Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Ernest Andrew Whitten

Albertville Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, January 25, 1995

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Reflections for Detective Ernest Andrew Whitten

Rest in peace Detective Whitten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 10, 2022

It is another anniversary since your death. It is a night that will forever be in my memory. I cherish our friendship and remember your laughter, devotion and your integrity You were so full of fun and mischief and enjoyed your life and the job for which you pledged commitment. You are indeed a hero but not for the way you died but for the life you lived and the work you accomplished.

I love you and miss you.

Cindy Whitten

January 25, 2017

It's hard to believe we're approaching 20 years since the day we saw your name honored on the wall along with all the other LODD from 1995 with all the family. It's a day that will forever be engrained in my memory as well as the person you were. You made an impact on so many and will never be forgotten.


April 7, 2016

Rest brother Andy. We will always remember.

Lt. Terry L. Ware
Co-worker and friend

January 25, 2016

God bless Andy. May you rest in peace. You are. Not forgotten.

Lt. Jason Windsor
Marshall county sheriff's office

September 15, 2014

I miss you Brother. It is hard to believe it's been this long. Thank you for all you did for me when I started this career.


Captain Gary Stanfield
Boaz Police Dept.

May 11, 2014


Mike Whitten

February 27, 2014

Another year has passed but you are still as missed as the day you were taken from us. You'll never be forgotten. Rest in peace dear friend.

Officer Deborah Overby
friend and former co worker

January 25, 2014

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 12, 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 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 will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember him for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hold his family in my heart's embrace today.

I continue to fight to see that lifer sentences for juvenile killers remain intact. I am proud to warrior for you.

Rest In Peace

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

January 25, 2012

THoughts and prayers to Detective Whitten's loved ones on this sad anniversary. Please rest assured that he is not forgotten.

RIP sir.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

January 25, 2011

"What Are Policemen Made Of ?
By Paul Harvey

Don't credit me with the mongrel prose: it has many parents-at least 420,000 (now at 870,000) of them: Policemen.

A Policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity.

Gulled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are "new". What they really mean is that they are exceptional, unusual, not commonplace.

Buried under the frost is the fact: Less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform. That's a better average than you'd find among clergy!

What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is once the most needed and the most unwanted. He's a strangely nameless creature who is "sir" to his face and "fuzz" to his back

He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.

But...If the policeman is neat, he's conceited; if he's careless, he's a bum. If he's pleasant, he's flirting; if not, he's a grouch.

He must make an instant decision which would require months for a lawyer to make.

But...If he hurries, he's careless; if he's deliberate, he's lazy. He must be first to an accident and infallible with his diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp. Or expect to be sued.

The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn't hurt. He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being "brutal". If you hit him, he's a coward. If he hits you, he's a bully.

A policeman must know everything-and not tell. He must know where all the sin is and not partake.

A policeman must, from a single strand of hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal- and tell you where the criminal is hiding.

But...If he catches the criminal, he's lucky; if he doesn't, he's a dunce. If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn't, he's a dullard. The policeman must chase a bum lead to a dead-end, stake out ten nights to tag one witness who saw it happen-but refused to remember.

The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman.

And, of course, he'd have to be genius....For he will have to feed a family on a policeman's salary."

Miss you buddy!


May 29, 2010

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

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

January 25, 2010

We have not forgotten!


May 15, 2009

Rest in peace, Andy. We didn't always see eye to eye on how to police, but that's ok.


March 7, 2009

Andy for sacrifice has not been forgotten. So many tried to save you, and fought so hard to keep you. But the damage was just beyond what could be done. I think of you everytime I drive past your house. Rest well in peace.

Jenny Cannon

January 19, 2009

My father, a probation officer in Marshall County, told me more than 13 years ago that the week you were killed was the worst week of his life. I remember how upset he was, and how badly he wanted justice for you. Albertville misses you very much, and your memory is cherished by the people of our city. Rest in peace. You are a hero to us all.


February 18, 2008

Thirteen years have passed since your EOW. So many lives destroyed because of one individual who had no respect for the law nor the lives of others. You are a true hero, thank you for your dedication to law enforcement. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You have not been forgotten.

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

January 25, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 22, 2008

I mise you, my friend.

November 10, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept.

July 11, 2007


You will always be remembered. I will never forget how you brought Niko into communication and he pinned me in the corner. All you did was stand there and laugh.... I miss you my FRIEND.


April 5, 2007

Andy, I still remember with joy the basic K9 class you were in here in Huntsville with Vic and I. I remember with sadness the day I heard of your death. There are many times that something happens or we are talking about the old K9 days and I remember you and Niko...the way you had your Crown Vic painted up...your laugh. Rest in Peace my friend.

Sgt. Floyd Smith
Huntsville Police Department, Alabama

January 26, 2007

As we approach the anniversary of his death, we pause to honor the memory of Detective Whitten and to acknowledge his ultimate sacrifice.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his surviving family members. May God comfort and keep each of you.

Major D.W. Warren
Montgomery Police Dept. - Montgomery, AL

January 24, 2007

Rest in Peace, Brother. Your sacrifice is not forgotten. Talked with your father the other day he was in a small traffic accident just outside of Collinsville

Asst. Chief Rex Leath
Collinsville Police Department

October 19, 2006

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