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Fallen Heroes

Fallen Heroes


Deputy John H. Walter

Sergeant Charles E. Murray, Jr.

Sheriff’s Message

Our intention is to salute those members of our law enforcement community who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives while protecting the lives of others.
Sheriff Charlie Ray Fox, Jr.

A Police Officer’s Prayer

Lord, I ask for courage

Courage to face and conquer my own fears

Courage to take me where others will not go

I ask for strength

Strength of body to protect others,

And strength of spirit to lead others

I ask for dedication

Dedication to my job, to do it well,

Dedication to my community, to keep it safe

And please, Lord through it all, be by my side.

Memorial of the
Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office
Deputies Who Made the
Ultimate Sacrifice

Deputy John H. Walter
Date of Death: July 5, 1972

Deputy John H. Walter

On July 5, 1972 Deputy Sheriff John H. Walter was a passenger in a Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle. Deputy Walter and the Deputy operating the vehicle were traveling to Richmond, Virginia on State Route 17, which was at the time a two lane highway. The Deputy operating the patrol car attempted to pass another vehicle while it was raining with poor visibility. While attempting to pass, the Deputy struck an oncoming vehicle head-on. Deputy Walter was killed instantly.

“Blessed are the Peacemakers,
For they shall be called the Children of God”
Matthew 5:9

Sergeant Charles E. Murray, Jr.
Date of Death: July 9, 1990

Sergeant Charles E. Murray, Jr.

On July 9, 1990, Sergeant Murray was on a routine patrol in southern Fauquier County. Sergeant Murray attempted to cross the non-gated railroad tracks near Calverton, Virginia and an oncoming train struck his vehicle. He was killed instantly.

I never dreamed it would be me
My name for all eternity
Recorded here at this hallowed place
Alas, my name, no more my face
"In the line of duty" I hear them say
My family now the price will pay
My folded flag stained with their tears
We only had those few short years
The badge no longer on my chest
I sleep now in eternal rest
My sword I pass to those behind
And pray they keep this thought in mind
I never dreamed it would be me
And with heavy heart and bended knee
I ask for all here from the past
Dear God, let my name be the last

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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial @

Date Last Modified: 06/28/2004


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