Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Len J. Rowell

Pearl River County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Tuesday, June 28, 1994

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Len J. Rowell

Deputy Sheriff Rowell,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC as a member of the 4th Amphibious Assault Vehicle Battalion during the 1991 Gulf War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog and YATYAS!

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

June 28, 2024

You will never be forgotten by all of those who knew and served with you. You were an outstanding Marine and an even better person. I still remember those months aboard ship in the Persian Gulf, countless hours in our amtracs, and the quieter times playing cards and just talking about home and family. Thank you for your service. Semper Fi brother!

Sgt Tim Haller

August 3, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your heroic actions and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. While your killer cowardly took his own life, he surely has and is facing a much higher authority somewhere else. Rest in peace always.

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

June 28, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Rowell.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 28, 2019

Len I was on duty the night you were ambushed I remember the time we spent in the Marines and how you wanted to be a Deputy your time was to short You were a Good Marine a Great Cop and a Friend I have thought of you many times over the years Rest Easy Semperfi

Former Sgt Nick Cheatham
Harrison Co So Miss

October 3, 2018

Deputy Rowell your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to Pearl River County and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace my fellow LE Brother!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, TroopD

June 28, 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

July 4, 2015

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to the Citizens of Pearl River County! Continue to Rest in peace Deputy Rowell!
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop D

June 28, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. 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 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. I thank your family and friends for shring their devotion to you through their reflections.

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

December 9, 2012

I remember growing up with Len. He always wanted to do right and help others. He loved G-d, his family and his country. He also loved justice and truth. I was proud of him while he was away in the Marines and wore a yellow prayer bracelet in his honor until he safely returned home. We were at USM at the same time together. He studied criminal justice. It was a sad day for our family when he left this world. It was a sad day for anyone who had ever known him. I miss the family reunions his daddy, Uncle Joe, used to host out at his place. Bret would play guitar while Rudy and Len kept me in stitches laughing. I miss them. They're in heaven with Uncle Joe and Aunt Jeanie. G-d rest their souls.

Lydia Favre Guerzon
1st Cousin

August 2, 2011

Rowell and I met at Camp Del Mar in California. Two South Mississippi boys stuck out like a pair of sore thumbs there! We trained there together, went back to Mississippi to our reserve unit in Gulfport and got activated and shipped off fight in Desert Storm. He was a great Marine and friend. I think of him often. Semper Fidelis, buddy.

David Upton (Sgt. Upton)

October 18, 2010

Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace in such incidents & our only real comfort comes from Him. May His strength, comfort & peace continue to be the sustaining force in the lives of all who knew this beloved officer; and may it somehow help to know that, even after all these years,they do not grieve alone.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

October 26, 2009

i served with len in the gulf war he was a outstanding marine and a better man. i was shocked to hear about his tragic death at the hands of someone who had no clue the caliber of person len was. i will never forget you my brother in arms. semper fi

ssgt vernon a claiborne

March 27, 2009

Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for Pearl River County. I only hope that one day I will be half the Deputy you were. Rest well in heaven.

R. L. K.
PRC Sheriff Hopeful

January 9, 2009

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

December 4, 2007

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Rowell on the anniversary of his passing.
He paid the ultimate sacrifice. May God comfort you all.
Heros are never forgotten.

The memory of a good friend is a blessing Proverb 10:7

911 Dispatcher

June 28, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer
Chattanooga, Tn

June 16, 2007

Deputy Rowell-I remember the day of your incident as I was on patrol in Bay St. Louis. I respect your service and your sacrifice. You are truly a hero. I pray for peace for your family. Rest in peace brother.

Sergeant Travis T. Foreman
Waveland Police Department

May 1, 2007

The Pearl River Sheriff's Department would just like to thank you for your bravery! We all know that you are in a better place. May god bless you!

March 21, 2007

Len, I just wanted to thank you for protecting us and we all know now that your in a better place!!!!!!! Save all your fellow deputies a special spot up there with god!

March 20, 2007

I just want to let you know that you are sadly missed, I know you are in heaven and I am looking forward to seeing you and Aunt Ida and Uncle Gloster up there.

Love Ya

Clay Dedeaux

August 2, 2006

Rest in peace sir. Thank you for your brave service.

Collins Fire Dept. (Mississippi)

April 7, 2006

May god bless you Deputy Rowell. Rest in peace.

Resident of Pearl River County, Mississippi

January 14, 2006

Len was a true patriot,he was a devoted son, loving husband and good friend. Len's whole life was about serving his country. Len was my friend for only a short time but made an impact in my life for ever. All he ever wanted to to was be a deputy in his home county. I think of him often. He is with God, and helping to protect all of us in uniform. Peace be with you always.

Investigator Klint D. Krieger
Biloxi Police Department

April 26, 2005

Rest in peace blue angel5/8/03

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