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Patrol Officer Terry Lee Lanier

Jacksonville Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, May 11, 1979

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Reflections for Patrol Officer Terry Lee Lanier

Semper Fi....You are not forgotten. Rest In Peace.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
CHP South LA

May 11, 2019

All these years later I still remember what happened to you. Today people are protesting that a man in Georgia only had a knife, that he was having a mental episode, I remember what happened to you. Thank you for your sacrifice and know that you are remembered.


September 19, 2017

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

May 11, 2015

It has been 32 years since I lost the love of my life. Even though my life has gone on, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you, dear Terry. You were the love of my life and you always will be. You will always be in my heart and prayers. You are with our Father in Heaven and I will see you again, someday.You were a wonderful and caring man who put others ahead of yourself. I know you are in a better place and your parents are with you, too. I will love you always.


Debbie Laflam

October 17, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state and the birthplace of my son. 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

May 11, 2009

Office Lanier,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Jacksonville. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



May 11, 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 27, 2007

May you rest safe with Our Lord and may you be ever blessed.

May 11, 2007

You are my friend , training officer , and brother in Christ. I remember you telling me that God yould call you home before your 21st birthday . I know that someday we will meet again.
Your friend always , carl

Carl Lynn / Reserve and Special Officer
Jacksonville Police Dept.

August 7, 2006

Dear Terry,
It's me again. In my previous reflection I said it was the one month anniversary of Matt's accident, actually it was the one year. I don't know what I say or do half the time any more. Last night was the vigil and it was amazing.I felt totally surrounded by love and strength from the department and town and you could feel Matthew stronger than ever. Thank you for letting me talk to you and thank you for being a part of it now that I know you.
Linda Rittenhouse
Mother of Officer Matt Rittenhouse e.o.w.9/16/04

September 17, 2005

Dear Terry,
I am just sitting at my computer randomly searching officers reflections and I put in my son's birthdate and your name came up. Matthew was born on the day you died. The Friday before Mother's day. He grew up always wanting to be a policeman. Tomorrow is the one month anniversary of his death. I still cannot believe it. He always said he would be ok and I believed him. His chief was talking today about how he would have to make him take time off because he always wanted to be at work. Tomorrow they are holding a candlelight vigil at the pd for him. I just wish he was still here being the great police officer he was. Thanks for listening to me. I'm really struggling. Heaven must be amazing with all you great guys up there. You all are the best. Look my son up. Love, Matt's Mom Forever.

Linda Rittenhouse
Mother of Officer Jesse Matthew Rittenhouse e.o.w.9/16/04

September 15, 2005

Terry: I still remember your love of "the job"; your integrity, kindness and tolerance. You died trying to calm a familiar face whom you knew suffered from occasional emotional problems. You were one of God's law enforcement angels on earth......

B. G. Cole-Parvin
(formerly) Onslow Co Sheriff's Dept

July 31, 2005

Thank you for your dedication & service Brother Lanier! We will see you on the other side!

Officer Kevin R Turley
Jacksonville (Alabama) Police Department

“For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” - Matthew 12:50

You're not forgotten ...
May 11, 2003


Rest in peace. You are not forgotten.

Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

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