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Constable Bill Garsee

Polk County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, April 1, 1984

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Reflections for Constable Bill Garsee

Rest in peace Constable Garsee.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 22, 2020

Heroes live forever, Constable Garsee, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Polk County and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

April 1, 2013

Rest in peace, Constable Garsee. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Polk County and the great State of Texas is not forgotten. Thank you so much.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

April 1, 2012

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge - Proverbs 14:32.

Never forgotten brother.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi #1249
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

April 1, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 1, 2010

Constable Garsee on the 25th anniversary of the end of your watch you are still remembered. Thank you for your willingness to serve your fellowman. May God continue to bless you and your loved ones. Rest in peace my brother.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

April 1, 2009

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

Pat Van Den Berghe
MANCHESTER, NH

April 9, 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

February 20, 2008

To Constable Bill Garsee and his loved ones:

On this the twenty second anniversary week of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.

You are one of the rare heroes among us. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring. To make that contribution for a salary of $1.00 a year is noble beyond words.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Constable Garsee. I am humbled by your valor, courage, and dedication.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Bill gave to his community and the citizens of Texas, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 1, 1984.

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


April 4, 2006

Constable Garsee,
On today, the 21st anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Polk County.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

April 1, 2005

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