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Correctional Officer James Walter Harbin, II

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Sunday, March 18, 1979

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Reflections for Correctional Officer James Walter Harbin, II

Rest in peace Correctional Officer Harbin.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 3, 2019

Sunday, March 18, 1979 A morning I often think about. You were killed, taken from a community and country you had chose to serve. Gone but not forgotten you are a Hero. Thank you for your service.

Steve Randall
Las Vegas, resident

April 12, 2019

Officer Harbin,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 18, 2019

I just discovered (3/2016) that my best friend in the MC was shot and killed. Jim and I were stationed at El Toro together and I have sooooo many fond memories of our time together. We always raced around in his Trans Am. To the family, I am very sorry for the loss as Jim was a great guy.

Steve Miriani
California Highway Patrol

March 12, 2016

I was 5 years old when my uncle was taken from us. I can still remember the day. Not only did we loose a great man it destroyed allot of our family. Every day that passes i miss him. He is always in my heart, thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace uncle Jimmy i will see you again.


November 7, 2014

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

June 9, 2014

I take a daily walk along the path with the names of our fallen officers etched in boulders along the way at Policeman's Memorial Park behind the Northwest Area Command near Cheyenne/215. It is my daily prayer time, to thank you all for your service, and to this forever young officer who was the same age as I in 1979 but he never got a chance to enjoy all that life had to give. God Bless!


June 25, 2013


I knew your as a friend when we worked at McDonalds before you joined the Corps. Your murder still affects me and I remember you as a great American.

Semper Fi, Brother

Colonel Russ Smith
USMC (Ret)

July 22, 2012

Officer Harbin,
On today, the 33rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your community but for our Country as well when you served in the USMC. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepesdt sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow former Marine;LEOl

United States Border Patrol

March 18, 2012

This is was my uncle that I never had a chance to meet. He was a real hero to everyone he knew. My uncle was also a U.S. Marine. He sacrificed his life for others. Thank you all for the reflections.


March 14, 2012

Rest in Peace Officer Harbin, II. Thankyou for service and dedication to the correctional law enforcement community. To the family, never forget the memories he created, but share them with everyone....

Officer C. Moran
Nevada Department of Corrections

December 29, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 18, 2010



December 29, 2009

Rest in Peace Officer Harbin. Your sacrafice is honored everyday in every Metro substation. You were taken away from us much to soon. I know that you are in the arms of the Lord.

P.O.Thomas A. Carpenter
Las Vegas Metro P.D.

October 15, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th 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 who was murdered in the 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.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 18, 2009

RIP.You are not forgotten.


November 1, 2008

You will never be forgotten.

a greatful C/O

October 31, 2008



April 30, 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 11, 2007

Officer Harbin - thank you for your service. Continue to watch over your family, and your family in blue.

Michelle - wife of LEO

May 15, 2006

I thank you for your service and salute you for your sacrifice.

A grateful citizen.

September 27, 2004

We are deeply saddened by this senseless murder. Rest in peace brother. Your service to you community is appreciated by all of us. May God bless you and the survivors of your family.

Pennsylvania State Police

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