Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Constable John Wesley Harryman

Shoal Creek Township Constable's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, April 13, 1933

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Reflections for Constable John Wesley Harryman

Constable Harryman, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 27, 2020

Wes Harryman was my Great-Grandmother's brother. One time Great-Grandma Atha spoke to me about what happened to Uncle Wes, I remember looking at her face seeing tears in her eyes. It was very painful for her. I have a picture of him with my grandma and their father and siblings, she was about 18 in that picture.

Wendy Hall

April 21, 2019

I recently watched “The Highwaymen” which is the story of the hunt for and the eventual justice brought to Bonnie and Clyde. This film, in my humble opinion, unlike the previous movies, acknowledges and shows respect for the Law Enforcement Officers who lost their lives to these animals and does not show them to be any kind of folk hero. It was long overdue.

Though the name of each and every Officer is not mentioned, some are and I believe the sacrifice by all is honored.

God Bless you, Constable Harryman, and may your eternal rest remain ever peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

April 8, 2019

It was a very sad day in the history of our country when Wes Harryman and Harry McGinnis were needlessly blown away. They had no idea in terms of what they were getting themselves into. My heart goes out to their families and to law enforcement personnel across this great country. Thank you.

Mr. G. M. Gentile (Boston)
American citizen

February 6, 2017

My mother Sarah Ellen Harryman Denison is the youngest daughter of John Harryman. My grandmother Atha Ellen was left with 5 young children to raise. My mother was only 3 years old at the time her father was murdered but does have memories of him holding her on his lap. She was cheated, along with the rest of the family, of the joy of having her loving father watch her grow up.

Jesse R. Denison

January 25, 2016

Growing up I was told the story by my Grandmother Eva of your bravery and horrific loss at such a young age. A few years ago I made it to Saginaw to visit. Our family is small, but I'm glad to be part of a real hero, yours!
I'll never forget you.

Karla K. Davis
3rd Cousin

November 3, 2015

It is so sad that the Bonnie and Clyde Gang are so well known. As a society we glorify the criminals and either ignore Hero’s like you or make the Hero’s appear like the criminals. It is very sad that the names of Bonnie and Clyde are known even to our children, when it is your name Constable John Harryman that should be known. You are a hero and a man to be looked up to. May you rest in peace and thank you and your family for the ultimate sacrifice. WE are a better people today because you walked among us yesterday. God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 26, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 79th 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. It is sad that our film industry made Bonnie and Clyde folk heroes instead of the murderous criminals they were and omitted any true picture of the heroic man you were.

Rest In Peace.

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

April 13, 2012

You were the true Hero, RIP Sir and thank you for your service.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

January 27, 2012

You are not forgotten. God bless you and your family. Rest in Peace knowing we all have a great respect for your sacrifice.


April 13, 2011

You are not forgotten. God bless you and your family. Rest in Peace knowing we all have a great respect for your sacrifice.


April 13, 2011

Your sister[my grandmother) spoke of you many times as i was growing up. Her love for you was often felt. And i am very proud, to be a part of your family.

steven w mclaughlin
my great uncle

June 28, 2009

I didn't know until recently, but I know your youngest daughter, Sarah. She is so incredibly proud of you and it is so very sad that you were taken from her at such a young age. She has grown up to raise a beautiful family of her own and I know you watch over them daily. God bless you for your sacrifice. You are loved and missed by many. My father also was killed in the line of duty 5/15/1982. You have not been forgotten.

Diana Ferguson
Vancouver Washington

Diana Ferguson

March 9, 2009

What an incredible history you have and what a sad ending that so many officers lost their lives to such scum.

You are a true hero, today you were remembered as you will continue to be and as it should be for all of the peacekeepers who give their lives protecting us.

Thank you sir.

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

October 5, 2007

Thank you for being a hero. They were cowards.


March 12, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

April 24, 2006

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

April 24, 2006

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

Marshal Batterson, you were a true hero. You will always be remembered.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 6, 2004

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