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Reserve Deputy Sheriff Joe Mason Westbrook

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, July 1, 1979

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Reflections for Reserve Deputy Sheriff Joe Mason Westbrook

Thank you to all the law enforcement family for your commitment to law and order. I pray for all of you for safety and guidance in these trying days. Also, thank you for the support that surrounded my family in the days that followed my father's brutal death 41 years ago, and in the continued support here. My mom took great comfort in the support she received!

Gwen Westbrook Hill, daughter

Gwen Westbrook Hill

July 1, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice at the hands of these criminals and their cowardly act will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 1, 2020

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Captain J Shannon
Harris County Sheriff's Office

July 1, 2019

Deputy Sheriff Westbrook,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Harris County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

July 1, 2019

Mrs. Hill, I concur with you . Your father, Deputy Sheriff Westbrook was and forever will be an honored hero. My dad worked for almost forty years with New York City and the 102nd precinct where Detective Simonsen was killed accidently the other day.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 14, 2019

On this day November 24, 2016 my dad would have been 80 years old. Thank you to everyone who helps keep his memory alive. My mother, E. LaVonne Westbrook, has also passed on where I know she is with the love of her life. He was a good man and a great dad, living by y example. My brother has also passed on. My dad has a beautiful family of grandkids and now a great grand child who never got to know him... But we are all fiercely proud of my dad and our family.... And the support we received at the time of Dad's death and through efforts like this one as the years pass have meant so much to me especially... Happy Thanksgiving to all and Happy Birthday Dad! Love, Gwen

Gwen Westbrook Hill

November 24, 2016

Uncle Joe,

It is hard to believe 37 years have passed since your watch ended. I still remember your desire to serve and protect and your love of family. Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice. May many continue to respect the work you did.

God Bless

Civilian, Loren V. Stagner

July 1, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 4, 2015

Heroes live forever, Deputy Westbrook, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Harris County and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

July 1, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 33rd anniversary year 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. Rest In Peace

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

December 20, 2012

Rest in peace, Deputy Westbrook. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Harris County and the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

July 1, 2012

I'm so sorry, Joe. You were a good guy and sure deserved better than that...

(former) Reserve Det. Jack McPherson

July 29, 2010

"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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

February 7, 2008

I only know of you because you were highlighted, I am extremely glad to know that those invoved in your execution are gone, I just hope they felt it!....RIP DEPUTY will always be remembered!

sector 5

April 15, 2007

RIP, brother and we thank you for your service.

Pecos Police Department
Pecos, Texas

July 28, 2006

Deputy Sheriff Westbrook,
On today, the 26th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Harris County. The two pieces of scum who murdered you got there justice, one shortly after he shot you and the other, some time later at Huntsville.


April 28, 2005

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