Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Carl Wallace Mertes

North Miami Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, November 5, 1980

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Reflections for Police Officer Carl Wallace Mertes

Rest in peace Sergeant Mertes.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 5, 2019

Officer Mertes...I never met you but I know you. I recently found out about you through a friend, your daughter, Tammy. Although you paid the ultimate sacrifice 5 years before I became a police officer, we are brothers. Your family is my family. I look forward to hearing more about you, your life of service and your first responder family. Thank you, Sir, not just for making the ultimate sacrifice, but for walking out of your front door everyday knowing you may not come home. Someone has to do it and thank God for the men and women willing to face down evil so the rest of us may live a life of peace. RIP Brother.

Lt. Tom Joyce
NYPD (ret.)

September 19, 2018

I did'nt met you, but I got to be the housekeeper-babysitter for your children. I know you are in heaven, and you protect your home and your family...always, including me. I have great memories of your family, and they talk always about you; with great passion and pride.


Monica Peraltilla

November 6, 2016

Rest in peace Officer Mertes. I drive by the park named in your honor everyday as well as St. Maurice Catholic Church where you Inspector's Funeral was held. Thank you for your dignity and bravery. My dad served for almost forty years as a New York City police officer. he served with the 102nd precinct.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 5, 2015

You were my FTO. I always looked up to you as an example of what a police officer should be. I still do.

ASAC Michael Flint
FDLE (retired)

February 3, 2014

Officer Mertes and family will not be forgotten.

(Retired) Chief Tom O'Connell
North Miami Police Department

November 8, 2012

Carl was such a gentle soul and a truly gifted artist and designer as well as a police officer. He left behind a beautiful family with three daughters - one of whom was only days old when he was killed.
It's been 31 years.

Cmdr Nancy McCue (retired)
North Miami Police Department

June 14, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Mertes. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 5, 2010

No matter how much times passes, we will never forget our heroes...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


November 5, 2010

Officer Mertes God Bless you and your family. Thank you for your service. Your murder took place while i was a new
Trooper in Broward County. You are True Hero. Good Bless.

Florida Highway Patrol

January 31, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 1, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

October 3, 2007

You would have been long retired now and enjoying your years by spending them fishing or sitting on your porch. Thank you for your service and God bless your family. The years without you have gone by but the memory of you is still strong with them.

July 15, 2005

Your bravery will be long remembered. Rest in peace.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.

October 31, 2003

Dad-You will always be my hero. I love you.


Blessed are the peacemakers,For they shall be called sons of God." Matthew 5:9


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