Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal Virgle Dewey Knight, Jr.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch Tuesday, July 23, 1985

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Reflections for Corporal Virgle Dewey Knight, Jr.

Thank you for your service and today we take the time to remind you and your family that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 23, 2020

Rest in peace Corporal Knight.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 28, 2020

Cpl Knight,
On today, the 32nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and the other Officers who were on that helicopter with you for your service and sacrifice for for the citizens of Douglas County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 23, 2017

Virgle is my brother. As kids we called him Don. I miss him. Thank you for your service, I love you!

Suzie Knight

July 21, 2017

Jason, I am a Sgt. with DCSO and would like to speak with you about your father. If you can contact me at [email protected] I would appreciate it.

Sgt. Brad O'Dell
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

May 15, 2017

Happy Fathers day dad i miss you

jason knight

June 16, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th 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 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. I pray for the solace of those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 24, 2010

"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

January 14, 2008

Virgle was my dad and I miss him very much. I wish he was here to see his beautiful granddaughter. she will always know that her grandfather was very coragous and always wanted to help so many people.

jason knight

December 23, 2007

Virgle, (Virg the Purge) was my best friend. I convinced him to fly since I was a combat vet as a crew chief on a huey. His dad was a retired Colonel in the Army as well. Virgle an I spent many hours as room mates prior to either one of us getting married or re-married. Virgle had a passion for drug suppression and was used by half the state on loan to develope drug interdiction schemes for other agencies. He was killed after finding a giant grow operation in the Upqua National Park near Diamond Lake. The boys flew into power lines concealed by the sun. I will miss Virgle my entire life, he was one of a kind and a true friend

Corporal Richard J. Carlton
Cottage Grove Police Department

February 17, 2007

Virgil Knight was a cops cop. He did it
better than anybody I knew. He was a
one man drug team. He would handle all his calls and then when he had time,
usually on his day off, he took on
all the wrecking companies and did
VIN and paperwork inspections. Nobody else would do it. Virgil was the best, and I miss him, especially this time of year which is Marijuana season. He was
a mountain goat, hauling bundles of pot
back up the hill. I clearly remember the day when he and Jerry were in a helicopter looking for plants and they
hit a high power line that was not marked. We lost Virgil and our lead detective Jerry Cherrick, and the pilot. I knew them all, and miss them.
God bless you guys, You are not forgotten. Dan Hoy

Sgt Dan Hoy
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

August 13, 2004



July 23, 2004

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