Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Billy Joe Thrower

Madison County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Sunday, September 17, 1995

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Billy Joe Thrower

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Thrower.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 4, 2020

Seventeen years ago, you lost your courageous battle to live from your gunshot wound substained on Nov. 1, 1994. We still miss you more than words can ever say; so our memories gives us smiles, love & warmth to go on with our daily lives.

Betty Thrower
wife

September 17, 2012

Your service and sacrifice are not forgotten.

Sgt. G. T. Martin
Collier Co. S.O. (FL)

June 5, 2010

After 15 years, this week the Legislative named a section
of Hwy 231 in your memory. What a great honor!

Betty
Wife

May 14, 2010

Your service and sacrifice has not been forgotten.

Rest in peace Hero...

Deputy
Florida

September 17, 2009

To the family and friends of Deputy Billy Thrower and his fellow officers:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to pay honor to Billy's memory on the fourteenth anniversary of the day Billy lost his life. His heroism, valor and bravery will be forever remembered.

Our family lost our beloved Larry Lasater when he was fatally shot in April of 2005 during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, so we know the anquish you are still experiencing.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Deputy Thrower gave to his community and the citizens of Alabama, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 17, 1995.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg, CA PD eow 4/24/05

Anonymous

September 17, 2009

ON THIS THE DATE OF HIS EOW, WE PAUSE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THIS BRAVE MAN. ON NOVEMBER 1, 1994 I WAS A CRIME SCENE INV WITH THE HUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPT. I WAS CALLED TO WORK THE SCENE ON STEAKLEY ROAD. BECAUSE OF MY FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT HAPPENED THAT DAY, I TRUST THE READERS OF THIS REFLECTION WILL BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY THAT BILLY THROWER WAS A HERO IN THE TRUEST SENSE OF THE WORD. HE AND HIS FELLOW DEPUTIES WERE SENT TO THAT HOUSE TO REMOVE A DANGEROUSLY DISTURBED INDIVIDUAL. IN THE PROCESS, TWO FINE MEN LOST THEIR LIVES. THIS INCIDENT TOUCHED THE LIVES OF THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW IS THAT IF BILLY HAD NOT HAD THE COURAGE AND STRENGTH TO RAISE UP OVER THE END OF THAT PORCH AND DO WHAT HE DID, THERE IS NO WAY OF KNOWING HOW MANY MORE OFFICERS WOULD HAVE BEEN SHOT. I HOPE THAT THE PAIN OF LOSING BILLY HAS EASED FOR HIS FAMILY AND THEY TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED FOR WHAT HE DID FOR HIS COMMUNITY AND FELLOW OFFICERS.

INV HAROLD HUTCHISON (RETIRED)
HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA POLICE DEPT

September 17, 2009

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service.

Gordon Hobbs
NC Game Warden

June 21, 2009

Billy, it has been more than 12 years since the day you were taken from us. I still remember you telling stories about how things worked in you earlier "city" days and how you were always so calm when I talked to you on the radio - no matter what was going on. You were always one of the good guys. It's an honor to have known you and call you friend. You are missed.

Officer Scott Worsham
Owens Cross Roads, AL PD

January 8, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

July 19, 2007

May Our Lord bless both you and your family.

November 1, 2006

Rest in Peace, Deputy Thrower. Your sacrifice if not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 26, 2006

It has been 11 years since your passing and my thoughts are with your loved ones on this day. I know they think of you every day and will continue to do so, you will never be forgotten. You are a true hero and heroes never die. Keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen Chicago Officer
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon

September 17, 2006

Thankyou for your bravery and your ultimate sacrifice. Your death was not in vain, i thank God for men like you, you hold a very special place in all of our hearts!


Madison P.D.

April 5, 2006

Billy,
Ten years ago your pain and suffering
ended and ours increased to the
breaking point. Sara & I still love
and miss you every day.
Your loving wife, Betty

Betty Thrower

September 19, 2005

Remembering you on the ten year anniversary of your death. I hope some day the family that you left behind will see this website, and know that they are in the thoughts of prayers of many people. God's peace be with them, and may your eternal rest be one of peace in God's loving hands!

Michigan

September 17, 2005

A brave and courgaeous man fell on this day, and a coward was vanquished.
There are few words that can give justice to the selfless and brave act that this Deputy performed on this day,
save to say that he is a Hero and he will never be forgotten.

Anonymous

July 23, 2004

Rest in peace brother

Dep. Eric Thoresen
Marion County Sheriffs Office

March 4, 2004

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