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Patrolman Bryant Howard Peney

Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, January 6, 1996

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Reflections for Patrolman Bryant Howard Peney

Bryant,

It has been a long time since the night I got the news. You are thought of and remembered always. You always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. Your love for law enforcment was amazing. Your dedication to the job, your family and your friends will always be remembered. You are missed more than you could ever know. Remembering our dances and all the fun times we shared helps me to know that you will always be there. Until we meet again.
Love,
Staci

Staci Kessler Lang
Loving Friend

February 2, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

January 1, 2008

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Patrolman Peney and we honor his distinguished service to the cause of justice and peace. Sadly, our nation has lost one of its finest citizens, a community has lost a friend and protector, and a family has lost an example of character and courage who they will love and respect forever. Today, because of the sacrifice Patrolman Peney has made, the house of freedom is stronger, sturdier, and more secure.

To the family, friends, and colleagues of Patrolman Peney, I would like you to know that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you the strength necessary to move on. Just as you were always with him when he walked the beat or patrolled the streets, know that he will always be with you - wherever you may be. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Patrolman Peney is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

For those who pledge to uphold it, Freedom requires a sacrifice the protected will never know.

TPD/Special Agent
FBI New York City

October 7, 2007

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
Sergeant
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

October 2, 2007

Patrolman Peney, thank you for your service. Niether you, nor your sacrifice, will ever be forgotten.

Congratulations to the Judge in your case - sounds like you had someone sitting behind the Bench that knows and understands what Officers do day-in and day-out....that being putting their lives on the line each and every time they pin the badge on.

Rest in peace!

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

August 15, 2007

Hey Bryant (3B-303)

Lots of water under the bridge, Pal. Some smooth, some a little rough, none as turbulent as then. It's now eleven years and change later, and I still sometimes find myself wrestling with what happened to you and Ray that night.

The whole thing just hurts...still. I have only spoken about what happened at that scene once since I testified. And that was to tell Todd, like you asked me to.

I want you to know that we did our very best to help you survive at the shooting scene. We knew you were in trouble, but relieved that you were alive when the Paramedics transported you to BGH.

It felt like someone had hit me with a baseball bat dispatch went all channels and advised that you were Sig-7. Lost my balance and fell on my butt in the middle of the road when I heard that.

Your send off at the Performing Arts Center was something that I will never forget. Your brother was poised, and delivered a message about a life well lived which lives today.

I'm sure that you are well, working evenings as an FTO for God's PD (probably at least a Sgt. or Lt. by now though!), and two-steppin' away.

You remain in our thoughts and prayers, and are an inspiration to those who have taken up the challenge of carrying the weight of the badge. Well done, friend.

Until we meet again.


This site is truly a special place. After looking around, seeing some familiar names from the past, and reading these posts, I am no longer alone. And for this, I am thankful.

Q-30 when it Happened
One Who Was There

March 15, 2007

I had only been with FLPD as Chief for 6 months when Bryant was taken from us so violently. I can remember that night as clearly as if it was last week. Bryant was a good and decent man. His loss remains both a tragic reminder of what evil one man can do to another; but more importantly what a lasting, positive impression a police officer like Bryant Peney leaves on our world.

Chief Michael D. Brasfield (retired)
Fort Lauderdale (FL) Police Department

February 14, 2007

I was returning from vacation with my family when I heard on the car radio that an officer had been shot. I dropped the family at home and hauled to Federal Hwy where I stood a perimeter post for the next hours. You weren't supposed to die. You were wearing a vest. I thought we'd see you at the next FOP meeting. I remember a statement made by the Highway Patrol Commander when someone complained about the traffic jam on I-95 for your funeral procession which was over 9 miles long. He said, "This man gave his life. You can set still in your car for a few minutes." It seems that it's always the best that die so young. God Rest Your Soul. God bless your family.

Sergeant James M. Wright (retired)
Fort Lauderdale (FL) Police Dept.

February 10, 2007

Bryant, many years have passed since we last enjoyed working together. Since then I have grown much older and greyer, while you remain young forever. There still aren't many days that go by where I don't think of you, but I try to concentrate on the good times and less on the last evening you spent on earth. But time still hasn't let me forget anything that occurred that evening, from our dinner at the Pizza Shack to the look on your face after you were shot. I hope time has eased the pain for your family and rest assured no one has forgotten the sacrifice you made.

Gary Cline
retired / FLPD

February 10, 2007

A man remembered with love and respect never dies but continues to live on in the hearts and minds of others.

January 6, 2007

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
I recently learned of your LODD while working with one of our survivors who lost her identical twin sister who was an Oregon Senior Troooper. Reading the reflections from your fellow officers I believe you were very special and that Todd must miss you very much. God bless. Chaplain John

Chaplain John Elms
Tillamook County Sheriff's Office

December 21, 2006

Bryant,

While I never had the pleasure of meeting you, I have the honor of knowing the rest of your family. Talking to other officers about you makes me realize how special you were and how much you brought to OUR department. You will always be remembered.

