Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sheriff Dale E. Nelson

Beaver County Sheriff's Office, Utah

End of Watch Monday, September 8, 1980

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Reflections for Sheriff Dale E. Nelson

Rest in peace buddy

Carson loveless

March 2, 2024

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 8, 2020

Sheriff Nelson,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice- not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USAF during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 8, 2020

Rest in peace Sheriff Nelson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 27, 2019

I was on the Rescue Truck when Uncle Dale passed. What a shock when I found out it was him in the pit. I grew up fishing, hunting and camping with him and his family. He is missed very much. I know he was great to have given his life for his fellow man. Missing him.

Darrel Davis, Maint Supv.
Beaver Couny Sheriff/ Corrections

May 27, 2015

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 3, 2012

I was only 5 at the time of the accident, but I have memories of Dale. When I graduated from the Academy, my Aunt Tricia, Dales wife, presented me with my graduation certificate, posthumously for Uncle Dale.

Patrolman Travis Carter
Cedar City Police Department, Nephew

November 18, 2011

Oh dad, we all miss you so very much! You have left quite a legacy. I know you are watching....but I wish you were here. I love you Daddy.

Tammy Nelson Lander

September 26, 2011

Saw your video today. Very courageous, the ultimate act of selflessness, you bring your name, your family, your department, and this job honor. Rest In Peace Sheriff Nelson. You will never be forgotten.


July 16, 2011

This Great man is my Grandpa that i never got the chance to meet, but luckly he left behind my dad tim nelson and his wife patricia my grandma, my dad always tells me stories about my grandpa and i just want to remember him this september month, he is a great man and i love him

Charlie Nelson
Grand daughter

September 19, 2009

I can hardly recall my Uncle Dale. I was very young when he died. I respect my aunt Tricia so much and she has always been a great aunt to me. My aunt Tricia was able to present me with my Police Officer certification at my POST graduation as proxy for my Uncle Dale. This was a great experience.

Officer Travis Carter
Cedar City Police Department

January 6, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

March 31, 2008

I never met you but we will always have your memory.

Quinn Holton

May 24, 2006

Sheriff Nelson, you are not forgotten

August 22, 2005

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