Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Thomas J. Merry

Maine State Police, Maine

End of Watch Saturday, July 12, 1980

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Reflections for Trooper Thomas J. Merry

Tom There is not a day goes by I don't think of you and that terrible night. You were a friend and mentor. You were a hero to the end. In my 40 years, I have covered many tragedies in my career, but none so horrible or tragic as that night by the iron bridge. Thank-you for your mentoring and for your service. You family is doing well.

Detective Sergeant Robert M. McFetridge
Clinton Maine Police Department.

September 4, 2020

Thank you for service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 12, 2020

I remember the summer evening I was told Uncle Tommy had died.The corn was rising in the field and all of us kids had been playing in it that Saturday afternoon...the innocence of our youth was stripped away that sunny afternoon when many cars with blue lights came up our driveway. When I saw the look in my Dad's eyes when he stepped out of one of the cars I knew his brother was gone forever. My Dad was never the same after that was way too beautiful of a day for some one to die I remember thinking at the age of 7..and then my next thought was I would never see him come to the house to see us girls while he was on were the most striking thing in uniform sister loved riding the motorcycle with you...I bring flowers to Palmyra because that's all i can do now... your loving niece, Brandi T. Merry


January 29, 2011

Although it has now been more than 20 years since the tragic death of my Uncle, Trooper Merry, I will never forget him showing me his patrol vehicle or the stories my father told me about how much Uncle Tommy loved his job. I keep a copy of the Maine State Police Honor Roll taped to my file cabinet for everyone to see as an honor to Uncle Tommy.

Detective Catherine Merry Wilson
VBPD, Niece

January 22, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirtieth 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 12, 2010

I still remember that night so long ago, As I remember you.
You gave your all to the State of Maine. You Save your Sergeant. That night has changed a lot of lives. Rest in peace my brother. I am sorry, but I did all a young rookie could do and I will take the lessons of that night with me forever.


July 12, 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

February 11, 2008

Rest in Peace!

Police Corporal Matt Lyons (Historian)
Oceanside Police Department, Cal

January 21, 2008

On the 25th anniversary of your passing, the troopers of the Virginia State Police salute your service to the citizens of Maine.
We remember and continue on in your memory.

Master Trooper
Virginia State Police

July 12, 2005

On this day, twenty four years later, we still remember Tom Merry and all he stood for, he will always be remembered and loved by all who knew him.

Trooper Merry, you will always be in our thoughts and prayers as will your family.


Howard E. Cooke, Jr.
DPS/BLE retired

July 14, 2004

Trooper Merry, Thank you for you service to the people of the State of Maine and the United States. You are not forgotten!

Officer Matt Lyons
Oceanside Police Dept.

November 18, 2003

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