Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Special Agent Pete Earl Lackey

Illinois Bureau of Investigation, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, November 27, 1972

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Reflections for Special Agent Pete Earl Lackey

Agent Lackey,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Illinois. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 27, 2022

As an new Illinois Department of Law Enforcement, DCI Special Agent (1984) I worked with many of his co workers. Pete Lackey was a legend in DCI and died a Hero!
Pete will be remembered forever by his friends, family and co workers.

Captain Steven Fermon

November 27, 2019

Oh man! Special Agent Lackey, rest in peace. Your bravery and honor won't be forgotten. Terrible that your killer was acquitted.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 18, 2018

Pete was one of my teachers before he became an agent.

Irma C Craig
student of his

November 27, 2017

Agent Lackey,
On today, the 45th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Illinois. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 27, 2017

Great man! Great undercover cop! We worked together in IBI-- Pete well respected among his peers! Few people know that about a year before his murder, he and fellow agent had to dive thru a closed window in old farm house in Dixon, Ill to escape capture and certain death at hands of heroin addicts who had "made" the two agents and were holding them at gunpoint. I was thereand know how close they came to being killed! Happened on 12-1-1971. I think of you often my friend.

Squad leader, Tony Woodall
Illinois Bureau of Investigation

August 15, 2017

Special Agent Lackey's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 1-29-17 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan

January 29, 2017

he was my baseball coach during my freshman year in high school. A very nice guy. All the kids knew him. I was a senior in high school when we heard the news and the whole school was in a state of shock. At college, I followed the trail in the papers and was absolutely shocked by the outcome. At the time, Fonner was known as a Viet Nam vet with mental issues. Plus you had witnesses. At one time, he was walking around at county festivals with a sign saying he killed Pete. This time of year with the leaves falling, just brought back this memory.

Mike Yerion
WHS Class of 1973

Michael Yerion, P.E.
Fromer student and now professional engineer

October 30, 2015

My mom used to babysit for his two children. I have often wondered where they are today and how they are doing. Pete was a great man. So sad his life was taken so soon. May he rest in peace.

Sarah J. Moore Young
Winchester, Illinois

May 29, 2015

Pete would have been my great uncle. He was my grandmothers brother. He was also someone my Dad looked up to growing up. I have done a lot of research on Barron Fonner, and I feel that it is unfortunate that he got away with as much as he did. He may of killed Pete and dodged a just sentence, but vengeance belongs to the Lord. Rest in Peace, Pete. I look forward to meeting you when this life is over.

Joshua Hunsaker

January 1, 2013

Pete was my next door neighbor and my dad's best friend. Will never forger this date.


October 26, 2012

Rest in Peace, Special Agent Lackey. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

June 5, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 27, 2011

It sickens me that your attacker never paid for what he did to you in this life. I hope his death was slow.

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge - Proverbs 14:32.

You are not forgotten.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi #1249
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 24, 2011

"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 7, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

November 27, 2007

On this date back in 1972...(11-27) You gave it your all. RIP Brother. You will never be forgotten.

Patrolman D. Kirk #309
Round Lake Heights PD

November 27, 2007

You are not forgotten, Sir. We carry on in memory of you..........

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

January 10, 2005

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