Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff William Gerome Hardy

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, July 19, 1995

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff William Gerome Hardy

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Hardy.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 22, 2020

I wish I had gotten a chance to really know the man you were! I only have a few memories of you picking me up as a kid and how you loved baked beans! Your baby sis takes it hard still to this day! She mourns heavily for you and wishes you were here! Rip uncle Gerome❤️

Mystie Powell

March 7, 2020

Thinking about you, Sheriff Big John was buried this past week from being gunned down. I just read a Huntsville Officer has been gunned down. This makes the six one this year, and it all brings back the pain of losing you. I am trying to hold the family together but it gets really hard. You was so much better at it especially with Momma. You have not been forgotten and we still shed tears for you. You will always be a Hero . l know it said you are in a better place, but to me you will always be in our hearts.

Deborah Wright

December 7, 2019

I dont know why but l was just discussing your case with Lil Ernest, and he was like wow. I wish a thousand times you were here, things in the family would be a lot different. We all miss you so much, l will always remember what you stood for. You was a Man of Integrity with a cool way of showing it . Man l miss you Pops

Deborah Wright

April 9, 2019

Thinking of you,as always Bill! God,I miss you so much.Today we would be taking down the Christmas tree & all the decorations.But those are all just memories now,beautiful memories!Your spirit is still strong among us.RIP my dearest RIP!l Love, your wife Patricia Diane Hardy

Patricia Diane Hardy

December 28, 2014

Bill can,t believe it;s been 15 years.We love you miss you.Bevely and i talk about you every day.We talk every day .She went to natinal police week.Alot of officiers down Families.We pray the violence stop.She and i keep up with all the case proceedings.Wish you were here Howard made College football team; we know you would be at every game. We are so proud of him,we know you would be on cloud nine!RIP I love you Your wife Patricia Diane Hardy

Patricia Diane Hardy

July 30, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 15th 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 19, 2010

Hey we got blue lights ,not because you died but because you lived.Thank God for the memory of you that will make my Christmas Merry.Forever Living In The Son

Deborah Wright

December 11, 2009

It's almost Christmas, and I was thinking about you as I was drinking out of your Hardees coffee cup, wondering what you would be saying. Your grandson Torrence just shod Heaven by an inch he made it off of life support after a bad car accident.He answered me as if you would have answered yourself by saying " stuff happens,leave it in the past and keep living you can't let it get you" Sounds like you always pushing for tomorrow, never letting life get the best of you.You will always be here in our hearts.Your cool way of handling life shines in Torrence, never sweating the stuff, staying strong.If I could see you now I know you have a smile on your face " because you always knew the real gift was never under the tree. Still loving your memory. Debbie

Deborah Wright

December 11, 2009

Dear Deputy Hardy, as we celebrate your anniversy. you are never forgotten


July 19, 2009

Bill, it is about to be Thanksgiving again, the family will all be together the only person missing will be you buy I know You will be here in spirit with us. You were not here to witness the birth of your Great Granddaughter her name is Gracie Dionne she is so beautiful. We miss you RIP.

Your wife
Patricia Diane Hardy

Patricia D Hardy

November 24, 2008

Deputy Hardy, thank you for your service and dedication. Continue to watch over your family! Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

August 5, 2008

Bill, your granddaughter and I are just thinking of you. April has grown to be such a beautiful and smart, intelligent, young woman. She is married to Minister Sylvester Mixon. They are the parents of two beautiful boys, Caleb (3) and Joshua(1). A new one will be born in August. The devil's stole the priviledge of you seeing your great-grandchildren and being a part of their growing up. I know that you would love to play ball and watch them do other things that great-grandfathers do with great-grands. We are still waiting for Lady Justice to give us some relief. We will never be the same. Here it is will be 13 years July 19th and we are still grieving. Hopefully, we will find some peace after justice is served. We love and miss you. Your wife, Patricia Diane Hardy and Granddaughter April Mixon

Patricia Diane Hardy

March 16, 2008

We love and miss you Bill!! Wish you could see how me, Shunda, Boo, Torrence, Pete, Mo and Tootie grew up. You even have more grands and great-grands now!

April Hinton-Mixon

March 11, 2008

I never thoughtthat I would be signing this page even though we had talked about this being a possibility. I will forever remember the night that you were called to real duty by the master himself; even if it came by the the hands of heartless people. It's hard but I know if you were here you would pull them aside and try to encourage them to turn their lives around.I pray that your life will forever speak to them about choices.Even thou our lives were cut short, it seem we lived a whole lifetime of love.You will always have a place in my heart because you took that part to heaven with you.The family and I miss you, it is not a day we don't think about you.We know that one day we will see you again.

Patrica Diane Hardy

November 22, 2007

I knew you well my brother. We miss you here at UAB. Getting subpoenas just isnt the same anymore. Rest well.

Investigator James Dye
UAB Police Department

July 19, 2007

"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

July 11, 2007

Angels are needed in all walks of life, but they are most needed in heaven. I will always think of you and remember your ability to see life for what it was.God gave you and you gave all that He gave to this world.Your humilty and compassion for others will always live in me. I loved you but He loved you best.May all fellow officers service with the service you service with.Heroes die but legends live forever.

Minister Deborah Wright

November 30, 2006

Rest in peace brother in blue.
The watch is ours now.

God bless your family and your department.
Thanks for your dedication and service.

On behalf of the Pell City Police Department, we extend our condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Hardy. God Bless.

Officer Patrick Bishop Sr.
Pell City Police Department

October 25, 2006

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

Officer 11169

October 23, 2006

Deputy Hardy you are a hero. Thank you for your service to the citizens of Jefferson County, the State of Alabama, and our nation. Rest in peace my brother. May God bless you and your loved ones.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

April 28, 2006

My Brother,

I was there at the end with you. I was a part of your escort to the ER, and played a minor part in the investigation.

I honor your sacrifice. We all honor you. Watch over us as we watch over the innocent.


Lt. W. M. Walker (ret)
Birmingham PD

December 18, 2005


In the whisper of the wind,
I felt God embrace me.
As the voice of a loved one,
I heard God speak to me
Looking in a mirror
I saw God smile at me.
One moment and I knew
That God and I were one.

February 26, 2005

I honor you.

Jim Crotty, Special Agent (Ret.) ATF
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms

October 29, 2004


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrifice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Deputy Hardy.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 30, 2004

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