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Chief of Police Vern L. Ervin

French Lick Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, September 10, 1972

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Reflections for Chief of Police Vern L. Ervin

Chief Ervin,
Please forgive my previous reflection left for you. On today, the 51st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-for your Community and our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 10, 2023

Chief Ervin,
On today, the 50th 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 World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 10, 2022

After fifty years (Sept. 10,1972) we think about you every day. WE WILL NEVER FORGET!

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Betty Ervin Montgomery (Daughter)

August 4, 2022

It has been 49 years since you made the ultimate sacrifice. I wear a memorial bracelet every day to ensure that you will never be forgotten. I get questions both from fellow Officers and from the general public as to what the bracelet means. For most I tell them that it’s to remember a fallen family member. Many could care less, but others, usually officers, inquire further as to who you were and what had happened. To no surprise they are often left speechless. To those of us who understand what this line of work truly means and the risks that are sadly an everyday reality, your story is one of honor, courage, and sacrifice.

You are a hero to me and many others. In a time when society has turned for the worse and the job becomes harder and harder to justify doing, I always stop to think of what you would do in the same situation. You didn’t have the equipment or technology that we have today yet you still tied up your boots and went out to do what has to be done.

Your watch has ended and may you forever Rest In Peace

Police Officer Connor Ervin
Dallas Police Department

September 10, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

To your Great a Grandson Connor, a beautiful and spot on reflection. Please be safe out there always. God Speed.

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

September 10, 2020

This year marks 48 years since you’ve made the ultimate sacrifice. Not a day goes by that I don’t stop and think about what it means to give everything for the people you care about as you have done. It’s sad to see the world as it is today and I think you’d be ashamed to see it as it is. To be truthful the job has changed drastically since you were walking the streets, but the main principle of what it means to be a Police Officer is the same. I recently found an excerpt from the 1966 Dallas Police General Orders and I think it does an amazing job explaining what a Police Officer is.

“A Police Officer is a protector of the public, a shield for those in danger, a guide for the lost, and a bulwark against domestic or internal enemies”

Even though a lot has happened this year regarding Law Enforcement, My brothers and sisters have stayed true to those words and I would hope that we would make you proud. Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten and you are missed by many.

Police Officer/ Great- Grandson Connor E
Dallas Police Department

September 10, 2020

Rest in peace Chief of Police Ervin.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 1, 2020

You never knew me, but I’ve gotten to know you. I have the honor of calling you my great- grandfather. On September 10, 1972 this family lost a great man, but the world lost a hero.
I’ve spent some time trying to define as to who/ what a Police Officer truly is. It’s not the uniform as it is just cloth. It’s not the badge as it is just metal. It’s not the gun as it is just a tool. The Police Officer is the person. You can take the uniform and the badge and put it on a random person, but that does not make them a Police Officer.
It takes a certain person to do this job. It takes courage to put the uniform on and go out everyday knowing what the risks of the job are. But it takes more than courage to go out and look death in the face and be unwavering.
You as a person and the sacrifice you made are an inspiration to me and many others and are a major reason as to why I’ve dedicated my life to being a Police Officer. You are and always will be a hero to me.
Rest now knowing that others including myself will continue to hold the line as you once did. You might be gone, but you are most definitely not forgotten.

Police Officer/ Great- Grandson Connor E
Dallas Police Department

September 11, 2019

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Monica Zahasky
Cops Cycling for Survivors

September 10, 2017

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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 the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

May 4, 2013

Rest in Peace, Chief Ervin. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 17, 2013

A truly great man and Grandaddy. He is missed to this day.

Scott Montgomery

October 28, 2012

After forty years you are still remembered and missed every day.

Betty Ervin Montgomery

September 18, 2012

I just met your daughter and son in law tonight. Very nice couple.

God Bless

Patrolman Kirk Allton
Worthington PD

September 16, 2011

Rest in peace and God Bless you Chief Ervin.

Asst. Chief Marshall Noble
French Lick Police Dept

April 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

October 23, 2007

Rest in peace...we won't let you be forgotten.


April 15, 2005

Chief fallen officer should be without a reflection on this outstanding website. Thank you for your service & God bless....from a fellow Hoosier.

Special Agent Dennis Duncan
Norfolk Southern Railway Police

March 11, 2004

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