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Police Officer Clark Hamilton Curlette

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, April 1, 1976

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Reflections for Police Officer Clark Hamilton Curlette

Saw Tom's son at The Port of Miami on Sunday April 7, 2019. He is a MDPD K-9 officer. I told him his father was a great officer and would be proud of his son.

George Havens
Retired MDPD and SAO in 1993

April 9, 2019

There isn’t a day that goes without remembering that tragic moment. May God keep them in his glory. Prayers for all family and friends! You are not forgotten!

Captain Tony Socarras, Ret

April 1, 2019

I was part of the MDPD Crime Prevention Unit of NE District Station 6 and was one the first officers on the scene that night. This was one of the first LODDs I experienced during my career at MDPD from 1974-1986.

Sergeant Bernie Loos
Retired Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office

January 19, 2019

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

Hi Clark (Corky),

Well, it's been 40 years since you were taken from us. But I remember you well. I remember the friend that you were and the quality police officer that you were. But, most of all, I remember the good and decent man that you were. In the years we were squad mates you were both a close friend and partner to be counted on. Of course, you weren't much of a Ping Pong player but we sure had fun playing. Rest in peace my friend.

Bob Benton
Former Squad Mate

July 29, 2016

I recently visited your grave Detective. Curlette. Rest in peace. Men of humility and heroism shall always be saluted.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 18, 2016

Today, 35 years after your sacrifice, "A" Shift honors you, Officer Curlette by dedicating our watch to you. Thank you for your courage and service. Your memory will NEVER be forgotten.

Sgt. J.L. Slaughter
Radford Police Department

April 1, 2013

Officer Curlette,
On today, the 36th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow officers for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Metro-Dade County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

April 1, 2012

Continue to rest in Officer Curlette, we will never forget.

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

April 1, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

We will never forget this hero who gave his all for us. What a sad day for the Metro-Dade PD and the families left behind to pick up the pieces and move forward.

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


April 1, 2011

To The Family of Det. Curlette:
I wanted to offer my sympathies on your tragic death. You are missed by your family, friends and colleagues. Your bravery and courage will never be forgotten. My dad was a New York City Police Officer for almost 40 years. Where you and your 2 colleagues Det. Hodges and Det. Dazavedo will killed was where I received my first driver's license and I have passed by there quite a number of times. Rest in peace Det. Curlette.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 8, 2011

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

April 1, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty third 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

I hold your family in thought and prayer today.

Phyllis Loya

Phylllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 1, 2009


Pat Van Den Berghe

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

October 3, 2007

Your actions and courage on that day lead you to make the ultimate sacrifice, and as a result of that, you will always be remembered. Rest in peace always sir.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

April 1, 2007

Merry Christmas too you and your family. May they continue to move forward in life and heal with your guidance. God Bless!

December 21, 2006

Something happened 30 years ago that had a profound influence in my career as a young Opa-Locka police officer in love with working auto thefts. Just wanted you to know that it was men like you that made me the man I am today. God bless you and your family...

Capt. Geoff Jacobs
Snellville, Ga., PD

April 26, 2006

Rest in peace, Sir. You are not forgotten..


December 30, 2005


I just wanted to take this opportunity and thank you for being my Dad's partner. Miami-Dade County just recently paid the three of you the ultimate tribute by naming a street after you. God Bless You and keep you.

"They are not heros because they died, they are heros because of how they lived."

Det. Christopher Hodges

Detective Christopher Hodges
Miami-Dade Police Department

September 1, 2005

Not forgotten, rest in peace.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.

April 1, 2004

No officer that gave his life should be without reflection……

“For those who pledge to uphold it, Freedom requires a sacrifice the protected will never know”


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