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Deputy Sheriff Charles O. Ley

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, May 24, 1972

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Charles O. Ley


Today we honor your life and ultimate sacrifice to the men and women of Los Angeles County. You will forever be in our thoughts and will never be forgotten, Sir

Your partners at Industry Sheriff's Station

Deputy Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Industry Station

May 24, 2022

Deputy Sheriff Ley,
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 Los Angeles County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 24, 2022

Rest in peace always and know that your memory, service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

October 30, 2020

RIP Deputy Ley. Your service and sacrifice are never forgotten.

Deputy Sheriff Los Angeles
County Sheriff

May 24, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 24, 2018

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 25, 2015

I went to high school with Chuck Ley in Goose A.F.B., Labrador, Canada. Our fathers were stationed there to protect the United States from foreign intrusion. There were six boys and two girls in our graduating class of 1958. Chuck was a wonderful friend and well liked by all. He was voted "Most Athletic" and "Best All Around" for grades 9 - 12. I learned of his death recently and am deeply saddened by his loss. Be assured he was highly esteemed by all who knew him. Everyone he met became his friend. I appreciate his service to our country. May he rest in peace.

Helen M. (Evans) Williams
Retired Chief Financial Officer; US Army Cadet Command

June 7, 2014

Deputy Ley was a dear and SPECIAL friend to me. I will never forget his big smile. I met him while training at the Industry Sheriff's station. I rode along with him several times. He is my HERO. I still think of him often.

Carl Hays

April 9, 2013

Thanks to you all for the kind and inspiring words about my Father. I was pretty young when he passed, so it is touching to read your comments- knowing that he is not forgotten and
still inspiring those who heed the call to protect and serve. Although we all wish we had more time with our Dad, we are comforted in the fact that he died for a very worthy and noble cause. Especially in theses difficult times, we need all the Heros in Blue more than ever. My oldest son wants to be a policeman when he grows up. I just wish he could have met his Grandpa Chuck. Thank you for all of your sacrifices. And thank you for Honoring our Dad. May he Rest in Peace.

Brad Ley

Charles B Ley
Son of Chuck

May 22, 2011

I work at Industry Station. The building is the same but the area has changed. I write the monthly articles in the Star News for our station. Every year, I write about you and deputies Arruda and Williams who also died in the line of duty while assigned at IDT. I do my best so new deputies never forget those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while working Industry. I ask that anyone who worked with or knew Deputy Charles Ley, please share it with us here or contact me at Industry Sheriff's Station. God Bless you sir.

Deputy Ramon Escamilla
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.

May 13, 2011

God bless sir, we will not forget....

Deputy Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

April 26, 2011

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

Officer 11169

October 23, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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


May 26, 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

November 29, 2007

Chuck, all of your EM Watch partners were there beside you that night. I, like most, I suppose, have never forgotten you.

Dan Burt
LASD retired

November 29, 2005

You were killed about five months before I came on the Department but I still remember your partner talking about you. He's now gone, too.

Rest in peace, warrior. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Your LASD family.

October 20, 2004

Jesus Loves You, and so do we.

Ret Officer RB Wade
Richmond Va Police

August 29, 2003

Charles your sacrifice has been some time past however no less signifcant. Your sacrifice to duty and to others are remembered. God's Blessings to those you left behind. 08/16/2003

Sr. Trooper Keith Miller
Oregon State Police

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