Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Paul J. Harmon

Huntington Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Monday, December 14, 1981

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Reflections for Police Officer Paul J. Harmon

Paul was a good friend. His loss still lingers in our subconscious even 30 years later, when we have all moved on to other lives. My life intersected with his in a local department store where he worked off duty, and at Marshall University where we took classes to better ourselves. The tragedy of what happened that December morning can never be forgotten, especially by those of us who knew him. To the many friends and family of Officer Paul Harmon, God Bless you and know that he was easy to know and respect.

Sandy Ellis Lynch
A friend

February 16, 2012

Paul may be gone from this life but we will never forget the true love that he had for his family, friends, and the police force.

January 18, 2012

John and Patricia Johnson
Friends of the Harmon family

January 18, 2012

i rember when this happened even though i was 7 years old.

randy edrington

December 18, 2011

I grew up next to the Harmon's we were all friends. They were all wonderful people. May God be with his family always and give them peace. Jeffs light shines bright and will always shine down from Heaven....He will never be forgotten.


December 15, 2011

My your spirit be at rest officer Harmon. May your family be at ease, while holding you in their hearts. Continue to watch over your family, friends, and the community you so loved, by shinning on them from Heaven.

A Citizen

December 15, 2011

Today I'm remembering the 30th anniversary of the day you paid the ultimate sacrifice brother. You are not forgotten and you never will be. Keep on patrolling those streets of gold until we all meet up for that great roll call in Heaven.

US Law Enforcement Park Ranger
National Park Service (Former Huntington PD Officer)

December 14, 2011

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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 14, 2011



December 14, 2010

Paul was a genuine family man. He could not wait for the end of each week so he could get home to his wife. She would usually pick him up at the academy instead of having him ride back to Huntington with the other officers. They could be together sooner that way. I remember starting to the funeral but having to turn back because of a snow storm in Parkersburg. I can't believe almost 30 years have passed. I am honored to have known him.

Brady Stephens
Academy Classmate

August 31, 2010

It was an honor to serve with you and a privilege to call you my friend.

MPO Ed Clatworthy
Orlando Police / Former Huntington PD

December 13, 2009

You are remembered today.

Officer Martin
Knoxville Police Department

September 17, 2009

My friend of so many years I do think of you often and thats how I found this web page... I do still recall that terrible night and how it took days to sink in what had really happened. I know you are with GOD and at peace and we will see you again.


Bobby Smith
Former Chief Barboursville PD

April 6, 2009

I never knew you because you were taken before I got to meet you. I have heard so many wonderful things about you from the family.
I have ALWAYS wanted to be a police officer to protect and serve as you did. One day I hope to make it.
You are loved so much, appreciated and GREATLY missed.

Kristy Hardin

December 13, 2008

Rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

May 26, 2008

It's because of men like brother Harmon that we serve today. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. You will never be forgotten by the HPD.

Ptlm. Adam S. Roberts
Huntington PD ,WV

May 6, 2008

I learned of who you were by a former co-worker of yours this past weekend that I now work with. He spoke highly of you and I could sense that you were a great man. You are not forgotten!!!

Hollywood Police

April 14, 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

March 2, 2008

I was seven years old and will never forget the night that you died. My dad worked with you, but had gotten off of his shift at 11:30. The phone rang in the early a.m. hours bringing the news of the terrible tragedy to my dad. Those of us with officers as family members will never forget the sacrifice that you made, and the sacrifice of all those who serve every day and every time that they put on their badge and go out and try to make Huntington a better safer place. Godspeed.


February 11, 2008

Paul, I only worked with you for 10 months,however, I found you to be a professional in every sense of the word... please know that you are missed by those of us left that worked with you and those in retirement. May our God keep you by his side.

Captain Steve Hall
Huntington PD

December 21, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

December 8, 2007

I was 12 years old and living in Huntington when this occured. The shock and loss ripped through the community and is still felt today. Please honor this fallen son of Huntington by never forgetting and always taking the time to thank the men and women of the H.P.D. every chance you get.

Captain Chuck Adkins
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police

May 10, 2007

26 yrs. ago and you will never be forgotten! God bless the Harmon family.

Ret. PO
City of Miami PD Fla.

March 26, 2007

We never knew you but we are very proud of the police officer and person that we hear that you were. My sister has always inspired to be a police officer and having a family member like you has made her very proud. God bless your wife and your children.

Becky Harvey

Becky Harvey

January 1, 2007

Heroes and the sacrifices they make are never forgotten. Officer Harmon, you are a true hero and you are not forgotten.

Salem, Va

December 14, 2006

I have recently found this site and fondly remember you from Attending the WV State Police Academy with you in 1979. It saddens me that the world still needs brave men as your self to protect of us from evil. I will never forget your sacrifice. God bless you and yours.

Ret. Lt. Bob Tipton
Beckley Police Department

August 31, 2006

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