Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Alonzo Marshall, Jr.

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, September 1, 1971

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Reflections for Police Officer Alonzo Marshall, Jr.

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd anniversary year 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 Lasater
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

August 13, 2013

I worked with Al at the 5th Precinct Detroit PD in 1970. I"ll always respect him and remember one time on a call when a subject said I would rather talk to you Al a brother then this white guy(Me) Al said "listen man, we arn't black and white,were blue and if you can't talk to him were leaving" and we did. What a lession I learned that day and still carry with me...He was a great person and I will NEVER forget him....

Dep Sheriff Jack Carr (ret)
Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office

August 14, 2011

I was in class 69-I with Al. He was a very intelligent, capable, and committed person. I remember stopping by his house when we were scheduled to do our student patrolman ride-along stint at the same precinct. A natural leader, he would have no doubt advanced through the ranks and provided valued service to the city. He is not to be forgotten.

Don Zettlemoyer
former DPD

June 11, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 13, 2007

To the family of this role model before it was popular. I was stationed in Germany when this event occurred, even after all the years have gone by, but my memories last as if they today, what a wonderful man...

Ronald W. French
friend

February 8, 2007

I knew Al very well - we partnered at #5. I last saw him about an hour before he died. We partnered at #5. He was an intelligent and very personable man, one who should have ascended through the ranks. He left a young son (2-3 yrs old.) I will never forget him.

Jack Brinker P O (ret)
Midland P D, former Detroit P D

February 4, 2005

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