Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff James A. Lovelace

Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, July 18, 1982

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff James A. Lovelace

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

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

July 18, 2018

Thanks you for keeping my family safe. Rest In Peace Deputy.

Officer Jessica Hardiman

October 2, 2016

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 28th 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 18, 2010

"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

January 30, 2008

May God Grant Deputy Sheriff Lovelace's Family, Fellow Deputies, and Friends the Serenity to accept the things they can not Change, the Courage to Change the things they can, and the Wisdom to know the difference....Rest in Peace Brother in Blue on this 24th anniversary. May we never forget your sacrifice...

Officer Debra McFall Ross
East Buffalo Twp Pd, Lewisburg, PA.

July 18, 2006

Sometimes we fail to see God's purpose for us in life or death. Deputy Lovelace was shot accidentally by one of the most consciencious and knowledgeable officers I've ever had the privilege to learn from; I can tell you that the training I've received reflected the personal anguish of this officer, and continues to manifest itself through his constant critical awareness, and expectations of us.

It may not mean much to his family in comparison, but since that constant attention to detail and safety may save my life (and my fellow colleagues' lives) one day, we deeply honor Deputy Lovelace's sacrifice, and the continuing effect it has on the standards to which we are held on a daily basis.

Thank you seems like such a small thing to say in comparison to that gift, and its' cost.

Rsv. Officer H. Vandagriff
La Vergne Police Department

May 15, 2006

Deputy Sheriff Lovelace,
On today, the 23rd anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Lawrence County.


July 18, 2005

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