Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Robert Curtis Goodwin

Clarke County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Tuesday, April 6, 2004

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Robert Curtis Goodwin

Deputy Goodwin your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to Clarke County and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace my fellow LE brother!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop D

April 6, 2016

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to the The Citizens of Clarke County! Continue to Rest in Peace Deputy Goodwin!
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop D

April 6, 2015

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 6, 2010

Heros are never forgotten. Rest in peace

911 Dispatcher
Virginia

April 6, 2009

Thinking of your loved ones today and everyday. I know the daily struggles they face without you and the terrible pain within their hearts. God, wrap your loving arms around them and help them with their grief and let them feel your presence.
Your sacrifice has not been forgotten.

Brenda Lucas
Mother of Chief Anthony D. Lucas, EOW 2-4-2005

April 6, 2009

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

Pat Van Den Berghe
MANCHESTER, NH

April 7, 2008

Thinking of you on the 4th anniversary of your EOW
and remembering your sacrifice.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

April 6, 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
Sergeant
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

November 29, 2007

Remembering your officer on this day.

L.M Taylor
COPS

April 6, 2007

sir, on the third year of your absence , i would like to thank you for your service...you will never be forgotten.

officer val pickens
b'ham p.d./b'ham,al

April 6, 2007

ROBERT WAS A GREAT HONORABLE MAN WITH AN OUTSTANDING PERSONALITY. HE WOULD DO ANYTHING HE COULD TO HELP ANYONE REGARDLESS OF THE PERSONS BACKGROUND OR PRESENT STANDING. HE HAD A WONDERFUL SENSE OF HUMOR AND A DRIVE THAT COULD MAKE A TRIATHLON COMPETITOR ENVIOUS. I WILL ALWAYS MISS HIS HUGS AND COMPLIMENTS. IT WAS AN HONOR TO BE HIS FRIEND AND I AM SURE GOD IS HONORED TO HAVE HIM HOME !!!!!!!!!

JENICE WILLIS
CO-WORKER FOR SEVERAL YEARS

April 26, 2006

To Deputy Sheriff Robert Curtis Goodwin and his loved ones:

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

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.


Deputy Goodwin, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

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, Deputy Goodwin. I am humbled by your valor, courage, and dedication. You served so many years as a reserve officer. I am glad you met your goal of becoming a full time officer, but am sorry it had to end in such tragedy.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Deputy Goodwin gave to his community and the citizens of Mississippi, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 6, 2004.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05



April 6, 2006

Remembering you on your anniversary
God Bless and may you rest in peace

Anne (Civilian UK)

April 6, 2006

We are remembering you on the 2nd
anniversary of your death. Time has
not diminished your sacrifice.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

April 6, 2006

I am riding in honor and memory of Deputy Goodwin in the POLICE UNITY TOUR this year. I am riding with other officers from Chesapeake, VA to Washington, D.C.

God Bless your family and the sacrifice you made!

Senior Officer K. Cross
James City County Police Dept.

April 6, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I thank you for your service and salute you for your sacrifice.

April 6, 2005

In loving memory of D.S. Goodwin:
It is a long road to healing, but it
doesn't have to be a lonely road.
There are so many others who have
been down this road ahead of you.
May you find comfort in your journey
together. Thank you Robert for your
service and sacrifice. We are remembering you today with love and
gratitude.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

April 6, 2005

Dear Deputy Goodwin,

God bless the blue angels, those willing to go everyday into the valley of the shadow, and those who now find peaceful shelter on the other side. You are forever in our hearts and prayers. Thank you for your sacrifice. Please watch over us and pray for us from above. We love you dear one and we will meet someday.

Grandma & Grandpa Hinkle
Parents of a Deputy Sheriff

October 25, 2004

We are truly saddened at Bob's loss.
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We all recall you gave your best.
You did your job, now you can rest.
Your comrades now can cover your post
as you take your place with the Heavenly Host.

God Bless Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters.
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Our prayers will be with you, your family, and co-workers!

Ptlm. P.K. Harding
Binghamton (NY) P.D.

June 11, 2004

I WORKED WITH ROBERT GOODWIN IN CLARKE COUNTY FOR 3 YEARS. ROBERT WAS THE BEST OF ALL OF US. HE ALWAYS HAD A POSITIVE ATTITUDE. ROBERT AND I SHARED ALOT OF LAUGES. YOU NEVER MISSED HIM BECAUSE OF HIS BIG SMILE. HE IS TRULY MISSED BY MANY BUT NONE MORE THAN ME. GOD BLESS ROBERT GOODWIN AND HIS FAMILY.
JOHN GRIFFITH

PO I JOHN GRIFFITH
MERIDIAN POLICE DEPARTMENT

May 8, 2004

BUFFALO, NEW YORK

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE OFFICERS
WISH TO SEND OUR CONDOLENCES. OUR THOUGHTS
AND PRAYERS ARE WITH DEPUTY GOODWIN, HIS FAMILY
AND CO-WORKERS.

GOD BLESS...

PO ERNEST G. PENN
DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE

April 25, 2004

Please remember the fallen officers we have lost. Remember the men and women who died trying to make this world a safer and better place for us all to live in. Thank you Deputy Goodwin for a job well done. Please continue to watch over us and protect us as only you can. You will forever be at our side and in our hearts.

For those of you who still have loved ones with us please take the time to tell them how much you appreciate and care about them.

IF I KNEW

If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.

Anonymous

April 20, 2004

My fiance, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure Robert did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and Robert be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Deputy Goodwin's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that Robert is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain Robert was well respected and well loved.

Thank you for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiance Dennis for me.

Peace, Love, Luck, and Happiness!

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Deputy Sheriff Dennis McElderry's fiancee - EOW (01/03/03)

April 19, 2004

On behalf of the Pittsfield Police Dept., we offer our condolences to the family and friends of Dpty. Goodwin. God Bless.

Officer Rodney Minoty
Pittsfield Police Dept. ME

April 15, 2004

To the Goodwin family, friends, and the Clarke County Sheriff's Department. You have lost a beautiful soul, but heaven has one more shining star. Our thoughts and prays are with you all. Thanks Deputy Goodwin for all you have done for your brothers and sisters; rest in peace.


Patrol Officer
Prince George's County, Maryland

April 14, 2004

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