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Deputy Sheriff Elmer Murray Harris

St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, December 5, 1986

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Elmer Murray Harris

Elmer Harris will never be forgotten, he was my uncle also and as my Brother Rory stated was my inspiration and I looked up to him, I often had difficult periods and he would always show up and be there for me. I will always remember the day that he saw me in uniform with a babge and a pistol on my side, I could remember seeing the look of pride in his face as to say good job nephew. That was the last time I saw him alive. I will always love my uncle Elmer Murray Harris.


June 18, 2020

Deputy Elmer Harris, was my Uncle, I always admired him as a Police Officer, and wanted to be like him. I am now a 26 year Police veteran and I often find myself reminiscing of the memories I had of him as I ride in my patrol car. I miss you Unk and you will never be forgotten.

Captain Rory Stewart
Alorton Police Department

August 27, 2019

Deputy Harris's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 12-12-17 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police

December 12, 2017

Rest in Peace, Deputy Harris. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 29, 2013

Deputy Harris,
Thank you for your service, and protecting us. All of us who sleep peacefully at night owe you a sincere debt of grattitude. Respectfully. R.I.P.

Fellow Officer
Richland WA

May 19, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th 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
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 5, 2011

Deputy Harris, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

September 17, 2010

Rest Peaceful Deputy, Thank You for your Service.

Deputy Brent Sims
Alexander County Sheriff's Dept.

June 16, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

December 4, 2007

"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

October 23, 2007

gone but never forgotten.


a deputy's wife st. clair county sheriff department

August 16, 2007

Hero's and the sacrifices they make are never forgotten. Deputy Harris, you are a true hero and you are not forgotten.


December 5, 2006

Met your daughter the other day while investigating a case here on Oahu. A smart girl you raised. She, like you did, makes the world a better place by what she does in life. Your service and excellence continues down your blood line, a wonderful legacy to leave the world. She mentioned you were killed in the line-of-duty, so I told her to look for you here and leave a note. RIP.

Badge #2526
Honolulu Police Dept.

Officer T.M.
Honolulu Police Department, Wahiawa Police Station

November 29, 2006

My uncle Elmer was a good man I remember him well and keep him in my heart. I can never recall actually seeing him upset and he always had something funny to share with you whenever he was around. My mother and aunts would always remind us of whom they would call when we were kids and acted up which I know at least for me worked just fine to get me back on track. I can still hear him say to me, “Your mama must have put you out again!” which is something he would say jokingly to me all the time. Uncle Elmer set a great example for us and as kids coming up we loved and respected him a great deal as we do today. “It really doesn’t seem like twenty years has passed!”

Harold Murray

May 25, 2006

R.I.P. Sir. You deserve it.


February 24, 2006

I worked with Elmer in the early 70s at the St. Clair Co. Sheriff's Dept. He was always so nice and helpful, I was the first female dispatcher and needed all the help I could get. Whenever he was patrolling the rural areas he would bring me turnips because I loved to eat them raw. I will always remember his big smile.


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