Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer James H. Nerison

Alhambra Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, January 3, 1933

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Police Officer James H. Nerison

Rest in peace Officer Nerison.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 8, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you for your Bravery, Sacrifice and Service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 3, 2018

I'm not sure, but you may be a distant relative. Thank you for your sacrifice. You heroically and selflessly confronted two evil men who were a grave threat to the community. Without your heroism and sacrifice there may have been a far greater loss of life. You are remembered and honored today.

Police Officer Tom Nerison
New Brighton Police Department

May 30, 2016

I'm not sure, but you may be a distant relative. Thank you for your sacrifice. You heroically and selflessly confronted two evil men who were a grave threat to the community. Without your heroism and sacrifice there may have been a far greater loss of life. You are remembered.

Tom Nerison, Police Officer
New Brighton Public Safety

May 30, 2016

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 17, 2015

James H. Nerison was my maternal grandfather. My mother was only 4 years old when he died, so I never has the honor of meeting him. The memory of this story is pretty much all I know about him. We will be visiting his gravesite in September 2013. He left a wife, Alice, two sons, James and Robert, and my mother Barbara. My mother says his death was the first of Alhambra Police Officers on duty. There was no life insurance at the time, but the City of Alhambra raised the money to buy a home on Bushnell that the family lived in for many years afterward. I remember visiting that home as a child.

Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice.
Rest in Peace.

Stuart Haasis

September 5, 2013

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

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

January 17, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 79th 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 diminishes respect, not even 79 years.

Rest In Peace

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

January 3, 2012

I was raised in Alhambra and an Alhambra Police Officer three years. I worked at the Alhambra Theatre while in high school, and know the place you were killed. Your story was still being told when I went through the basic training with APD in 1963. Thank you for your service and sacrifice for the community.
Former APD #26

Lt. Gary Carriger, Retired
Sacramento County District Attorney's Office

November 1, 2009

Rest in Peace, Officer Nerison. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

June 8, 2009

I worked at APD for 20 years. I knew of the theater where you were killed and said a prayer for you when I passed the spot.

J. Collins, Sgt Ret.

February 12, 2009

My Grandfather, Officer Clyde Rich, was with you that night at the theater. My mother said he was deeply effected by your tragic death. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Grandaughter of Partner

August 13, 2008

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

Officer Nerison, may Your Soul Rest-In-Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor

January 3, 2008



December 31, 2007

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

August 9, 2007

thank you for your sacrifice. i remember the theater you fell at.

Police Officer

May 21, 2007

Your courage and sacrifice have never been forgotten

January 3, 2005

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.