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Deputy Sheriff Dennis Wayne Bryant

Benton County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch Monday, April 22, 1991

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Dennis Wayne Bryant

Deputy Sheriff Bryant,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served with the USAF. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 22, 2021

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Bryant.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 27, 2020

Dennis, you are missed beyond words, and writing this even brings me to tears. Bill lost his best friend and the hole in his heart remains. Your folks, girls and brother, lost even more. Your funeral will remain the last one I ever attend. So happy we had time to create everlasting memories. It makes me smile to recall your big hands proudly holding your little girls, and of course, working your beloved Hasso :)

Wife of Bill Morey, BCSO
Benton County Sheriff Dept, Kennewick, WA

July 19, 2018

Miss you Dennis, you left us too soon.

Dan Farrell
co-worker retired L.E.O.

June 28, 2017

Deputy Bryant had a K9 partner Hasso, who survived the crash though slightly injured, and was re-assigned to another Deputy, though he never forgot Dennis. Dennis was so excited when he was selected to receive a K9 partner and he loved his job and had such a positive attitude. His family and his job were his passions. Dennis and Hasso visited us often at the 9-1-1 dispatch center and he was missed very much. Over 1000 people attend his funeral, including law enforcement officer's from all over Washington and surrounding States and myself and fellow dispatchers. He still crosses my mind from time to time which is how I found this site.

former 9-1-1 Dispatcher
SouthEast Communications Center

January 15, 2016

Your sacrifice will NEVER be forgotten. Thinking of your family today and praying for God to send them strength.

Laura Gibson-Szerokman, Surviving Spouse
of Ofc. Allen W. Gibson, Jr. EOW: 04/25/98

April 22, 2014

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

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

February 5, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 21rst 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.
Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 23, 2012

Dad, you are my hero and I think about you everyday. I joined the air force just like you. I know you were watching over me all of basic training and still are. Growing up I always wondered what I did wrong to not have a dad in my life but now older I realize it wasn't your choice and our family has to suffer for someones stupid mistake. I love you so much and I'll see you soon.

Nichelle Bryant

September 10, 2011

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 22, 2010

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1

May God be with all who mourn for you, may he bless them and keep them.

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


March 9, 2009

You died in such a tragic way, but the memories of you will make us proud.
You had so much more to give, but you used the years you did have so
wisely. May your memory continue to bless those who knew and loved you.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

April 22, 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 8, 2008

Brother, I think of you every day. I regret we could not grow old together. I know we would have been best of friends like Dad and Keith. I would have liked that. You achieved honor in your life that most of us can never know. It is in the shadow of your sacrifice that we exist. I love you and miss you.
Daniel L Bryant

Daniel Bryant, Brother

March 17, 2006

I miss you a lot and I love you. I hope you are proud of me and my sister. I will always love.

Tamara Bryant, daughter

November 23, 2005

What a wonderful/funny guy Dennis was!
I had left my gun in the jail lockers, after booking a DUI, and left without it. Another DUI nearly hit me as I left, so I stopped it and realized,as I walked up to the car, where my gun was. I called for another officer and Dennis responded. As he walked up behind me he said, "Forgot your gun at the jail, huh?" I said, "Yup, just please don't tell ANYONE." He responded, "Ok...I won't tell ANYONE, but I WILL tell EVERYONE!"

Officer Rick de la Bretonne
US Dept.Veteran's Affairs Police Dept.

June 2, 2005


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrafice. You died a hero. Rest in peace sir.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 5, 2004


As a fellow Benton County law enforcement officer, (Kennewick Police), I wanted to say thank you for the sacrifice you made brother. God Bless you and your memory!

Sgt. Mike Genack
Kennewick Police (WA)

October 4, 2003

I will never forget you as a great K-9 Officer and how we were joking the night before the crash. I know you are watching over all of us now.

Trooper Bryan Ball

Thank you for the wonderful format to remember our loved ones. Deputy Dennis Bryant is my cousin. We loved him very much and are very proud to see this memorial. Dennis was a wonderful cousin, father, son, husband, brother and friend. His two daughters are growing up beautifully and Dennis would be very proud of them. Thank you again for such a special tribute to officers and loved ones.

Karla Robison - family member

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