Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer James Allen Joe

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, January 14, 1988

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Reflections for Officer James Allen Joe

I worked with Officer Joe at the Dallas Police Department as a fellow officer. I was on duty the night he was killed and raced code 3 to the scene where it happened. It hurt me to see him die. I also knew him because he would go to the same church as me. He was a good Christian man. He was also a brave man. He was always a very quiet man and just a pleasure to be around. RIP Officer Joe. Law Enforcement is less for your absence.

Sgt Robert E Rommel (Ret)
Dallas Police Department, Texas
Lee County Sheriff's Office, Florida
Richardson Police Department, Texas

November 5, 2022

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)

January 14, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Joe.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 13, 2020

Officer Joe, your heroic and selfless actions that day are beyond what any words can actually say other than thank you. You are the definition of duty before self. Every bit as much of a hero that day is your beloved wife, for what she dealt with that day and obviously everyday since then, God Bless her and your family. Thank you for your service, both military and police, and know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren.

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

June 24, 2020

Rest in peace hero

Lt. Jim Russo

January 15, 2020

Dallas police officer Officer J.A. Joe served the citizens of Dallas well. His off-duty response to a felony-in-progress could have been ignored but his dedication to duty and responsibility would not allow it. He died caring and trying to make a difference in this world and in Dallas. Our hearts are heavy but filled with great pride for men such as you that give so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. You will never be forgotten for your sacrifices and service to your fellow man. We honor and miss you brother. All is well in God’s plan.

A.G. Henson, Badge #3129
Dallas Police Department

January 14, 2020

Every year that goes by i miss you more and more. Although your gone your not forgotten. I love you daddy.

Ebonie Joe

June 22, 2019

You are truly missed! Still have the recording you left my husband that morning about going to breakfast.

Vermell Brown
Wife of retired police officer.

May 16, 2018

RIP Brother. You served your country in a war that wasn’t popular. Then you served your community and stood in harms way. God bless you

Captain P. M. Larkin
Galveston County Pct. 1

April 2, 2018

I worked with James in SW Patrol. My wife and I ate with James and his wife at a church honoring police shortly before he was murdered. James was a decent man, good officer, and faithful Christian. He made the world a better place. I retired from DPD after almost 38 years You aren’t forgotten buddy.

Constable David Franklin
Anderson County, Texas, Pct 1

January 18, 2018

Thank you for serving in our military and law enforcement. Rest in peace and my prayers be with your friends and family.

John Haseltine - Civilian

October 18, 2016

I met James while attending a crime scene class at the DPS academy in Austin, Texas. We were both fairly young cops and soaked up all the instruction we could. James was distinctly positive and had a great sense of humor. He was a minister and it was easy to see the role faith played in his life. He was simply impressive. Rest in peace my brother.

Brian O'Hare

Special Agent

September 24, 2016

I was a Police Officer in Dallas when Officer Joe was killed. I wrote this letter to my son and daughter in his honor



Dear Tiffany and Jonathan:
I write to you today with sadness in my heart. I know that at the ages of seven and two, you will not comprehend this, but I write with the hope in mind that your mother or someone else in the family will save this letter and let you read it when you get older. Try not so much to understand, as to accept.

They buried a Police Officer today;
And though you are too young to understand;
I will try and explain it this way
Even though it was not planned:
They had Police Officers from all around
Men and women from large cities and small towns.
They came in his honor and all were sad
The thought of what happened made them mad.
They, like you, asked why did he have to die.
There is no answer to give only tears to cry.
He was doing the job that he had chose to do.
Protecting mommies and daddies and little kids like you.
When he left home he probably did not hug his loved ones;
He had planned on aiding his neighbor and returning home.
But in this job, tomorrow is a goal;
You never know what each day will hold.
There is no routine call no standard task
There is always the possibility that this day is your last.
Even at your age, I know you have heard that Police are bad.
No one realizes that Police, to some, are Mom and Dad.
Tomorrow is promised to no one this I know is true
So on each day I wake, I profess my love for you.
I had to write this letter before this day was thru
For tomorrow is another day, and your Dad is a Police Officer too.

John Pugh Class 199 DPD

July 19, 2016

My deepest admiration to to a true fallen hero,who sacrificed his life so others may live. I will continue to pray for you and your family always.

Col.Lumbo-USAF (ret).
Wittness to the truth.

September 1, 2015

You are not forgotten Father's Day just passed and I must honestly say it continues to be a tough time for me but after reading all the comments it's encouraging.

Leocadia Joe

June 17, 2014

James Joe was my father. I never got to meet him. My mother has told me a lot about him, and I wish I had the opportunity to meet him. I now have 4 children of my own, and I would've liked for them to know their grandfather as well. I have never met his side of my family. I respect him for his sacrifice in life, and I pray he is in the care of the Lord.

Christopher Allen Joe

January 31, 2013

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

Time never dimishes respect and your memory wili always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

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

January 14, 2012

It's such an awesome thing to see how he has touched the lives of others. Each day, I use the loss of my father to reflect upon and work to leave a meaningful impression on others. One of my personal life mottoes is, "More important than how you live is how you spend each day." I truly believe that God puts us all here on Earth to be a blessing to others! Selah! (Selah is a Holy Bible term which means, think about it)...

Nikia Joe-Ward
Oldest Daughter

May 10, 2010

Officer Joe, thank you for your service and dedication. Neither you, nor your sacrifice, will ever be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

March 26, 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

February 5, 2008



January 5, 2008

Such a tragic loss - rest in peace, Officer Joe. You've left an impact on the world you left behind. You'll never be forgotten.


April 28, 2007

R.I.P. my dear pld buddy. Not a day go by that you don't cross my mind. You will always be missed...
Jeff Postell

Jeff Postell
Thepcguy Computer Services

January 14, 2006

My name is Christopher James Joe. James Allen Joe was my uncle. He is my dad's brother, Cornelius Joe. I am 20 years old and will be 21 October 26. I was 4 years old when he past. I don't remember him or what he sounded like. I just wish I could have known him but it seems like he served his time and he will always be missed by me. Thinking about you uncle

Christopher James Joe
The Joe Family

September 5, 2005

You are not forgotten...........

Sgt. Al Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Yuma, AZ

February 3, 2005

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