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Police Officer Linda A. Lawrence

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Monday, August 1, 1977

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Reflections for Police Officer Linda A. Lawrence

Your are not forgotten.

Former Police Officer

February 6, 2022

Rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 1, 2020

I salute you, Officer Lawrence. You’re not forgotten!

TSO Michael Hibbetts

August 1, 2020

Rest In Peace Sister in Blue. Thank you Hero and your family for your sacrifice and service. Never forgotten.

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

August 1, 2019

Aunt Linda,
I still miss you... You wouldn't even recognize me now as I was a couple weeks from my 12th birthday when you were killed. The best part about visiting Bogalusa was seeing and being around you. I still remember every detail of the scary story you told us that night in the swamp. Then after scaring the heck out of us, you saying that we were going to have to go streaking right there on the banks if we wanted to get back to MaMa's house. Nobody would even open the car door after the story, cause we were beyond scared. And you just laughed at us tuff boys from California.
The world changed for me the day you died. I just knew that nothing would ever be the same. And it wasn't.
I still Love you and Miss you Aunt Linda...

Clay Boxley
Westminster, CA

Clay Boxley

May 31, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Lawrence. A young heroine who defined honor and humility.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 26, 2018

I am one of only two female Patrolmen on the force in your hometown. You've never been forgotten! I learned about you in the academy during training when we were shown a reenactment of the events that led to your death. A hero who's name is whispered is never forgotten...

PTN. C. Hidalgo
Bogalusa Police Department

October 2, 2018

I am currently training as a federal law enforcement officer. Every day someone in class must choose an officer who lost their lives in the line of duty and honor him/her.
Linda, I choose to honor and remember you.

J Becnel
Special Agent

January 31, 2018

Sadly, Linda has now been dead for longer than the short 30 years she lived, but as so many eulogists have already so eloquently stated, she will not be forgotten.

I was in her high school class--Bogalusa High School Class of 1964. We once dissected a frog together in 10th grade biology. Oh, to have realized then the pathways that frog was trying to open, and looking back only to ponder and regret the path not taken!

For all the good she was trying to do, Linda should have never been in that situation on the first of August, 1977. In spiritual retrospect, it's almost as if the Lord were saying "Come on Home, girl. I never intended for you to do this. I've got something better for you."

I took a different path, graduating from the U.S. Military Academy (an adolescent dream of which she was very aware) pursuing an Army Career, and have now completed one post-Army career in hopes of embarking on another. At West Point, the Cadet Glee Club sings the much celebrated Mansions of the Lord.

I can just see Linda in Heaven, flighting from one such Mansion to another. The Heaven we can only imagine in our mortal minds, and to where we hope to follow her, certainly deserves HER, and she her eternal reward.

Rest in Gloried Splendor until we meet again.

William H. Ward, P.E., J.D.
Major, U.S. Army, Retired

March 8, 2015

A long time has passed since that day. You are not forgotten, I still remember you and your loss. Time does not heal all wounds. Rest in peace and the Lord bless your family.

Lt. Stephen Jackson Retired
Baton Rouge PD

January 9, 2015

God Bless You Ms. Lawrence...

Montgomery County( MD) Corrections

February 27, 2014

I remember that morning like it was yesterday. They say time heals all wounds, but the deepest never bleed. I hope and pray that you are at eternal rest and you will never be forgotten. The plains indians had a saying that as long as your name was remembered, you never die. You will always be remembered. I miss you.

Lt. Stephen Jackson (Retired)
Baton Rouge PD

November 11, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 25, 2013

Thank you for the sacrifice you made. You are thought of often. I pray for your family members and your police department. You have been an inspiration to me and to countless others. God bless you.


May 20, 2012

So sorry for your lose Officer Lawrence. I know that you struggled to the last moment to apprehend this killer. You are great and may your name be everlasting.

Dept. of Defense, Retired

April 28, 2011

Officer Lawrence it has been 33 years since the end of your watch, you have not been forgotten. May God continue to bless you. Rest in peace.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

August 1, 2010

You are not forgotten. Please watch over the rest of us down here and bless your family.

Fellow Police Officer

January 23, 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

October 31, 2007

On the 30th anniversary of your tragic murder, I salute you, ma'am. I remember our Instructors at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy (ALETA) playing a recording of theviolent confrontation you and your partner were in - it's seems someone had their mic open. If memory serves me correctly, the perpetrator was high on PCP and was virtually impervious to the gunshots. Most chilling was the words spoken by your murderer after your partner shot him in the heart "Oh, that was a good one." I don't know if time has made it any easier on your family and friends. However, I hope everyone will take comfort in knowing that you will NEVER be forgotten and will FOREVER be a hero!

SGT Mark Hanna, Retired
Fayetteville, AR PD

August 2, 2007

I have conducted formal investigations of many incidents resulting in California officers being killed in the line-of-duty.

I have researched hundreds of other incidents in hopes of assisting agencies regarding improving tacics / officer survival training.

To this day, the murder of Police Officer Lawrence and the subsequent battle between her partner and the suspect, proves to be one of the most graphic examples of disbelief regarding a suspect who just seemed to refuse to go down.

The story of the courage displayed by the surviving partner, I have shared with many recruit classes.

Officer Lawrence, You are most certainly not forgotten!

Maj M. B. Parlor

August 1, 2007

You have not been forgotten as you are a true hero and heroes never die, even after almost 30 years I know your name is still mentioned with dignity and respect by members of the Blue Family. Even though you only had four months in your career which I'm sure was your life long dream, there is no question as to what kind of officer you would have grown to be for you were already that individual. Keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

October 19, 2006

On today 02/01/2006 I had the honor of watching a brave young lady perform her duties as a law enforcement officer and loose her life at the same time. Even though its been some time ago it was still chilling for me to watch. Officer Lawrence performed her duties well, she is a hero: she is my hero. I just want to say to you Officer Lawrence "I applaud you, and I am encouraged by you and your bravery". You are my inspiration. Gone but never forgotten!!!!!!!


February 1, 2006

Officer Lawrence You will not be forgotten Rest in Peace


December 12, 2005

Law enforcement officers are, indeed, a special breed of people. Ask anyone on the street and they will tell you that they would not have our jobs for anything in the world. It takes something special to do what we do and at the same time be able to even contemplate retirement. We try to be optimists. Unfortunately, there are a few of us who will never make that date with retirement. By the very nature of our job, we are at risk everyday of losing our lives, either at the hand of some deranged individual or in some other situation that we, by virtue of our occupation, may be unable to avoid. Some people have recognized the hazardous duties we involve ourselves in, the risks we take, and the pride we take in accomplishing that job. There is National Law Enforcement Week, dedicated to us who gladly accept the responsibility of protecting the citizens in our respective jurisdictions. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day is dedicated to those who gave their lives in the line of duty. These are but a two examples of remembrances specifically for law enforcement personnel. Remembrances that come but once a year. We should remind fellow officers of another type of remembrance, one that will last a lifetime. Sooner or later, a doctor will pronounce us dead. It is inevitable. Regardless of whatever happens, death is the end we will all have to face.
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Jim Moore
New Orleans P.D., Retired

October 19, 2005


We lost another officer on Wednesday, and I thought of you and wanted to let you know that you are not forgotten or filed away in some dusty file. Rest in peace.

Lt. Stephen Jackson
Baton Rouge PD

August 16, 2005

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