Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Correctional Officer Elizabeth Franklin

Alabama Department of Corrections, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, December 7, 2007

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Reflections for Correctional Officer Elizabeth Franklin

Did not know her personally but she was a sister in blue and from my Department that I retired from. Will say this , she had 24 years she was good and did her job, not like so many of the weak ones that are hired today. Rest in Peace sister and God bless and keep the family during this time of grief. You have made your last call from here sister we will take it from here!

CO/ Sgt. Bennie O. Ashby
Alabama Department of Corrections retired

December 8, 2017

Remembering you and your courage and service .

CPL CHIRICHELLO,LOU
LANCASTER PRISON/CERT

December 7, 2016

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

October 31, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the second anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you. Both the pain and pride are forever. The reflections left
by your fellow officers show that you were well-respected and cared for and left a positive impact on many lives.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 7, 2009

REST IN PEACE OUR FELLOW OFFICER.

SHERIFF AND OFFICER'S OF
LIMESTONE CO SHERIFF'S OFFICE ATHENS, AL

January 22, 2009

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones. Continue to watch over all of them and also your co workers. It takes a special person to do the job you did and for that I salute you. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

December 8, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on ths first anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be fogotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/07/06

December 7, 2008

Dear Elizabeth,
You, my dear, were working in a very difficult field, but I know you loved it or
you wouldn't have stayed there so long. You made it your mission field and you let your light shine brightly for the Lord. I hope you will be surprised to see how many came to the knowledge of the Savior by your witness. Thanks for your many years of service. God caught your soul in mid-air to be called up to Heaven to be with Him forever. Now you rest peacefully with Jesus. Congratulations on the great work you did to give hope to the hopeless.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

Anonymous

December 7, 2008

The Corrections Officer stood and faced his God, which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, Corrections Officer. How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other check? To my church have you been true?"

The Corrections Officer squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord I guess I ain't, because those of us who carry badges can't always be a Saint.

I've had to work most Sundays, and at times my work was rough, and sometimes I've been violent. Because inside the walls are awful tough.

But I never took a penny, that wasn't mine to keep, I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help, though at times I shook with fear, and sometimes, God forgive me, I wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, but if you don't I will understand."

There was silence all around the Throne, where the Saints often trod. As the Corrections Officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, Corrections Officer, you've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets, you've done your time in Hell."

wife of LEO

December 7, 2008

RIP C.O Franklin

Anonymous

October 5, 2008

TO LIZ, MY DEAR SWEET FRIEND, AS I SIT HERE WITH TEARS FLOWING FROM MY EYES AND MY HEART FEELING SO HEAVY, WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS HOW MUCH I MISS YOU. I THANK GOD FOR THE SEASON THAT YOU WERE IN MY LIFE. YOU BROUGHT HUMOR TO MY SOUL WHEN I WAS AT THE LOWEST.YOU TAUGHT ME SO MUCH ABOUT BEING HUMBLE AND PATIENT. THANKS, FOR ALWAYS LISTENING. I THANK GOD FOR OUR LAST CONVERSATION,THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR FALL, WE TALKED ABOUT THE PAST, THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE, I KNOW DEATH WAS NOT ON YOUR MIND,BUT THE FATHER TOOK YOU HOME AND YOU ARE IN A BETTER PLACE. MY ANGEL, REST IN PEACE! THE KIDS ARE DOING WELL, YOU WOULD BE PROUD, AND AS YOU ALREADY KNOW, I WILL ALWAYS KEEP A CHECK ON THEM. WHEN I SEE YOUR GRANDCHILDREN, I FIRST HUG THEM FOR YOU AND THEN I ASK THEM, DO YOU ALL KNOW THAT YOUR GRANDMOTHER LOVED YOU VERY MUCH. THEY WOULD ANSWER, "YES MA'AM", WITH A SMILE! THE OTHER WEEK, I WALKED A HALF MILE UP A MOUNTAIN, IN YOUR HONOR,( I WISH I COULD DO MORE). I COULD HEAR YOU SAYING, "COME ON PUNKIN (THE NICK NAME YOU GAVE ME),YOU CAN DO IT. " I WISH I COULD DO MORE IN YOUR HONOR BECAUSE YOU WERE SUCH A SOLDIER AND NO ONE KNOWS LIKE I KNOW, WHAT YOU GAVE TO CORRECTIONS, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR FRIENDS, AND ALL WHO KNEW YOU. MY, MY, MY MY, MY FRIEND, I LOVE YOU , MY LIFE IS NOT THE SAME.

