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Officer Thomas Benton Worley

Los Angeles County Safety Police, California

End of Watch Wednesday, December 21, 1994

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Reflections for Officer Thomas Benton Worley

Tom and I worked for Golden West K-9 Patrol in 1992. He was recently out of the Air Force. Tom was my FTO at Golden West K-9 and I couldn't have had a better person to train a 19 year old young man the ropes of being an armed patrol officer in some of the most crime ridden areas of the San Fernando Valley. We got along great riding together, got into foot pursuits together, arrested a few bad guys and became friends. It was always a pleasure to see Tom at shift change to exchange stories. I left California for Montana and returned back to California in Dec 1993. I was hired by Westec Patrol in Jan 1994 and heard through the grapevine Tom finally got hired by L.A. County Safety Police. I was truly happy to hear Tom was living his dream. Then came the terrible news in December that Tom was killed by a robber while off duty. I had found out before it was released to the news that it was Tom. Even off duty Tom was protecting the citizens he served. Tom was just the kind of man to do so without hesitation. I think of Tom often over the years. I hope and pray that his family is doing well. See you again one day in Heaven Tom.

Greg Houston
Correctional Officer Texas Department of Criminal Justice

August 30, 2021


I wanna say thank you for your commitment to our profession. You are a true hero. I wish I could have worked with you. I pray for your wife and children always. God speed my brother. You were an awesome example of bravery. You displayed unsurpassed heroism on the day you left us. You will not be forgotten and your family is our family.

Louis B. Lave

Deputy Sheriff
Lost Hills Malibu LASD

May 29, 2021

Officer Worley,
On today, the 25th 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 USAF. And to your Family and loved ones ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 21, 2019

Still remembering your ultimate sacrifice of that fateful day so long ago. Happy holidays to his family that he left behind. He left us as a hero.

Deputy Sheriff Los Angeles
County Sheriff

December 21, 2019

Semper Fi Brother in Blue. You won’t be forgotten. May God bless you and your family. We are all proud of you and your love of your profession. So very sad that you were taken from us and your family on that fateful day. 4 days before Christmas and out shopping. So very sad you are gone. Words can’t describe how sad we are.

State Traffic Officer 7185 and United St
California Highway Patrol

December 21, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Worley.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 21, 2019

I attended Santa Monica College with Tom. We attended the same church and I was friends with his family. We were both lucky enough to join the brotherhood of Law Enforcement. I remember being devastated that my friend had been murdered protecting others during a robbery off duty. He was a true hero and stepped up to face evil. It was very hard to see how devastating his passing was to his family. He was funny, friendly to everyone and truly gave it all to help. In 2019, I will be riding the Police Unity Tour in honor of Tom Worley's memory. He is not forgotten and he is missed.

William J. Mattison, Sergeant
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

SoCalPUT Chapter VII "We Ride For Those Who Died"

January 31, 2019

God speed my old friend. You're not forgotten.

Sgt. Paul V. Gallo
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

December 21, 2017

Rest In Peace Brother. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 21, 2017

I still Remember. Will never forget. Will always pray for you and your family.

Former Officer L.A. County Park Police
L.A. County Park Police

February 18, 2017

God bless sir, we still remember. I will say a prayer for you and your family tonight.

Deputy Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

December 22, 2015

My thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Worley's family. It speaks very highly of a man spending quality time with his significant other to see trouble and assist. I am truly inspired my Deputy Worley act of valor to show his true strength in such a moment. Thank you for your services.

Recruit Rocha (MSHPD), Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Class #403

Officer Fancisco Rocha
Metropolitan State Hospital Police Department

October 1, 2014

I still think about you, Tom. You were a good friend and a good partner. Thanks for watching over us, brother. Rest easy, we have the watch from here.

David Johnson


December 23, 2013

I love you, miss you, and think about you daily. You have got beautiful children who have grown into wonderful adults. You would be proud. Coming up in December you would be a grandfather. I love you.
Your little sister,
Katie Worley Tucker

Katie Worley Tucker

August 30, 2013

For those that new Worley, he was a great person and was always there when you needed him. I had the honor to work alongside him when he was assigned at LAC/USC on pm shift. All the training and experience he obtained from the military was obvious based on his ability to lead and the professionalism that he displayed on a daily basis. I miss you brother. Rest in peace

M. Perez / Deputy Sheriff

February 21, 2013

Tom was one of my best friends in high school. I remember the phone call just before he left for Lackland AFB Basic Training. I know it was his goal to be an Officer and I knew he would give the job his all! Tom gave his all and he will be missed by all of us!

Jay Meyers, Workers' Compensation Compli
Dept Of Industrial Relations

October 3, 2012

Having lost touch with Tom upon his departure from the US Air Force so many years ago, I was deeply shocked upon learning his fate. Tom wanted nothing more than to protect and serve. I'm honored to have known Tom and so saddened by his sacfrifice. Watch over us all Tom.

Lawrence Zielasko, MSgt, USAF Ret
US Air Force Security Police

March 17, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 17th 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 remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hold your family in my heart's embrace today.

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

December 21, 2011

Rest in Peace, Officer Worley. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 23, 2009

RIP and know that you will never be forgotten by the ones who knew and love you.


October 16, 2008

Thanks for your courage to protect and serve.

Rest In Peace


May 19, 2008

Thankyou OFFICER WORLEY for your service and sacrifice in protecting society even when off duty. You are a true hero to all of us. God bless your family


January 22, 2008

you are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Manchester, NH

December 21, 2007

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

September 12, 2007

i drove to the rio hondo police academy to pay respects to the fallen; a great plaque dedicated to you was reflecting the sunshine today reminding me that you are always around.


May 22, 2007

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