Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant George Leon Garrett, Jr.

Redwood City Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, May 8, 1981

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Reflections for Sergeant George Leon Garrett, Jr.

Rest in peace Sgt. Garrett.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 3, 2020

George and I worked together in Redwood City.
Let us remember his sacrifice on the anniversary of his death.

Retired Chief Jim Granucci
Redwood City PD : San Carlos PD

May 9, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 8, 2018

I remember George throwing me in the air and swinging me around calling me "Johnny Jet" in the living room of my childhood house in Redwood City. I couldn't have been more than 4 years old. I had a Speak-and-Spell and they had some fun with dispatch by typing in words as they opened their mic. Kelly the Dog was a favorite surrogate pet in our family. I still remember the dog going missing only to be found near Lucia's Pizza on Woodside Road. These are some of my earliest memories in life and I am proud beyond words to visit the the park named after him in my hometown from time to time.

John Taylor, son of Sgt. Lawrence Taylor
Redwood City Police Department

January 15, 2018

To the family of Sgt. George Garrett - thank you so much for his service and his sacrifice. He was my dad's best friend. My dad has passed too, now, but I remember the two of them howling with laughter as he carried my handicapped father down the tarmac and onto the plane every time we flew out of SFO. My dad was deathly afraid of flying so he always had a little "too much" before our flight, and his buddy George was the only way he was able to make it onto the plane. Sgt. Garrett let me sit in the police cars as a small child and he would tell my parents if he ever had a girl, he hoped she would be like me...I am sorry he never got to meet his daughter.

Nikki Mandich
Best Friend's daughter

September 22, 2017

Mr. Garrett, I recently moved into a new neighborhood and discovered the park named in your memory with my 6 years old son. I wish that you too had the opportunity to watch your daughter grow up. I will tell my son about you and think of your sacrifice whenever we go to your park.

Kind regards

Ken Kirby
Redwood City

August 31, 2015



March 28, 2015

You were my Uncle's partner and I heard wonderful things about you. I now you were a wonderful person because of stories that have been told over the years. RIP George and know how much you are missed by so many...


April 17, 2012

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Garrett. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 19, 2012

Every day when I look at your house across the street, every time I drive past the building that was the bank I think of you.
I miss you telling me the exhaust on my truck was too loud and I was going to get a ticket, 30 years later it's still to loud and I have not gotten a ticket. I miss you my friend.

Wade Pellizzer

May 12, 2011

Over thirty years ago, George was a sergeant who worked with our Narcotics / Special Investigations Unit for San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. I was a little, 20-something female in the unit - one of the first females hired not as a "Matron". George always treated me fairly, shared his knowledge of the work, and once actually, probably saved my life when a buy went bad. To this day I remember him and the day that he left us. I vividly remember the funeral and having to watch the bank tapes repeatedly in briefings and de-briefings. He was a cop, doing a good job and became a role-model and lesson to us all. Wish there were more like him now.

Laurel Graham
Former Dep Sheriff / SMSO

May 6, 2011

On the 29th anniversary of Sergeant Garrett's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Sergeant Garrett is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

May 8, 2010

Walking through your park always reminds me to be thankful for what I have. You will never be forgotten.


October 3, 2008

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Cadets of the Basic Recruit Class 333 of Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, Tallahassee, FL, thank you for your sacrifice.

Cadet Strzalkowski
Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy

March 11, 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

September 20, 2007

To Sgt. George Garrett:

I had the pleasure of meeting your lovely daughter at my first COPS function last Saturday. You must be very proud of her and her commitment to other police survivor families.

My grandson Cody was born after his father's murder just as your daughter was born two weeks after you were
brutally murdered, so I know that she understands how Cody will feel as he grows up. I know she will be such a wonderful role model for him.

As I look at your picture, I see how much she looks like you. I am so sorry that someone robbed you and your family of the opportunity to be physically together as she was growing up into the lovely young woman she is now.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service you gave to your community and the citizens of California, and the supreme sacrifice that you and your family made on May 8, 1981.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD ew 4/24/05

October 24, 2005

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

A hero never dies...

Rest in peace, hero.

December 29, 2004

You are not forgotten.......

Sgt. Al Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Yuma, AZ

June 14, 2004

god bless you! you are not and will not be forgotten!

A sister in blue
Orlando Police Dept.

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