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Police Officer Gary Dean Moss

Hermosa Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, June 24, 1982

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Reflections for Police Officer Gary Dean Moss

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th 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


June 24, 2009

I had the pleasure of working with Gary at Hermosa Beach P.D. We were a bunch fun young guys. I liked Gary very much, and he was highly regarded. I come to this site often, reading reflections left for other friends memorialized here. Saw the notes left by Spike and Chuck, also very good guys, and fine officers. Fun memories of my time at the "Beach" always include Gary. You are not forgotten!

Tim Foppiano, Capt.

December 18, 2008

No fellow Los Angeles County law enforcement personnel killed in the line-of-duty, should be forgotten.

Officer Moss, may Your Soul Rest-In-Peace

Maj M. B. Parlor

June 24, 2008

26 years ago today....hardly seems possible....seems like yesterday -

Lieutenant Chuck Griffitts
Riverside Police

June 24, 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
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 28, 2007

Gary was my best friend. Everyone says that and that's because he made everyone feel they were.
Gary was always doing for others and always made you feel like you were family.
He loved his family very much and would always tell me about all of them when we worked together.
I remember once we took his dog "digger" on a stake-out with us and we had the best time. I always had a great time when I was with gary.
I miss you partner.

Dep. Spike Kelly (Ret.Sgt. H.B.P.D.)
Gary was my patrol partner

April 15, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

March 11, 2006

Our thoughts and prayers go out to This Officer, as well as the Family, Friends, Department and Community.

This is a loss that will never be forgotten. Hours will turn into days, days turn into weeks, weeks into months and months into years but, the difference that these officers have made will last forever.

We lost Our Deputy Morris Taylor on September 14, 2002. When he joined the other Angels in Blue.

God Bless Our Law Enforcement Officers and Those Who Love Them.

Jack & Tracy Van Dolah
Former LEO/U.S.M.C. & Wife in Sutherlin, Oregon

May 22, 2005

I went thru the reserve academy with Gary in 1980 and then the full time academy right after that. We worked together on graveyard, he was my best friend. He was the last person I ever felt close to or let into my life other than my family. I have a son that was born right after Gary died. I named him after Gary and he is now 22 years old and working as a police officer himself. would be proud...he carries your name well and carries your picture everyday to remind him to be safe. I wonder how life would have been with you still here, I will never know that answer but thank you for being a friend and taking care of me while you were here. You are thought of often and will never be forgotten.

Lieutenant Chuck Griffitts
Riverside Police Department

August 30, 2004

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