Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Carl Irving Levin

Harker Heights Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, August 7, 1978

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Reflections for Police Officer Carl Irving Levin

I was working for Harker Heights Police Department when Carl was killed. It was a small department with only a few officers and a tremendous blow to the Department family when we lost him. For years I was frustrated that the city did nothing to remember him but the last time I went through that area I noted that they named a small park after him. He deserved much more.

Jerry Stringer, Past HHPD Officer
Retired Lt. from Killeen Pd

April 11, 2019

August 7, 1978 I was 10 years old. I lived on Mockingbird Lane and attended Harker Heights Elementary. I knew officer Lavin from his family. I remember Harker Heights and all the neighboring towns mourning.
He is truly missed.

Melodie McCoy-Law

July 14, 2018

Carl and I attended the same police Academy class in January 1977.
I was the only female in the class and he was so supportive and positive throughout the 3 month training. Our friendship grew at Killeen PD for the short time he was there. I missed him when he moved to Harker Heights PD. He was a great officer and friend and I miss him to this day.

Cheryl Tate, Patrol Officer 1977-1991
Killeen Police Department co-worker

August 11, 2017

RIP

Terry Croup
Butler High class of '65

July 13, 2017

Rest in Peace Police Officer Carl Irving Levin. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Harker Heights, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends, Co-Workers and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your foot steps.

Amen.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

August 7, 2016

I remember all too well Carl's death. It was just four years after my Daddy's (Hollie Tull). Every time an officer is killed, I am saddened and carry the grieving family in my heart and prayers. And, to Anna, thank you for the beautiful things you have said about my mother and for being such a good friend and source of support to her.

Bethelline Tull Schaefer/Daughter of Texas Highway Patrolman Hollie Lamar Tull

November 11, 2015

Respectfully:

Carl and I was in a criminal justice class together at Central Texas College in 1978. we sit beside one another. I remember talking with Carl about police work and what was it like being a police officer? I will tell you Carl loved his job with all his heart. he told me one of the main things was to always treat people with respect, even the bad guys. There was so many other things he shared with me, but I just want to say thank you Carl, you words made me the police officer I am today. I have 36 years on the job and I often think about our talks in class. I retired from the Austin Police Department, worked almost eight years at the Travis County District Attorney Office, and is Now the Chief Deputy at the Travis County Constable Office. I say this not for me, but to honor you for leading me in the right path. I miss you and think of you always. Rest in Peace Sir, and I will see you again in God class.

Chief Deputy Anthony (AJ) Johnson
Travis County Constable Office Pct. 3

July 1, 2015

I miss you Carl, my only Brother. I remember all about you from the day you became my brother. We all miss you so much. Mom and Dad are gone now but I will never forget you. Love you always till we meet again in heaven Karen

Karen Dowhen,Sister
Sister

January 6, 2015

I so appreciate and I am so grateful for all who have cared enough to take the time to leave a reflection for Carl. Thank you to each one. I miss him still but I cherish his memory.
It is truly gratifying to know how much he meant to others and to know he was an inspiration for those who were fortunate enough to know him.

Anna LeVin

January 6, 2015

My condolences to the family. He seems like he was a brave man.

Keri Lynn

December 28, 2014

I miss you every day even after 36 years. You were everything to me then and you still are.

Anna LeVin
widow

December 21, 2014

Dear Carl,
I was only 7 years old when you were taken from our family. I was too young to attend your funeral but not to young to mourn you. Today I am 43 and still mourn you. Your "title" was stepdad, but for me you were so very much more. I visited with you a few days ago, you may be gone but you are never forgotten.

Susan Dawes
Daughter by marriage

September 20, 2014

I was a young soldier and Reserve Police Officer for Harker Heights in 1978. I worked with Carl the Sunday evening before his death and stood by his casket for the wake and funeral. I was devastated. Carl taught me so much in the short time I knew him. I visited his resting place in Killeen this past year and talked with him awhile.

I have been in and out of the military since that time and currently am with a mobilized unit heading to Afghanistan. Carl's "ways" have guided me all these years and will continue to guide me in the next year. Carl was an officer and a man who truly continues to positively impact lives.

Thank you Carl. Jim Deering

SSG James P. Deering
56th MP CO (CBT SPT)

May 25, 2013

The Harker Heights Police Department remembers Officer Carl I. Levin and will always do so. His loss is still felt. Our continued best to his family, friends and partners.

Chief Michael R. Gentry
Harker Heights Police Department

May 16, 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 35th 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.

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

February 3, 2013

The only father i ever knew. He is remembered and missed every day.

His adopted son, Buck

January 9, 2013

Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Officer Levin. Your courage will not be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davisl

July 15, 2012

In 1978 I was a (young 20 something) Military Police Officer at Ft. Hood, TX living living with a buddy in Harker Heights. I knew Carl and his death had an impact on me personally. At his funeral standing in formation when Taps was played I wept. I still weep today when I hear Taps. As I near the end of my law enforcement carrier and reflecting upon the last 30 some years in law enforcement, I owe him. Because of that debt, I have made it my personal mission to keep officers safe. I have done this by getting as much training as I could with a primary focus in the area of officer safety, firearms, and defensive tactics.

He was my inspiration to become a training officer, supervisor Tac Team Leader and learn what ever I could regarding officer safety and then pass that knowledge on to other officers. It is because of his sacrifice that I believe others have learned and survive today. I still think about him from time to time and found him on this page. I wanted to share what his sacrifice meant to me personally and helped others and continues to help even today.

Anonymous

October 7, 2010

Officer Levin,
Though we never met ( I was only a month old when you were taken from this world ) I saw your picture every day that I went to the police station to ride out. I learned your story from the officers that were there and remembered you. I would have loved the chance to meet you and maybe even ride out with you on patrol. May God bless you and keep you.

Jason
Harker Heights Police Explorer 1992-94

March 3, 2010

I still remember and think of Carl. I worked for awhile with Officer Levin in the Army at Fort Hood. He was my supervisor but for a few short months if memory serves me correct. I returned to Killeen in '78 and went to the Killeen PD to visit him. I was told he was now with the Harker Heights PD. It was a Friday and they told me he was due back from vacation the following Monday. On Monday morning my clock/radio went off and the first words I heard was a newsman announcing the taking of Carl's life. I can't explain how heart-broken I was. Carl and I were never "buddies" in the conventinal sense but I always looked up to him. He always had this sense of self-confidence about him but without being cocky. I miss Carl. He was of good moral character. I met him during the very best days of my life. I miss Carl. I miss him a lot. I've never forgotten him. I hope that God will always bless his family and friends. God blessed us with Carl and Carl blessed us by being himself.

Frank Laubach
Friend and Co-worker (Army)

November 14, 2009

RIP.You will not be forgotten.

Anonymous

October 17, 2008

Officer LeVin 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

April 17, 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
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

February 7, 2008

Though we have never met, I think very highly of you. Coming from Bell county I learned many years ago of the sacrifice you made to keep our streets safe. You and your family reamin in my thoughts as I leave briefing and hit the street. The Streets of Heaven are safer now. Rest easy brother, We got it here.

Patrolman Chris Ferman
Killeen PD

April 2, 2007

Dear Carl,

How I wish you were still with us. You live in my heart and I will never forget you and our life together. You changed my life in so many ways; I am who and what I am today because of you. I thank God for having you in my life and the joy we shared but I still grieve for you and I will always cherish your memory.

Anna

Anna LeVin
Wife

August 3, 2006

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