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Deputy Sheriff Gilbert Glen Androy

Fremont County Sheriff's Office, Iowa

End of Watch Wednesday, October 15, 1997

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Gilbert Glen Androy

Deputy Sheriff Androy,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fremont County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 15, 2022

Deputy Androy,
On today, the 22nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fremont County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 15, 2019

As someone who grew up in Fremont County, moved away and entered Law Enforcement, I thank you for your service to the community of my youth. I pray for your children and family, hoping others can understand and appreciate the sacrifices you made before and on the night of your tragic death. You are remembered and appreciated.

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9

Officer Duane Collins
Blair Police Dept., Metropolitan Community College Police Dept.

October 15, 2018

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

October 16, 2017

On this anniversary I am reminded, EOW are the most dreaded letters to a Law Enforcement Officer's wife. My prayers go out to your family. Rest Easy Sir

LEO wife from the Great State of Iowa

October 15, 2014

Rest in Peace, Deputy Androy. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 26, 2013

Dear Gilbert,

My name is Brandy and I work for the Fremont County Sheriff's Office. I have served as a dispatcher, a jailer, and a new reserve deputy. I am working hard to follow in your footsteps, proudly wear the uniform, and protect the community.
Your picture still hangs in the sheriff's office and I have spent many months dusting it on each of my jailer shifts. The picture above is permanently etched in my mind as well as the story of that tragic night. Each time I dust your picture, I stop for a few minutes to pay my respects to you and pray for your family. I have stopped many times and thought about wearing that uniform and dangers that come with it. I have thought of the possibility of my three young sons being left without their mother, but my respect and pride I have for you out weighs the fear. Even though we never met, you are a hero to me. May God bless your family and may you rest in peace. You are dearly missed at the office and will never be forgotten.


Brandy Dresher
Fremont County Sheriff's Office

Brandy Dresher 36-44
Fremont County Sheriff's Office

August 2, 2011

Thinking of you on this anniversary of you being called away from duty. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

October 15, 2009

You have not been forgotten. Continue ot keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/7/04

October 15, 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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

January 14, 2008



October 15, 2007

We remember you today and we thank your Sir thank your for your sacrifice and service

Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better manchester, nh

October 12, 2007

Rest in peace sir. Thank you for your service.

Collins Fire Dept. (Mississippi)

October 31, 2006

Dear Deputy Androy,
On this the anniversary of your leaving us in the physical sense we pay tribute to your spirit. Tonight the Evening Watch of the Henry County Georgia Police Department’s North Precinct will hit the street in your honor. Please watch over us as we continue your fine work.

For the entire shift,
Sergeant V.T. Rosen

Sergeant V.T. Rosen
Henry County Police Department

October 15, 2006

May you sleep safe with Our Lord and may He Bless your loved ones.

October 15, 2006

It will be 9 years since your end of watch. You have not been forgotten and are a true hero. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of fallen officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

October 14, 2006

Fallen but NEVER forgotten.

Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEO's

October 10, 2006

Today you were hilighted on the website. Yours is a
very sad story indeed. My heart goes out to your loved
ones and career family. Thanks for having the courage
to wear that badge! Your service is appreciated.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

September 24, 2006

To the family and friends of Deputy Androw and his fellow officers with the Fremont County Sheriff's Dept., and most especially to Deputy Gilbert Androy:

Today it has been eight years and two days since your tragic death. Deputy Androy, your valor and dedication are not forgotten.

I hope that your family is still embraced by the care and comfort of their law enforcement family, and other police survivors. Christina, how wonderful that you have tried to keep Gilbert's memory alive for Georgia so that she would know what a great man her father was. My son too left an expectant wife when he was fatally shot on April 23, 2005. My grandson Cody was born in July. It is hard to think of him growing up without ever seeing his father or having his father physically hold him.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Deputy Androy gave to his community and the citizens of Iowa, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 15, 1997.

Phyllis Loya,mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD eow 4/24/05

October 17, 2005

Was browsing the ODMP today and stopped by your memorial to pay my respects, and to wish the best to Christina and your children. It has been 8 years ago today that you passed away. Our prayers are with your wife and kids. I am sure they are missing you as much today as they did from the beginning. Peace be with all of you. Thank you for your sacrifices while you were patrolling the streets here. Rest in peace, blue angel. God bless Christina and your children!


October 15, 2005

Rest in Peace, Brother. Yours is another story of how God will decide when it is time to call us Home. You answered the call to duty and in doing so proved yourself worthy to serve under the greatest Commander of all.
When we lost a comrade in a hunting accident, one of the guys commented on how the "hole in our hearts got a little bigger". This was perhaps the most accurate description of the pain caused by such a tragedy.
Now that time has passed, help your family to close up that hole a little bit, knowing that you, your service, your sacrifice and your family will never be forgotten. Not by them, nor by your extended family of Blue.
As you walk your eternal beat, continue to watch over your family and keep them far from harm. Watch over the rest of us who shall continue to carry the sword until we are called to join you and all those who have gone before us.


