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Deputy Night Watchman Fred French

Kingsburg Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, November 2, 1916

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Reflections for Deputy Night Watchman Fred French

You are still remembered and honored every day on the Memorial Stone in front of the Kingsburg Police Department. Thank you for protecting the community and rest well, honored law man!

Chaplain Jim Taylor
Kingsburg Police Department

August 19, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother. We remember and honor you on the 101st anniversary of your E.O.W.

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

November 2, 2017

Sir, on the 100th anniversary of your death, we are thankful for your sacrifice, and we will not forget your service.

Stan Jefferson

November 2, 2016

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 93rd 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


November 6, 2009

Rest in Peace, Deputy French. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 23, 2009

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

September 12, 2007

Chief of police Taylor, gave me my first chance in Law Enforcement.
It was an honor to be from the same Department as yourself. The day chief Taylor gave me my badge he said " shine it up and wear it proudly, a lot of good men died wearing a police shield"

Rest In Peace Sir,,

Cpl. Dan Johansen
federal Reserve System Police Services

December 11, 2004


Even though you gave your life for our community in 1916, your memory is still very much alive and your spirit is carried in the hearts of the men and women who patrol the streets of Kingsburg every day.

We moved into a beautiful new facility in November 2003. Two of the features we are most proud of are the monument outside that bears your name and the picture of you and your family that shares a place of honor in our lobby.

Each May, during our annual inspection ceremony, we hold a special role call and an officer calls out, "Sir, the memory of Deputy Night Watchman Fred French, present and accounted for, Sir!"

Know that you will never be forgotten and a grateful community shall forever be indebted for the heroic sacrifice that you and your family devoted on our behalf.

Rest With Honor Old Lawman, When the Time Came, You Did It Right.

Jim Taylor
Chief of Police

Chief Jim Taylor
Kingsburg Police Department

September 4, 2003

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