Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Marshal James E. "Red" Larimer

St. John Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, February 20, 1971

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Reflections for Marshal James E. "Red" Larimer

Marshal Larimer,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. John. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 20, 2021

Rest in peace Marshal Larimer.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 14, 2019

We are mourning today at his funeral, the shooting death of a brave young police office, Deputy Heath Gumm of Adams County Sheriff's Department, Colorado. His death brought back the memory of the tragic and senseless killing, in a similar incident, of Marshall James Larimer in our town of St. John, Indiana in 1971. He was a wonderful man, a brave man, and one of the heroes of my youth.
Never forgotten, with the deep sadness of his loss.

Michael J Scheidt, COL USA Ret.

February 2, 2018


Monica Zahasky

February 20, 2017

Marshal Larimer,
On today, the 45th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow LEO who was also killed that shootout for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. John and Indiana. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 21, 2016

Rest in Peace, Marshal Larimer. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 6, 2013

Uncle Jimmy,
I never got to meet you but your heart and blood are in me. It is because of you and PaPa that I had the strength and courage to follow my dream and my passion. Your Legacy lives on!
Love Your Great Niece

Deputy Rachel O. Carty

July 11, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst 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.

Your memory will always be honored and revered for time never diminishes respect

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

February 20, 2012

Sir, earlier today several dozen citizens and fellow police officers gathered at the school where you gave your life forty years ago on this very day. Your selfless dedication to your comunity and your service to law enforcment was remembered along with rememberances of Trooper Streu.

Brother Officer

February 20, 2011

I was just a little girl when this tragedy occured. I lived only a couple of houses down from the park that was dedicated to his memory. I remember reading the memorial time and time again, never really understanding the dedication that a police officer offers to us on a daily basis. I am now a grown woman and understand what the boys in blue offer us. Thank you to every last police officer!!!! You are appreciated.


November 22, 2009

Marshal Larimer your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 23, 2008



February 12, 2008

"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

October 23, 2007

We will NEVER forget......


September 24, 2006

I feel deep sorrow and gratitude that this officer gave his life to protect others, but at the same time what a senseless act to leave you weapon on the front seat instead of putting it back in the holster. It could of been avoided.

December 16, 2004

Marshal Larimer....I know the location where you left us. The town of St. John has grown in size & population, but the "old timers" still know of your story & heroism. This site ensures that the younger generation will not forget it either. Thank you for your service & God bless...from a fellow Hoosier.

Special Agent Dennis Duncan
Norfolk Southern Railway Police

March 25, 2004

Rest in peace Brother James, you will not be forgotten.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs PD OK

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