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Patrol Officer Joseph Francis Doyle

Brown University Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Sunday, May 8, 1988

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Reflections for Patrol Officer Joseph Francis Doyle

Brother Doyle,

I am the new Vice President of Campus Safety at Brown (I started 7 months ago) . Your legacy and my work are now intertwined in a very unique way. Not only do I respect your service to the Brown community, I honor it and pledge to ensure that your service and sacrifice are never forgotten.

Rest well in glory friend "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friend ." John 15:13

VP Campus Safety Rodney Chatman
Brown University

May 4, 2022

Officer Joe Doyle, my Brother, we have never met, but in October 1988 I started at Brown University Police Department and shortly after went to the Academy. I have heard a lot of memories from other officers through the years. They say that you were a great honorable Officer. I am, after 33 years, still on the job as a Police Officer at Brown University. I can tell you, you are not forgotten here with the Brown University Police Department and community. God Bless and Rest in Peace...

Patrolman Gene DeJesus
Brown University Police

November 7, 2021

Tomorrow marks 33 years since your murder. You have not, nor will you be forgotten, Brother. Officer Doyle, you are a true hero in my opinion and always will be.

God Bless you and may your rest be eternally peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

May 7, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Doyle.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 11, 2020

Brother, it's now 31 years as of today. I salute you and honor your service.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

May 8, 2019

Has it really been 27 years? Every now and then I think about that funeral and feel proud to have participated yet so very sad it had to happen.

You are still a hero and that stern looking photo accompanying this page makes me wonder if in truth you were THAT much of a hard guy or maybe essentially tough on the outside but a marshmallow in the inside. No matter what, Brown would not have been so respectful that day had you not been a good guy and a true protector of those striving to learn and advance in life.

Too many "Campus Cops" have joined you and some preceded you. It's nice to know, that if any of us have to go, there's such a great group to welcome us home.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

May 8, 2015

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

January 26, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th 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 solace for 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. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

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

May 8, 2012

Wow, it's now 23 years. Keep 'em safe up there Officer Doyle, but in your time off, Brother, Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

May 8, 2011



September 30, 2009

May you always rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

May 8, 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

January 24, 2008

May the good Lord assuage the anguish of this, your most outrageous fortune. On behalf of a grateful nation, a sober law enforcement community, and a saddened neighborhood; we pray that our heavily father takes Joe’s soul into his loving hands. Only you, the family of our fallen brother, fully understand the sacrifice that has been placed upon the alter of freedom. May he rest in piece knowing that his efforts shall not be forgotten, and that we have his watch from here.

Patrolman Todd J. Vogler
CASE Western Reserve University Police Department, Cleveland, Ohio

October 13, 2007

In the line of duty, another hero pays the ultimate sacrifice so others can walk without fear.

Correction Officer Scott Boutell
Massachusetts Department of Correction

August 9, 2007

Thank you for your dedicated service to the Brown University community. You will not be forgotten.

A citizen

April 29, 2007

I can't believe it's been 18 years since you were visciously taken. A lot has happened at Brown since. Finally, the administration has awoken to the need for fireamrs and the process, though sssssssss-l-o-w is moving forward. It's always been debated as to whether being armed might have changed things that night, but we'll never know.

I pray your family is well and I'm sure you're keeping an eye on them.

May you have continued rest, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

May 8, 2006

Protecting our freedoms here on the home front makes you a hero, no different than those who have served the armed forces protecting our freedoms in wars abroad only your battle was closer to home.

God Bless You
PO1 Duane A. Donecker
USN 1984-2005

PO1 Duane A. Donecker

July 28, 2005

Joe, I attended your funeral as a member of the HUPD Honor Guard and was overwhelmed by the outpouring of sadness from the Brown University Community. You were a member of three families and you're missed, by your immediate family, your family in blue and of course the community you served. To all of us, you were a hero before those tragic events and still are. God bless you and all of your wife and children and may he assign you a nice quiet beat to patrol in Heaven.

Ptl. James F. Leahy Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

December 8, 2004

You will not be forgotten. Rest in peace and watch over us as we continue the watch.

Officer David Tedrow
Furman University Police Dept.

October 4, 2004

You will not be forgotten! Rest in peace and watch over us as we continue the duty!

Officer David Tedrow
Furman University Police Dept.

October 4, 2004

You will not be forgotten! Rest in peace and watch over us as we continue the duty!

Officer David Tedrow
Furman University Police Dept.

October 4, 2004

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