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Detective H. Thomas Guerry

Santa Barbara Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, January 13, 1970

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Reflections for Detective H. Thomas Guerry


David L Bell Investigator (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Department, Columbia SC

January 13, 2020

Det. Guerry,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Santa Barbara. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 13, 2020

Detective Guerry, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 16, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 48th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 13, 2018

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

October 18, 2015

I joined the SBPD in Oct 1961 and worked with Tom and enjoyed his "Gung Ho" attitude. I had moved on to the CHP and had also left that agency and had moved on from being in Law enforcement to living in Australia at the time of his death.
It's been 45 yrs since I learned of his death and I still feel strongly about what a waste it was. His dedication to the "job" was admired as well as his love for his wife and kids.
Rest in peace good guy...

Don Parker
Ex work mate

June 16, 2015

Det. Guerry,
On today, the 44th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Santa Barbara. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 13, 2014

Rest in Peace, Detective Guerry. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 22, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th 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.

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
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 13, 2010

Det. Guerry,

I came across you memorial today, I did not know you but lived in Goleta Ca. and the time of your passing 38 years ago. Today I will work my shift in your honor, rest easy we have the watch. Thank you for your service.

Capt.David Platt
Payette Police Idaho

January 16, 2008



January 4, 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
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

September 20, 2007

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." Matthew 5:9

A Citizen

May 27, 2006

You were that which others did not want to be. You went where others feared to go and did what others failed to do. You asked nothing from those who gave nothing and reluctantly accepted the fact of eternal loneliness should you fall. You have seen the face of terror and felt the stinging cold of fear. You have loved, cried, suffered, and hoped, but most of all, you have lived times others would say were “best forgotten.” At least you were able to say that you were proud of what you were - a cop.

Thank you, hero.

January 13, 2005

Rest In Peace Detective H.Thomas Guerry
you are not forgotten thanks to those who operate this site. So that the rest of us can read of your heroic call
to duty and to understand that the fight has been a long one and is not over yet. May God Bless You and Your Family.

Auxiliary Chief of Police. Rockisland Il
Rock Island Police Department

May 6, 2004

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