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Officer Gary E. Fletcher

Durham Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, February 16, 1978

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Reflections for Officer Gary E. Fletcher

Rest in peace Officer Fletcher.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 28, 2019

Gary, was one of my best friends in high school. We were on the High School Yearbook staff together, and I remember working with him in the darkroom developing photos he took (before digital photos folks). He was an astute artist, and I learned a lot from hm. Still to this day, I use what I learned from Gary, on developing photos, in a different field. I was saddened to hear of his leaving us way too soon, but still cherish, the times I had with him. And always, will.

John Langdon, friend
High School classmate

February 17, 2014

Today is the 36th anniversary of your death. You've never been forgotten.
You would be proud of the man your son has become. Your legacy lives on in him and your two beautiful granddaughters.


February 14, 2014

Officer Fletcher,
On today, the 34th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Durham. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

February 16, 2012

Rest in Peace Officer Fletcher, you are not forgotten my brother!

Deputy Sheriff T.B. Dorsey
Pitt County N.C. Sheriffs Office

February 16, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 31rst anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to the native state of myself and my cherished son Larry Lasater who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya


February 16, 2009

Officer Fletcher your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 27, 2008

Today on the 30th anniversary of your death, we pause and say a prayer for you and those you left behind.
Rest in peace Sir you are NOT forgotten.
Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Deborah Roelandts (911 retired)
Oconomowoc Wisconsin

Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc

February 16, 2008



February 10, 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

December 26, 2007

Sleep safe with Our Lord.

July 16, 2006

To Offcer Gary Fletcher: Your tragic death was a loss to the community of Durham. I am certain that the Police Dept., Fire Department, your community, and your family and friends will always hold you in their heart and mourn your loss. Your picture shows such a handsome young man. I am so sorry that your life was cut so short. You will always be loved and remembered. Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg, Ca Police Dept. eow 4/24/05 (both Larry and I were Durham natives and still have lots of family in Durham)

Phyllis Loya, Mother of fallen officer

August 3, 2005

No officer who lost his life in the line of duty should be without a reflection. I am honored to be the first. Thank you for your service; rest peacefully in the palm of His hand.

Michigan Resident

October 10, 2004

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