Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper James S. Gain

Washington State Patrol, Washington

End of Watch Monday, March 2, 1987

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Reflections for Trooper James S. Gain

Officer Gain's untimely death struck me like no other policy fatality.

Derek Truck
Teamsters Union

August 24, 2022

Rest in peace Trooper Gain.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 16, 2019

Semper Fi Fellow Trooper... You will NEVER be forgotten. God Bless you and your family.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol SLA #530

March 2, 2019

RIP Brother. You exemplified the service of a District 5 Trooper.
You are truly missed!

Mike Larsen
X829 District 5, 1976

April 18, 2018

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was murdered on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 2, 2012


I hope you can see the memorial sign we placed in your memory. For those that have the opportunity, stop in at the Gee Creek Rest Area on Interstate 5 southbound at milepost 13. It is a nice tribute to the memory of Jim. It was well attended and with hopes, other troopers who gave the ultimate sacrifice will also be recognized in their communities.

Rest well my friend.

Sergeant Roy Rhine
Washington State Patrol

July 29, 2011

Your memorial service was the first I had ever attended. As the 17 year old son of a former trooper (WSP833) I didn't understand the significance of the loss of a police officer. I've been a police officer now for 18 years and since have been to more memorial services than I could ever imagine. Thank you sir for your service and hold a place for the rest of us up there!

Lt. Cary Murphy
Federal Way Police Department

April 10, 2010

Trooper Gain,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Washington. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



April 24, 2009

I remember the tree, which is now gone. I also remember that night, as well. A wonderful group of folks were ready to work on your behalf. It wasn't to be.

God's speed...


July 1, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

April 29, 2008



March 2, 2008

Each time I would drive south on I-5 and see the tree that was planted for Jim I would ponder on the evening he was killed. Last week, July 2007, I drove by Salmon Creek and was saddened that the roadway had been widened and the tree was gone. It is sad to know a good trooper died and now a very few will remember the spot that he gave his life.

Detective John Wright (WSP Retired)

July 25, 2007

I thank you for your service and salute you for your sacrifice.

A grateful citizen.

September 23, 2004

James, I pray almost every night that the Lord keeps us safe when we go to work. I wanted to post to ensure your wife and daughter know your sacrifice was not in vain. You now guard the highways in heaven.

Franklin Police Department, IN

September 8, 2004


Hope you are driving a streetrod again. Had some good times in Vancouver. Thanks for all the time ykou gave the Department...

D. English WSP 410

Washington State Patrol

December 31, 2003

Thank you for protecting us!

September 19, 2003

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