Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer James C. Gaul

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, January 10, 1979

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Reflections for Officer James C. Gaul

My father was the "other officer" with JC. I have never forgotten that day. I am truly sorry.
Donna Stutts.............My dad was DL Stutts.............Doland Lamar Stutts

Donna Stutts
Daughter to "other" officer

June 16, 2022

Rest in peace Officer Gaul.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 4, 2022

I never got to meet you but I love you grandpa

Megan Schmunk

January 10, 2020

My sincere sympathy.

Betty Ruth (FULBRIGHT)

Dear friend

January 1, 2020

Officer Gaul,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fort Worth. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 10, 2019

39 years... it's so hard to believe.

Jammie Schmunk

January 10, 2018

It is amazing to me that after all these years that I can still feel the void his death left all those years ago. He was a beloved dad whose presence will always be felt!

Jammie Gaul - Schmunk

August 30, 2015

Another year has come and gone... I can't help but think of all you have missed in mine, Jammie and David's life. You've missed out on 5 amazing grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. I love and miss you

Susan L. Cropp

January 19, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 33rd 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 who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace.

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

January 10, 2012



November 25, 2009

In 2 days it will be 30 years, and I still miss you so very much.

Susan Lee Gaul Cropp

January 8, 2009

In 1969 Officer Gaul, after having been in diabetic coma, was working in the radio room instead of on the streets he loved so much. That is where I met him, I was a dispatcher from 1969-1973. JC, as he was known to his friends, and his wife Ruth, a fellow dispatcher, and I became friends. We spent much time together and took a number of trips on our BMW motorcycles. JC and Ruth were the best friends a person could have. They were always there when needed and their love for each other and their friends was unconditional. Still, despite the passage of so many years, I often reflect on the lessons about love and friendship I learned from these beautiful people. In 1973, I left the radio room to go into business for myself. A few months later my son was born. His name is James in honor of this man I grew to love so much. JC was a peace officer because he truly cared for and loved people and it was his way of trying to leave this world a better place. JC was thrilled and could not have been happier when the doctors cleared him to return to the patrol division. Ruth honored me when she asked me to be one of JC's pall bearers, but the truth of the matter is that my greatest honor is knowing these wonderful people called me friend.

Tom McMurray

February 16, 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

February 6, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 3, 2008

Our family prayes for yours. Jennifer Fulbright

Jennifer Fulbright

January 24, 2007

May you rest safe with Our Lord and may He bless your loved ones.

January 10, 2007

You are not forgotten

Officer Thomas Wiederhold #1890
Fort Worth Police,Tx

January 25, 2006

I worked with J C in the old radio room at FT Worth PD. He was a good officer, and a great erson to be around. I remeber all the good times on shift when his great sense of humor could break tense times. May he always be fondly remembered and Rest In Peace old friend

David Priddy dispatcher
Grapevine PD

March 29, 2005

Officer Gaul, May you rest in peace, you will always be remembered. Thank you for your service.

March 12, 2005

He is my father and after 25 years, he is still missed.

September 3, 2004

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