Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Harold Dean Humphus

Falls County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, August 21, 1973

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Harold Dean Humphus

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 21, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Humphus.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 9, 2019

Rest In Peace Deputy Sheriff Harold Deane Humphus. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Falls County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers and those brave souls who choose to follow in your footsteps. I also Pray that the scum who murdered you shall burn forever in the lake of fire.


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

August 20, 2016

While neither Joe nor I are law enforcement officers, we want to say we both knew Dean and he worked at the A & P Grocery Store while a student in school. He was a nice young fellow and his family lived a few houses down from Joe and I on Benjamin. Dean was always polite to me and visited when Joe's and my first two daughters were born at the hospital there in Marlin. We were so sad to hear what happened to Dean and Mr. Watkins. Still seems unreal all these years later. Joe's dad also was a deputy at one time there in Falls County.

Joe and Doris Erskine

August 30, 2015

I just found the Officer Down Memorial Page Deputy Humphus forty years ago our dreams died when that bullet took your life--you took our 5 year old to her first day of kindergarten , kissing her goodbye, having lunch with me at home while our son slept, you lay down to rest for a few minutes--I woke you up to go back to work-a kiss and a laugh were shared, as you drove away you turned and smiled and waved one last time-that is forever burned into my mind-our children are grown and wonderful, our grandchildren wish they could have known you, tears still fall for what we missed, loved you then--love you still--someday will see you again--sandra

Sandra Hunter
widow of Dean Humphus

February 3, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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 for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

March 19, 2013

Even though I never knew him, the sacrifice of this young man has touched me deeply. May GOD keep and bless those left behind.

Paul T. Humphus
Distant Cousin

April 2, 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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

February 6, 2008

34 yrs ago and never to be forgotten! God Bless family, friends & Dept.

Ret. PO
City of Miami PD Fla.

August 21, 2007



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