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Correctional Officer Buddy Ray Herron | Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon

Correctional Officer

Buddy Ray Herron

Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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Reflections for Correctional Officer Buddy Ray Herron

 

It is hard to even put into words the emptiness that was felt across the state when the announcement went out about this tragic event. All of us, even those who didn't know you, were hit with a force that stopped us in the blink of an eye. You will always be remembered not just as a member of our organization, but as a HERO. You exemplify the very best of us, as corrections professionals and as people. You did what was right, when no one was looking and even though you paid an unimaginable price - the courage, honor and grace you showed will forever be a symbol of what a Hero really is. Thank you. I keep your co-workers, friends and family in my mind and my heart, hoping that time will bring them healing and for you a peaceful rest.

Cathleen Shroyer, Executive Support
Oregon Department of Corrections, SRCI
November 30, 2011

Officer Herron, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.
November 30, 2011

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K. Murphy
Union PD,NJ
November 30, 2011

To my wonderful, irreplaceable brother in law Buddy Herron, you will be missed. You truly were a great man in all ways. Thank you for always being there for us...we will see you again in God's kingdom. WE LOVE YOU BUDDY!

Amy and David Reeves
Sister and Brother in Law
November 30, 2011

Thank you for your service to the State of Oregon, your community and to the law enforcement community as a whole. Your commitment to public safety will forever be remembered. I pray for your family and friends during this difficult time. May God's peace and love blanket them.

Detective Brad O'Dell
Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon
November 30, 2011

Thank you for serving the community the way you did, I pray for your family. God Bless You

Stacy Daniels
November 30, 2011

Thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Herron's wife and children from the ButlerCounty Prison

Fellow Brother
Butler County Prison, Butler, PAmcca
November 30, 2011

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Officer Herron. May God hold you near in His kingdom. Rest in Peace.

Officer Donald Mowatt Jr
Cumberland County Jail, Maine
November 30, 2011

My thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Herron, his family, friends, and the entire Oregon Department of Corrections. Thank you for your service Officer Herron. We've got the watch from here.

Sergeant
Fredericksburg Police Department (VA)
November 30, 2011

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. My condolences to your family, friends and coworkers of the Oregon Department of Corrections. May you rest in peace.

Off. William F. Shields
Federal Reserve Police/Philadelphia - Retired/Haverford Police
November 30, 2011

Your heart and soul will not be forgotten. Buddy was one of the "Good Guys" and the pain of this tragedy will burn for much time to come. May his family know he was respected, cherished and valued as a good friend by his EOCI family. Now that he is gone may he rest in peace knowing we are here to care for his family just as he would ours if it were one of us. To our good friend and Brother in Arms, We will truely miss you.

Officer Michelle Marcum-Pryor
EOCI - Sister In Arms
November 30, 2011

Rest In Peace CO. Know they caught your killer and he will no hurt anyone again. Thank you for your serve to this great Country in the USN Reserves. My condolences to your Family and the Oregon Department of Corrections.

PO Fred Nordt
Lake Success PD, Long Island, NY
November 30, 2011

I am truly saddened that this noble upsatnding young man died while trying to help someone. It just shows what kind of an upstanding person he was. I will not weep for this mans death, yet I will thank God that a man like this ever existed. Rest easy brother, we'll take the watch from here.

Lt Amborn
MN Dept of Corrections
November 30, 2011

My heart goes out to the family, friends and extended law enforcement family of the Oregon Department of Corrections. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Rest in peace, Officer Herron. You died nobly, serving your fellow man. You did not deserve to die in this way.

Reserve Sergeant L. Brown
Rainier Police Department
November 30, 2011

Thank you for your sacrifice and may you rest in peace.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
Virginia
November 30, 2011

Rest in peace Officer Herron. Thank you for your dedication and committment to community service. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and fellow officers.

Sgt. Karen Wilkinson
Polk County Sheriff's Office
November 30, 2011

God Speed Officer Herron. Your life was a testament to serving your country and your community. I pray for your family and friends in their time of loss. May God comfort and ease their pain.

Capt. Rick Huggins
New Boston Texas Fire Department.
November 30, 2011

Officer Herron was a great person and a true friend. I had the pleasure of working with him since he stated at EOCI. He was always there when you needed some one or words of encouragement. I will never forget him and will truly miss him.
Rest In Peace my brother.

Officer Chris Schroeder
EOCI Pendleton Oregon
November 30, 2011

Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. So sorry we lost a "brother"
We'll take it from here!

Deputy C. Fornisano
CCSO-Portland Maine
November 30, 2011

I'm asking God to bless, strengthen and up-hold Officer Herron's wife and children! They can be proud of their husband and dad for doing a good and just deed. It is tragic that in doing so his life was lost. God's blessings and comfort to you all at this great time of sorrow!

Ginger Burnett
Walla Walla Community College Instructor, WSP
November 30, 2011

My prayers go out to the family and friends.......how devastating for someone to stop to help a person and lose their life for doing so. I am deeply sadden for the loss of a fellow Officer.

Officer Sheryll Morris (retired)
EOCI Pendleton Oregon
November 30, 2011

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
November 30, 2011

If this man should fall,who will lift the flag and carry on?Thank you for lifting the flag Officer Herron.

Deputy Darrin Ellis
Kings County Sheriffs Office(Ca.)
November 30, 2011

From all the Detention Officers of the Logan County Sheriffs Department. Our deepest condolences to the Herron family.

Detention Deputy
Logan County Colorado
November 30, 2011

As the spouse of a law enforcement officer and volunteer firefighter my heart goes out to Officer Herron's family and fellow "fighters for good". Evil will not win...

Paula Cronk
peace officer/firefighter spouse
November 30, 2011

 
 

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