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Police Officer Vincent Lawrence Leusch

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, September 22, 1975

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Reflections for Police Officer Vincent Lawrence Leusch

Rest In Peace Brother. You are not forgotten

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

September 22, 2017

God Speed, Brother.

Sgt. K. Murphy
Union PD, NJ

June 12, 2016

I was on duty with Inglewood Police Department on the day Officer Leusch was killed. I and my partner, the late Leonard Rouw, were responding to the help call that originated inside our city when the juvenile suspect in a 10851 rammed Officer Leusch as he alighted from his marked patrol vehicle. We arrived at Daniel Freeman E.R. at the same time marked LAPD unit arrived with the critically injured officer. Among those officers was Officer Leusch's partner, whose name I do not recall. The scene was chaotic and the partner was highly distraught but all the responding officers were professional and skilled in managing the situation at that time. Officer Leusch held on for a day or two but then succumbed to his injuries. It was my first experience with critically injured brother officers. Unfortunately it was not to be my last. What I remember most is the pain of Vince's partner of the loss of his friend and the professional conduct of the LAPD officers and E.R. staff at Daniel Freeman. Rest in Peace Brother... we'll take it from here.

Officer Gary Edwards #323
Inglewood Police

May 24, 2014

I remember reading this report...I was sooo angry !

chic, secretary
lapd

September 27, 2013

Ryan, Your dad was one of the best. He was my friend before he came on the job so I mentored him when he wanted to join LAPD. Almost daily we would work on his oral interview. After he came on the job I kept in touch with him. I'm sorry you didn't get to really know your dad long enough but I can tell you he was one hell of a man.

DII Bob Hutton #12650
LAPD

September 22, 2013

I havent been on here in a long time. Love reading this stuff. Thanks for remembering. ...I remember so many little things, like saving a bird in front of my house and all the neighbor kids cheering and hugging my dad....he was a hero to everyone that speaks of him. Officer Brockman, I would really appreciate reading that. [email protected]

Ryan Leusch
Son

May 24, 2013

I was supposed to go fishing with Vinny the next day. I showed up for work in the morning and was told by Dennis Frealy that Vinny had been hit by a car the night before and was incriticle condition at Daniel Freeman Hopital. I immediately went there but they would not allow any visitors. He passed away about ten days later.

Detective 2
LAPD AND FRIEND

May 14, 2013

Ryan,
I was the second car in the pursuit behind 3A96 along with my partner Spence Lynn when your Dad was murdered. It was truly a sad day for us at 77th Division also. I don't know if you already have a copy of the pursuit but I have recently come across a tape of it and can send it to you. It's good to hear you have a family of your own and let your Grandma know he is still very much remembered.

Policeman, J Brockman 20094
LAPD, 77th Div

March 7, 2013

Rest in Peace, Officer Leusch. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 14, 2012

Officer Franck
Thank you so much. I love to hear about wearing the Class "A" Im calling my grandma now to tell her. She has died a thousand deaths over him. Everything she hears about him brings the biggest smile you've ever seen. The Purple Heart he received recently was AMAZING!

Ryan LEUSCH
Proudest Son

December 30, 2011

Ryan,
I want you to know that we haven't forgotten your father either. Every year on Sept 22nd the Officers at LAPD Southwest Division remember and salute your father by wearing our Class "A" dress uniforms in his honor. Unfortunately we have lost too many officers before and after Vince, but we do our best not to forget any one of them, as but for the grace of God, go I.
Franck

Officer Franck Peter
LAPD Southwest Division

September 19, 2011

I was 5 and remember it like it was yesterday...Im 41 now and my daughter receives double the time she probably wants haha....but I know what I missed and she never will miss it....I love my dad deeply to this day, believe it or not I have great memories and lots of them...my favorite is when you bought me a skateboard when mom said NO WAY.....way to step up dad, lol......I love seeing all the comments from people I dont know that care enough to say something about all the fallen officers that were brave enough to sacrifice....Thanks all

Ryan Leusch
Son

May 27, 2011

thank you for all that you did

kara

March 27, 2011

SIR THANK YOU SIR! R.I.P. BROTHER IN BLUE!

Anonymous

March 23, 2011

Officer Leusch - Yours is one of the more than a dozen LODD portraits which hangs in LAPD's Southwest Station. I reminded the officers to learn the story of those men, how they died, and to always practice officer safety. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)

April 15, 2010

OFFICER LEUSCH,

I THANK YOU FOR YOUR COURAGE AND LOVE FOR THE PEOPLE OF L.A. I KNOW THAT MANY PEOPLE MAY NOT LIKE THE POLICE BUT TO ME YOU AND OTHER OFFICERS WILL ALWAYS BE #1 TO ME. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Anonymous

March 20, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th 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

Phyllis Loya

Anonymous

September 22, 2009

Officer Leusch,
On today, the 34th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Los Angeles. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous

September 22, 2009

officer Leusch,

thank you for the courage that you had to do what you did.

REST IN PEACE BROTHER IN BLUE

Anonymous

May 17, 2009

I was off that night, but I still remember hearing about it the next day. What a guy, I was a young boot and Vince was my stand in training officer one night. I remember him asking me about my narcotics expertise and I rattled off how good I was at dope. A couple of months later I watched him testify at a prelim on a dope case. I never said another word about dope to him, but I learned that there was much more to being an expert than I knew. He did n't talk down to me, he just let me watch and learn. Vince was my first police officer's funeral, I'll never forget it. Good Guy!

J.J. Reese
L.A.P.D.

March 25, 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
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

December 1, 2007

To Vince's Family,
While assigned to Southwest Division, I had the pleasure of being Vince's partner on many nights. I was a young officer and, like many, I was very impressionable. I was always impressed by Vince's energy and initiative. He loved throwing the bad guys in jail and it was infectious. He was a role model for all of us.

Investigator Bob Helvin
L.A.P.D. and Orange County District Attorney's Office

November 23, 2005

I was a former LAPD officer assigned to Southwest Div. with Vince. He was a good police officer and a good friend and his loss affected many of us deeply. My condolences to his family, friends, and LAPD brothers and sisters.

Don Vaught, Capt.
Eugene Fire Dept., Oregon

September 23, 2004

Officer Leusch:

Thank you for your sacrifice. While I know many do not show it, the majority of citizens are grateful for what you did.

Rest in peace.

A Grateful Citizen

September 2, 2004

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