Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy U.S. Marshal Derek William Hotsinpiller

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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Reflections for Deputy U.S. Marshal Derek William Hotsinpiller

Another year has passed, still unbelievable. How I miss the sounds of your footsteps across the back deck, and the way you would pause looking out across the back yard for deer. That image, praise God, is forever burned into my memory. A good friend shared something with me this week, 8 years has gone by, but that just means that I am 8 years closer to seeing you again. Life is good. You would get such a kick out of these three boys, your nephews, Landon, Liam and Logan. I still and will always love you, "Around the world and back again."
Know that I pray for Dustin and every other LEO each and every morning. I pray that God surrounds them with legions of angels for their safety and protection and that no evil touches them.
Love, Mom

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

February 17, 2019

Please know that this young hero is not forgotten. His bravery and honor, sacrificing for the greater good is forever his legacy. While I am saddened by the loss of such a young man, I hope his family can find some peace and comfort knowing he (and them) will forever be in many, many hearts. Thank God for the courageous among us willing to protect and serve.

Alison R.
Grateful Civilian

September 22, 2018

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 20, 2018

Well Hots, I randomly met your uncle Terry yesterday on a detail. To no surprise he seems to be a great person like you and all of your family are. I have thought of you often. You were one of the first I met at FLETC. Funny how you were 7 years younger than me growing up in Bridgeport at the same time, and never crossed paths. Things have happen that reasons I will never be able to understand. Our lives and dates will be forever bound. From our DOB Jun 2, 1979 your's 1986 to those tragic days Feb 16, 2011 mine 2018, again 7 years apart. I will forever believe you were there and help me go home. I just wanted to thank you for being who you are. Dustin's text was the first I read after my incident, it was comforting and fitting for that day. I hate we didn't get to have more talks but I await the day till we meet again. Until Valhalla

DUSM #4740
US Marshals Service

August 22, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother, Thank You and your Family for your sacrifice and service

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

August 18, 2017

Finding this officers reflection and the words of his grieving mother I ask again the question "Why Lord, why must we wait so long for your return to heal us from sins unending wounds. " But, then after I wipe the tears from my eyes I remind myself of words my mother would say to me "We don't understand these parts of His plan, but His will be done- all glory and praise to God". The loss of such a young and good man is a loss for the whole world and an example of what only a few have been called to do. Your son is a reminder to us all that Gods perfect creation does exist. His actions and those of his fellow good officers provoke in me a need to be better every day. I thank you and him for this gift. God bless you!

James T Goss
A thankful citizen

July 1, 2017

To the family of Derek, please know that others continue to be touched by Derek's story and grieve the passing of your son and brother. Learned of Derek after taking a job in WV two years ago, and this page today - so sorry for this loss.


March 21, 2017

Rest In Peace Brother You are not forgotten!

SOS Rodriguez
Federal Bureau of Prisons NYC

August 16, 2016

To Mrs. Hotsinpiller,
I have just become aware of this website within this last year after the death of a local officer and friend. I have noticed that you have left a reflection on most of these officers pages, often the first response after their loss. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your genuine concern for all law enforcement officers and their families. You have become a blessing to so many. I pray with you for the day that you will see your son again and embrace in him Heaven. May God continue to comfort you and your family.

Lori Warren

June 26, 2016

It does not get easier, it just gets more real.

Knowing that Heaven is very real, I am full of hope, joy and anticipation. Till we meet again, "I love you, around the world and back again."

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

February 28, 2016

So young and so much life ahead. What a shame.

Chief Deputy William Smith
Warren Co., KY Sheriff's Office

February 17, 2016

I'm sorry for your loss. May God give you comfort in your time of loss and grief. May Derek rest in the hands of our Lord and Savior. His watch here on earth is done.

Ssgt. Floyd M. Conaway Jr.
USAF Retired

February 17, 2016

Although it has been 5 years, you and your sacrifice will always be remembered. We here in West Virginia will never forget. Prayers for your family and friends, on such a sad and difficult day.


February 16, 2016

5 years have gone by but you are not forgotten. RIP Marshal. From a fellow West Virginian.

MA2 Austin Smith
US Naval Security forces. (Military police)

February 16, 2016

I was there that day and the days after making sure your sacrifice was not in vain. I hope we made you proud - it is the very least we could do.

You are not forgotten brother. We will never forget.

Clarksburg, WV

January 9, 2015

Recently viewed a past television episode of "Justified" that honored the memory of DUSM Derek Hotsinpiller, I will never know the risk level endured or the courage it took to perform the job he did daily. I give my condolences to his loved ones and fellow DUSM, rest in peace and much respect to DUSM #4595.

Eric P. Ingram
U.S. Citizen MD

December 11, 2014

Not a day goes by that I don't think of you or carry you with me. Till we met again brother, I will keep the watch.

DUSM Dustin Hotsinpiller

"In Valor there is Hope"
DUSM Derek W. Hotsinpiller EOW 16 Feb 2011

October 28, 2014

I read all of the reflections. You must have been a very special individual. Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice. I pray for your family, especially your mother. I can't fathom losing a child.

Tampa, FL

August 26, 2014

On 2_16_2011 was the birth of our granddaughter and a blessed day. I am writing this to let you know that some good did come from that day, may god bless and comfort you,

inv, a, d, myers
santee police dept, santee, s, c,

August 18, 2014

I think of you today, while also thinking of Meredith Legg who has just lost her battle with cancer. Two young souls taken from us far too soon. May you be reunited at Heaven's gates, laughing at the old days and maybe even playing a little 1 on 1. RIP DUSM.

FBI CJIS-Law Enforcement Support Section
High School/College Friend

February 26, 2014

Thinking of you and your family today, brother. It was an honor to know you, and to witness your desire to serve your fellow man. It is hard to believe it has been three years since we last served a warrant together. The time has flown by, but your memory remains alive and well in my mind. Rest easy brother. Till we meet again...

Former PD Sgt
WV Police Dept

February 16, 2014

Dear Mrs. Pamela Hotsinpiller, I'm very sorry for your loss and was touched by your remembrance posted for 2013 Thanksgiving. As the father of two young children, I can only imagine the pain Derek's loss brought. God bless him, and your family.

Demian McLean
Citizen Who Benefits From Efforts of People Like Derek

December 25, 2013


Thanksgiving was good, your seat and your Dad's remain empty. Dustin hung his mounted deer on the wall next to yours.

You remain in our hearts. Till we embrace again in Heaven, I still love you "around the world and back again!"

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

November 30, 2013

The "Brother's Keeper" episode of "Justified" (FX) was dedicated to the memory of D.M. Derek Hotsinpiller.

David R. Tribble

May 31, 2013

I can't believe it has already been 2 years. I think of you and pray for your family often. You've given us assurance that there is a place better than this, where bad guys never win and heroes live forever. The bravery, courage, and sacrifice that not only you have given, but also your family, will never be forgotten. RIP Derek.

FBI CJIS-Law Enforcement Support Section
High School/College Friend

February 19, 2013

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