A Squad
Woodbridge CT PD

February 1, 2005

Deputy Androy,

Although our paths never crossed in the Law Enforcement community, I had the opportunity to meet your Father-in-law recently. He is a very good friend of my Uncle, Al Burdic, and we all recently attended the Sturgis Bike Rally together. Tom Fritz was also there along with his son Matt and Grandson Ben. We had a great time and I can't stress enough how great of a guy your Father-in-law is.
Christina, I hope you have been able to get along in your life after suffering such a tragic loss. According to your Dad, Gilbert was a really special guy. Take care and know that others have you in their prayers.

Sergeant Bob Bahde
Sarpy County Sheriffs Office, Nebraska

August 28, 2004

Six years ago today I gave you that last kiss and I Love You - before you left for work. If I would have only known the outcome of that dreadful day - I would have never let you go to work - I miss you so much. I see those pictures of you, the kids, and us - all with smiles and I miss your smile the most.
Georgia has your smile and I see you in her daily - Watching kids with their daddy's just breaks my heart - to know that you didn't even get to see her or hold her - I see the pictures of you with Lauren and Whit and try to imagine you with her - Lauren and Whit seemed to be doing fine - even though their mom is putting them through some more tough times with her situation - Georgia rides the same bus and tells me they sit with her and they do call each other sisters - all 3 of them.
Jason and Jordan are of course my rocks - Jason has been so good through these years - he is my strength. He is driving now and has been showing horses with his dad for the past 2 years - you would be so proud of him - he takes care of mom.
It just doesn't seem like 6 years have passed since I last heard your voice and those wonderful words of "I Love You" before I shut my eyes at night.
I have been strong but I still have that ache and hole in my heart that will never go away.
Your Loving Wife Forever

Your Loving Wife

October 13, 2003


I want to thank you for leaving a reflection on my fiance's page. It really meant a lot to know that in your time of grieving you recognized my pain and the pain of Dennis' family and friends. It helps to know that others feel the same sense of pain and loss that we have felt. I only wish you didn't have to go through this pain. It's a long hard road that we have to haul without our loved ones, but I believe we will get through this with a lot of love and a lot of time.

In reading the reflection you left on Gilbert's page I can tell that Gilbert was definitely well respected, well loved, and very much missed. It's apparent that he made a difference in your life and I'm sure in all the lives that he touched. Gilbert was a great man and as they say ... "behind every great man is a great woman". I'm certian that you two would've had a great future together.

I've been given all sorts of advice since my fiance Dennis passed. But I think the best advice I've gotten is to remember all the good times you two shared. One day you will meet up with Gilbert again and he'll welcome you with open arms and a big smile and you'll be able to spend eternity together. Until then, use all the love he gave you as strength to move on with your life. Gilbert can no longer live his life, but you can. Live your life in his honour/memory.

I wish you all the best in life. Please pass on my condolences to Gilbert's family, friends, and fellow Law Enforcement Officers. If you ever need anything just shout. You can always find me by calling the Davis County Law Center. Take care of yourself and keep in touch.

Jocelyne Brar (Drakesville, IA)
Dennis McElderry's fiancee - E.O.W. (01/03/03)

October 3, 2003

Six years have gone by since I last held you. I can't believe that our little girl will soon be six. She started kindergarten this year and is full of energy. I miss you so much - you were my knight - you were my best friend, my lover, my husband and the father of our daughter. How I wish you could have been here to hold her with you strong loving arms. Tears come to my eyes everytime I try to picture you holding her and giving her one of those gentle kisses of yours. I have done alot of writing believe it or not and some of the writings have come so much from the heart to create a picture for Georgia to know what kind of daddy she has.
The first poem I named "My Daddy" - many times I can't even read it without the tears.
Here it goes.
My Daddy
You have watched me grow from the heavens above,
Oh, how I have missed those arms of love.
I have learned how to walk and talk and growl like a bear,
First I am here and then over there.
Mommy says I am just like you,
and I make her laugh at the funny things I do.
I know there is some reason god took you from this earth,
Even when it was only a short time before by birth.
You are in heaven now, keep a watchful eye on me,
watch me grow and learn my ABC's.
I have allot of "Special" people keeping me from harm,
I am learning from them what a "Great" man you are.
I see the pictures and your name etched in stone,
But, it is still hard to understand, Mommy & Me here alone.
Other kids have their daddys to play in the park,
But, I have you with me, at all times, here in my heart.
Mommy keeps saying how proud you would have been of me,
But, I am proud too, of My Daddy, you see.

I placed this poem on the National Law Enforecement Memorial wall in DC for you and one of these days I will be taking Georgia out there to experience Police Week when she can remember.

Keep us safe in your eyes. We have been through quite a bit down here, but I know you are watching out over us. Just this past year Aunt Vera and Mom came to join you, and I know they both can tell you how much we miss you and love you. Georgia misses all of you - and makes sure that when we go to the cemetery that each of you get a visit and some flowers.
I wish there was a way for you to explain to me now, of "what happened" that rainy October night. I have never really gotten any answers. All I know is I kissed you goodbye with our last "I Love You's" at 3:30 pm that day and the next thing I know I was awakened by dad to take me to the hospital. I am so thankful that the last words you heard from me were "I Love You" - You know how much those words meant to me.

You are still my knight and I love you forever - to this day I am still waiting for you to walk through the door and give me my hug and little neck squeeze to let me know things will be alright. I Love you and miss you. I will send you more later. I have more writings that I want to send to you.
Your loving wife forever, Chris

Your loving wife

September 30, 2003

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