Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sheriff Jay Lemeul Forehand

Liberty County Sheriff's Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, August 29, 1919

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Reflections for Sheriff Jay Lemeul Forehand

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice are forever remembered by your fellow law enforcement.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 29, 2020

With this past week being Police Appreciation Week, I was re-reading the account of my great-grandfather, Sheriff Jay Lemuel Forehand and stumbled on this reflection page. I was touched by those (some who are my family and some who I do not know) that have taken time to honor my great-grandfather for his ultimate sacrifice. I, too, would like to say thank you. I am the granddaughter of Orsdell Forehand. I am also the proud mother of Dhenin Forehand Brock, who is also in law enforcement. I pray daily for his continued safety.

Melissa Forehand Brock

May 18, 2020

I am just now reading all of your wonderful posts honoring my grandfather, Jay Lemuel Forehand. A surviving family's reflection: my father was Orsdell Haywood Forehand (b. Aug. 22, 1907, d. 1969), the Sheriff's only son (who was only 13 when his father was killed). Sadly, my father never emotionally healed after his father's death - and that is the lifelong tragedy suffered by the surviving loved ones and descendants that the public rarely witnesses. My heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you who have posted wonderful messages. Sheriff Forehand's family is deeply grateful, since the "end-of-watch" grieving becomes the family burden that never goes away. Blessings to all.

Susan Forehand Carlson

May 11, 2020

Sheriff Forehand,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Liberty County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 29, 2019

Rest in peace Sheriff Forehand.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 29, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you Hero and your family for your sacrifice and service. Never forgotten.

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

August 29, 2019

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 27, 2016

I never knew my grandfather only the impact his death had on my father and his life. My brother Jay was named after him as well as my son Jay. Today is May 15, 2013 and the Fallen Officer Memorial Week in Washington DC remembering these fallen heroes. I pray my grandfather rests in peace with no more tears, pain or suffering for all eternity.

Dell Forehand
PROUD Grandson

May 15, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 94th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. 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 Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 19, 2013

We will never forget the sacrifice that you made for all of us, continue to rest in peace Sheriff Forehand...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

August 29, 2012

Rest in Peace, Sheriff Forehand. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

So many years have passed, but you sir are not forgotten. HEROES live forever, and you sir are a hero. Continue to rest in peace.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


August 29, 2011

Sheriff Forehand is my Great Uncle. I never knew him but it is obvious he cared greatly about others by giving his life for others. God bless all his descendants.

Col Jerry R Rankin
USAF Retired

July 24, 2008

I learned of my great grandfather's life when I chose to join the police academny in Fayetteville NC in 1996. Just recently, his last child, Naomi Forehand Cain (my grandmother) passed. She was 90 years old.

Allen Huber
great grandson

March 7, 2008



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