Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Special Agent Shelby Wayne Nease

CSX Transportation Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Tuesday, July 18, 1989

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Reflections for Special Agent Shelby Wayne Nease

29 years have now passed, Special Agent Nease and you are still remembered and honored.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

July 18, 2018

I worked with Shelby several times before his death. He was a fine man and a great cop.

Melvin Burch, Special Agent, Retired.
CSXT Police Dept.

July 18, 2018

Correction to the sentencing of the actual killer. Larry Elmore was not sentenced to 40 years, he was sentenced to life without parole for 25 years, there was no LWOP at the time.


July 29, 2017

Rest in Peace Special Agent Shelby Wayne Nease. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice Protecting America's steel roadways.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the souls of your murderers. May their lives forever be burdened with pain and agony till they are cast into the lake of fire where they will forever burn!


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

July 17, 2016

The Promise: Always honored, never forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
GreaterCleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

July 9, 2015

Thank you for your heroism Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

July 18, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twenty-first 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 solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 18, 2010

Shelby I remember the day CSXT Police told us about your death and it was a serious wake up call for me. I have worked cases similar to the one that got you killed. Rest in peace my friend and we will take it from here. This is a very tough job and not everybody has what it takes to do this job, you did, we thank you. You did not die in vain, you saved lives. God Bless you Shelby.

Special Agent T.D. Holcomb
Norfolk Southern Railroad Police

June 8, 2010

Our entire department will remember Shelby and his line of duty sacrifice today, this the 20th anniversary of his loss. We are honoring Shelby's memory along with his wife Brenda and family as we lay a wreath at Shelby's gravesite and erect a new flag in his honor. His sacrifice will not be forgotten by the men and women of this department. May God bless Shelby, his family and this great nation.

Chief Bill Laubenheimer
CSXT Railroad Police Department

July 18, 2009

God Bless you and your family, You will not be forgotten.

John Mangan

June 30, 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

January 24, 2008

My Father, Roy Hall Jr. served with HPD then the CSX Police from 1968 through 1990 he suffered a couple of heart attacks and had to retire. I remember when he told me of this tragic incident. I have been with HPD since 1981 and have always appreciated the rr Police and have worked with them on many rr related crimes. May you rest in peace...

Captain Steve Hall
Huntington Police Department

December 21, 2007

Special Agent Nease, on this 18th anniversary of your tragic death, I just wish to say thank you for all your efforts on behalf of America's Railroad system. My uncle retired from CSX as a Breakman. He had worked for Conrail and the NYCentral prior. My grand-father worked for the NYCentral and PennCentral as a Breakman as well and my Dad, prior to going to work for my hometown PD worked for the NYCentral in a variety of capacities, his last 5 years as a Railroad Police Officer. I know what a tough job you folks have and I know how vital your efforts are. There are not enough of you out there by a long shot and you are under-appreciated, but still, you go out there and do the job.

Again, thank you Special Agent Nease and all the Railroad cops out there.

Though you were taken physically from friends and family, I know, Special Agent Nease, you have never truly left them.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

July 18, 2007

I had the previledge of knowing and working with Special Agent Nease. His detication to duty, love of fellow man and sense of humor made him stand out among the best that I have worked with.

Director of Police Ron Gremillion, Ret.
CSX Police Dept.

June 12, 2007

Far too often railroad police officers are not noticed or not acknowledged. I am glad to see Special Agent Nease honored here. Justice may be blind, but these officers are the healthy eyes of the rails. God bless Shelby Wayne Nease, and his fellow high-iron officers for their work and countless sacrifices.

EMT M.J. Ryan
Railroad Enthusiast & NJ EMT

December 7, 2006

Rest in peace brother. God bless you and your family. We will never forget you!

Special Agent Jim Finnegan
CSX Transportation Railroad Police Department

August 9, 2006

Your law enforcement achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.

You will always be in our hearts and prayers.God Bless!

Mark Stephens - Special Agent
CSX Transportation Railroad Police Department

July 19, 2005

Agent Nease,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice. It amazes that three of the four pieces of scum that murdered you didn't even serve 20 years in prison. What kind of justice system do we have?.


July 18, 2005

The department is remembering Special Agent Nease on this, the anniversary of his death. On behalf of the entire CSXT PD, our continued heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Nease family and his memory continues on as part of the fabric and culture of our department.

William Laubenheimer
CSX Transportation Railroad Police Department

July 18, 2005

The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry a badge
can't always be a saint."

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at time I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell"


June 13, 2005

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13 KJV

City of Columbia, TN Police Dept.

June 17, 2004


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrifice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Agent Nease.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

June 6, 2004

Agent Nease, I instruct a course on officer safety involving railroads. Your memory is honored by each officer in every class I teach. God bless.

Special Agent Dennis Duncan
Norfolk Southern Railway Police

February 21, 2004

a career, law enforcement officer who was most conscientious.
he was a devoted family man who often expressed his love for his wife and daughters. he had no fear in the pursuit of his duties. a passion for the "right things" to be done. a generous man, who expressed one talent through his woodworking skills. he was a giver rather than a receiver. we, are slighted by his premature departure but so fortunate to know him.

ronnie d. elliott
csx transp. railroad police dept.

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