Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Senior Trooper Larry Gene Hacker

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Friday, April 9, 1993

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Reflections for Senior Trooper Larry Gene Hacker

The loss of a great man will often go unnoticed. Until a time when those that he touched come together to celebrate the light of his life. Rest In Peace Sir.

Commander Albert Vincent
Crime Suppression Special Response Team/Nashville Tennessee

April 9, 2021

Rest in peace Trooper Hacker.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 14, 2019

Trooper Hacker; I unfortunately only got to meet you briefly. My brother Steve was the trooper trainee who was with you that night when you were both senselessly ambushed. Fate spared my brother, but ripped you away from all those who love & respect you. Steve has always spoken of you as a great officer who he was honored to train under. In the short time you mentored him, you taught him well as you drove the winding WV roads.
So many feel gratitude for the positive impact you had on so many lives, especially your family.
DEA SA Steve continues to carry the torch you passed over to him that April night.

Rest In Peace for a job well done and a life well-lived, Trooper Larry Hacker

Donna, sister of SA, DEA

February 4, 2019


It never gets easier...I will always miss you! I often go back to when we were kids; all the times spent fishing together, sitting in the hay in the barn loft, and watching TV while eating dishpans of popcorn :) You were the brother I never had. Until we meet again, Sweet Cousin, I love you! <3.

Becky Hacker-Minigh

April 1, 2016

Rest In Peace Trooper Hacker, your service and sacrifice is remembered. Our prayers are with your family.

Sgt. Jarrod L. Wilson / K9 Officer
West Virginia Division Of Corrections

August 27, 2013

Thank you for your service to others. You will never be forgotten as true heroes never die.

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

April 9, 2013

Thank you for your service and Heroism Sir, may you RIP you served well. Two of your brothers joined you recently which I'm sure you were there to welcome them. Once again thank you Sir.

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

September 1, 2012

Larry, my good friend and classmate. I mentioned you at my retirement dinner and think of you often, but especially this week as we lost another brother again to a cowardly assassin.

Ret. Capt. Jan Cahill
Friend and classmate

August 31, 2012

Dear Dad,
It has been 19 years since your passing, and I am beginning to heal, as many wonderful events have happened in our lives. A little piece of heaven and a part of you has blessed us , as your first grandson, Larryn Daniel Backus, was born into our lives. ...He is named after you, dad, and when we look at him, we see you.....Your son-in-law(my husband, Bryan) is serving as the Sheriff in Ritchie County. In his office is a painted picture of you, and at the amazement of us and the secretaries, our little Larryn walked over to it and said "Papal"......somehow he knew......and it was then that we all caught a glimpse of heaven........We are teaching him about his Savior......he even bows his little head to pray......Looking foward to the day when you two will meet......Until then......Love you.....See you soon! ....Erica

Erica D. Backus

August 8, 2012

A Hero is honored today, RIP Sir

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

April 9, 2012

I will never forget the ultimate sacrifice you gave our state and country. I helped process this crime scene and have never forgot you. I will spend the remainder of my life striving to never lose sight of how blessed this country is to have had brave honorable men such as you serving them....without fanfare or expectation... God speed Larry Hacker.

Lieutenant K. M. Comer (retired)
West Virginia State Police

January 5, 2012

I can still remeber the day that Lt. Donald Wagner called me to tell me of the death of Trooper Hacker. I was very shocked and sadden to recieve this information. Lt. Wagner and I had both know Trooper Hacker while attending the West Virginia State Police Academy. Any member of either the 38th Cadet Class on the 70th Basic Class were honored to have known this man. He was one of the finest Troopers that I have ever known and just the kind of person that would lay down his life in the service of his state and his country. Thank you for your service and rest in peace.

sergeant albert vincent
goodlettsville police department

August 21, 2011

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones and close friends on this day. Continue to watch over all of them. You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your service to others and know that you are a true hero and heroes never die.

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

April 9, 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

April 9, 2010

It has been 16 years since your passing; it is Christmas time, and I am now 32 years old. I will never forget how you would sing Julie and I to sleep with "Away in a Manger" every Christmas. These memories will forever be so dear to my heart, as it was so important to you for your girls to know about the true meaning of Christmas and of our dear Savior's birth. Thank you Daddy! . . ."Loved you once, love you still . . . always have and always will."

Erica(Hacker) Backus

December 23, 2009

This was a very sad incident. I actually saw this case reenacted on "Real Stories of The Highway Patrol" two nights ago.


December 18, 2009

Sr. Tpr. L.G. Hacker, we never got to meet, however I know your family well. I have heard so many stories, and as I work the county citizens always remind me of just how great a guy you were. I see your picture on a daily basis as I walk into the Harrisville Detachment; and it reminds me of the sacrifice you made. May we meet in the end Trooper.

Sr. Tpr. R.E. Richardson

December 9, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the sixteenth 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 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.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 9, 2009

Thank you Trooper Hacker for your service to West Virginia and to our country. May your name and memory be everlasting.

Dept. of Defense, Retired

December 22, 2008



May 1, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe

April 9, 2008

I had the priveledge of graduating our academy with Larry. On graduation day I told his wife to take care of him because he was the best our State had to offer, and at his funeral she reminded me of what I had said. His morale fiber, and love for his young family was inspiring to me. He is a shinning example of the Mountaineer Spirit that reflects so well upon himself and our agency. My heart still aches with his unfair passing and goes out to his family.

Capt. T. S. Pack

April 2, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

March 2, 2008

larry i only knew you for a short time when i worked for Harrisville Police Dept. However you were what inspired me to join the state police. see you on the other side.....joe jackson

cpl. J.A. Jackson

May 22, 2007

While your tour is over, ours continues in your memory.

Master Trooper
Virginia State Police

April 8, 2006

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