By Senator Mitchem
MOURNING THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF POLICE CHIEF VERLON LEMASTER, JR., OF GRANT, ALABAMA.
WHEREAS, it is with profound sorrow and regret that we recognize the untimely death of Police Chief Verlon Lemaster, Jr., of Grant, Alabama, on August 15, 2003, at the young age of 48 years, while serving in the line of duty; and
WHEREAS, Chief Lemaster was born on November 11, 1954, and was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant School and Kate Duncan Smith DAR School; he spent most of his law enforcement career in his hometown of Grant, where he joined the Police Department in 1983, was appointed Police Chief in 1989, and was an active member of the Grant Volunteer Fire Department for 27 years, working tirelessly as treasurer and for its fund-raising efforts; and
WHEREAS, over the years, Chief Lemaster executed his duties and responsibilities with utmost diligence and total commitment as a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Marshall County Drug Enforcement Unit, Marshall County 911 Board, Marshall County Association of Chiefs of Police, Marshall County Firefighters Association, and the State of Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police; and
WHEREAS, he truly was a worthy exemplar of those caring and dedicated men and women who stand ever ready to provide prompt and professional response to emergency calls; and
WHEREAS, his care and concern for people extended over and beyond the call of duty as demonstrated by his regular stops to check on elderly people, his rapport, both on and off duty with children and youth, and his continued efforts to keep the DAR schools safe for the students and staff; and
WHEREAS, in recognition of his deep love for his community and the people of Grant, the Grant Volunteer Fire Department held a blood drive on Grant Founders Day in memory of Police Chief Verlon Lemaster, Jr., to collect 360 pints of blood, the number of Lemaster's patrol car and his radio call sign; and
WHEREAS, indeed, Chief Lemaster's devotion to duty, personal integrity and ability to relate to others in all walks of life fostered a spirit of friendship, respect, and trust among all with whom he was professionally associated and countless others whose lives were touched by him; and
WHEREAS, left to cherish the memory of Chief Lemaster are his loving daughter, Valerie Lemaster; father, Verlon Lemaster, Sr; sister, Brenda (Anthony) Barnes; and brother, William Lemaster; he was preceded in death by his mother, Agnes Lemaster, and sister, Linda Gail Lemaster; now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That we are deeply saddened by the death of Police Chief Verlon Lemaster, Jr., of Grant, Alabama, and, by copy of this resolution, we extend heartfelt sympathy to his family, whose sorrow we truly share.