Beverly Perkins, CO
Co-worker and friend

June 22, 2008

I had the pleasure of working as a Correctional Officer with Officer Franklin for many years at Tutwiler Prison for Women. Officer Franklins demeaner is amazing and I admired her so much. I can only hope to be able to obtain some of her traits as I continue my journey in Corrections and in life. She had such a light in her that most people probably start out with in their formulative years, but loose it somewhere along the way when REAL LIFE starts to hit you. But Ms. Franklin has always kept that childlike wonder yet wisdom from old about her. She could always be counted on for support and encouragement, even a good laugh or two when you needed it. She will be missed by me and anyone else who had the pleasure of knowing her. I thank God for his grace in allowing me to know the beautiful lady, even if it was only for a short while, she has definitely left an unforgetable impression. I am praying for her family and that they find peace in this tragedy, especially her children who have to go on without her. Rest in Peace with the Lord.

Correctional Sergeant Susan Clemons
Alabama Department of Corrections

June 12, 2008

Speaking from my heart I can say Officer Elizabeth Franklin is truly missed I can still see that little face smiling. Off. Franklin had a kind heart and if she was ever sad you never knew it because, she always kept you laughing. We love her and miss her. Off. Franklin was truly a soldier and I will remember her as my FrankieDoo. I will always keep her kids and family in my prayers because she always spoke highly of her kids. We love Officer E. Franklin!!!

Racheal R. Sankey, CO
ADOC

June 5, 2008

I know that I speak for everyone who've had the pleasure of working with Ofc. Franklin at Julia Tutwiler Prison when I say that she was one of the most adorable people that I've ever met.She had the kind of spirit that most of us can only dream to possess.Some people live all their lives and never come in contact with someone like Ofc. Franklin, but I was Blessed enough to have met her at the age of 21 and she will always hold a dear place in my heart.(We) Love You Ms. Franklin.

COI Leroy Yelder Jr.
Co-Worker

June 4, 2008

WHEN I LOOK BACK OVER THE PASS(15)YEARS THAT WE WORKED TOGETHER, OFFICER FRANKLIN WAS APART OF OUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY TREE.(THE D.O.C. FAMILY) WE WORKED, LAUGHED, CRIED, EATEN AND PRAYED TOGETHER DURING THESE TIMES. THINGS THAT FAMILIES CHERISH, I WILL ALWAYS CHERISH OUR MEMORIES AND HOLD THEM CLOSE TO MY HEART. OFFICER FRANKLIN WAS APART OF OUR FAMILY TREE, MORE THAN JUST AN OFFICER OR CO-WORKER, TO SOME SHE WAS CONSIDERED A MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, SISTER, AUNTIE AND FRIEND. WHEN YOU NEEDED HER SHE WAS ALWAYS THERE WILLING AND ABLE TO HELP. I CAN NEVER REMEMBER A DAY THAT SHE DID NOT LAUGH AND THAT IS SOMETHING I WILL NEVER FORGET, HER LAUGHTER AND SMILE FOR IT ALWAYS BROUGHT A SMILE TO MY FACE. GOD PICKED OFFICER FRANKLIN FROM OUR FAMILY TREE, TO ADD TO HIS HARVEST. I MISS YOU, BUT I KNOW YOU ARE RESTING IN PEACE WITH THE LORD. ELIZABETH YOUR WORK HERE ON EARTH WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AT JULIE TUTWILER PRISON AND IN MY HEART. I LOVED YOU BUT GOD LOVED YOU BEST!!!!

CO-WORKER AND FRIEND
PRISCILLA HARPER, CO
TUTWILER PRISON/WETUMKPA, AL

CO PRISCILLA HARPER
TUTWILER PRISON, ADOC

May 27, 2008

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Officer Franklin. I have always had great respect for anyone working in the correctional field. Your jobs are so difficult and unappreciated. This year I have been given the honor and privilege to ride in the Police Unity Tour in honor of Officer Elizabeth Franklin. I know that she is missed by all that knew her, but she will never be forgotten!

