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Patrolman Buford Dedeaux

Gulfport Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, June 8, 1979

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Reflections for Patrolman Buford Dedeaux

Rest in peace Patrolman Dedeaux.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 18, 2020

Patrolman Dedeaux,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Gulfport. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

June 8, 2019

Officer Dedeaux your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to The City of Gulfport and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace my fellow LE Brother!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

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

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, TroopD

June 8, 2016

I remember when Officer Dedeaux brought his K9 partner to 28th Street Elementary school for a demonstration. I also remember the day he was tragically killed I the line of duty. I was friends with his daughters during this time. Rest in peace and thanks for your service.

Debbie Ferris Stalans

January 17, 2016

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to the Citizens and City of Gulfport! Continue to Rest in Peace Officer Dedeaux!
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13

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

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop D

June 8, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 8, 2015

In searching this website, I was curious to see if any LEO's had fallen on my birthday. I unfortunately found that my birthday was quite a deadly day in Law Enforcement. 3 officers killed in the line of duty.
Your sacrifice is not forgotten brother.

Deputy Justin Sabo
Anoka County Sheriff's Office

March 17, 2015

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 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 the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace

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

June 15, 2012

I have seen you in a few pictures,all i see is a man. My dad(Beau Dedeaux)talks about how your a kind man. From what i heard you are a good policeman,Husban,father, and Grandfather.

Love your son and gradson,
Beau & Caleb Dedeaux.

Caleb Dedeaux

November 1, 2009

Today is your 64th Birthday it is also your 1st Grandchilds 23rd Birthday


August 20, 2009

30 yrs. today and you will never be forgotten. God Bless Ofc. Buford Dedeaux's family, friends and Dept.

Ret. Sgt.
City of Miami PD Fla.

June 8, 2009

I was 5 yrs old when you passed so abruptly. But I recall through the years looking at your pictures and hearing what a wonderful man you was. The good that you accomplished in your line of work. You truely are my hero and because of you and some of my many other family members I decided to take the same path with integrity and honesty. I can only hope I can be the officer you was. With much love Melissa Peterson

Long Beach PD, Neice

November 20, 2008



March 20, 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

November 29, 2007

See you on the other side.

Sgt Don "Boots" Jensen Retired
Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee, WI

September 26, 2007

Rest in peace sir. Thank you for your service.

Captain Shannon Yates
Collins Fire Dept. (Mississippi)

December 27, 2006

Thank you sir, you are a hero.

Officer Caleb Williams
Gulfport Police Department, Gulfport, Ms

November 17, 2005

Having been a member of the Gulfport Police Department at the time of Bufords death, I can tell you he was a good and decent man. I remember riding on patrol with Buford. He took me down alleys and roads I didn't even know existed. He was a kind and caring man, a good friend and always willing to help someone. God Bless his family.

Scott Henderson
Gulfport Police Deparment (Former)

September 4, 2005

Patrolman Dedeaux,
On today, the 26th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your servce and sacrifice for the citizens of Gulfport. It took another 23 years, but the piece of scum who murdered you finally got the justice that he deserved.


June 8, 2005

Buford was the first of many funerals for comrades that I have attended since I began serving in uniform twenty-five years ago. I remember them all, but having been on the job at the same time as Buford - Biloxi PD, Badge #246, I can still remember both the funeral and the man. He was a good family man, a good K9, and a good cop. Rest in Peace, my brother.

CW4 Richard Thetford
US Army

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