Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Billy Joe Dickens

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, January 27, 1970

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Billy Joe Dickens

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 9, 2020

The enormity of your sacrifice is acknowledged, and you will not be forgotten.

Jacquie Bauman
SCSD LEO family member

January 28, 2020

Deputy Sheriff Dickens,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of of Stanislaus County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 27, 2020

Billy, it is hard to believe that it has been almost 50yrs since you left us. We had some good times working together in South Mo. back in 63 & 64 when I was with Stan Co. You taught me a lot.

Stan. Co. #50
CHP Ret. #3674

December 23, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 27, 2018

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

November 13, 2016

deputy dickens...i lived down the street from you and your family, was friends with your two girls and your wife...though i was very young when you departed this planet your life made a huge impact on mine...i think of you often and will continue to do so until we meet again...

ray leonard

June 23, 2013


James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

July 9, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Dickens. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 22, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst 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.

I hope to one day meet your family at a COPS function.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 27, 2011

I love my grandpa with all my heart.I never got to meet him but he is a hero and gave his doing something he loved. If anyone know any thing more about my grandpa i would love to hear there story

christina pullin

christina pullin

January 30, 2010

Daddy you are thought of every day. You are very much missed by family and friends. You are and always will be my hero. I'm so grateful that I was old enough to see first hand and remember the compassion and understanding that you showed to everyone that you encountered whether on duty or in every day life. I am and always will be very proud to be your daughter and you will always be my hero. I love you and miss you very much.

Sherri Dickens

July 24, 2009


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 23, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

September 20, 2007

Billy; I am pround to have known you and worked at times with you. very proud that our familys in Oakdale knew you.
you are a Hero to all of us

jim stevens (sgt retired)
Friend (Oakdale P.D.)

June 8, 2006

Dep. Dickens your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are now in Gods Care. May you rest in peace brother.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

December 11, 2005

Billy, although I never knew you I now walk in your footsteps. You would be proud of what our Department has become. I see your picture everyday and I will never forget the sacrifice you made. Rest in peace my brother.

Stanislaus County Sheriff

July 27, 2004

I agree with a previous writer who wrote “No officer’s death should be without reflection.” It is an honor to be the first to leave a reflection in your memory. May the memory of your service, heroism and sacrifice remain forever.
RIP brother. AC

Pennsylvania State Police

September 3, 2003

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