Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Bill Jean Lea

Polk County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Thursday, April 29, 1976

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Bill Jean Lea

Deputy Lea, thank you for the service that is sometimes so easily taken for granted. To any law enforcement official that wears gun and badge, I do know your courage and heroism. Thank you for your tireless work in keeping my freedom safe.

Allen Loving, Ssgt, USAF, Ret.
Veteran of Foreign War

January 24, 2022

Thank you for your service to the community. Never forgotten. God bless

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock

April 29, 2017

Thinking about you today. Many thanks for your service to our country and my prayers be with your family.

John Haseltine - Civilian

April 29, 2016

RIP Deputy Lea. Your son Dusty was my best friend back then and we were on leave together when I had to tell him you were gone. Barely a day goes by I don't reflect on that day. I have sent uncountable prayers to you and your family over the last 39 years.

friend of son Dusty

September 22, 2015

RIP Deputy.... You are not forgotten.

Former Marion County Sheriff's Deputy
Marion Co. Sheriff's Dept., Indpls, IN

April 26, 2013

I love and miss you Grandpa. I am now the Chief Criminal Investigator for Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. Trying to follow the steps you took

Inv. Jeremy Lea
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and grandson

February 2, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th 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 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

April 29, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 29, 2010

Rest in Peace, Deputy Lea. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

June 8, 2009

you are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service


April 29, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

August 8, 2007

Godspeed, Deputy Lea, a true hero. Thank you for your service to our State and to your community. May we never forget you or your sacrifice so that others may live in peace.

Lieutenant Jim Potter
Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Little Rock

July 31, 2007

Hi Daddy, I was 12 when you were taken from us. I am now 42. The same age that you were then. To a kid 42 seems "old", but at 42 it seems so young... I love you. Your baby girl, Robin

Robin Bullock

December 10, 2006

Even after 30 years, we still honor and appreciate your duty and dedication to this noble profession. Rest in Peace.

Officer L. Madore

April 29, 2006

Dad we miss you! Love you, Ronnie

February 28, 2005

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