Our Lost Officers

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Sheriff's Memorial

On May 15, 2001, the Richland County Sheriff's Department dedicated a memorial to the deputies killed in the line of duty. It was constructed entirely using funds donated by the Richland County Sheriff's Foundation. The Dedication Program summed the memorial this way:

"The memorial was designed by law enforcement officers. Standing in the memorial, the visitor is facing east, the direction of the rising sun, signifying the life in the world to come. The memorial opens to the west, the direction of the setting sun, its walls sadly open to those who have made the supreme sacrifice."


"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 whose 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

"The Badge" Video on YouTube

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright 1999 - All Rights Reserved

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Deputy Allen Bennett
Start of Watch: 01-1953
End of Watch: 06-20-1953

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Deputy Edward Joseph Alva
Start of Watch: 09-15-1990
End of Watch: 12-24-1992

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Deputy Byron Keith
Start of Watch: 10-18-2003
End of Watch: 5-4-2005

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Deputy John Mark Dial

Start of Watch: 12-18-1989
End of Watch: 04-17-1992

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Deputy Donnie Reno
Start of Watch: 09-04-2001
End of Watch: 10-16-2003

Deputy Darral Keith Lane
Start of Watch: 02-25-2006
End of Watch: 12-14-2007




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Columbia, South Carolina 29223 
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