Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer James D. Harris

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, July 13, 1982

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Reflections for Officer James D. Harris

Dad! I cannot wait to meet you in Heaven! Being that I was 20 months young when you were horrifically taken from our family, I do not have memories of you. I have heard tons of stories, seen lots of pictures, and have been told that I act just like you! I literally cannot wait to feel what it is like to have a hug from my handsome father! Thank You for your service, for protecting your community, and for loving what you did. You died in your “element”. You were highly thought of by your fellow brothers and sisters in blue! That brings such joy to my heart! You have a son-in-love named Shannon that wishes he knew you. He even has your badge tattooed over his heart.....he loves you and honors you! You have 3 amazing and beautiful grandchildren. Jace is almost 16. Gage is almost 13. And Lace is 4. You would have been the most incredible Grand-daddy to walk the face of the earth! Those 3 grand babies know you. They hear of you all of the time. You are very much present in our lives, even though it is not physical. I pray daily that I can be the wife and mom that God wants me to be, and that I make you proud! You will always be my Angel until I get to fall into your arms in Heaven! I love you most! ~Megan~

Megan Harris Walber
Daughter

March 1, 2022

James,
I gave you the nickname "Heavy" because you were always on the go and took care of the heavy lifting. I will never forget you my friend and fellow Law Enforcement Officer! I can see you running radar on the streets of Heaven. Never forgotten.
Captain Jerome Albritton

Captain Jerome Albritton
Tarrant County College Police

November 27, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Harris.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 13, 2021

Jim,
I remember our times at Carswell AFB as members of the 7th Security Police Squadron. I still think about those great days you and I had policing the streets of Carswell as Law Enforcement Specialist. Your memory will be forever planted in my heart, but you and I both talked about the sacrifice of life when you joined the Houston PD, and I went Arlington PD. Thank You for making the ultimate sacrifice of service to your community. Forever Friends and Memories.

Captain Jerome Albritton
Tarrant County College Police

November 30, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 13, 2020

Thought of often, missed always!
The memory of you lives on through your family and friends!
Your legacy continues to thrive uncle Jim! Until we meet again.

Todd “James” Ruetsch
Nephew

May 26, 2019

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

July 16, 2017

Rest in Peace Police Officer James D. Harris. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice Protecting the citizens of Houston, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the bones of your murderers. The scum may evade justice here but the mighty hand of God has smitten them forever.

Amen.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

July 17, 2016

I was the first unit on this scene. I think of this night often. May James continue to rest in peace.

GA Clark Sgt ret.
HPD

May 29, 2016

Officer James D. Harris was my Uncle by marriage. His father Nelson Harris was married to my maternal grandmother Ruth S. Harris. We spoke of your Murder Trial as a family in Auburn, New York. I believe I was in middle school when you were murdered. We had pictures of the murder trial and even after the passing of your father, we as a family discussed the car accident that your supposed murderer died in when he was released from death row. RIP James Harris.

Natalie Johnsn
Niece (by marriage)

February 10, 2016

Jim was a good friend and workmate at the old Park Place Substation. This hard working officer was ambushed. I will always remember him and his K9 partner.

Bob Shelton, Chief of Police
Granger Police Department

October 17, 2014

Heroes live forever, Officer Harris, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Houston and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

July 13, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 31rsy anniversary year 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. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your family for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater

January 7, 2013

Rest in peace, Officer Harris. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Houston and the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

July 13, 2012

Jim, I remember those days at Carswell AFB, TX in 1974-1975, when you were in Security Police Investigations with TSgt Joe Wages, and I was newly assigned Special Agent to the AF Office of Special Investigations. We worked a few cases together. We left active duty around the same time; you went to Houston PD while I went to Dallas PD. I was there at your funeral in July 1982 as a representative of our department. Rest in peace my friend.

Lieutenant Kenneth E. Seguin
Dallas Police Department

April 10, 2012

JD Harris,
I have never met you, but you were a close friend of my mother and father.. You worked with my DAD, HPD Officer Charles Braun. He told me many stories about you and your K-( Otley). I just wanted to say as a fellow officer, you are missed and i think of you every day as I go to work. Rest well brother...

Micah Braun, P-1 Police Officer
Los Angeles Police Department

February 24, 2012

Officer Harris,
On today, the 26th anniversary of your murder I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Houston. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. Although the scumbag that murdered you got over in our Legal System-justice caught up to him in another way.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

Anonymous

July 13, 2008

Officer Harris, you were taken away from this world on the day that I was born. May you rest in peace sir, I too became a police officer in the Bay Area, California. Watch the streets of heaven for me and I will watch the streets down here for you from here on out.

Police Officer
SPPD, California

June 23, 2008

When I was a young girl, your wife Pam and her two daughters were important people in my difficult childhood. They were so pure and sweet, talking so highly of you and your service at every opportunity. Your memory and stories that they told left quite an impact. Through lifes curves, I lost contact, but never forgot the love and pride they felt for you. God Bless You!

Sergeant Rebecca Carlisle
Tomball Police Department

June 3, 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
Sergeant
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 13, 2008

Jim,I had met you a couple of times and enjoyed our conversations so much.You being K-9 for H.P.D. and myself just completing my tour in the military as K-9 took us in exciting conversations!. I think of you when i see a K-9 UNIT and wanted you to know how you touched my life.Thank you for the time we spent and god bless Pam and your family.LEE WALKER JR.

LEE WALKER JR.
YOUR WIFE IS MY COUSIN

January 14, 2008

It has been over 25 years since your tragic murder. I know the pain in the hearts of your loved ones is still fresh. Thank you for your bravery, dedication and sacrifice. May your family take comfort in the fact that you will FOREVER be a hero and NEVER be forgotten. I guess God needed another LEO in heaven, so until one day we meet, keep walking your beat on the Golden Street looking over the rest of the thin blue line. May God Bless your family, friends and colleagues.

DET SGT, Retired
AR

August 19, 2007

Daddy,

I miss you everyday! You will always hold a special place in my heart. I love you with all of me.

Love, Rebecca Brooke

Rebecca Brooke Harris-Rains Marshall
1st Daughter

February 13, 2007

I pray that you are still resting peacefully and hope that you are watching over us down here.

Cpl. Egendoerfer
Mishawaka PD

July 13, 2006

Officer Harris, thank you for your service. You died a hero.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

May 22, 2006

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