Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Joseph Elmer Stine, Jr.

Charles County Sheriff's Office, Maryland

End of Watch Saturday, May 12, 1990

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Reflections for Sergeant Joseph Elmer Stine, Jr.

Love you grandpa, one day i will be with you in paradise:)

Jared Stine
My Grandfather

June 15, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 12, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

May 12, 2012

Rest in peace Mr Stine.

Lauren & Jessica

May 12, 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

February 11, 2008

Always remembered.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

May 12, 2007

God bless you and your family.

March 7, 2007

It was a sad day when I learned of your passing. I often think of you when I pass by the Smallwood Village Shopping Center, that is where you could be found talking to the kids in the neighborhood.

Thanks for the conversation and a life time of memories. You are truly one of "Charles County's Finest"

God bless you and your family.

Former Charles County Resident

October 1, 2006

I remember siting in roll call and hearing your name read from the teletype by my Sgt. I couldn't believe you were gone. I remember you from my youth and how you were out there seting a great example for young guys like me. You helped me decide to be a cop myself and now I am retired from the force (MPDC). God bless you and all the others like you.

P.A. Cooper Sgt.
MPDC Retired

May 15, 2006

Joe - 62

I remember fondly our times together, from attending the Police Academy, to serving together in CID. Vicki also remembers your kindness to her when you worked off-duty at the Smallwood Village Shopping Center. I'll never forget you shooting the shotgun over my head in the parking lot of the American Legion in Laplata, to keep the drunken crowd I was fighting from tearing me apart. Your sons have grown to be fine young men. I have retired from the CCSO, and become a Police Chief. It's funny, I think of you whenever we eat crabs, and I remember how you loved them, and how much you loved Cobb Island. Your service and dedication to the CCSO left a legacy. Rest in Peace. 80

Chief Patrick A. Murphy
Berwyn Heights PD

June 22, 2005 fallen officer on the ODMP should be without a reflection. Thank you for your service & God bless.

Special Agent Dennis Duncan
Norfolk Southern Railway Police

March 18, 2004

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