Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Sam Griffin Lanford

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, June 29, 1933

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Reflections for Officer Sam Griffin Lanford

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace always.

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

June 29, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Lanford.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 30, 2019

My wife was Sam's Great Niece. We recently found his brother Emmit"s wallet. When I opened the wallet, I found a telegram telling him to get to the hospital ASAP. Sam has been shot. Emmit carried that telegram in his wallet till the day he died. He was so proud of Sam.

I, Bill, never knew either man, but Emmit, Kelly's Grandfather, was her hero, and Sam will forever be a hero for all Texans.

Thanks Uncle Sam, and tell Papaw, his favorite Granddaughter still misses him terribly.

Bill and Kelly Putnam (Great Niece)
Kelly's Great Uncle

February 14, 2018

I had always heard that my father, who was orphaned at an early age, briefly lived with an aunt and uncle in Dallas. When the uncle, a Dallas police officer, was killed in the line of duty, my father was placed in what was then Buckner's Orphanage. I just found out this morning that this officer, Sam Lanford, was that uncle. A belated thank you to my great-uncle for his service to our community.

Barbara Wilson

July 9, 2016

Rest in Peace Police Officer Sam Griffin Lanford. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Dallas, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the souls of those responsible for your murder.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

June 30, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 4, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 79th anniversary year 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 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

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

December 10, 2012

Officer Lanford was a hero who died protecting the citizens of this country, he was also my great great uncle. I carry on this tradition as a Detective with the Austin Police Department.

Austin Police Department, great great uncle

February 26, 2007

Rest In Peace, your sacrifice shall not be forgotten.

Police Officer
Chicago Police

February 13, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies.....

Rest in peace, hero.

September 28, 2004

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