson
Richland County Sheriff

March 18, 2016

I was a dispatcher at Richland County Sheriff’s Department and would work with Orville. Orville was a man of great integrity. He was an excellent Chief and a very kind soul. I will always remember you Sir.


March 17, 2011

Police chief Sharbono, twenty (20) years later you are still
remembered, with honour.

Thank you for your service. You died a hero serving the citizens of Montana. The citizens of Montana were well protected under your watch.

A tragic and unnecessary loss.


May 25, 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 17, 2010

To Chief Orville Sharbono and his loved ones:

It has been 19 years since your tragic death. Please know that your memory is honored and revered today.
My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.

From reading the reflections about you, it is obvious you were well-loved and well-respected. This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Chief Sharbono. I am humbled by your valor and your dedication.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of distinquished service Chief Sharbono gave to his community and the citizens of Montana, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 17, 1990.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 17, 2009



April 9, 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

December 11, 2007


Just started here in Fairview, looks like you left a great legacy behind. I hope that the department's living up to your expectations and goals, and I know from talking to many people in this town, that you are never far from our minds. Rest in peace...


W.H. #146
Fairview PD

May 14, 2007

Rest easy, Boss, it was good working for you. We'll meet again. Jim

James Burdette, Sgt.

April 26, 2007

Thank you for the service and protection that you provided. God Bless you.

December 18, 2006

Thank you for your service to your fellowman. Rest in peace my brother. May God bless you.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

March 17, 2006

It's been 16 years Orville. I am keeping "watch" for you. Things are in order, I hope you are proud.


Chief Gregory Thiel
Fairview Police Department

March 16, 2006

R.I.P. Chief, God Bless!!

January 1, 2004

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