Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Sam Edward Etheredge, Jr.

Daytona Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, December 25, 1980

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Reflections for Officer Sam Edward Etheredge, Jr.

I worked at Jai-Alai back in the late 70’s and Officer Etheridge worked security. Being a valet parker they kept an eye on us . He was a really great guy back then and I enjoyed talking to him.

Thomas Pierce

July 16, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Etheridge.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 25, 2019

This was my friend's father. The offender is listed as "shot and killed." That is not accurate. The offender, the murderer, Joseph C. Johnson, was sentenced to 75 years in prison. His DOB is 12/01/52 and he is a white male. After serving ONLY 38 years of his sentence, he is scheduled to be released from Florida State Prison on 07/08/2019. Sam's wife and their two daughters have spent 38 Christmases without their father. They have been failed miserably by the system.

K. Sisk, Reserve Deputy

July 5, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Etheredge.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 24, 2018

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

May 23, 2018

The Daytona Beach News Journal just did a wonderful story on you and the circumstances surrounding your end of watch. I'm glad I was able to read it and learn more about you. I've done some research on those whose watches have ended in Volusia County and your name is one of the ones that I've always remembered. Please continue watching over us down here that continue to fight the good fight.

Officer Robert J. Culver
Holly Hill Police Department, Volusia County, Florida

December 25, 2017

Went to rookie school with Sam. Always in a good mood with a smile on his face. Think of him often, especially around Christmas. I am now retired after serving Volusia County for 30 years. RIP Sam.

Cpl. Randy Wilson
Volusia County Florida Sheriff's Office

April 26, 2016

I was living in Ormond Beach and was 14 years old when you gave your life protecting others. One year later my family relocated to North Carolina and I have never forgotten the sacrifice you and your family made. Your memory and the prayers for your family always intensify during this time of year. I am now 49 years old and have been a policeman for 27 years. I work patrol and will again work this Christmas with a wife and children at home. Your sacrifice has kept me vigilant all these years and has probably saved my life and spared my family suffering.

May you continue to rest in peace and may God protect and comfort your family. You will never be forgotten!

Sergeant Ricky Parks
Rocky Mount Police Department, NC.

December 18, 2015

May God keep you with him and bless your family for your sacrifice! Rest in Peace!

Brendan Kilroe

January 29, 2014

Continue to rest in peace Officer Etheredge, we will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you sir are a hero..

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

December 25, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 9, 2012

Merry Christmas Officer Etheredge, we will never forget the sacrifice you made for all of us... Continue to rest in peace.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


December 25, 2011






July 18, 2011

Officer Etheredge you are remembered today by the men and women of the Boston Police. RIP

Det. Michael Kane
Boston Police Dept.

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas in heaven. No matter how much times has passed we will never forget the heroes who gave their all to protect us.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


December 25, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 29th 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

December 30, 2009

You will always be in my prayers. That night will never be forgotten. Love you Brother.

Lt. Richard Mahoney
Bristol, Virginia Police Department

April 7, 2009

On this day I thank you for your service and think of your family.


December 25, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Manchester, Nh

December 23, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 2, 2007

You were a person we looked up to growing up in South Daytona and your family were wonderful people. When I became a Police Officer, I saw that everyone on the force respected and looked up to you as the kids in the neighborhood did. I will never forget that night you were taken from us, working that night was the worse night of my career.

Walt Yeomans
retired Edgewater P.D.

January 3, 2007

God bless you and your family on this 26th Anniversary of your EOW.

Border Patrol Agent
United States Border Patrol

December 25, 2006

Sam I was the new guy and did nt know you very well, but you and Lt Clain (who has now gone on to his reward), lived and died as Police Officers..with honor.
Before I retired, I went to several memorials for you over the years and it was my honor to be able to say.."We served together"..althought be it for a very short time.

You are among the several names on this site I worked with and who left doing what you heart bleeds for all of you.

By the grace of God, I survived to retire.

I know all you guys are attending Roll Call in the sight of God..Rest in Peace

Joe Pizzimenti

Joe Pizzimenti
Daytona Beach PD

September 22, 2006

I remember it like it was yesterday, though 25 years have now passed since that terrible Christmas. We met when I was a reserve police officer at DBPD. I was 19 years old. Some of the "regular" officers didn't like having "reserves" ride with them. You never had a problem with it. I can only imagine how much patience it took for you to let me ride with you, all the time asking questions, thousands of questions. But you were patient, and you never grew tired of me (or at least it never showed). I remember you telling me how you had worked for FP&L as a lineman before becoming a cop, and how we always ate at either Denny's or "Hog Heaven" bar-b-que at Auditorium & Atlantic whenever I rode with you. You were just great to a wide-eyed rookie cop, a great role model, and a great friend.
I was in Indiana that Christmas 25 years ago. I didn't learn what happened until I got back. But not a Christmas has gone by that I don't think of you. I've grown up now. Turned 45 this year. I was a "regular" officer with the Shores and DBPD and Port Orange. All those questions I asked, and the answers you gave, came in handy. Now I'm a lawyer, prosecuting attorney in Tallahassee. All the college and law school can't hold a candle to the education I got at the police department, some of it right there in your patrol car. Twenty-five years, hard to believe it's been that long.
Take care, Sam

Frank Allman
Office of the State Attorney, Tallahassee, FL

December 18, 2005

After all this time, you and your service to the citizens of Daytona will never be forgotten. Friends since high school, friend forever.

November 23, 2005

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