Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sheriff Sam L. Green

Rowan County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, December 31, 1961

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Reflections for Sheriff Sam L. Green

I lived just down the street when Sam got killed. Orville Perry was wanting to kill Carl Johnson for beating him with a slap jack. Perry thought he shot Carl when Sam came through the back door. Sam was a hero and a great person and always saw him at Christmas giving fruit and candy to the most unfortunate families. One of my heroes since I was 10 years old and knew him well. My father said he was from Sandy Hook .

Frank Skaggs

November 9, 2023

I'm marrying the great-granddaughter of Samuel's brother, Harry. Over the past few years, I've worked on her family tree. Finding all these positive messages about Sam is so nice to see. From everything I've read and the handful of images I've seen, he seems to have been a pretty great guy.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice to Rowan County. 61 years later, your ever-growing family is still talking about you and your life. Rest easy my friend.

Robert Bigford

January 13, 2023

Sheriff Green,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rowan County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 31, 2021

My wife and I were married 1961 - 60 years ago. The Morehead police officer who was shot when Sam Green was killed was Carl Johnson. He was shot by the shot gun too. He had his pistol up aiming at the murder. His pistol saved his life. The pellets were in his face and shoulder. He drove himself in the police car to the doctor on the other side of town. My wife (Julie) and I babysat their children while he was in Lexington hospital. He survived but they never got all the shot gun pellets removed.

Fred Fraley

October 1, 2021

I too grew up hearing my grandmother telling me this story. He mch like my grandfather in olive hill took care of and did so much for poor people. to say it as it was said to me about both men. "he did a lot of good for a lot of people"

wish we had more like him today.but for those who know maybe his memory and his deeds will inspire those coming up on how to be REAL law men/women.

the night before his retirement. god must have had need for a real law man in heaven.

none worth mentioning

June 11, 2021

My mother would tell me many stories of her father Samuel L. Green, my mother's was Janice Kay Green, she would tell of the times when he would bring food and clothes to the the family's that lived way in the outskirts of the woods, these same folk's would walk miles to pay respect at his funeral, thk. u for that. thk. u great grandpa for passing on a kind heart

Shantel Bettis

April 25, 2021

Rest in peace Sheriff Green.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 16, 2020

I was only 11 years old when papaw was shot and killed that cold december night in 1961. I always looked up to him as a hero figure when I was a little boy. I remember all the sirens screaming all through Morehead that night. It was like a nightmare. As the oldest of his grandchildren I have always shared my memory of him as a strict disciplinarian,but fair to all he dealt with. You were a top cop papaw. We need more like you. Rest in peace. Scott Ellington

Scott Ellington

April 29, 2020

As a child of 8 in 1962, I remember going to the Sheriff's house and watching my mother shooting a revolver from the back porch of his house, I remember picking up the spent casings on the porch and gound, most likey .38. I recall the phone call from "Auntie ""Mauk, Who lived at Fleming Avenue, Telling of his Murder as we were in the living room on Daniels Avenue, on a black bakelight telephone.

Phillip Michael Curis
Morehead Police Department

March 20, 2013

I am a great grand son of Sam Green and have recently been hired into law enforcement. I grew up hearing of his heroics through my grandmother and have always wanted to know more about his life. If anyone knew him personally and has anything to share with me feel free to contact me, anything would be appreciated.

Colby Warren
Great grandson

Colby Warren
Great grandson

May 15, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 50th 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.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

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

January 3, 2012

Bless this officer and the ones he left behind. I lived in Rowan County for a few years when I was in middle school. I got in law enforcement about 10 years ago. I look at this web site often, today I searched Rowan Co. and learned of Sheriff Green's service. Rest well brother.

Police Officer

May 13, 2008

On behalf of the Green family we would like to thank everyone for their kind words and prays. And we to pray for the families of the brave men and women who protect us on the streets everyday . :)


March 25, 2008



December 30, 2007

How sad it is that your killer only served 12 years; the same number as you bravely served as Sheriff. Please continue to "walk the beat on the Golden Street" looking over your fellow Officers. You will NEVER be forgotten and will FOREVER be a hero.

DET SGT, Retired

July 10, 2007

Sir we will always be prayig for your family
God Bless You and thank you for your deadacation to our community

Alvin Junior brown

May 13, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

August 12, 2006

Sheriff Green,
On today, the 43rd anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rowan County. It's a travesty of justice, that your murderer only served 12 years for your murder.


January 1, 2006

Thank you for your service Sheriff Green. You are remembered

January 4, 2005

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