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Sergeant Freddie Joel Edwards

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, October 7, 1971

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Reflections for Sergeant Freddie Joel Edwards

Rest in peace Sergeant Edwards.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 24, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother. We honor you on the 46th anniversary of your E.O.W. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

October 7, 2017

Joel, you were and always will be my hero. You were the older brother who was always available from the time I can first remember. I always wanted to grow up to be you, honest, brave, caring and loving of you family and friends.

I am now 69 and I hope that I have followed in your footsteps.

You are in my prayers every night thanking you for your love and care in helping me become the man I am today.

Always my brother, always in my Heart
Richard Young

Younger Brother

July 10, 2016

Rest in Peace Sgt. Edwards. 44 years ago today you gave the ultimate sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.

Steve Van Slyke, Retired K-9 handler
El Cajon Police Department

October 7, 2015

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Edwards. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 22, 2012

Rest in peace you are not forgotten

Sgt Ken Fortier
San Diego Police

October 7, 2011

I wish I had a chance to meet you and only found out about you after your death. I would like to contact my lost half relatives and if anyone knows them please help me. I often wonder why you were taken from us. your son
[email protected]

Brent Stevenson

August 19, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th 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


October 7, 2009

today on the anniversary of you death we remember you and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 7, 2007

"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

Rest safe with Our Lord.

October 7, 2006

Sgt. Edwards,
On today, the 34th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of San Diego. Your murderer got his justice in prison.


October 7, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies.....

God bless, hero. Rest in peace.

A grateful citizen.

October 7, 2004

I honor you and your memory. Jim Crotty (Former Richmond, VA Police Officer)

Special Agent Jim Crotty
ATF (SA, Retired)

March 4, 2004

Rest easy, sir. You died with valor. And will never be forgotten. I would rather be a door keeper at the house of the Lord than to dwell in tents amongst wickedness.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S. O. (OH)

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