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Deputy Sheriff Bradford Allen Garafola, Sr. | East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff

Bradford Allen Garafola, Sr.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch: Sunday, July 17, 2016
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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Bradford Allen Garafola, Sr.

 

Thank you for everything you did to serve. Only the strong go down fighting. You risked your life to help another officer and died because if your selflessness. I remember when I saw the officers dead and others wounded on news. We were driving back from Florida and I was so shocked that my hometown was attacked. Rest In Peace. I remember you everyday and always thank your sacrifice.

Blue-Backing Citizen Sean Murphy
N/A
July 27, 2017

I ran a hero's 5k in your honor today Sir. You are not forgotten.

Det. Michele Nelson
Riverside County Sheriff's Department, CA
July 17, 2017

Rest in peace my brother.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)
July 17, 2017

Thank you for your service. The words that keep going through my mind are the words your Sheriff said at your funeral "

Brad ran toward danger... he did so to save his fallen brother... he died a hero,”

Thank you Deputy Garafola

Communication Special Michael Rutt
Longmont Emergency Communication Center
November 9, 2016

Dear Brad:

Thank you for the selfless act of courage displayed that horrible day. Your sacrifice has prevented vermin from hurting anyone else. A terrible price, paid by you and your agency, to ensure that our fellow Americans we are sworn to protect, shall not be in vain.

We have many critics today of law enforcement officers and the manner in which we do our job. They exist because they have never worn a badge or gun, and they never will. They never could, and they have NO CLUE about the sacrifice you, your family, and every other law enforcement officer makes everyday.

My prayer for your family is that time will ease the pain and suffering they are enduring, and they will forever have God's blessing. Certainly the void will never go away, but your family can always say that they have a hero in the family..and that is what you and every law enforcement officer in this great nation is, a hero.

Rest in peace, and, "Above all else, honor".

Sgt. Ron Tomassi, Retired
Lake Mary Police, Fl.
September 28, 2016

God bless you my brother. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. May His healing hand touch your family, friends, and fellow deputies. Rest easy my brother, we'll take the watch from here.

Trooper Steve Olson
Michigan State Police
September 26, 2016

We the Mobile Police Department (Chief James Barber) are sadden to hear of your loss. To the family of Deputy Sheriff Brad Garafola and the East Baton Rouge Parrish Sheriff's Office family we all are hurting.

May GOD, our refuge and our strength help you through your sorrow and in His mercy grant you peace to lighten each tomorrow.

Officer Joanne Watson
Mobile Police Department
August 31, 2016

God's peace and speed Deputy Garafola. Thank you for your many years of brave, dedicated service. RIP Brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago Police Department
August 18, 2016

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

Travis D. Bird
Commonwealth's Attorney - Spotsylvania County, VA
August 11, 2016

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Vires et Honorem

PTLM Frank Kapusta
Moahwk Police Department
August 8, 2016

On behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers-USA, our prayers are with the immediate family of Deputy Sheriff Bradford Allen Garafola and the extended law enforcement family of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13). Thank you for your service Deputy Garafola.

Paul Lee (Ret. Capt. Chattanooga PD)
Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers-USA
August 2, 2016

To the Garafola family, fellow deputies, and all who call Brad beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you. This should never have happened.

You were my son's brother in green also so I thank you for your service to our country in the Corps and bid you semper fi.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Deputy Garafola gave to his community and the citizens of Louisiana, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on July 17, 2016

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
July 31, 2016

R I P brother

Lieutenant Ray Waters
Pitt County Sheriff Office
July 30, 2016

Rest in peace my brother.

Lieutenant (ret.), N.Y.P.D. Raymond Flor
N.Y.P.D.
July 30, 2016

RIP officer. Prayers to your blood, love and blue families.

Deputy sheriff Terri VanHouten
Rock County Sheriff's Office, Nebraska
July 29, 2016

May you rest in peace Brad. You were a pleasure to work with and a good hearted deputy.

Det. Daniel Luckett
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office
July 26, 2016

Rest with God Deputy Garafola. Your dedicated service and tragic loss of your life will not be forgotten. Prayers for your family during this time in their lives.

retired police officer Bob Lester
Midland Texas Police Department
July 25, 2016

Rest in peace Brother Bradford.

Ofc. Timothy M. Furlong
Nahant, MA PD
July 25, 2016

I went to to school with Brad, great person. My father worked with him at EBRSO, thought highly of him. RIP brother. Thank you for all you did for the community.

Billy Ducote
Former classmate
July 25, 2016

God Bless you brother. And your friends and family. We got it from here, Sir. RIP.

Lt. C.B. O'Brien
West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office St Francisville,La
July 24, 2016

I just read the account of how you died, leaving a position of cover, exposing yourself to fire as you tried to drag a fallen brother to safety...For anyone who's never seen this type of bravery, believe me when I tell you this---it's astounding & exceedingly rare. Most of our brothers & sisters can't & won't be able to do this. I've seen another officer do this once before for his partner, and, again, it was astounding.

You, sir, are a GIANT, a man amongst men! I salute you!

Praying for your family, friends & coworkers.

You are a HERO.

Retired PO
Michigan
July 23, 2016

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God

Prayers for your family.

Detective José Quiles
Mckinney PD
July 23, 2016

I am so sorry for your loss.

Jacquie Rebel survivor
July 22, 2016

Thank you for your service and may God comfort and bless your loved ones in their time of sorrow.

Aaron Dexter
Law Enforcement Equipment Service Provider
July 22, 2016

Rest in eternal peace, brother, for we have the watch now. Your family and your brothers and sisters in uniform, our brothers and sisters, too, are in our thoughts and prayers. May they find comfort in remembrances of your dedication and service.

Deputy Warden Patricia Powers
Philadelphia Department of Prisons
July 22, 2016

 
 

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