Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Willis Herman Ferguson, Sr.

Henry County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, March 18, 1975

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Willis Herman Ferguson, Sr.

I went to the Reginal Law Enforcement Academy at Danville Community College for 4 weeks in 1974 with Herman, It was, I think, the first time VA LEOS had to get formal training mandated by the Commonwealth. I enjoyed that time and was coming on duty when when the call come out. He was the first LEO that I remember carrying a semi auto duty weapon. He said that during his military time there,, he had to shoot a Chinese troop 30 times with his M1 carbine, only to have to resort to his 1911 .45 pistol. Shortly thereafter, I started carrying a 1911 Gold Cup pistol in .45 ACP. When I left HCSO, I lobbied the Va Beach PD to go to a semi-auto, his counsel was always in back of my mind. I retired with a 15 shot SW pistol, I never had to fire it except @ the range. Thanx Herman for your inspiration. May God and St. Michael watch over you.


Lester Eller, Sgt. VBPD Ret.
Virginia Beach PD

August 8, 2021

I was married to your son Willis Jr. He is walking with you now. He was so young when you passed away, so now I'm sure you are getting to know each other and you see what a wonderful man he was. We talked many many times about how he wished he had known you and how different his life would have been if yours hadn't been taken so early. I feel he left too early as well so please take care of him.

Friend / Vicki Walker
Friend of the Famiy

March 30, 2014

39 years ago daddy. It doesn't seem possible. So much has changed in my life and at times now I feel all alone. I still miss you so much. Thank you for being such a wonderful father. I am so grateful to have had 14 short years of you in my life. I love you. Gina

Regina Ferguson Craig

March 29, 2014

Today, 39 years after his sacrifice, “A” Shift honors Deputy Willis Herman Ferguson Sr. by dedicating our watch to him. God bless you, R.I.P. brother. You will NEVER be forgotten.

Sgt. Jason Slaughter
Radford City Police Department

March 18, 2014

Deputy Herman Ferguson was my Dad. He died doing a job he truly loved. He was so loved and respected and died much too young.He wasn't there to see me graduate High School or Nursing School, to walk me down the aisle or to meet his grandchildren who he would have so loved and would have loved him so. I love and miss you Daddy. Gina

Regina Ferguson Craig

June 17, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th 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 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

March 18, 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 18, 2010


Pat Van Den Berghe

April 30, 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

April 2, 2008

Thank you for your service. May you rest in eternal peace.

Senior Officer D. W. Reichhardt
Waverly, Va. PD

March 18, 2007

Deputy Ferguson, it has been over 30 years but you have not been forgotten. You are a true hero and your Family Blue will never forget you.

Bob Gordon, Father of fallen officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon, Asst. Chief, Retired
Riverside PD, IL

October 9, 2005

Deputy Sheriff Ferguson,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Henry County.


March 18, 2005

Please know that you are not forgotten.

March 18, 2005

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