Shane Allen BrittonCass County Sheriff's Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Wednesday, July 19, 2000
Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Shane Allen Britton
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.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
November 13, 2007
With all the work God has to do, He requires many angels. After reading the reflections left to Shane, there's little doubt why he was called. I know he is watching vigilantly over his family and Melissa & his many freinds. May all of you live long, happy lives in honor of him. I have no doubt that he is watching over you all.
Officer J. C. Drummond
AZ Dept of Public Safety
October 1, 2007
I spoke with your father yesturday the 19th on the phone as we do every year on this day. Your dad wishes me a Happy Birthday on the 19th and we think of you and your family on this day. The Brittons will always be in my prayers.
Corporal J. Welbaum
Seminole County Sheriff's Office
July 20, 2007
It is seven years to the day! Your memorial is at the Cass County Sheriff's Department. Your family is there but unfortunately I'm not able to be there being so far up north now. I still miss you terribly.
July 19, 2007
My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Britton on the anniversary of his passing. May God continue to comfort you all.
Another Hero that was taken too soon. Rest in peace.
July 19, 2007
It has been almost seven years since the Lord called you home. Not a day goes by that you are not thought of, now with more smiles than tears. I still remember the last 4th of July that you and kids spent at our house. It was so much fun.
Now another Officer has come to join you. Officer Kozminski from the Grand Rapids Police Department. But you already know that. His EOW is so close to yours that I had to come here and write to you again. I have not attended another Officer's funeral since yours, as the 21 gun salute and the bagpipers, and Amazing Grace still bring tears to my eyes. I have offered to help out with this Officer's funeral in any way that MI-Cops needs me to. I do this in your memory.
July 9, 2007
I received an email from your mom yesterday saying that Chris Carder had a new album out and that it is dedicated to you! I've seen the front cover and it has picture of you as a child on it. I haven't heard the song Trust yet but your mom sent me a copy of the CD to have. When I talked to her she said that the inside cover tells about you and the reason for the dedication. I just wanted you and everyone that comes to this site to know that although the days and years have gotten easier you will never be forgotten and are missed terribly. Your mom also told me that when your grandparents visited them in Florida a few weeks ago they went to the Police Officers Memorial in Titusville to see your name on the wall there. When they got there, there was wreath near your name the had been sent from the Cass County Sherrif's Dept. I think it's wonderful that they thought enough to do this! Your mom also told me a story about one of your co-workers having sent her an email. She told your mom that she and her family had taken a vacation to Florida and had gone to the memorial in Titusville to see your name and take and etching of it, her little boy who is around 8 years old asked his mom why she had tears in her eyes and she told him again about you and what had happened. Her son then told her that maybe she shouldn't be a police officer if this could happen. That brought tears to my eyes as well. You are definitely loved and missed my brother.
May 26, 2007
I haven't visited this site very often lately, but I have been thinking of you often. I visited your grave site recently and brought some flowers from your mom. As you know there were other flowers there already, which makes me happy to know that there are others that still think of you like we do. I still find myself wishing that you were here and there is so much that I want to talk to you about. You were always so good at helping me solve a dilemma or giving me good advice. Your memory lives on....
April 23, 2007
I am sorry that I didn't tell you more often how proud that I was and am of you. Your family is such a joy to Mom and I. We do miss you and look forward to going to be with you at the appointed time. Thanks for caring for others and serving Cass County. I wish that I would have ridden with you on some shift. Mom, Seth, Jimmy and I think of you often and are thankful to be part of your family. It is hard to believe that in one month Luke will be 10 and Alise is already 7 yrs old. We see you in them.
Their mother has done an excellent job of raising them. Their new dad is a very good man and invests lots of time in them too. We miss you and know that you see it all from a perfect vantage point today. Love you, dad
October 1, 2006
AFTER BEING A RESERVE DEPUTY SHERIFF WITH CASS COUNTY FOR 5 YEARS IT WAS A SAD DAY WHEN I HEARD ABOUT DEPUTY BRITTONS DEATH.IT WAS A SAD DAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF CASS COUNTY AND FOR THE SHERIFFS DEPT.KEEP YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR HIS FAMILY AND FRENDS
FORMER RESERVE DEPUTY SHERIFF
August 14, 2006
Please know that you are being remembered today, the 6th anniversary of your passing. Thank you for your service and dedication. God bless you and those who still mourn your loss. Rest in peace, Deputy Britton.
Lori Johnson Rowley, wife of NC LEO
Daughter of Fallen Hero, Sgt James Johnson, EOW 11/11/04, FCSO, NC
July 19, 2006
Remembering your sacrifice on this the 6th Anniversary of your tragic death. God bless you and may God bring comfort to your family and friends.
Anne (Civilian) UK
July 19, 2006
I have never written anything to you, but I think about you every day. It has been almost six years and it still hurts, you would be so proud of your kids they take such good care of each other, but I know you already see that. I miss you and love you
April 20, 2006
It has been so long since I have written anything here. I come to your memorial site so often and just couldn't leave anything. You have been on my mind a lot lately and I have told so many people about you lately.
The kids are getting so big now. Luke is the spitting image of his daddy and Alise is such a beautiful child! I miss them terribly too. A lot of things have changed around here. I've gone through a lot in the past 9 months. Had to have a hysterectomy, the doctor made a mistake and had to have another surgery less than 10 weeks later and am now battling a very large blood clot in my leg. But I'm making it through all of this. Your mom has been wonderful through all of this.
