Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Brett C. Dickey

Gilmer County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, February 13, 1996

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Brett C. Dickey

Brett my friend, I'm sitting here, over 21 years, after losing you and reflecting back on old memories. Every time I look at your picture it breaks my heart knowing that there will never be another Jacks River camping/fishing trip. They will never be another Cohutta camping/hunting trip. I remember, like it was yesterday, when you were called home. I love and miss you brother. You're gone but never forgotten. I will see you again, one day, brother and until then the memories of all the good times we had will live on!!

Guinn O'Neal

July 16, 2017

Brett my friend. I met Brett in kindergarten and have spent a lifetime loving him. No one has ever left and impression on me like Brett has. I love you old friend God I miss YOU. Brett is by far the best person I have are will sver know. Tha k you God for putting someone so positive into my life. Brett was not only my friend he was my hero and my saviour. You taught me life lessons and about God with few words and more actions.its 2015 as I writre this I still think of you everyday.I realize after renewing my drivers license for the third time and I was wearing the memorial shirt your mother gave me that you were still there for me and would foreveer be a part of my life.I can only honor you in actions words will never be enough for such a hero. You called me two days before your traggic death and told me you loved me my last word's too you were I love you brother. God I miss you so bad. You will forever be in my heart. Thank you Joe and Maryjoe for giving us your son.

Kevin Ballew

September 27, 2015


Today is national peace officers memorial day, and I am thinking about you. It has been a long time since our training together at Northeast Ga Law Enforcement Academy when we were both starting our time in law enforcement in 1993.

I pray that your family is doing well. Thanks for your friendship at the academy, and your service to our communities. Rest in peace, Brett.

Ofc. J. B. (former)
Lilburn PD (former)

May 15, 2015

Uncle Brett Dickey,

It has now been over 17 yrs since the shooting... Every year on February 13th the Sanford family celebrates our Valentines day. We use it as a day of celebration and remembrance. My daddy officer Mark Sanford was officer Dickeys partner at the time of the shooting and was with him when he was shot. My dad was also shot in the leg during the shooting. I was only 3 at the time but I still recall my first full sentence "I love you Uncle Brett" although we really were not related we were closer than friends. My dad and Brett went fly fishing often on their days off and Brett was one of the most true Christian man you could have ever met. On the night of the shooting all of gilmer county and blue Ridge hurt. We all lost a true friend and hero that day. When I look at my dad not only do I see my father but I see the small town hero he is but also I see Brett. He made such an impression on my father. Very seldom does my dad not speak of you Brett and never does a day go by that we don't miss you. We love you very much and you know that we cherish you! Everytime I pass your bridge I always say hello and send you kiss. Your son Jacob has turned into an amazing young man I know you are proud of dad watches out for him for you and dad brags that he acts and looks just like you! Words can't even touch how much of an impression you left on us. God blessed the Sanford family with you as our friend. You are such an amazing human being and now an even more amazing angel. We love you Brett!!! You will never be forgotten Officer Brett C. Dickey.

Love and prayers
Sanford Family

Gina Sanford Scoggins

May 24, 2014

Rest in Peace, Deputy Dickey. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 31, 2012

I met Brett in Gilmer co back in 1995,i had been arrested for dui.I got to know him a little in my time of incarceration and also upon my release he came to my house to check in on me to make sure i was doing alright,he made a lasting impression on me,i had moved to ellijay from ireland and i will never forget his concern for me,i have never had a brush with the law again,and i will never forget the kindness of the Gilmer co officers and one of the finest men i have ever met,officer Brett Dickey.


November 23, 2010

Deputy Dickey, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

February 13, 2010

To Deputy Sheriff Brett C. Dickey, his loved ones, and his fellow deputies:

On this the thirteenth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart is with all family members and friends who call you beloved. They are all in my thoughts and prayers today. I can see from the loving reflections left by your loyal friends that you were an amazing man who is loved and missed by all those whose lives you touched.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Brett. I am so humbled by your valor and service.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Brett gave to his community and the citizens of Georgia, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 13, 1996.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater,

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 13, 2009


Harold Hutchison Police Officer (Retired
Huntsville Alabama Police Dept

February 13, 2009

Hey Brett,

I just wanted you to know you are not forgotten here at the Gilmer County Sheriff's Office. I was never fortunate enough to meet you but have heard a lot of great things about you. Everytime we leave roll-call to go on patrol or when I pass by where your watch ended, I think about you and say a prayer for you and your family. May you rest in peace my brother and thank you for your service.


December 10, 2008



January 13, 2008

"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

October 10, 2007

Deputy Dickey,

On this the anniversary of your leaving us in the physical sense we pay tribute to your spirit. Tonight the Evening Watch of the Henry County Georgia Police Department’s North Precinct will hit the street in your honor. Please watch over us as we continue your fine work.

For the entire shift,
Sergeant V.T. Rosen

Sergeant V.T. Rosen
Henry County Police Department

February 13, 2007

I was fortunate enough to meet Officer Dickey and he was one of the nicest people I have ever met. His easy-going attitude stuck with me and I truly believe that, although it has been almost 11 years since Officer Brett C. Dickey was taken from us, it has been almost 11 wonderful years that he has been watching on all of us from Heaven while he waits for us.

His funeral procession touched many people, even those who did not know him. I was with a group that stopped on Hwy. 515. About 300 feet behind me, there was a group of bikers. They all stopped, got off their bikes, took their helmets off and saluted the procession as it passed.

Officer Dickey touched people even in his death.

Thank you, Officer Dickey.


Rebekiah Clore
Ellijay, GA

Rebekiah Clore

August 6, 2006

I started in this line of work as a jailor with Gilmer Co So, and I can remember when we last talked. About how I could not wate to get on the road, you told me that my time would come befor I knew it. And it did I just wish that you were still here. I know its been a while but I just wanted to say that your still missed verry much.

Cpl Jim Coker (K-9 Cpl)
Thomasville PD

April 13, 2004

Even though it has been a mumber of years since Gilmer County lost Brett, the memory and pain remain the same. Brett was a great guy behind the badge. He was a truly caring individual, wanting to help people overcome bad things that may happen. Not one of those "Brownie Point" earners. His life touched many in the few years he was allowed to remain on earth. Gilmer County is less a great man, but Heaven has gained a TRUE Angel. Thank you Brett Dickey for a true caring heart and the great price paid for the protection of others. God Rest Your Soul.


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