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Deputy Kenneth Ward Love

Mason County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, March 2, 1976

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Reflections for Deputy Kenneth Ward Love

A group of Marshall University alumnii were discussing the 1970 plane crash and one of the members said that started a bad dcade for WVa. Kennedy was assassinated, and we all feel that he would have done a lot of good for WVa. The Silver Bridge collapsed and then the bombing at the jail.
All-in-all, a170-1980 was not a good decade for us.

Richard H Garretson, Deputy Coroner
Jefferson County Coroner's Office, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

November 16, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

October 29, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty third 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 the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes love or respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I am sure you are proud that your family tradition of protecting and serving is still on-going. The circumstances of your murder were horrific and senseless and caused such devastation to so many.

Rest In Peace. None of our heroes will be forgotten for the supreme sacrifice they and their families made.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 9, 2009



March 2, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

March 2, 2008

Deputy Rest in Peace.

C.O.Stephen Celestino
Westchester County Dept. of Correctino,NY

September 9, 2007

I remember my dad, James Hall, telling me this story of how one of his good friends died in an explosion. His name was Kenny Love. My dad was the Chief of Police in Mason at the that time. He said it was one of his worst expirences in Law Enforcement. He got out not long after that. He dad has been gone for sometime now. I am in Law Enforcement now. I can imagine how hard that must have been on everyone involved. My biggest hope is that no one in my family ever have suffer the pain that Officer Loves family and friends had to endure as a result of my career chose. Officer Love in gone, so is my dad, but their memory lives on through the loved ones who tell their stories. To all my fellow Officer that have past, thank you, you WILL be remembered.

Deputy Wesley Hall
Chatham County Sheriff's Office, NC

October 20, 2006

My heart comes from Mason WV. Grandpa came from there. He became a cop here in 1921. Dad, uncles, brother, myself, nephew, and a host of cousins and brother-in-laws followed. You are remembered Brother.

Sergeant Brian Burton
Ft. Wayne Indiana

August 15, 2005

Deputy Love,
On today, the 29th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Mason County.


March 2, 2005

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