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Patrolman Gerard Francis DuFresne

Randolph Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, November 19, 1975

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Reflections for Patrolman Gerard Francis DuFresne

Gerry I go by to see you quite a bit.We where classmates at R.H.S.We both joined the US Navy.We saw each other in San Diego in 1968 before your West Pac Cruise.We had a few laughs about HighSchool.I became a Truro cop in April of 1975.When I received the news you were gone I was stunned.I have been to 2 police funerals both named Gerry.I know it has been over 40 years but seems like yesterday my friend.I know you are on your eternal patrol with a lot of heroes.I could never forget you with the fun we had.Until we meet again I pray that You are in good hands.

Dennis Devine Ptl. And BM2
Retired Middleboro PD. USN

March 8, 2016

I simply want to acknowledge that it has now been 40 years exactly. God Bless, Brother.

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

November 19, 2015

I just came upon this site and had to look up your name.
Nov.19, 1975 will be forever a part of my past. I can remember you coming into the rec. room and you had bought us all coffee. A few hours later you were gone.
I was part of that chase and was a witness to the murder. I was first by your side.
Your death will never be forgotten by me. I go by that scene almost every day and it always brings back that night.
Gerry, may you rest in peace. You paid the ultimate price for the Town of Randolph.

Ptlm. Ed. M
Randolph P.D.

November 29, 2014

Patrolman DuFresne,
Sir, it has been 37 years since your End of Watch but you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Randolph. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
A former Randolph resident and fellow LEO

Anonymous
U.S. Border Patrol

November 19, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th 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.

Rest In Peace



Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 19, 2011

Patrolman DuFresne -

Just checking in on you. Since I wrote you in 2005 I since joined a police department in Maryland. Wherever you are, I hope that you are well and know that you are not forgotten.

MCPD

Anonymous

March 5, 2010

"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
Sergeant
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

February 18, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

November 27, 2007

Ptl. DuFresne, 31 years ago a drunk driver took you from this world. You were new on the job and no doubt somewhat idealistic and what might have been a brilliant career was cut short by a selfish nobody. I know those who were left behind never really lost you. Thank you for your service to the people of Randolph, from a lifelong neighbor in Braintree.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

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

November 22, 2006

Patrolman Dufresne,

I grew in Randolph but now live in Washington DC. I was surprised to see that a small town like ours could have seen an officer fall. That goes to show that every officer is a valiant warrior. I appreciate your sacrifice to Randolph and to me as a citizen. Thank you for your sacrifice where ever you may be. May god bless you and your family.

December 16, 2005

Patrolman DuFresne,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Randolph. It sickens me to think that the piece of crap who ran you down admitted that is what he intended to do and only got 3 years for it.

R.I.P.
A former Randolph resident

November 19, 2005

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