Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Raymond Alfred Messerly, Jr.

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, October 22, 1992

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Reflections for Police Officer Raymond Alfred Messerly, Jr.

Rest in peace Officer Messerly.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 8, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother. Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice. You are not forgotten on the anniversary of your E.O.W.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

October 22, 2017

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 21, 2017

I worked VTD when the collision occurred. I attended your funeral. I remember the message by Pastor Terry Spears (LAPD Ret.). You did your job with quiet dedication, courage and honor. I salute your sacrifice. You are not forgotten. God Bless you and your family. Continue patrol.....vaya con dios.

Former VTD

November 21, 2014

Ray (Skip) was a hard working dedicated and very professional cop. We worked together on several traffic problems. He was a man I could always count on. We started to become pretty good friends and I was with him when he bought that guitar for his daughter. That tragic day is one I will never forget. I was the first officer on the scene and I had the heart wrenching task of arranging and conducting his memorial service. Now I am a pastor and I have used Ray in several sermon illustrations for dedication and professionalism. He was a friend and a great loss to all who knew him and also to the City of Los Angeles.

P-3 Retired Shelley A. Gale (Chaplain)

April 29, 2013

Thank you all for all the kind words about my dad! Reading these entries brought tears to my eyes, but a smile to my face to know that others still think about him, as I do everyday!

I love you daddy and miss you everyday! XOXO



February 21, 2012

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

Officer 11169

January 14, 2012



October 23, 2010

Officer Messerly - Thanks for your service to the people of Los Angeles. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)

April 20, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 17th 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.

Althouh your sacrifice was made years ago, your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


October 22, 2009

Ray, you were always an inspiration in the academy and one of the nicest guys I have ever met. You and I were among the four shortest in our class, and you made #1 in P.T.! Your wife was pregnant with the triplets at the time, and we used to always tease you about all those kids. Although we never worked together after the academy, Ray, you were a person I thought of often over the years. Your never quit attitude and quiet humor were always an inspiration. Rest well my brother

Detective II Retired, John "Freitas
LAPD Academy Classmate Class 2-81

March 31, 2009

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

December 1, 2007


I had the uneviable task of investigating Your traffic collision for the State, regarding future tactics - related training.

May You Rest - In - Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor

October 22, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service.


October 19, 2007

Officer Messerly,

I just want to pay tribute to you for your service and sacrifice. My dad, who is still on the LAPD, was a motorcycle officer and sergeant for 17 years of his lengthy and continuing career. I have a special appreciation for men like you. Your legacy lives on and you are not forgotten. God bless you and your family.

son of an LAPD officer


August 14, 2007

Rest in Peace Motorman. You are not forgotten.

Motor Officer Danny Johnson
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

October 22, 2006

Mr. Messerly,
Thank you for being a service to the community and a friend of the family. Your contributions have, and will not go unnoticed.

Thank You!

Leon Petersen

April 11, 2006

To the man I looked up to and still do. I think about you everyday. You will NEVER be forgotten. I love you daddy...

Love your oldest child,
Renee Tera Marie Messerly

Renee Messerly

September 24, 2005

I thank you for your service and salute you for your sacrifice.

A grateful citizen.

September 23, 2004

Rest in peace motorman.

Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

February 18, 2004

Fly high brother!

Officer Jason Woodruff
Gulf Shores, AL Police

August 29, 2003

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