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Chief Deputy Sheriff Joseph Layton Lamb

Union County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, November 10, 1939

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Reflections for Chief Deputy Sheriff Joseph Layton Lamb

I was given a job with the Union Sheriff's Office by your son, Sheriff J. Harold Lamb in November of 1976. I worked for Sheriff Lamb for 4 years, Sheriff William Jolly for 12 years, and Sheriff Howard Wells for 16 years. I retired as Chief Deputy with 32 years in Law Enforcement. I am grateful for Sheriff Lamb because he gave me my start in Law Enforcement.

Retired Chief Deputy
Union County Sheriff's Office

November 29, 2017

Thank you for your service. I did not know you,but your son, J Harold had a large influence on my life. As a result of this influence, I have worn the badge for over 40 years. I am proud to be part of your law enforcement family as well as being one of your great nephews. My granddad was a brother to your wife. I remember her well. She always spoke of how much she respected you.

Lt. Henry Sinclair

May 29, 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

November 10, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the .seventy-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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace


November 10, 2010

My mother's uncle served as Sheriff of Union County several years prior to this incident. Thank you, sir, for your courageous service to the citizens of Union.

PSO CW Edwards
North Augusta Dept. of Public Safety (SC)

January 26, 2009

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

November 5, 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
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept.

July 11, 2007

It has been sixty-seven years since the end of your watch and you are still remembered. Thank you for your service to your fellowman. Rest in peace.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

November 10, 2006


March 4, 2005



November 10, 2003

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