Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Thomas Lee Harris

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, July 20, 1985

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Reflections for Officer Thomas Lee Harris

I worked with Thomas several times, I am a Reserve officer, and even today 25 years later my impressions of him as an officer are clear as day. He was always the first to answer emergency calls for service when I was with him, always willing to go the second mile when listening to the problems of those with whom we interacted. Like me, stolen vehicles were at the top of the list of the type of offenders that we searched for. It was an honor to work with him.

Dr. Jerry Stettheimer, Reserve Officer,
DPD, Reserve Officer, Badge R031,

August 20, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 20, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Harris.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 26, 2020

Rest in Peace Police Officer Thomas Lee Harris. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Dallas, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family. Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the habitual violator meets with justice on the day of atonement. May he burn forever in the lake of fire.

Amen.

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

July 20, 2016

Brandon: So sorry that you were never able to get to know this fine man who served the citizens of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department with honor and distinction. Your grandfather would be proud that you are serving as a police officer and following in his footsteps. May God bless and keep watch over you as you keep the memory of Thomas Lee Harris alive. His name is inscribed on the Dallas Police Memorial for all others to see and remember his sacrifice.

Billy Prince, retired
Dallas PD

July 20, 2015

Thomas was my grandfather, he passed away when I was just 1, my father and grandmother use to tell me stories about him always picking me up in his squad car and being late for work because he would play with me as a baby, I really didn't get the chance to know you Thomas, but I want to let you know tha you're the reason I became a police office now. I want to follow in your footsteps to try and become the best in blue. I know everytime I go to work with that uniform on I know you're right there with me. Thanks again, your Grandson Brandon P. Langrum

Police Officer
Cedar Hill ISD Police Department

February 9, 2014

I rode with Officer Harris while I was a Rookie Patrol Officer in the Southeast Division. Officer Harris was a super great man and officer. You will always be remembered. RIP

Michael Keene

Special Agent
Drug Enforcement Administration

October 28, 2013

To officer Thomas Lee Harris thanks for dedicated your time and love for me my mother and brother. You son officer Paul L. Preddy.

Deportation Officer
DHS/his son

March 1, 2013

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 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 the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 20, 2010

Officer Harris,

Rest in peace sir.

Detective Dave Howell
Plano,Texas Police Dept-Auto Theft

July 20, 2010

RIP my Brother.

Deputy S. Yates
Covinton County Sheriff's Dept. (Mississippi)

July 19, 2010

My brother gave the ultimate sacrifice for what he loved to do. He is my heroe. May the love of God be with him.

Clark Hill
brother

March 24, 2010

Tom: I was an FTO at NW Patrol in 1985. As the first order of business, the first night a rookie rode with me, we drove to two sacred spots: First, where C.O. Brewer, the first known DPD Officer killed in the line of duty was gunned down; and, Second, where the latest DPD Officer was killed. When we arrived at each place, I asked if the rookie knew where we were, and why we were there. Most did not. My mission was for us to learn from those who patrolled the streets before us, and made the ultimate sacrifice, so that we might make it home at the end of each watch. Yours was a particularly powerful lesson, because most could grasp the danger in a gunfight, but the risks of having a crash, and dying were too often overlooked and under-appreciated. Know that your sacrifice was not in vain, and your lessons were well learned. Thanks, Brother, and rest in peace.

S.S. Scholl #4459
Dallas Police Department '80-'86

March 21, 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 5, 2008

Dear Officer Harris,

I did not know you, but I appreciate the work you did, your dedication to law enforcement, to the City of Dallas, to your ultimate sacrifice and to your family and friends.

You are in my prayers, as is your family.

God bless and God speed, sir.

Please help watch over your brothers in blue.

YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.

LRVirgil, Civilian
Dallas & Mesquite, Texas Police Supporter

September 29, 2007

This was my dad. I don't really know what to say here.
I am glad the suspect was sentenced to life. I know my father is watching over me and keeping me safe always now.

Stacey Anita Harris
Daughter

December 26, 2006

Tom was my physical fitness partner in the Academy. He is truly missed. May he stand beside God and guard heaven.

Sr. Cpl. Brian V. Schupp
Dallas P. D.

June 24, 2004

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