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Patrolman James Lee Mobley

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, January 25, 1970

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Reflections for Patrolman James Lee Mobley

Rest in peace.

J.R.

January 27, 2020

I cant believe its been 50 years since Officer Mobley has been dead. My dad. Theodore Wood, T. S. Wood responded to the call of the shooting with his Partner but I dont know his name..My dad was with Officer Mobley when he died that night on the curb. He was also a Pall Bearer at his funeral. My dad never forgot the day January 25 1970 as long as he lived. He really like James and respected him. James would have made it far in the Department. His own father was Captain during this sad time and was enduring cancer.. James Fiance was having her bridal shower that night too. It was such a tragic and sad night for everyone involved and their families. I hear that James case is use in Academy training. The shooter dies three months after his sentencing from kidney disease. Its not fair.. And war on our men in blue must stop.

Lisa Wood
My Dad. Officer Theodore Wood T. S.

January 25, 2020

Patrolman Mobley,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Dayton. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

January 25, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you Hero and your family for your sacrifice and service. Always remembered.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 25, 2020

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman James Lee Mobley of the Dayton Police Department, Ohio and the additional 48 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

January 25, 2018

i graduated from the academy with jim. i remember our graduation and how proud and happy he was. i also remember sitting in patrol assembly and hearing his call for assistance. i was one of the officers who carried him to his final resting place,iwill always remember the feel of the handle in my hand.jim was a fine man who left us too soon.

patrolman michael sabrowski
retired

April 13, 2016

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 5, 2015

Jim and I were engaged at the time of his death. He died 2 weeks before I was to become his wife. He was thrilled to be a police officer. His eyes lit with joy when he talked about his job. Although he never thought of it as a job. Serving others was his passion. He expressed more than once he was going to be Chief someday. There is no doubt in my mind he would have achieved that. He has and will always be the incredible young man I loved. I miss him still and what might have been. In his memory my oldest son was named after Jim.

Chris Hunter Bryte
Fiancee

April 30, 2014

THANK YOU FOR REMEMBERING MY COUSIN JIMMY MOBLEY, HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR THE CITY OF DAYTON TO BE BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. HE FOLLOWED IN HIS FATHERS FOOTSTEPS, LEE MOBLEY WAS ALSO A POLICE OFFICER FOR DAYTON AND BECAME MEDICALLY DISABLED SOMETIME LATER AFTER JIMMY'S DEATH. OUR LAWS NEED TO BECOME STRICTER FOR PEOPLE WHO KILL POLICE OFFICERS CUSE THERE IS NO COMING BCK HOME FOR THEM OR THEIR FAMILIES WAITING FOR THEM. I WISH MY SONS WOULD HAVE TAKEN AFTER JIMMY. HE WAS A GOOD STRONG MINDED LOVING PERSON. I WILL ALWAYS MISS HIM. BE HAPPY WITH GOD.

ANNE MCCRTHY CALLIHAAN
ST COUSIN

January 29, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 111th 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.

Time never dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember him for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hold his family in my heart's embrace today and thank his brother Mike for sharing a brother's devotion .

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 25, 2012

Patrolman Mobley you are remembered for your dedication to duty. RIP

Det. Michael Kane
Boston Police Dept.

January 25, 2012

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

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

January 22, 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

December 31, 2007

I salute you for your service to law enforcement and the price you paid. I know the only solace your loved ones have is that you died doing the one thing you loved more than life itself, being a police officer. My son also followed me in my footsteps and I have one other who is also a cop. Now, I sometimes wonder if I would have been a plumber, would my son still be here? He loved being a police officer just as Jim did. I hope he is keeping watch over his loved ones and those still on patrol guarding over the Thin Blue Line. Jim is a hero and heroes never die. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

June 9, 2007

Jim and I graduated from the Dayton Police Academy together. I got to know Jim well during our academy training, he was a very personable young man with a constant smile. He looked forward to graduation and working "the street". Had he not been so tragically murdered he would have been a very dedicated career police officer. One of my most poignant memories was when on graduation day, Jim's father, Lee, pinned Jim's badge on him. I will always remember that day, as I know everyone in attendance will. I still think of Jim often, he will never be forgotten.

Sergeant William R. Howard
Dayton Police Department

March 5, 2006

You gave of yourself so others could be safe and secure in our community, thank you. rest in peace.

Ofr. Will S. Wright
Dayton Police

August 27, 2004

Jimmy once asked me as a youngster, "Do you think I could be a police officer someday?" His father Lee, had been a police officer for many years and after Jim joined the force, his father had brain surgery which left him blind and slow-thinking. Jimmy fretted over this, but managed to do a good job. He was a good kid with a good heritage and left this life too soon. I miss him.

Det. Robert R. Keen
Dayton PD

i did not know james,but knew his father lee.lee was a great guy and i still think of him often.
god bless two fine men.rest in peace.
semper fi lee.

Anonymous

Jim was a great son and brother. He was always there for you, no matter what.
It was no surprise that he decided to follow in my father's (Lee Mobley) footsteps in becoming a police officer.
Just days before Jim was killed, Jim expressed to me how much he loved his job. It's his caring for others that actually lead to Jim's death. The man that killed him was drunk, staggering in the middle of the road and Jim's comment to his partner (Tony Spells) was that they should pick him up so he didn't get run over and injured. That is the kind of person he was.
It's been now thirty-two years and, of course, you always wonder what if. Every time I could use an extra hand or want to go fishing with someone, I think of Jim. We miss him and always will.
We love you, Jim.

Your brother, Mike

Mike Mobley

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