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Chief of Police Gregory Lynn Lange

Claremont Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Tuesday, July 5, 1988

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Reflections for Chief of Police Gregory Lynn Lange

"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
Sergeant
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

November 26, 2007

I have a very special memory of Mr. Lange.

During the school year of 1985-86 I was an exchange student at Claremont High School. On the last night before I was to return to my native country Denmark, I was standing outside the house talking to some people. Mr. Lange approached me in his police car to wish me a safe and pleasant trip home. He then took me and my good friend Terry Howard for a cruise in the police car, showing me its functions. For a 17 year old who had grown up with American TV series it was a real treat, which I never forgot.

Rest in peace Mr. Lange.

Hans Henrik Hansen
Ringe, Denmark.

Hans Henrik Hansen
None

October 18, 2007

Thank you for your service.

Citizen
Grand Rapids, MI

July 31, 2007

I pray that you are still resting peacefully and hope that you still watch over us down here.

Cpl. Egendoerfer
Mishawaka PD

July 5, 2006

rest in peace chief ... we'll carry on the watch.

May 14, 2005

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