Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Craig L. Knox

Monterey County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Sunday, June 1, 1980

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Craig L. Knox

On this actual anniversary of your death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your law enforcement family will always remember. Rest in peace always.

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

June 1, 2021

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

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

September 26, 2020

Rest in peace.


June 1, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Knox.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 23, 2019

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

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

June 1, 2018

Deputy Sheriff Knox,
On today, the 38th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Monterey County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 1, 2018

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 1, 2015

It's been since 2008, that I made an entry on this site, and June 1st is just around the corner. Craig, you're still missed.

Bob Maratas

May 26, 2014

Rest in Peace, Deputy Knox. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 15, 2012

I would like to thank all of you for your reflections. Craig is in my thoughts everyday. It's now 31 years, and it still feels like it was just yesterday.

Always in my heart
May 9 2011

Debbie Knox Mingham

May 10, 2011

On the 29th anniversary of Deputy Knox's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Deputy Knox is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

June 1, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twenty-ninth 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya


June 1, 2009

To this day, especially every June 1st of every year, I will sit back and think of the past of the things we did together. Remember the motorcycles and we wired it up with special flashing lights, working late shifts all in the interest of law enforcement. I believe we got nicknamed Starsky and Hutch. I will remember those days forever. About 2-years ago, I got a surprise call from your daughther that you never got to meet. She and mother are doing well. Miss you pal...

Civilian Bob Maratas
best friends in HS and college

August 5, 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

December 1, 2007

May your sleep be sweet.G-d Bless.

June 1, 2007

Craig, as you now know, JESUS loves you. So do we.

John 3:16

Ret Officer RB Wade
Richmond Va Police Ret.

April 5, 2007

You are a true hero and heroes never die. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

December 5, 2006

I, like you Larry, still think of Craig often 26 years later. Craig and I went to the academy together and bonded from the start. He loved his work, his family, the outdoors and photography. Craig was a great guy to hang out with and just talk....never a bad word about anyone or anything, Craig loved life and what it had to offer...

John Barnes
Federal Bureau of Prisons

July 5, 2006

He made me laugh and find joy in life and this job. His sense of humor, while a bit odd, was my constant companion. He was a true comrade in arms and a partner til the end. 26 years later as I reflect on Jerralee and his deaths, I can't help but think about their unmatched love for people and life. I am sorry if you never knew them, you really missed two wonderful people. I pray for their families wherever they might be. Even 26 years later, I am certain that the pain of those moments, minutes, and hours are relived. I can only pray for peace in your hearts, spirit, and soul. To the families, just know they were loved and will never be forgotten.

Until Eternity,

Larry R. Bryant

Larry R. Bryant
Monterey County Sheriff Office

April 11, 2006

Rest in Peace....................

Don Mathers

October 12, 2004

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