Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Garland L. Garrison

Will Rogers Airport Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Wednesday, September 19, 1979

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Reflections for Police Officer Garland L. Garrison

We learned that Officer Garland Garrison was a real hero at the same time we learned of the misconduct of the assistant da who suppressed the facts that the suspect was profoundly, dangerously mentally ill and a threat to the boy Officer Garrison was protecting when the suspect stripped his partner's weapon away, shooting both of them. the boy was saved as a direct result of Officer Garrison's actions putting the child's safety ahead of his own when confronting this dangerously mentally ill suspect. the sadly misguided suppression of the truth of what this brave man confronted that terrible day does not diminish the selfless courage that served as an example to all.

richard m wintory
senior assistant district attorney, oklahoma county

September 21, 2016

I miss you as much today as I did 36 years ago.
Love you with all my heart, Dad.
Carmen Garrison

Carmen Garrison
Daughter

September 20, 2015

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 3, 2015

Your family loves and misses you still. Memories of you and Grandma are shared wit your great-granchildren that I am sure you are watching grow up from heaven. Your namesake looks so much like you and I know you'd love playing with him. We love you both and miss you.

Bethany Littrell
Granddaughter

May 24, 2011

I miss you.
I love you.
Life has never been the same for me since that fateful day.
You set the bar high.
You were taken too soon.
I am so fotunate to have had you as my father.
I am so proud of you and everything you did.
Most of all, I am proud of who you were.
As far as I am concerned, you were the greatest man who ever lived.
While you may be physically gone, your presence is always felt.
I love you Daddy.

Your daughter,
Carmen S. Garrison

Carmen Garrison
Daughter

December 30, 2010

Officer Garrison,

I work the area where you were murdered 31 years ago. I often think of you as I pass by. Know that you will never be forgotton no matter how much time goes by. May you rest in peace brother!

Officer
OCPD

September 15, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th 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

Anonymous

September 19, 2009

Brother. The anniversary of your death approaches. I want you to know that your brothers and sisters in grey have not forgotton your sacrifice. May you rest in peace and know that we are continuing the work that you gave your life for. It will be 30 years in a few short days and know that we have not forgotton. No brother in grey will ever be forgotton!

Officer
OCPD

September 16, 2009

You were taken too soon, but you will never be forgotten...

Tereasa Garrison
great-niece

May 7, 2009

Officer Garrison, or Mr. Garrison as I knew him, was a great man. He and his wife, Mrs. Garrison lived across the street from me and my family. I loved him and his wife very much. I was only a child when this happened, but his wife had such an impact on my life I will never forget her. I know one day I will see him again in Heaven. God has a special place for this man.

Deputy Kathy Kelly
Oklahoma County

April 14, 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
Sergeant
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

January 10, 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
Sergeant
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

January 9, 2008

My prayers are with you and your family.

Former N.H. Police Officer
Fauquier County, VA

September 19, 2007

I had the great pleasure of working with Officer Garland Garrison at the Will Rogers airport many years ago while I was head of security for Pinkertons. I also had the pleasure of working with his son Steve. Officer Garrison was one of the friendliest and good natured people that I have ever met. His positive attitude and good nature had a way of making the worst days at the air port turn into good ones. When visited Oklahoma, and see the dedicated officers on duty that came after him, I often think about him. He was a huge inspiration to me as a young man and I could see the same goodness in his son.

Rest in peace.

Sgt R.W.Pinkerton
Pinkerton Security

October 19, 2006

He was the finest man I've ever known, and at the end of the day, if I'm just half the man he was, my life will be blessed.

Steve G Garrison
Son of deceased

September 21, 2006

May God rest your soul and may He comfort your loved ones that you've left behind. Brave Warrior, you are not forgotten.

Deputy B. P. Styles
Buncombe Co. Sheriff's Dept., NC

January 25, 2005

You will never be forgotten. Thanks for your courage and strength that you still give.

Marty Garrison IAD
Corrections Corp of America

November 11, 2004

I was quite young when Officer Garrison passed away, but he and his wife were a positive influence in my life. God's love shone through him.

July 28, 2004

REST IN PEACE. MAY YOU KEEP WATCH IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

Anonymous

April 27, 2004

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