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Police Officer Danny Dean Laffey

Wichita Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Tuesday, January 5, 1982

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Reflections for Police Officer Danny Dean Laffey

I didn't know this memorial was here - just found it. I happened to be riding with a friend of mine, a Traffic Officer, that horrible night. It was my night off from working SPIDER dispatch. I don't think I've ever gotten over having to help her work the accident scene...and then, the trip to the hospital. It seemed to us that you would just jump off that gurney and yell "just kidding!" , like the joker you often were. Only - you didn't. And our hearts broke.
Our hearts were broken again when we heard you and your wife were expecting your first baby.
When we learned your wife named her Danielle, we cried again.
It was so hard, that final goodbye.
I've wondered a long time, Little Dani (that's what some of us called you), how you and your mom were doing. Prayed for you both, hoping you did okay, and it sounds like you did. That makes me so glad, knowing that. God bless you both.
Danny, God bless you, too - and may perpetual light shine upon you.

WPD SPIDER & Case Desk, '76- '83

May 24, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Laffey.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 8, 2019

So, I did not have the pleasure of meeting Officer Laffey. But I did have the wonderful fortune to be best friends with his daughter growing up. We grew up in a tiny town North of Wichita, and I'm pretty sure I spent as much time at the Laffey house as I did at my own (if not more). What I learned is that much of Danny lives on in Danielle. His kindness, concern for others, loyalty, and genuine concern for what others are going through. These are all traits that she inherited from Danny (and I'm sure also from her mother.) I am sure Danny would be proud, not only of who his daughter has grown to be, but also of who she was growing up................. and her continued respect and support for the officers who put their lives on the line everyday. May his legacy live on. I wish I had the chance to meet you Officer Laffey.


January 5, 2018

Hi Danny, I did not wait this long to leave you a not by design but only because I just learned that it was possible. Thanks for all the good times you and all the Baker-1 crew gave me during our time together. I could never have hand picked a better bunch of young men to work with than we had in our team. I will never forget your dedication and loyalty not only to the WPD but to me as a supervisor at that time.

I always felt like we had lots of fun but always got the job done first and you and that crew did it in a very professional way. I tell the story often of the night at 21st. and Oliver when we had a large crowd on the parking lot. One of the people was a bit less than polite and respectful toward me and you put him on the hood of a patrol car so fast none of us had time to blink. I know the guy got the message. You were the best Danny and I miss you every day. I love you and RIP.

Lt. Charles (Al) Lauffer
Wichita Police Dept.

July 24, 2015

I can't believe you have been gone so long. Seems like only yesterday we were playing Hearts and Yahtzee and watching Dallas. You and Ray in my kitchen having bacon, eggs and 'Bud'!
You were a good friend.
You were a dedicated Officer.
Each graduation I attend at KLETC I stand quietly at your memorial and listen....and I can still hear you laugh and know my life is better for having had you as my friend.

Penny Riniker

January 6, 2015

Rest in Peace, Police Officer Laffey. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 4, 2014

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

January 5, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty-first 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 miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever, Danielle, you are in my heart's embrace today. My grandson Cody was born 2 1/2 months after my son was murdered, and like you knows of his father only through the pictures and memories of others. Yor daddy has always watched over you just as my son is watching over Cody,

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

January 5, 2012

Thank you so much for your kind words above. As many of you know, my mother was pregnant with me at the time my father was killed. I never had the chance to know him but I feel a little closer to him every time I hear a story from those that knew him. Your memories mean more to me than you could ever know. God Bless - Danielle

Danielle (Laffey) Marten
Daughter of Danny Laffey

September 29, 2011

Thank you for your service. God bless you and your family.


September 1, 2009

Officer Laffey your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 9, 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

January 19, 2008



December 31, 2007

Danny was a man you could always count on. His memory will never fade for those of us fortunate enough to have known him.

Sgt. Bill Hedgpeth
Mesquite, Texas (Ex-WPD), and academy-classmate

August 4, 2006

Danny, your humor and spirit will go on forever!

Capt. Darrell Haynes
Wichita Police Department

April 24, 2006

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. It is deeply appreciated.


January 5, 2005

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