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Undersheriff Otto S. Fossen

Liberty County Sheriff's Department, Montana

End of Watch Saturday, October 5, 1957

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Reflections for Undersheriff Otto S. Fossen

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered. Rest in peace always.

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

October 5, 2020

My Dad was the "barber Mahaffey" that kept Bujok engaged until a member of the Posse came by. I was eight years old and "Hunting" the suspect with my friend Bryce Rockman with our BB Guns....Stupid I Know...but we were free spirits

Mike Mahaffey
Connell PD, Franklin County Sheriff Dept.

October 29, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 56th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged 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

September 16, 2013

in 1954 at the age of 16 I worked for Otto planting wheat. 4 years later I heard that he was gunned down but no one could tell me who or what happened. Then in August 2011 I was driving through chester Montana and stopped at the town Library. I asked the Librian if she knew Otto Fossen. She said yes whaich was a supprise to me as it happened over 54 years ago and she was not old enough to have known him.
Otto was a great man who always looked out for the kids coming from Minnesota looking for work. Otto too was from Minnesota and was one of the greatest persons I have known.

Clarence Grove

Otto you are not forgotten

Clarence Grove
employee of Otto Fossen in 1954

September 19, 2011

"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
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Deputy Sheriff
Covinton County Sheriff's Dept. (Mississippi)

June 14, 2010

You are remembered today and tahnk you Sir for your service.

Pat Van Den Berghe

October 14, 2007

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Wicconsin L.E.O.

August 13, 2007

Undersheriff Fossen, you are not forgotten

September 1, 2005

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