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A Part of America Died



Somebody killed a policeman today, and
A part of America died.

A piece of our country he swore to protect
Will be buried with him at his side.

The suspect who shot him will stand up in court,
With counsel, demanding his rights,

While a young widowed mother must work for her kids
And spend alone many long nights.

The beat that he walked was a battlefield, too,
Just as if he'd gone off to war.

Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast,
To his name they will add a gold star.

Yes, someone killed a policeman today,
It happened in your town or mine.

While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
A cop put his life on the line.

Now his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street,
And he stands at each new rookie's side.

He answered a call and gave us his all
And A Part of America Died.



In Memory of

"Ray" Patrick Bolton


Walworth County Sheriff's Office

1965 - 1966

Died on August 26, 1966 at the age of 31 after stepping on a downed
power line while investigating a traffic accident.

Photo of Patrick Bolton's name taken at the
Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial
in Washington, DC.




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