Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Ernest Wilson Davis, Jr.

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, July 16, 1980

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Reflections for Police Officer Ernest Wilson Davis, Jr.

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

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

July 16, 2020

My father Robert E. Lagera was the detective traveling n. Broad st # 601 chased the suspects into Hunting Park. Regrettably no more shots were fired


December 5, 2018

I want to take this opportunity to Thank Everyone here who never forgot my brother, Ernie W. Davis. He was a great Athlete, Fisherman, Tuba player, Ice Hockey player and a smooth talker ( getting out of tough situations as a cop) and a pool hustler. What a funny guy!

While working in the radio room, he said ,"I want to work the streets to make them safer for all". He loved and new the streets
of the city. We are still in good hands who follow his example.

Thank you from our Mother Marie T. Davis 84 yrs young

Kathy Davis- Wolfe
Sister of OFFC. Ernest W Davis

February 17, 2012

Ernie, another year passes and I think of you again. Rembering the funny times as well as the painful ones... the lives lost as well as those who were lucky enough to live on and live up to your memory... RIP, Ernie...

Dianne (Kuebler) Clay

July 17, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th 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 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.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 16, 2010

It's been a long time Ernie but every year on this date, I think of you and what you gave in honor of the PPD and for the citizens of the City. There are so many memories I have of you in Radio and stories of you on the street -- all I can say is that you are still missed.

Dianne (Kuebler) Clay

July 16, 2009

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice. You are a hero to us all and we will never forget you. God bless your family


July 24, 2008

God bless you and your family, Officer Davis. You will never be forgotten.

Sgt. G. Morace
Phila PD

July 16, 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 24, 2008

I am very close to Ernie's son and his family. I never had the opportunity to know Ernie, but I do know he would be extremely proud of his son and the beautiful daughter he and his wife have. I hope that Ernie is looking down on them and knows what a wonderul man his son has become.

November 7, 2007

I did not know ernest but if I did I would tell him that his son turned out to be a wonderful man, husband, and father. I know that he would have been so proud.

November 5, 2007

Your memory and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

July 16, 2007

Ernie "REDS" Davis was one of my best friends growing up in Philly (mostly on the corner of Mascher & Norris Streets - down the street from Saint Boniface where we attended school; played schoolyard handball and stickball; and probably kissed our first girl). Ernie loved all sports and was 'one helluva ballplayer'! I'd be rich if I had a dollar for every game we played together; whether handball in the Saint Bonnie's yard, boxball on the corner, stickball/halfball at Kennys on Howard Street and two-hand touch football between the parked cars on Mascher Street. [Guys like Chris Bruno, Bob Murphy and others would well-remember these times if they ever visit this site.]

I entered the Army and lost touch with Ernie. I later found out from my sister that Ernie had become a Policeman and had been shot and killed in the area of "K&A". What a shock!

Ernie has been in my thoughts and prayers for years. My search of his name led me to this site. For his son, whom I've never met, I'd like to say: "Your Dad was one hell of a great guy and friend! He must have been so proud when you were born!"

Gone, but will never be forgotten!

Ray Millaway
U.S. Military, Special Operations

February 11, 2007


You were my Father's dear friend and I know your loss haunts him till this day, He worked with you on the streets of the 25th. I remember what a kind man you were, Shortly before your death you slip me 20 bucks to have a good time at a school dance. I remember your son, close to my own age. I hope your family is doing well and under God's protection. I will never forget you or the supreme sacrifice you made for us all. Rest In Peace!


August 9, 2006


I can't believe it has been 26 years since you so brutally taken from us. I remember back to our days in the radio room and the crabbing trips. Ernie you were taken from us far to early and I pray to God that you rest peace and that he watch's out over your family.

Here is to Justice coming soon for the animal that did this to you and the other lives that he took.

Rest in Peace my Friend you will never be forgotten.......
Your friend ED Lichtenhahn

P/O Lichtenhahn
Phila. Police (Partner)

July 16, 2006

officer Davis, you will never be forgotten and are remembered in my daily prayers . You are a hero and I thank you for all your service, dedication, and the sacrifice you made protecting the citizens of Philadelphia. Continue to sleep in God's Love and Peace
Kathi Halligan Phila Pa wife and mom of Philly Police Officers

March 8, 2006

25 years ago today and still remembered!


July 16, 2005

Officer Davis,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Philadelphia.


July 16, 2005

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