Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Aerl Lee Jernigan

Atascosa County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, December 21, 1975

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Aerl Lee Jernigan

Today, my mind went back to that day we were told you had gone to be with the Lord. I was just 11 years old but my heart broke when I heard the story. You were such a great man, Brother Jernigan and my life was a better place for having known you and your family. Our Church, Bible Baptist Church, had a piece missing after that, but you will never be forgotten. Thank You for your endless service.

Donna Carbonell, Church Member in 1975
Friend of the Family in 1975

April 24, 2019

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th 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 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 who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

December 21, 2011

Deputy Sheriff Jernigan - You're not forgotten and never will be. Rest in peace Aerl. God Bless You.

C.P.
friend and officer

December 20, 2011

Your memory lives on....you are never forgotten by those you loved.

Anonymous

December 21, 2008

Uncle Aerl,

You were/are a family hero. I still remember you and miss you very much. I have always told my children about you and made very sure they know who you were. You were TRULY a son, sibling, soldier (Air Force), husband, father, and sooo much more for us to be PROUD of. YOU ARE VERY MUCH MISSED!

Pamela
NIECE

September 8, 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
Sergeant
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

January 30, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

VanDEnBerghe
Manchester, Nh

December 21, 2007

Thankyou for everything grandpa Jernigan. I know you are in a better place and have heard great things about you even though we never had the chance to meet each other. you are loved so much and greatly missed. kyle

kyle
marines

January 15, 2006

Dep,
I know it is not enough, but thank you for your service. You will NEVER be forgotten.

Until we have our roll call with the God, God Speed Brother........

August 25, 2005

In memory of our brother, our hero, our love. We have missed you every day since that fateful afternoon of December 21, 1975. You left in our hearts wonderful memories of our childhood together, our family times together, your beautiful smile and warm heart. We love you. Your Sisters, Linda Jernigan Ellison and Goldie Jernigan Byrd.

March 8, 2005

Thank You, for being a good "DAD"..... although our time together was very short, I still can feel your strenght and pride in me . You will always be in our hearts.Marty

Marty

February 8, 2004

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