Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Gary Dean Murphy

Lake County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, June 15, 1976

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Gary Dean Murphy

I would like to say Rest In Peace Deputy Murphy, but your shift has not ended. You have been reassigned to the toughest District you will ever patrol. Watch over us, as you patrol us. Keep us safe from those that would do us harm. You do not patrol alone in your current assignment. To many brothers and sister are reassigned to serve with you each year.

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Your picture and badge hang on the wall as a reminder that you are helping to keep us safe.

You have not had a day off in 41 years. For 41 years you kept us safe 24/7/365.

You will never be forgotten.


June 16, 2017

Deputy Sheriff Murphy's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 2-16-17 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan

February 16, 2017

Thank you so much for honorably serving in our military and law enforcement. RIP

John Haseltine - Civilian

June 15, 2016

God Bless brother, never forgotten.

Detective Lana LeMons
Lake County Sheriff's Office

June 16, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 15, 2015


Thank you for being on the job 24/7/365 since June 15, 1976. You are keeping your brothers and sisters safe and out of danger here at LCSO. Continue to watch over us and keep us safe.

Since your reporting for the assignment as our guardian you have kept us all safe. You have a perfect attendance for reporting to you assignment. Watching over us, takes a very special person to fill your current assignment.

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

You are not alone in your assignment. Many officers join you each year to continue as guardians. FTO them, guide and direct them as they settle into their new assignments.

No greater love does a man have then to sacrifice his life for another.



June 13, 2015

God bless your family and watch over them

Never forgotten

CHICAGO POLICE 009th District

May 21, 2015

Thank you for your service. Your sacrifice for our county and country does not go unrecognized or forgotten. We will keep you in our thoughts and your family in our prayers.

The Patrol Division
Lake Villa Police Department

June 19, 2014

Brother you may be gone from this world, but you will never be forgotten.

Lake County Sheriff's Office

June 15, 2014

Never forgotten.

Detective Lana LeMons
Lake County Sheriff's Office

June 15, 2014

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Deputy J. Triplett
Lake County Sheriff

June 15, 2014

Your spirit watches over us all at LCSO. YOU keep us safe and have watched over us since June 15,1976.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.


June 15, 2014

What a small world! After being with the Lake County Sheriff's Office for almost 20 years, I am still coming across your family members that I knew from growing up in the area. I saw your son, niece and nephew at the Lake County Police Memorial this past year, and I can still see the heartbreak in their faces.

I designed a 30 year anniversary challenge coin to commemorate the Lake County Sheriff's Office Tactical Response Team back in 2007; it also serves as an "In Memory of Gary D. Murphy" coin, so that all of those on the LCSO and the LCSO-TRT will always remember your sacrifice.

It is sad and tragic that your sacrifice had to occur before progressive steps were made with regards to officer safety. As Deputy Briggs stated, we have all been issued ballistic vests and our training has come a long way even since I started with the LCSO and became a member of the LCSO-TRT. With Deputy Briggs as the primary Training Officer for the LCSO, he has ensured that all deputies he has trained will know and remember Deputy Gary D. Murphy's sacrifice...even 37 years later, your sacrifice/memory will be passed on to our newest deputies.

Yes, the LCSO has taken the right steps to make our jobs safer by the implementation of the ballistic vests, better training as well as the creation of the Tactical Response Team, and for that, we at the LCSO are eternally grateful--Rest In Peace Deputy Gary D. Murphy.

Sergeant Christopher Dador
Lake County Sheriff's Office

June 15, 2013

Rest in Peace Brother. We got it from here.

Detective Lana LeMons
Lake County Sheriff's Office

June 15, 2013

A somber day is upon us once again. June 15 is a sad day for the family of Gary D. Murphy and the Lake County Sheriff's Office. It is a tragic because the Murphy's lost a husband, father, son, and nephew. The Lake County Sheriff's Office lost a brother. The tragic events of June 15, 1976 affect us all to this day. June 15th is the day Gary Murphy died doing what he was trained to do.

The death of Gary changed the Lake County Sheriffs Office forever. Out of Gary's sacrifce came lasting changes at the Sheriff's Office. Today all deputies are issued body armor. The lake County Sheriff's Office formed a SWAT team. Overall training has improved.

Gary made the ULTIMATE sacrifice that day. We owe Gary D. Murphy and his family the respect of his sacrifice. We need to wear our body armor daily, there is no routine call. Train as if your life depends on it.

Gary I have your picture hanging on the wall in my office at the range. I look at it EVERY DAY. I am reminded of your sacrfice and your families loss that tragic day in June. We make the training hard and realistic in your honor. Knowing that the ulitmate sacrifice is only the next call away.

You will never be forgotten at the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Robert Briggs
Lake County Sheriff's Office

June 14, 2013

A fallen brother I have never met. The ultimate sacrifice that you made, the family and friends that you left behide you will never be forgotten.


June 14, 2013

In Valor there is Hope.

I obeserved your name at the memorial wall in Washington DC. Please watch over your fellow brothers and sisters in blue.

You are not forgotten!


June 14, 2013

We miss you more everyday, it will be 37 yrs ago when we got that terrible call, but you died ,loving your work.
We thought you were safe after coming home from Viet nam, but 8 yrs later a crazy woman took your life, we all miss you very much and a day doesn't go by that you are not mentioned. miss you more than words can say

nancy Bracher Sister
Sister and Family

May 14, 2013

Rest in Peace, Deputy Murphy. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 29, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th 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,

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

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

June 15, 2012

While it has been many years now, I am so proud of my father and miss him greatly. I still remember that day as a 9 year old kid. Even to this day, my family and I are comforted knowing he died a hero.

Kevin Murhpy

June 7, 2011

RIP brother you will never be forgotten!

Sgt. Rick White
Lake County Sheriff's Office

May 28, 2011

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

May 10, 2010

Rest in peace brother. We have the watch.


March 30, 2010

I am so proud to be a member of the Lake County Sheriff's Office. I think of Gary almost everyday when I report to work. I'd like his family to know that our agency thinks of him on a daily basis. He will NEVER be forgotten.

Sergeant Christopher Thompson
Current Sergeant of Administration

November 30, 2007

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.