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Corporal Willie Dale Taylor

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, May 19, 1990

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Reflections for Corporal Willie Dale Taylor

Rest in peace Corporal Taylor.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 11, 2020

Rest in Peace Corporal Willie Dale Taylor. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice Protecting the citizens of The Great State of Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and the men and women who now serve the Texas Department of Public Safety.


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

May 19, 2016

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 19, 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. You are 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 19, 2012

The one thing I can remember about Dale was his great smile. He loved his wife & children. He would visit his wife Jean at her store in Ozona and when people came in he always greeted them with kindness. I have never heard one person say anything bad about Dale. Dale was a great role model for others in the community. Dale and his wife would help anyone if needed. I'm sure his family misses him. What a man. He served his state well.

Dale Hobson
Friend from Ozona

July 23, 2011

During this week of Honoring the Fallen Officers Dale came to mind and I came by this page to Honor him and to pay my respect. God bless all those he left behind.

J. Nathan Merritt

May 18, 2011

"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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 3, 2008

When I was a teenager in Sabine County Texas Dale Taylor was a young Trooper who was always fair and just to everyone. My girlgriend at the time was he and Jean's babysitter. Everyone admired Trooper Taylor, teens who had just gotten their license and had to "show-out" now and then as well as the older folks who lived around there. Dale did his job with dignity, sometimes a jokester, but always professional. I was saddened to hear of his death and I know the State of Texas lost a great officer and a wife and children lost a good husband, and father. May W. Dale Taylor rest in peace, and may God watchover his loved ones.

J Nathan Merritt

May 19, 2007

As a young man growing up in Pineland, Sabine County Texas, Dale Taylor was a very close friend of my Family, as was he wife Jean. Dale was a positive influence to the young men and women of this community. I will always remember him with fond memories, not only as a real TEXAS PEACEOFFICER, but also as someone who really cared about community and friends. VAYA CON DIOS MI AMIGO!!!!!!

SA Billy Pierce
U.S. Customs Service Retired

February 16, 2005

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). Both of these troopers were killed in the same manner as Corporal Willie Taylor.

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.

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 4, 2004

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