Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Edwyn Joseph Gorrell

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, July 5, 1988

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Reflections for Patrolman Edwyn Joseph Gorrell

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered and honored. Rest In Peace always.

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

July 5, 2020

Eddie, we met Dec. 9,1985 at the SAPD Academy. I remember one of our classmates was having trouble with transportation. So you sold him your old blue tank. I think for 500.00 and allowed him to make payments. You were one of the older cadets, so many of us looked up to you. Amazing how the time has passed. I served over 29 years and have now been retired going on 5 years next month. I often think of you. I want you and your family to know that you have not been forgotten. Your memory still lives on with us. Rest in peace my brother.
Officer Richard Hernandez #0049

Patrolman Richard Hernandez #0049
San Antonio Police Dept.

June 28, 2020

I saw the Edwyn J Gorrell Memorial Park and looked you up to see who you were. Rest in peace.


February 18, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Gorrell.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 6, 2019

I worked for Eddie as my Manager at HEB when Eddie was aspiring to be an officer. I was 16. It was my first job and Eddie gave me more chances than I deserved. I remember him well even though only knew him about 3 yrs. He was always quick to help someone in need or chase a shoplifter. Lol
I am so sad that his dream lead to this. I met his wife once right after they married and just as kind as Eddie. 38 yrs ago. It is a testament to the man Eddie was to stay in my mind all these yrs later.
I am so sorry for your loss.
God Bless and give you peace.

Johnny moore

December 2, 2016

Rest in Peace Police Patrolman Edwyn Joseph Gorrell. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of San Antonio, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the scum who murdered you forever burn in the lake of fire. May every day he walks this earth may he be plagued with horrifying visions of his flesh being burned off in hell.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

July 6, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 13, 2015

Eddie, even today I think about you often. You left your positive mark on this world and on me. Many times I have reflected on your friendship and the occasional times we spent working together. You were a gentle and kind hearted guy with an easy smile and good word. I remember sitting with you in the hospital holding your hand and I hope you heard my voice. I know your kids are proud of you and that you watch over them.

Patrolman John Phipps 0963
San Antonio Police Dept

July 7, 2014

My thoughts are with Gorrell family. I am quite familiar with the feeling as I lost my only Son, Randy Vetter in August 2000. He was shot just north of San Marcos at the Yarrington Rd. overpass. There is a marker near there and I reflect on it everyn time I pass by.

kermit vetter
Comal Co. S.O. retired

September 6, 2012

I'm downtown really often so I walk by the spot where the shooting happened regularly. Eddie, you know I say a silent prayer for Linda and the kids Every Single Time. And I always will.

Sue Calberg

July 2, 2012

Honey I miss you every day, sometimes so much it hurts. When I look at our kids I pray that you think I have done a good job. It has been so hard living without you. I try and take one day at a time and know that some day I will see you again. I know you see me crying some nights but it's only because I miss you so much. Chris will be getting married in October. When Shavawn got married she had Chris walk her down the isle and it was easy to see you walking along with them because he reminds me so much of you. But now he's getting married and I feel so alone. My last baby is starting his new life. I pour so much love into our grandbabies I know I'm spoiling them rotten but Shavawn understands. We have good kids honey and I wish you were here to share them with me. Love you forever and always.

Linda Gorrell

July 2, 2012

I still miss you Eddie, Friend,Classmate and Brother in blue

Officer Erik Doyle #50
San Antonio Police Department

May 30, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twenty-second 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

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 5, 2010

"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 25, 2008

God bless your family, friends and co-workers
Thank you for your service
Rest in peace.


July 5, 2007

Eddie's mother was my babysitter when I was younger and they became my family. My best friend was Eddie's daughter...I remember him coming in and making sweet tea..the only sweet tea I ever liked. It was such a treat for us as kids. I feel honored and privledged to have known him and hope his family is well.

Emilie Bailey (Krzywosinski)
Friend of Family

June 5, 2007

Dear Eddie:

We miss you so. Not a day goes by that we don't remember your laugh, your wit and your smile. Everyone is so proud of you and all you did in your short time on this Earth. You are still loved by all who knew you. See you again in heaven.

The Fischer Family
Loving friends and my best friend

April 5, 2007

I was looking in the "Today in History" section and read that Patrolman Edwyn Joseph Gorrell passed away 17 years ago today. I did not know Patrolman Gorrell but that does not matter. He gave his life for us all.
It is my prayer that his family, friends and co-workers have found peace and I ask that God continue to pour out His eternal love and endless blessings.
Patrolman Gorrell will always be remembered as a true American hero...thanks in part to the ODMP. May God keep safe the men and women of the San Antonio Police Department.

Patrolman Doug Hutchison
Irving Police Department, Texas, retired.

July 5, 2005

Patrolman Gorrell,
As one officer wrote in another fallen officer's reflections-"No fallen officer should be without a reflection." I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of San Antonio.


May 19, 2005

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