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Lieutenant Owen A. Landdeck

Farmington Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Friday, August 17, 1979

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Reflections for Lieutenant Owen A. Landdeck

Lt. Landdeck,

I still remember the day you passed. I was working patrol that day. I still remember it clearly. No, I will not forget your dedication to the people of Farmington, NM. Rest in peace my friend.

Neil Candelaria, Dist. Court Judge (Ret)
Former Patrolman, Farmington, NM

July 16, 2022

Hey Lt., Today I stopped by here to just reflect on my friends lost to the job. I'm in NY now, (Don't ask) and am working on a new project that involves local Peer Support, C.O.P.S. and our Veterans Chaplin support group. Been retired now 12 years from Fort Worth Texas PD, but you're on my mind often. Training with you as your rookie was tough and it's kept me safe for a very long time. Working with you on the development of the Academy was something that I am proud of. Proud that you thought enough of me to ask for input.
So I embark on this new venture in honor of you as a Veteran and Police Officer.
God Bless Brother.

Officer Thomas Wiederhold
Farmington NM PD/ Fort Worth Texas PD

February 1, 2022

Lt. Landdeck
I have thought of that day so many times over the years, the events of that day play out in my head to many times. I have never been able to make sense of why it happened. I too wish I had done something different. Hope to see you again in the here after, maybe you will be able to help me make sense of it.

Regis Reed
Ex-K9 Officer
Farmington NM PD

May 30, 2021

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

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

August 17, 2020

Lt. Landdeck,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Farmington. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

August 17, 2019

Rest in peace Lieutenant Landdeck. A terrible accident. A hero of trust and honor blended together.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 6, 2019

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

Officer Mike Robinson(Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

August 17, 2018

Lt. Landdeck,

Although I never had the chance to meet you I feel like I know you based on the legacy you left behind. Thank you sir for your dedication and service to our community.

Officer Kristopher Chavez
Farmington Police Department

April 18, 2017

Lieutenant Landdeck,
It's apparent from the reflections here that you were much admired, respected and loved. It's also apparent that your name and your dedication and commitment are still remembered. You left a legacy that will always be honored.

Tina Lewis Rowe
Captain, Denver Police Department (ret.)
U.S. Marshal, Colorado (ret.)

April 3, 2017

Thought I'd drop by to say hello...................

Officer Thomas Wiederhold, Retired
Fort Worth PD, Texas

February 27, 2014

It has been almost 34 years ago now, and it is still seems like yesterday to me. You will never be forgotten, we are forever bonded by that event.

Sgt. Gregg Willis, Ret.
Farmington PD, New Mexico

May 29, 2013

Just dropping by,,,,,,,,,,,, Letting you know we still think of you.

Offc. Thomas Wiederhold Ret.
Fort Worth PD, Texas

May 28, 2013





August 26, 2011

Just wanted to drop by and let ya know I retired after 33 years. It's been a long time coming. Take care Lt., see ya one of these days.

Officer Thomas Wiederhold, Retired
Fort Worth Texas PD

October 6, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 31rst 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 17, 2010

Love you! Just so the world knows!

Brenda Landdeck

August 24, 2009

"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 13, 2007

Howdy Lt.,,, not much going on,just wanted to say hi,, let ya know you're still thought of,,, thinking about retirement,,, got in 30 years now,, whatcha think??

Officer Thomas Wiederhold #1890
Fort Worth Police,Tx

July 17, 2007

Hey Lt ! Been awhile,,,, 26 yrs now. I still keep your training and wisdom close by. Been through alot of deaths since yours and it's not any easier. Looks like we're fixing to do it again. My friend and fellow officer Hank Nava was shot Tuesday afternoon by a wanted felon. He's not doing too well. While on the scene I wondered if it'll ever stop. Watch for him Lt.,, You'll like him ! He's a great guy! Lots of fun and one hellava Street cop!! Your old rookie,,,Tom

Offier Thomas Wiederhold
Fort Worth Police,Tx

December 1, 2005

Lt. Landdeck,
On today, the 26th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Farmington.


August 17, 2005



August 17, 2005

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