Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Randall Lamar Hester

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, April 20, 1994

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Reflections for Trooper Randall Lamar Hester

Never forgotten brother!

Judge / magistrate Sheridan Lynn (former
Aiken County, S.C.

April 21, 2019

Never forgotten brother! Prayers to your family

Judge /retired SC Trooper Danny Lynn
Aiken County, SC

April 20, 2018

Rest easy, never forgotten!

Judge /retired SC Trooper Danny Lynn
Aiken County, SC

April 20, 2017

Trooper Hester,
On today, the 23rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served in the USAF. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 20, 2017

Rest in peace, God bless your family!

Magistrate and Former SC Trooper Sher
Aiken County, SC

April 20, 2016

You my friend left a life long impact on my heart. Remembering you always. Love to you and all of the family and friends


May 21, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 18th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered,

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is 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

April 20, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 20, 2010

I still remember this day 16 years ago as if it was yesterday. I miss him but I know where he is !! He will never be forgotten !!!

Tpr. W. R. Griffith
South Carolina Highway Patrol

April 20, 2010

I met Randy is 1989 when he was in the Air Force and we lived at Edwards AFB in California. Going to KFC with his wife Dawn late at night for mashed potatoes, throwing the tennis ball for his dog Sadie and watching him play basketball are a few of the great memories I have of Randy. I was so happy for Randy when I heard he was a State Trooper...that was his calling. Randy gave the ultimate sacrafice and he will always be remembered. Thank You Randy for making this world a better place by the lives you touched.

Cathy Sorenson/ 911 Dispatcher
Wilmington Police Dept. Ohio

December 8, 2009

Gone, but never forgotten. Rest easy Warrior, and watch over us. God Bless

Deputy Petree
Hendricks County Sheriffs Dept.

July 11, 2009

RIP...Gone but never forgotten.


October 8, 2008

My thoughts are with all of your loved ones and close friends today. Keep watch over all of them and they continue on. None of them will ever forget you and all have special memories of you and will help keep your memory alive. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

April 20, 2008

Uncle Randy,
Just wanted to let you know that not another day goes by that i dont see something that reminds me of you. I love you and i cant wait to see you on the Otherside.

Your Nephew,

Private Geof Holbrooks
National Guard

February 17, 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
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

November 16, 2007

We continue to honor you for your service and dedication to the citizens of the State of South Carolina.

Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Rest in peace,

Lois Rao
Surviving Mother
SCHP Senior Trooper Michael J. Rao
End of Watch June 12, 2002

Lois Rao

October 2, 2007

May you be ever blessed.

April 20, 2007

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Trooper Hester and we honor his distinguished service to the cause of justice and peace. Sadly, our nation has lost one of its finest citizens, a community has lost a friend and protector, and a family has lost an example of character and courage who they will love and respect forever. Today, because of the sacrifice Trooper Hester has made, the house of freedom is stronger, sturdier, and more secure.

To the family and friends of Trooper Hester, I would like you to know that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you the strength necessary to move on. Just as you were always with him when he walked the beat or patrolled the streets, know that he will always be with you - wherever you may be. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Trooper Hester is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

SA Thomas Doyle
FBI New York City

February 24, 2007

Man it's been a while. Just Lettin you know You were my hero. Someone that even as a verry little boy I looked up to. I miss you and Love ya.

A1C Bradley Burrell

October 14, 2006

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

September 28, 2006

Thank you for your service to the citizens of South Carolina. You are a hero. It has been twelve years since the end of your watch, you are still remembered. Rest in peace my brother. May God continue to bless you and your loved ones.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

April 20, 2006

From the first day I met Randy I knew he was special. He quickly became the ultimate Trooper, and whom I tried to copy as a fellow Trooper. He had compassion and courage, and the greatest in DUI detection I have ever known. Randy truly made a difference in the community, not only as a Trooper but also as a man. Randy set the standard! His marriage brought to reality the myth of Camelot. Randy was my best friend, and although Troopers ride alone, he was my partner. Randy's entrance into God's presence left a void in my life, but I know I was forever blessed to be called his friend.

L/Cpl D.H. Bracken
South Carolina Highway Patrol

January 27, 2006

It has been years since we played basketball at the old Walhalla Gym. I remember how proud you were to be a Trooper when you told us you were hired. I am also in law enforcement and not a day goes by that I don't think of your sacrafice. Rest now my brother and I'll see you on the other side, because I know you made it.

Ptl Brian Smith
Westminster Police Dept

August 16, 2005

I was your friend your pal your brother Trooper,your Brother in Christ. But as your Sergeant I sometimes struggle with the fact that I assigned you to the special duty that night you left us. But I realize now that you would not have wanted it to be any other way. Trying to stop drug activity and other criminal actvity in an area infested. I sent my two best to have only one return. I know you would have been mad at me had I not asked you to go. God had a plan for you and it was fullfilled. I for one have become closer to my Lord because of you as well as the many others you came in contact with. I just wish I had been as you were when I was a young Trooper. I miss you Brother Trooper,Brother veteran , Brother Christain. Never a day goes by that I dont think of you. See you when I get there.

Sgt. W.R. Griffith Jr. (Ret.)

April 28, 2005

Thanks for your job. god bless you.


April 25, 2005

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