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Police Officer Dennis Charles Doty

Riverside Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, May 13, 1982

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Reflections for Police Officer Dennis Charles Doty

Officer Doty,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 13, 2022

RIP. Never forgotten. The park named in honor of you and your partner is a nice place to visit and reflect.

Deputy Sheriff Los Angeles
County Sheriff

May 13, 2022

Thank you for your service, military as well as police, and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

May 13, 2021

Officer Doty
Thanks for your sacrifice and your outstanding service to this great nation, your city and state. Your Viet Nam service speaks for itself. I too am an Army vet. Men like you make this country what it is today. You honor our profession of law enforcement--your distinguished and exceptional Army service in combat is also greatly appreciated.

James Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno) & NVDPS

May 13, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Doty.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 16, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service to this country.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 13, 2018

Officer Dennis Charles Doty will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in Heaven, and may God continue to bless his family.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

April 13, 2018

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

May 13, 2017

Dennis was a good friend that I served with in Vietnam. Never will forget the friendship we had.

Sp.4 Richard Estes

May 13, 2017

Today it's been 34 years that Dennis left us. He is always in my heart and never far from my thoughts.

I still miss him and often think about Phil's family too.

Prayers to all officers current and past and their families.

Stay safe.

Gayle Watson

May 14, 2016

Growing up I looked up to Dennis, he made Christmas fun at our grandparents. I think of him often, and how proud his mother was of him. I am sickened by what is now taking place on our countries streets, As my youngest daughter readies herself to enter the field I pray to God keep and protect you all!

Steven Basham

September 5, 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

May 13, 2015

Officer Doty,
On today, the 31st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

May 13, 2013

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

February 10, 2013

Your sacrifice, at the hand of a coward, honors you, your department, your chosen vocation, your service, family and friends, your community and the larger law enforcement community. I pray that your family, colleagues, friends and community continue to heal, remember and honor you.

Now the community and your department must deal with another cowardly criminal act resulting in the loss of one Riverside Officer and the serious wounding of another. My thoughts and prayers are with these most recent victims, their families and friends, the department and the community.

Continue to Rest in Peace - and welcome another Riverside hero in the next Life.

Retired Police Chief, Colorado
Former Riverside Resident

February 8, 2013

Today on the 30th anniverdary of your death, I am one of the police survivors fighting for justice for you and the other 41 law enforcement officers whose killers are on death row. The death penalty is under attack in California, but many are defending it trying to preserve the justice that you, your family, and Riverside Police Department were given by a California jury and judge. From one of those who are waiting for justice.

Rest In Peace. You are remembered today.

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

May 13, 2012

Officer Doty, just wat to say that as we approach the 30th anniversary of that fateful day when you and Ofc. Trust lost their lives, I will never forget. Although I was only 10 yrs old at the time, I was there on my bike in the neighborhood I grew up in La Sierra. The news of your death spread like wildfire nd the community was shocked. Thank you for your sacrafice and know that theres a kid born every generation that is willing to follow in your footsteps to make this world a better place. God Bless you Sir.

Deputy Chris Lee
Pinal County Sheriff (AZ)

April 23, 2012

A true hero. A direct descendant of Edward Doty, a Mayflower passenger.


March 27, 2012

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

Officer 11169

January 19, 2012

I learned of dennis death the year it happened ...I served with doty for a year in Vietnam ,,we were best friends ..I can think of nobody better than him. I did visit him in riverside sometime years before his death. I think of him all the time .He was a great leader in vietnam ,no better man than Dennis...I did a tribute to him and other Vietnam veterans this past weekend at my church. I miss them all ..
Sgt.Steven L Borton

Steven L Borton
Vietnam Vetern ,Served with Doty

May 31, 2011

In two weeks,it will be 29 years since you were taken from us. The last time I saw you, you came through my back kitchen door,with a smile that made it all good. I think of you every day, and with Pride, and the knowledge that I was able to have you around to get me right. I strive every day to be a better person because of you. I never got to thank you for serving our Country, and Our fine City of Riverside. You and so many fine Officers will ALWAYS be missed and Remembered. Thank you for being a friend, and thank you for being a Great Police Officer and a stand-up guy. You will always be in my thoughts. God bless you Dennis. And Thank You.

Citizen, Norm Simpson

April 30, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach the 27th 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 the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer. He was shot twice when ambushed on April 23rd when he was on a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, 23 years after you were killed.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

May 13, 2009

No fellow California law enforcement personnel killed in the line-of-duty, should be forgotten.

Your unfortunate death is discussed by some of us when emphasizing how even a nude individual may be a possible serious threat, upon initial contact by law enforcement personnel.

Officer Doty, may Your Soul Rest-In-Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor

May 13, 2008



May 13, 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

September 20, 2007

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