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Patrolman Ronald Hoytt Davis

Belmont Abbey College Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, May 20, 1993

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Reflections for Patrolman Ronald Hoytt Davis

It is always sad to learn of a Brother Officer's death, but it so absolutely horrible to learn that the Officer died on the Holy Ground of a blessed Catholic college so familiar to some of us. This was a place that offered peace, contemplation and prayer for all and now we learn that it has not only been defiled but the life of a Police Officer has been forfeited. We can be confident that our Lord took his servant to be with Him in paradise. May God rest your soul, Officer, and grant unto you eternal life in the presence of our Lord. May our Lord grant peace to your family and may only the good memories remain.

Jerry W. Leonard Special Agent-in-Charge (Retired)
Department of Defense/DA ODCS-I

January 1, 2021

Patrolman Davis,
Thank You for your service to protect our school! You will never be forgotten in our hearts! I wish that your family has found closure! From a BAC Alumni!

Amelia Prince

June 22, 2019

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 20, 2015

God Bless you, Brother, it's now 22 years. I left an e-mail at your department asking why no memorial page was put on the website as is done with so many other PD's who have lost an officer. I got no response. I'm glad you are honored here.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

May 20, 2015

Visiting your page today came by chance, but I am honored to hear of your sacrifice. Godspeed Brother...

POI K. Jarrell

February 19, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach the 16th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state and the birthplace of my son.

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. He was shot twice when ambushed on April 23rd when he was on a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, 12 years after you were killed.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

May 20, 2009

Now it's 15 years.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.

May 20, 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




April 28, 2007

As an alumnus of Belmont Abbey College and now federal officer, I want to express my deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Davis.

I graduated before this tragedy and found your page while looking through fallen officers from NC.
Rest in peace for your watch here is over; walk in heavens beat and guide us to protect and serve others safely.
God bless!

US Ranger Catroppa
National Park Service

April 7, 2007

When any cop leaves this world, we in the large law enforcement family mourn, but the more nuclear family that is College/University Police feel an extra little twinge of pain when it's one of 'ours', even when that loss occurred a decade ago.

God Bless you and and all you've left behind. I know you're still on the job and doing it well.

Ptl. Jim Leahy Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

September 30, 2005

As a former police officer and current Belmont Abbey College student, I felt the need to post both belated condolences to family and friends as well as in remembrance of Officer Davis. Though I find it disheartening at best that a murderer was never punished, he will have to answer for his actions one day. "Do you wish to have no fear of the authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive its approval; for it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for the authority does not bear the sword in vain! It is the servant of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be subject, not only because of wrath but also because of conscience" (Romans 13:3a-5). Unfortunately, some people have no conscience. God bless Officer Davis.

Deputy Sheriff C.J. Rusk
Dare County Sheriff's Office, Adam District Patrol Division (now reser

March 26, 2005

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 5, 2004

I would just like to take a moment to express my condolence to the family of Patrolman Davis. I had never had the chance to meet Officer Davis, but I felt the need to say thank you for making this department a little better with your presence. I wish there was something I could say to help the heartache and loss your family has had to endure. But rest assured he loved his chosen profession God speed my brother, you'll be missed

Patrolman C.E. Price
Belmont Abbey College Police Department

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