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Deputy Sheriff Valence LeeWayne Pascal

Benson County Sheriff's Department, North Dakota

End of Watch Friday, August 27, 1993

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Valence LeeWayne Pascal

Deputy Sheriff Pascal,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 27, 2023

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 27, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Pascal.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 3, 2019

Dear brother this was not how I wanted to find you again.You were my best friend my brother when I was a new kid moved to a strange town with no friends.We raced your z-28 my firebird ,got your jeep stuck in bar ditches and skipped lunch hour every day to get a cherry dr.pepper and twix for lunch.You made life bareable in a place I didn't want to be.I wanted to thank you for friendship the laughs the adventures .Thank you for talking to the new kid when I was alone .I will see you again one day my friend I promise. I'll be the new kid again and you can show me the ropes again my friend.

Leonard Martin
High school friend

January 20, 2018

Thinking of you and your family on this anniversary of your end of duty here on earth. August 27, 1993.

Kelvin W Zimmer - Lt.
Prior Williams County S.O.
August 27, 2015

Kelvin W Zimmer - Lt
Williams County S.O. (Prior)

August 27, 2015

Thinking of you and your family on this anniversary of your end of duty here on earth. August 27, 1993.

Kelvin W Zimmer - Lt.
Prior Williams County S.O.

August 26, 2014

To my friend and brother-in-arms Val Pascal,

I still remember when the life flight brought you in to the Fargo hospital from Leeds area where you had been shot. Vividly recall sitting up all night with you until your mother arrived the next morning. It was an honor and great privilege to escort you to your final resting place there in Williston and I have frequently recalled to others over the years what a good man you were and what an enthusiastic and capable Deputy you a very sad twist of irony, Val, you have saved countless lives through your own sacrifice and I don't think there is any greater, more courageous, or more honorable deed that can be done. I don't know where the years have gone, but even after 20 years I remember you well. Always think of you when any Kiss songs come on the radio, as I know they were one of your favorites. I would say "Rest in Peace" but I believe you are no longer where we laid you to rest 20 years ago, and so I will leave you with this simple truth:
Man is a soul and has a body.
The body is not the man,
it is only the clothing of the man.
What we call death is the laying aside, even if apparently prematurely, of a worn-out or no longer useful garment,
and it is no more the end of you when you remove your coat.
Therefore, we have not lost you Brother, we have only lost sight of the cloak in which we were accustomed to seeing you in.
The cloak is gone, but the man who wore it is not.
Surely it is you that we love and not the garment.

See you on the other side, Val.

Steve Boucher
Maj, USMC (Ret)

July 6, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 20th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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 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. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 17, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 18, 2012

it has been just about 20 years. i still think about it every day. i remember the calls we went on together. we will never forget our partner.

Gordon Marek

April 13, 2012

Rest in peace Brother

Deputy S. Yates
Covington County Sheriff Dept. (Ms.)

June 2, 2011

I had several opertunities to visit with Val, while I worked for Cando PD, and had gotten to know him fairly well, could always make you laugh, and loved being a Deputy. I will never forget the day,we lost him. Val you are and will always be remembered. Rest in peace my brother,and keep patroling upstairs.

Mike Howes
Formerly with Cando ND PD

October 26, 2010

I attended the same academy as Deputy Pascal. I too, like the other officers above, and like every trainee who has passed though Lake Region State College since 1993 have heard "Val"s story and seen the gun used to kill him. His story goes through my head each time I cuff and search someone.

I was honored to find out that I was named the Valence Pascal Memorial Scholarship winner for my class and being honored in his name is something I do not take lightly. As a fellow veteran and graduate of LRSC I will strive to honor Deputy Pascal's legacy in all of my actions as a law enforcement officer.

Alex Bollman

December 5, 2009

May you rest in peace.

June 5, 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

December 31, 2007

I to am going through the same academy as deputy Pascal, and his story has been told by every instructor we have had. They have had nothing but great things to say about this man, but I notice they say these things with a sad and somber look each time. I too have seen the weapon used in this senseless shooting, and the same thought and unsettling feeling was shared throughout my class. We all could tell that this tragedy touched them deeply, and that they will do what they can to prevent this from happening to another one of their students ever again. I hope that deputy Pascal knows this and is keeping his eyes on us all.
Henry Head/LRSC Class#46

Henry Head

July 19, 2007

When I was at the ND Police Academy 5 years ago, Valence's murder was gone over in depth. The gun that was used to kill him was even brought in and shown to us. I can't began to count how many times Valence's story has gone through my head while dealing with a suspect. I hope I'm not the only one who learned something from his murder.

Officer M. Baetsch

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