Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant Curtis William Denton, Jr.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Wednesday, January 25, 1989

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Reflections for Lieutenant Curtis William Denton, Jr.

Rest in peace Lt. Denton.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 18, 2019

I miss you everyday big brother.You were the best brother in the world.You did your job very well and took good care of others.You will not ever be forgotten.

Diann Denton merritt
Little Sister

February 9, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 23rd 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.

Time never dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember him for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hold his family in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

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

January 25, 2012

Curtis was my Sgt. when I was assigned to the Juvenile Division in 1978. He was always very kind, patient and fair. His watch ended a year after I retired from JPSO. I will always remember him as a great officer and friend. I think about him often!! I hope to ride with him again in the fallen officers special place in heaven..

Det. Roy B. Leonard, Retired '88
Jefferson Parish Shreiff's Office

December 29, 2011

After all these many years have pasted I just found the ODMP
site. Alot of water has passed under that bridge .How fast time has passed us . We will get to talk again I'm sure . God bless


October 28, 2010

Lt. Denton, I lived down the street from you for many years when I was a teenager. You and I even had a run in one night in front of your house. Nevertheless, we put that behind us. I later joined JPSO in the 4th Dist where you worked (after you had been killed). Now I work in WA state and have been a cop for 20 years. Just thought I'd stop by and pay my respects. I still remember seeing and taking to you a few times back then.


Det. Doug Teachworth
Lynnwood, WA Police

May 20, 2010

It is an honor to wear the same uniform as you did, thank you for your service and dedication to duty, may I have the same courage as you shown if called upon.

Deputy John Latour
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

May 9, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 22, 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 1, 2007

Although i didnt know him, I have recently got to meet his family. and i just met his wife and daughter wendy, If he were still here today, i would like him to know that he should be very proud of his wife and daughters and how they are a very close family still after all that tragedy! and i am proud to know that i was related to a man of his calibur.

Wayne Eddy

September 22, 2007

Lt. Denton, thank you for your service. Neither you nor your sacrifice will ever be forgotten.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

April 26, 2007

I think about you often, Curtis. But I remember you in prayers not often enough.

I pray God has you in His strong hands.

Robert Anderson

October 10, 2006

I am home in heaven, dear ones,
Oh so happy and bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over.
Every restless tossing passed,
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.
Did you wonder, I so calmly trod
The valley of the shade?
Oh! but Jesus' love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.
And He came Himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread,
And with Jesus' arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt of dread?
Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still,
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's will.
There is work still waiting for you.
So you must not idly stand,
Do it now, while life remaineth,
You shall rest in Jesus' land.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you home,
Oh the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come.

Dear Lieutenant Denton,
Thank you for your dedication to the safety of mankind. We know that life is eternal and that we will meet someday. In the meantime, please pray for us from above and we will pray for you and your family from here. We love you.

Grandma & Grandpa Hinkle
Parents of a Deputy Sheriff

October 6, 2004



January 25, 2004

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