“Blessed are the Peacemaker”

Lt. Randy Fisher
NMB Department of Public Safety

April 30, 2008

I was an Inmate at Tutwiler prison for about 2yrs. I got to know some of the officers there"who I have a lot of respect for"and Mrs Franklin was one of them.She was hard on us but it was because she expected more from us than we expected from ourselves. She would listen to you if you had a problem. She told me at one point that just because you are in here doesent mean your not still a person. The only thing Tutwiler can take away from you is your freedom but not to let it take anything from who you are. Mrs. Franklin will truely be missed not only by me but by a lot of the Released inmates and the still incarcerated.

Billy Jo Brasher
Old Inmate

January 15, 2008

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Everytime I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the officer they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Officer Franklin. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Elizabeth, she sounds like she was a great woman with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew her in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Elizabeth's life and the WOMAN that she was. Remember that Elizabeth's life was about so much more than the way she died. Elizabeth will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Officer Franklin, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been almost five years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,


Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Surviving Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

January 1, 2008

To the family, friends, and officers that knew CO Franklin, my thoughts and prayers are with you as you face the trying times ahead of you. Please know your not alone.

Here I am, lost in the light of the moon that comes through my window
Bathed in blue, the walls of my memory divide the thorns from the roses
It's you and the roses

Touch me and I will follow in your afterglow
Heal me from all this sorrow
As I let you go I will find my way when I see your eyes
Now I'm living in your afterglow

Here I am, lost in the ashes of time, but who wants tomorrow?
In between the longing to hold you again
I'm caught in your shadow, I'm losing control
My mind drifts away, we only have today

Touch me and I will follow in your afterglow
Heal me from all this sorrow
As I let you go I will find my way
I will sacrifice 'til the blinding day when I see your eyes
Now I'm living in your afterglow

When the veils are gone as I let you go, as I let you go

Touch me and I will follow in your afterglow
Heal me from all this sorrow
As I let you go I will find my way, I will sacrifice
Now I'm living in your afterglow

Bathed in blue, the walls of my memory divide the thorns from the roses
It's you who is closest

Erin
Wife of a CSPD Officer and daughter of a TX CO

December 27, 2007

The highest of distinctions is service to others. -King George VI

Officer Franklin -- Your dedication to the good of your community will not be forgotten.

To all those touched by the loss of Officer Franklin -- Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Colorado Springs (CO) Police Protective Association

December 24, 2007

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Franklin and we honor her distinguished service to the cause of justice and peace. Sadly, our nation has lost one of its finest citizens, a community has lost a friend and protector, and a family has lost an example of character and courage who they will love and respect forever. Today, because of the sacrifice Officer Franklin has made, the house of freedom is stronger, sturdier, and more secure.

To the family, friends, and colleagues of Officer Franklin, I would like you to know that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you the strength necessary to move on. Just as you were always with her when she walked the beat or patrolled the streets, know that she will always be with you - wherever you may be. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Officer Franklin is distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for her brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

For those who pledge to uphold it, Freedom requires a sacrifice the protected will never know.

TPD/Special Agent
FBI New York City

December 23, 2007

To the co-workers, family and friends of Officer Franklin-

My heart goes out to you all, especially with the holidays. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you, Officer Franklin. Thank you for your service to us all.

USPO Justin "Jay" C. Thompson
U.S. Probation, Southern District of Iowa

December 23, 2007

Rest in peace sister. We've got the watch from here. May God bless your family, friends and fellow officers who all mourn the loss of yet another hero.

Motor Officer Dominick Marraccini
Easton Police Department, Easton, PA

December 19, 2007

Dear Family, Friends, and Co-Workers of Correctional Officer Elizabeth Franklin,

We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in support during this very difficult time. We wish we could be there in person to offer support. We know that sometimes there is little comfort that comes from words. During the holidays remember those special moments you have shared together and the love you shared. Keep focused as you can on the memories and joyous times for these things may bring you comfort. Rely heavily on family, friends, and other law enforcement for support. Honor your fallen loved one, for their sacrifice will not be forgotten. Correctional Officer Elizabeth Franklin is a hero. He will live on through all of you forever.

Respectfully,

Alissa Scott
Widow of Beryl Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-04

Co-Founders of Survivor Help Network

December 18, 2007

Thank you for your service and God Bless you. May you rest in peace.

Officer Paul Spears
TN Dept of Correction

December 18, 2007

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