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Reserve Officer Lonnie Edward Howard

North Vernon Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Wednesday, March 24, 1993

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Reflections for Reserve Officer Lonnie Edward Howard

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you Hero and your family for your courage, sacrifice and service. Always remembered.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 24, 2020

Rest in peace Reserve Officer Howard.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 31, 2019

Not a day goes by that I don't think about you baby brother. I often think about what you would be like now. Then I remind myself, you would be the same loving and caring and often very funny guy I grew up with. The kids are grown and you are about to become a Great Uncle! I wished you could see them now. You died serving other people. That is a true example of a natural leader. You were very proud of what you were doing and I am very proud of the man you became.

David Howard

January 8, 2017

I never got to meet you uncle Lonnie, only heard great things from you. I remember as a boy listening about you.I've seen your badge, heard your story..i wish I could have met you. I came to pay my respect to you as I respect all the men and women who protect and serve and gave their lives.

Police academy student

November 15, 2016

Rest in Peace, Reserve Officer Howard. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 6, 2013

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. I'm sure that law enforcement was your dream that was taken away from you way too early. Know that you are a true hero and that heroes never die. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

March 24, 2013

RIP Sir, A Hero is Honored today. I too was a 22yr old Reserve Officer for my local Sheirff's Department in 1993.
The things you missed over the years at the start of your career can never be re-placed now. But you will always be remembered. RIP Brother.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

March 24, 2012

God bless and watch over you Lonnie as I am sure you continue to protect us from above.

Lonnie and I were brought on within a month of each other. He was so devoted and excited about his new position with the NVPD. His enthusiasim was infective. He was a well liked young man in the community and was taken fromus way too soon.

JD Callahan, 1SG, US Army
Former Reserver Officer, NVPD

June 18, 2011

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge - Proverbs 14:32.

Never forgotten.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi #1249
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

March 24, 2011

Officer Howard, your service and dedication are not forgotten.

SSA Ellen Pierson

August 5, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 24, 2010

Lonnie, today is your 39th birthday, WOW!!! I miss you so bad!! I think of you everyday, I honestly do!! You were so cheated out of a lot!! I am glad that your dream did come true getting to be an officer! You will never be forgotten!! Happy birthday, I will always love you!!!!

Tabatha Hatton Spencer

October 9, 2009

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion
Proverbs 28:1

You are not forgotten

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


March 24, 2009

To Lonnie and his family and friends:

Today is the sixteenth anniversary of Lonnie's tragic death and the day all your lives changed forever. As I read the loving reflections left, I am mindful of the journey we all struggle with as we try to make a life for ourselves...we know that is what our beloved would want us to do, but the heart always aches for the one who can only be with us in spirit for now.

I hope that you all find some peace in your heart tomorrow as you hold your memories like the rare and beautiful pearls they are.

May Lonnie's spirit continue to soar and his memory continue to inspire.

Rest in Peace, Lonnie. Your valor and dedication and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 24, 2009

I still remember your funeral. It was the first time I've ever seen dad cry. I was six years old at the time but I haven't forgotten you. We all miss you brother.


November 22, 2008

Reserve Officer Howard,

Thank You for your service and sacrifice, you are a HERO..
May God continue to watch over your family and friends today and always... Rest in Peace...

Sister of Officer John P Harris EOW 8/19/1994

April 24, 2008



February 27, 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 14, 2008

lonnie died about a month before i was born. so i never met him. his passing has greatly affected my family's life, his mother, his dad, his brother, everyone misses him deeply. and we are all very proud of him for his service.
we love you!

hes my uncle

July 19, 2007


Deputy Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

February 17, 2007

The short time I knew Lonnie just wasn't enough. He was so plesant to be around. I remember how excited he was picking out his uniforms for the job he had longed for-to become a police officer. He died doing what he loved to do. The last time I saw him was with my niece, Tabatha, who loved him with all her heart, was at a chinese restaurant. I never will forget what his fortune cookie said, "soon you will get the recognition you deserve." That was a couple of weeks before his life was taken. You will always be loved and missed. God be with all of the officers that are willing to go out there and put their lives on the line for all of us. Thank you for your loyalty and dedication. Love, Jo Ann

Jo Ann Brown

February 10, 2005

Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of the citizens of North Vernon.

Probation Officer Cory Walker
Jennings County Superior Probation Department

February 7, 2005

Lonnie was a young man all he ever wanted was to be a policeman and loved, he succeeded in both, I know it was my daughter that loved him so much and gave him more than he ever had in his whole life, he finally made a policeman and a man took his life and at such an early age I cannot believe it has been 11 years but, he will never be forgotten, thanks Lonnie for your committment to law enforcement and for loving my daughter. love Judy

January 24, 2004

December 30, 2003

Boy, you got gyped out of alot of life. You would have been 32 now.
Thanks for your commitment to law enforcement and your ultimate
sacrifice. It sounds like you did make a difference in your short
career. You are still remembered today.

Lynn Kole
Washington State

December 30, 2003

God bless you. You will never be forgotten.


November 8, 2003

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