Just wanted to stop by and leave you a message. You are though of often....
Federal Protective Service Dispatcher
March 20, 2006
Came upon this site after the recent loss of Sgt. Kevin Kight, Panama City Beach Police Department, EOW 3-27-05.
Ed and I worked with Shane at C.C.S.D. and we remember him fondly in our thoughts and prayers to this day.
Shane was a an exceptional deputy, husband, and father. He was an incredibly well rounded person and I wish we had been given the opportunity to have known him longer.
Our love to Shane's family and friends, and to everyone still touched by his life and loss.
Missy, wife of Ed Capiak, Investigator
Panama City Police Department
April 11, 2005
Shane--I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with your mom. We had a very nice lunch together and talked about our memories of you! We laughed and cried at the same time. You are still thought about often, but now it is with more smiles than tears! Although those still come at times too. She showed me pictures of Luke and Alise, boy does Luke ever look like his daddy! They are just as cute as they ever were. Alise is growing up fast too! I had a very good time going through your mom's scrapbook of you, as she also got to see mine. Your parents have since moved back to Florida, but we still keep in touch via email and hopefully I will get to make a trip out to see them this Spring. Your mom has given me some flowers to plant at the cemetary for you as well as your Christmas wreath, so I will be there again soon. I know that your mom is sad that she won't be able to come and visit there anymore, but I assured her that she could send me whatever she wanted left there and that I would do it for her. Please watch over them and the rest of us to as we miss you everyday. Until we meet again, know that many people love and miss you!
Department of Homeland Security/Dispatcher
October 30, 2004
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
Shane--Was just thinking about you so I wanted to say Hi! You may be gone but are not forgotten.
August 23, 2004
To Shane's family and friends:
I do remember the day I heard the news of Shane's death. I was working at my job when the news came over the radio. I prayed for comfort for his family that day.
I pray you still know the peace Shane still feels as he is with God even to this day.
RIP in peace brother!
Police Officer M Lamsma
Muskegon PD, Michigan
July 19, 2004
Shane--It will be four years ago that you left us on the 19th. I look at the pictures I have in my scrapbook of the times that you would come to the house with the kids and smile. Mom and dad and I were just talking about you this weekend and how you spent your last 4th of July at our house swimming and eating BBQ.
I remember your funeral like it was yesterday. The sound of bagpipes and the 21 gun salute still choke me up. There were a lot of people that were there that day, I wonder how many realized what a true Hero you are. Looking at articles from that day, I believe that many know the difference that you have made. The way that you loved God, your family and all those around you has been a great inspiration to me.
Unfortunately I have lost track of Lynn and the kids, but I think of them often. I tried to call, but they have moved.
I miss you and the words of wisdom that you would give to me. But I know that you are happy in your Heavenly home and that you would not give that up for anything!!! Thanks for the difference that you have made in my life, I will never forget you!
July 7, 2004
Shane was like a brother to me. He and Lynn were two of my closest friends. I will never forget the day God decided to call him home. I had watched their daughter so that Shane could go to work.
He taught me a lot throughout the time that I was able to spend with him and Lynn. He always encouraged me to reach for my dreams and to trust God. He always told me that I needed to get a job in law enforcement, and even though I sit in a Federal Police Dispatch chair, I am a part of a Police family. I wish that I could share some funny stories with him about my job. He would share stories of his job with me. Some things only other people who are in this profession understand.
Shane, I truly feel like I lost a brother the day that God called you home. Thanks for all of your encouraging words to me, as they have helped me to become who I am today.
Wackenhut Services Contractor for Federal Protective Service/Departmen
May 13, 2004
Shane was the second of our three sons. He loved his work as a deputy sheriff, loved his family, and loved the Lord. He is in our hearts and our thoughts, and deeply missed by his family. We know he's with the Lord, and we'll see him again some day. We see him now in things his precious children do and say, and it always brings a smile to our faces. Thanks to all who wrote their memories of our son.
Beth Britton, Shane's mom
November 8, 2003
Shane was a great person. He had a passion for everything that he did. I did not know him as well as some of the other guys did, but I know that Shane was a man that many looked up to as a person, as a father, a husband, and as a deputy. I know that Shane is with God now and that he watches over all of us.
Daniel R. Wiggins
Dowagiac Police Department
September 5, 2003
Shane was a friend and a co-worker. He was not only there for me at work, but for my family. When my Mom fell and broke her ribs he was one of several who came and calmed her down til myself and my newphew could arrive. He & his family will always be remembered in our hearts and prayers.
Trooper Betty Stezowski
MSP # 53 Niles
I worked with Shane as A reserve, but as Traci stated, he did not treat you any different then he would a full time deputy. I spent many hours in a squad with Shane. We talked about everything. I know that Shane love his job and most of all his family. Shane will always be a mentor to me, I will miss his quizes and challenges that he would give me to prepare for oral boards. I only hope that I can become half the officer that Shane was. I will always rememberShane as a friend, mentor,and my first partner.
Cass County Sheriff Dept.
i feel so sorry for shanes family. my son was killed on duty july 10 oo he worked for the clay township police dept. By the articles iv'e read about shane he must of been a good guy and very well liked. My heart goes out for his family. I wonder if hes meet my son yet? i know they will be good friends.
clay center poice dept
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