Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Rosemary Iris May

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, September 26, 1989

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Rosemary Iris May

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

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

September 26, 2020

Deputy Sheriff May,
On today, the 30th 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

September 26, 2019

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff May.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 26, 2019

You will always be remembered.

Deputy Sheriff Los Angeles
County Sheriff

September 28, 2018

Rest In Peace Sister. You are not forgotten

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

September 26, 2017

You are never forgotten, RIP.

Deputy Sheriff LASD

September 27, 2016

Deputy Iris May was assigned my case in 1983 after I had been run down by a drunk driver. She was working in Health and Welfare. Her kindness toward me, my wife and our three sons cannot be overstated! She was a beautiful person! Thank you for everything Deputy Iris May! Every thought of you brings a smile to my face!

Miles L. McClain, Deputy Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept

September 29, 2013

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

Officer 11169

October 23, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 20th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


September 26, 2009

Deputy May,

Today, the first day of the new year, I honor you for the sacrifice you made all those years ago for the people of Los Angeles County. I will never forget. Rest easy, sister.

Senior Officer J. Anthony Sandoval
Kingsville Police Department

January 1, 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

No fellow L. A. County law enforcement personnel who dies wwhile in the line-of-duty, should be forgotten.

Deputy May, may Your Soul Rest-In-Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor

September 26, 2007

It has been 17 years and you have not been forgotten nor will that ever be the case. Your loved ones will keep your memory alive as will the Blue Family. Keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

Bob Gordon, Gold Star Father

September 25, 2006

I remember the promise and will ever honor it.
May all the joys you ever hoped for be yours forever.

Wendy Huber

June 21, 2006

Hi Iris,

We sure miss shooting with you on the pistol team. You were a great lady and we miss you. I'll bet it's all 10's & X's up there.

Dep. Dwight Van Horn, Ret.

November 28, 2005

To the family and friends of Sheriff Rosemary May and her fellow officers with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Officer May was so tragically killed.
To Officer May, it has been sixteen years ago since you were killed, but you are not forgotten. Your valor and bravery will be forever remembered.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of service Deputy May gave to her community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice she and her family made on September 26, 1989.

Phyllls Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05.

September 26, 2005

Deputy Sheriff May,
On today, the 16th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Los Angeles County. One year is definitely not enough for the sentence for the person who killed you.


September 26, 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

To those I Love and Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, Let me go
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.

I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it's time I traveled alone.

So grieve a while for if grieve you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part
So bless the memories within your heart,

I won't be far away, for life goes on
So if you need me, call and I will come
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near
And if you listen with your heart, you'll
Hear all of my love around you soft and clear

And when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and say,
"Welcome Home"

January 8, 2005

Nice to see the mutt who took your life got what he/she deserved. Yeah Right! One year in prison is not enough! He/she is out in the world right now living his/her life, most likely driving in the same reckless way while you had to leave behind all your loved ones for something so mindless! Rest in peace officer, real justice will come to those who deserve it!


September 22, 2004

Let it never be said that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has forgotten its own. Your name is on our wall and will always be in hearts.

Rest in peace.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

September 2, 2004

Rest in Peace will not be forgotten


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