Brian Dodge
Ft.Lauderdale PD

October 5, 2006

08/06
Damn Bryant, I miss you! See you again, This I know.

Vince

August 9, 2006

Bryant, I would have written sooner, but I recently learned of this page. Unfortunately, it was because I lost my (step)son,BSO Deputy Ryan Seguin on 2/15/06.

I'll never forget January 6, 1996. I was standing at property control waiting for a car, when I heard you voice on the radio. Never did I imagine that it would be the last time I heard your voice. It was day of such sadness. You're a sweet soul and good friend. Always had a kind word to say (especially when it came to complimenting my western shirts). I pray that God wraps you in the warmth of his arms. I can't understand why such good souls like you and Ryan were taken from this earth where there is so much evil. You're an angel now, and I know you're watching over your brother, Todd, and Brothers and Sisters in Blue...

Forever in my thoughts and prayers- remember you have a friend in Heaven-Deputy Ryan Seguin-

Lori Seguin

Lori Seguin, med. ret. ptlm.
Fort Lauderdale Police

March 3, 2006

Bryant,

It's been 10 years. I moved back to upstate NY recently. I think about you alot. I remember going to Desperados every Thursday night with my Brother and we would always gather at the far right stair way next to the stage. You were just about the only one of us guys that would two step with the ladies. I only knew you a short time... but had fun every thursday night. I remember the Thursday night just before January 6th. I remember, like it was yesterday, telling you to be safe and take it easy.. like I did every week before the nights end. Everytime I hear "The Dance" It brings tears to my eyes. It was always fun to hang out with you. Talking about your truck and drinking beer. You are missed my friend. You are forever a hero ....

Mike Magno

March 2, 2006

Rest in peace.

Det. A. Johnson
FLPD

February 17, 2006

I remember reading about your death in our local paper here in westchester county, new york, it was as sad then as it is now...God bless you and rest in peace brother. You are not forgotten.

A Westchester County NY Cop
Yonkers

January 30, 2006

Bryant
It has been 6 years now, I still remember the great times we had at the police races, playing baseball at night. You were a asset to the dept, you will always be missed

Alan Reffsin
St. Lucie S.O.

January 29, 2006

Rest in peace Patrolman Peney

January 6, 2006

Bryant, I just discovered this page and wanted to tell you that I miss you and I am sure your keeping god in heaven in stiches with your jokes. Take care, my friend.

Sutton, M.S. Ptlm. Retired
FLPD

December 23, 2005

Bryant it feels like yesterday that I came in to start my shift, sat down on district three to relieve the afternoon shift dispatcher, and the longest night of my life was to follow. As a dispatcher one of our goals is to make sure everyone makes it home safe and unfortunatley it is something that is not always in our control. This weekend we lost another beloved family member of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. My experience 10 years ago has helped me assist the dispatchers that were on the radio this past weekend for the tragic death of Officer Jose Diaz. They are looking for answers and what they could have done differently. As dispatchers we do our very best to keep all our officers safe and informed. Officer Diaz was a lot like you in that he was always pleasant to the Communications Center personnel and would suprise them with coffee or anything they might need through the night. He had a smile that never stopped and like you we will think of you everyday and never, ever forget!

Kim Keesling - Communications Duty Offcr
Broward Sheriff's Office

October 12, 2005

Hi Bryant. Been a long time pal, almost 10 years now. Remember how I use to terrorize you when I was your FTO oh so long ago? The runs to the corner to find out the intersection because you couldn't tell me where we were? The slip in the grease pit behind Betty's BBQ? The Batman uitility belt you use to wear w/every gadget known to police work? Well I do pal.

This past weekend we had another FLPD officer die in the line of duty. His name was Jose Diaz. Jose worked for the NYCPD before coming on board w/the FLPD some 2 1/2 years ago. He worked midnights w/us until just recently. Yes, I'm still working in the dark.

Jose reminded me of you in some ways. Always going above and beyond, always a smile. Unfortunately, like you, he's now joined your elite squad. So I'm asking favor. Be an FTO again and guide him on his new journey. You'll like him. Everyone down here did.

Take care pal.
Lee

Lee Spector/Captain
Fort Lauderdale

October 11, 2005

May you forever rest in peace brother in blue.


Greater Manchester Police, UK

October 9, 2005

Bryant I knew you better than Todd. We went to High School together and talked alot when you worked midnights in Deerfield. We sort of lost touch after. I never forgot you or the the dedication of your family. I'm on the other coast know and things are alot slower! I use your story and those of some of the things we did in Broward to teach my new trainees and to humor them. Thank you for teaching me! I miss you Brother!

Deputy R. Cannata
Lee County Sheriffs Office

August 29, 2005

May you rest in peace and your family and friends be comforted by you from up above.

Thank you for being a HERO!

RAA #1354
Escondido PD

August 24, 2005

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