Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Leon Griggs

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, January 31, 1970

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Reflections for Police Officer Leon Griggs

Officer Griggs, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 5, 2019

I was a cub reporter for the Houston Chronicle covering Houston PD the day Officer Griggs was killed. I knew him, and I was shattered by his loss. I'll never forget his firm but gentle manner, his courtesy and his tolerance for me, a young, curious and persistent reporter learning the ropes of my profession. I remember him as well as other officers I have known who died in the line of duty whenever I hear of another officer's death. There always will be a lump in my throat when I remember him and them. I am thankful for their service -- and honored by having known them.

Ron George, retired journalist
Formerly with the Houston Chronicle

July 28, 2016

In this time of so much conflict, I am thinking of you and your sacrifice. I wish I had known you.

Leah Griggs Pauly
Granddaughter

July 12, 2016

Thank you for serving and protecting us. You will never be forgotten.

RIP,

WLW

civilian

February 1, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd 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 31, 2012

Hero's may fall but shall never be forgotten. RIP Sir.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

January 31, 2012

Rest in peace, Officer Griggs. You're not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

January 31, 2012

I hope your loved ones know you are still remembered. Our heroes are never forgotten.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

January 31, 2011

"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 13, 2008

Today is the 38th year since you were murdered. I often visualize my life with my father. Sadly I don't have those memories. But I do have many stories of who you were to your family and friends. I've loved you daddy even though you missed my birth and my 38 years of life. I've lived a life that a police officer would want of a daughter. Your legacy lives on.

Lessie Griggs
Daughter

January 31, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE, I CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE WHY ONE OF YOUR KILLERS WOULD BE PAROLED, BUT AM PLEASED THAT HE IS AGAIN BACK WHERE HE BELONGS. YOU ARE A HERO SIR JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE

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

January 22, 2008

Officer Griggs,

I try to get on here everyday and read about the fallen officer's of the past. Today I read your story and your tragedy happend just 12 days into my life. The picture of you on here is of a young man. That's how you will remain in the minds and hearts of all who new you. Thank you for serving your community and providing for your family. May you continue to rest in peace.

Officer Leary
US Park Police
Horse Mounted Unit
Washington, DC

James Leary
United States Park Police

November 20, 2007

NEVER forgotten for your supreme sacrifice.

Joanie
Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEOs

January 13, 2007

Thank you for your service & sacrifice. You have not been forgotten. RIP sir.

July 7, 2006

Thank you, Sir.

January 31, 2006

Officer Griggs,
On today, the 35th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Houston.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

January 31, 2005

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