Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Clemmie E. Curtis

Huntington Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, August 3, 1976

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Reflections for Patrolman Clemmie E. Curtis

Clem was in my HHS class of "63". He was best man at my wedding in 1964, I knew him & his wife Paula since their marriage in 1968. I was there in August of 1976 with Paula & the girls through that terrible time when he was murdered. He was a friend, loving husband and caring father. He was a police officer who did his job with compassion. Paula died in 2013 loving Clem until the end. With both of them it was family first. Stil miss you both.

Roberta Kilver Ackerman
Dear friend

May 13, 2018

Clemmie I know you when you were a police officer and must say a great one. Many years after your passing I met your sweet wife and family. Paula and I became best friends. It has been four years today she passed away. I miss my dear friend more than anyone could ever know. She always loved you and talked about you a lot. I know she is with you in Heaven right now and that makes me feel good.

Brenda Lemaster
friend

December 15, 2017

Dearest Uncle Clemmie
Although I don't remember you, your death reflects the complication of life. The loss of you has affected the family and friends that you did not get the privilege of loving and those they love and so on and so on. So I have to believe that although you are not physically here with us it is with heavy hearts that your love carries on through your family, loving wife, daughters and grandchildren. Many of those mentioned are now with you and have found the same Peace that you have. For those of us left behind I feel your love along with those that have joined you. So it is with this love that you and my Grandma , Grandpa Nana (I can still feel her in her rocker)and my Dadthat you will live on. Thank you for your sacrifice
Cindy

Cindy
Niece

April 8, 2017

Rest In Peace Patrolman Curtis, our thoughts and prayers are still with your family and friends. Your service and sacrifice is remembered.

Sgt. Jarrod L. Wilson / K9 Officer
West Virginia Division Of Corrections

August 3, 2014

Clemmie, I last wrote a short reflection 2005. You have always been a friend, just want to add a few things. During my law enforcement career I have lost many friends. I have been in L. E. over 45 years. I retired from Tampa P.D., Seminole and Plant city P.D. I wish I could have spent more time with you and told you how much of a friend you were. My dad would tell me, you would stop by and talk to him, you were always there for him and the neighborhood. I know you really cared about people and had a good heart. You are my hero buddy love you. God bless.
Mike Floyd, Chief of Police, Ret.

Chief of Police Retired
Seminole, Tampa, Plant city P.D.

May 13, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. I am privileged to post a reflection for you. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th anniversary year 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 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. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 27, 2013

Papa, even though I never got to meet you, you have no idea how much I love you. I feel a connection with you thats indescribeable. I feel your presence sometimes, and although it's scary sometimes, it's comforting. I have so much anger built up because your life was cut short. You barely had time to be my mom's and pip's dad, nannie's husband, and down the road, my grandfather. I'm mad at God for allowing this to happen. I firmly believe everything happens for a reason, but absolutely nothing good came out of your death. I don't know if I'll ever have closure or accept what happened, but my love for you and your life may help ease the pain. Hearing all the stories about you makes 100% positive we would have been as close as possible. Nannie has told me so many funny stories and it warms my heart to imagine what it would hve been like to see you two together. It breaks my heart however, knowing all the wonderful memories we could have shared together will never happen. I know Nannie will never be the same, and neither will anyone affected by this. Just know, if you can somehow read this.... that I love you more than anything. I think about you all the time; you're constantly on my mind. You will never be forgotten. I have that police teddy bear and your picture in my room (which I know you already know I have them). I'm definitely taking those to college in the summer. I even have a hat and a pocket knife of yours I may give back to Nannie. I feel like she needs them more than I do. Even though you're gone, you're still a huge part of my life and you will always have a special place in my heart. That is why I plan on doing what Pip did, and somehow fitting either the name Clem or Curtis into one of my children's name one day. I can't wait to see you in Heaven someday <3 I love you papa.

Elizabeth Thompson
Granddaughter

February 27, 2012

Uncle Clemmie, you are always loved. Thank you so much for your service. You will never be forgotten.

I came across this page today by doing some soul searching and to see the words that people have left here I feel has allowed me to get to know you a little more. Your name carries on with my youngest son. I named him Curtis to carry on the name of the whole family...in honor of Papaw, Mammaw, Uncle David, Mom, and You...the strength, resolve and love the family has taught the younger generations that your lives have touched.

Anonymous

May 3, 2011

It is hard to believe so many years have passed since your life was taken. Family and friends will never forget the wonderful professional, person, friend, husband and daddy you were, Clem. Love, kindness, humor and thoughtfulness are things we all cherished about you. I think about that awful day when August rolls around each year. Closure never really happens as Paula remarked, but I hope her pain has lessened with each passing year. Rest in peace, dear friend, and keep a watchful eye on us till we meet again someday!

Mary Ellen Coleman
friend

August 6, 2009

10-42 They finally tied one of your killers to the child they had killed. I know Azel Bryant took your death with him wishing the HPD had found your killer.

Christopher Clagg

December 16, 2008

It's becuase of men like brother Curtis that we serve today. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. You will never be forgotten by the HPD.

Ptlm. Adam S. Roberts
Huntington PD ,WV

May 6, 2008

Thank you for your service Patrolman Curtis. It is because of men and women in your service that my family may sleep with the full knowledge that people like you stand between us and the killers of this world. I am sorry that your life was taken in this manner just know that concerned people do care for what you do. My utmost well wishes to your family may you rest in God's care as I know your fellow officers have the watch.


Citizen

March 27, 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
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

March 2, 2008

Clemmie, you have always been a friend. I remember you from high school. You always cared about people. God bless you.

chief of police Mike Floyd
seminole pd

March 3, 2005

No officer should be without a reflection. Thank you for your brave service.

A citizen

August 3, 2004

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