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Police Officer Amos Cross

Pensacola Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, September 12, 1980

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Reflections for Police Officer Amos Cross

Officer Cross.
On today, the 43rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 12, 2023

Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 12, 2020

Rest Easy Brother

Deputy LeBeau Colton LeBeau
Palm Beach County Sheriffs Department

June 11, 2019

Rest in peace brother. You are a true hero. Never Forgotten.

Jamie Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

November 3, 2018

We tutored together at the criminal justice program at, what was then PJC, Pensacola State. I think of you often and the wonderful person you were.

Dennis Waldron
Pensacola PD

October 20, 2017

Officer Cross, I did not have the honor of knowing you. I began my career in Law Enforcement the year before you did. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Lt. (Retired) Dory May
Pearl Police Dept.
Pearl, Ms.

September 12, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 33rd 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.

Rest In Peace

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

May 9, 2013

Dad I am always thinking about you and following in your footsteps as I wanted to do my whole life. As for going into the military and into law enforcement. I know your greatgrandchildren and grandchildren and my wife Lisa is so very proud of you. Whenever I go back home I visit your grave every chance I get. I am now a Federal Police Officer working in the Civil Service in the USAF which I know you would be very proud of me and only have a few more years to retire from it. I also retired after 23 years of doing Aircraft Armanment Systems Specialist and Security Forces. I love you so very much and know you are with us all the time.

(RET TSgt/GS-06) Keith Cross
Department of the Air Force Police

November 21, 2012

My thoughts are with this heroes family today and always. Continue to rest in peace Officer Cross, we will never forget...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

September 12, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Cross. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 16, 2012

God I thank you for your servant, Officer Amos Cross who gave his life so that many more could live.

Oh how I remember that day (9/12/1980) as if it was yesterday. I was barely 16 at the time, a sophmore in high school. The youth of Antioch Baptist Church gathered for choir practice, giving God praise by way of song. We had no idea what was brewing across the street from the Church, but God was watching it all. Fear paralyzed the Church when we received word about the horrific events that transpired across the street. Additional concerns were raised when the murderer of his grandfather and Officer Cross was approaching the Church swearing and cursing to kill all who were inside. Many lives were saved on that day because of the heroic efforts of those officers who apprehended the murderer in the Church parking lot. The greatest hero on that day was Officer Amos Cross, who gave of himself so that others could live.

Reflecting on that day, I was led to share this story and my gratitude for the life of Officer Cross. I did not get a chance to meet you Officer Cross, but I will never forget you as long as I live. My prayers are with your family and friends. I pray that God will bless your seed and keep them in perfect peace by way of His Divine Love. I did not get a chance to say thanks, but I hope that these words of gratitude rests in the hearts of your loved ones.

Thank you for your sacrifice and your service to your country and community. You are truely a hero.

Till we meet again


Brother in Christ - Winford

January 22, 2012

Amos was my Security Police NCOIC when I was stationed at Mill Valley AFS in the late 70's. He retired in 77 0r 78 with the rank of MSgt. He was a good and decent man. He was an honest and a fair man. He treated everyone fairly, regardless of their race or back ground. After a stellar 20 yr career in the USAF, in which he served his country honorably, he did not deserve to be shot down like a dog, by some idiot with a shot gun. It's been 31 years since he was murdered, but he's not been forgotten, nor will he ever be.

Sgt Steven V. Hoffman

December 9, 2011

My prayers are with the Cross family today as they face another EOW without their hero. May God be with you all. Officer Cross, you sir are a hero that we will never forget, continue to rest in peace.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


September 12, 2011

You are not forgotten. God bless.

Virginia LEO

November 4, 2010

To the Cross family, your hero is not forgotten...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


September 12, 2010

Officer Cross your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

October 7, 2009

Amos , thank you brother for sharing the thin blue line with me , thank you for your service and sacrifice . may your family know that they are ours and we miss you as well . you will never be on dear brother we continue the watch from here.............

officer val pickens
b'ham p.d./b'ham , al

December 1, 2008

The pain is as fresh as if it is Saturday, September 13, 1980 and I wait for your Saturaday call.
My prayer is that my Daughters,Greatgrand Daughter and our Granddaughters will have the Love of a Brother like you. You were truely a Brother and I am so greatful to have had you in my life. Your Sister, Bobbie Ruth

Bobbie R. Cross NeSmith

May 26, 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

October 4, 2007

Who would have thought when I met you when I was twelve years old that when your son told you he was going to marry the girl next door it would happen. I thank god for bringing you in my life at a young age and the time you spent mentoring us. I see so much of your you in your son. Mrs. Cross did a great job with the boys after you were taken from us so suddenly. You taught them well and would be extremely proud of all three. I just wish I could have gotten to know you as a father in law and grandfather! I think of you often and tell the grandchildren what a grat grandfather they had. I miss you and know that you are safely watching over us now just as you did when you were here physically. Love, Your Daughter in law Tor'rea

Torrea Cross
Daughter in law

January 25, 2007

Amos...I have not forgotten you , Rest in Peace

Deputy Wayne Ladieu
Escambia County Sheriff Office

September 12, 2006

May you have sweet sleep and may Our Lord Bless you and your family.

September 12, 2006

Amos Cross will always be in our hearts. Rest In Peace

Officer Nesenson
Pensacola Police Department

July 24, 2004

Amos, as you now know, Jesus Loves You, so do we!

Ret. Officer RB Wade
Richmond,VA Police

November 11, 2003

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