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Deputy Brad A. Mabee

Polk County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, October 19, 1997

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Reflections for Deputy Brad A. Mabee

Today, October 19, 2012, I was looking over old pictures and I ran accoss some old pictures I had of my best Friend Brad Mabee. Brad and I both attended the Missouri State Highway Patrol Cadet Academy when we were teenagers approximatly 16-17 years old. Brad and I were selected to return as a Cadet Counsler the following year by Sgt. Terry Moore (there were two Terry Moore’s) from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Brad and I would set up at night just talking about the future, and we would cut up and tell jokes and we clearly had a great friendship.

After the Cadet academy over the years Brad and I kept in contact with each other. We
would talk on the telehone for hours at a time, and we talked about becomeing a Missouri State Trooper together "when we get older". Even tho neither of us became Missouri State Troopers, I became a Springfield Police Officer and Brad would "ride-a-long" with me on my tour of duty. In 1995 or 1996 Brad became a PolkCounty Sheriffs Deputy, and he loved the job. It seened that life was going well for him. Brad would talk about Christ being in his life, and the direction the Lord had for his life.

I still remember the day I learned of Brads death on October 19, 1997, that was the day my life changed forever. This was the first time someone very close to me, someone who I cared alot about (like a brother) had died in the line of duty. I recalled speaking with Brad's mother and father over the telehone after the accident, and I can still hear Mrs. Mabee say to me "Daron, this was not supposed to happen". I was just in shock. I remember meeting Brad’s family his beautiful wife, prior to the funeral service. I evern recall Brad’s wife who at that time was expecting a child. Lastly I recall sitting on the front roll next to the family the day of the funeral. If im correct, I beleive I cried during the entire service.

In 1997 I left the Springfield Police Department, and moved to St. Louis and then to Illinois in 2006. I’m currently an Illinois State Trooper, working in the Division of Internal Investigations. Each and every time we have” killed line of duty” ceremonies, I think of Brad.

The older I get I tend to reflect alot about my past, and the people God placed in my life. Each October 19, I stop and reflect how great of an individual Brad was to me and he will never be forgotten. I know that he is with the Lord and I plan to see him again someday. I dont know if Ms. Mabee will ever read this message; however, I wanted you to know that Brad is always in my heart, and if you ever need anything please do not hesitate to call me. I can be reached at the Illinois State Police (Divsion of Internal Investigations). I am the only BARGE on the Department.

Your friend forever,

Daron Barge

Sr. Special Agent Daron Barge #5722
Friend

October 20, 2012

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

Rest In Peace.

To your family: I understand the meaning of lives forever altered and know that when you lose someone so precious to you that the pain never goes away...the pain and the pride is forever. I pray for your solace.

Phyllis Loya

Anonymous

October 19, 2009

Brad,
It seems like yesterday when you were in the academy and were a future shining star. You were a great student and a fine officer. Your star is now shining bright in Heaven. You are not forgotten.
Bill

Officer Bill Dowdy (Ret)
Springfield Police Dept

October 11, 2008

Brad, I am from Greenfield, and although you were a little older than me, we have crossed paths before. As a fellow blue line follower, I wanted to say thank you for all your hard work.

SSG Shepard, Charles
US Army MP Investigations

June 10, 2008

Brad,
I helped get you out of your vehicle that night. It was one of the saddest moment of my life. I felt helpless. You were a friend to me and I am happy I was able to meet you when I was going through the academy. Thank you for your service and I am thinking of you always.

Eddie F Sprague Jr
Friend

April 9, 2008

Brad,
I will never forget your positive attitude. You were a true friend and am greatful that I had the opportunity to know you. You were what I now try to be. Every October you are on my mind. I wish all could have known you. You had so many opportunities especially with you singing voice, however you chose to do what you loved. You are missed, you have a beautiful baby girl that you did not get to know, but I know you are watching over her and Rachael. I will never forget the drive back from Troop D in the snow but we will leave that story for our knowledge only!!
We lost another on October 6th here in Greene County and I know you are showing Deputy Mccormack the ropes.
Take care and until I join ya take care.

Cpl. Jeremy J Lynn
Greene County Sheriff's Department, Missouri
Polk County Sheriff's Department, Missouri 98/02

Cpl. Jeremy J Lynn
Co Worker/Friend

February 29, 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
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 10, 2007

Rest in peace, Deputy Mabee. May your wife and child find peace in knowing that you are not forgotten.

Family of Patrolman Clifton T. Miller
Rossford, Ohio, P.D., EOW 14 May, 1966

October 19, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you sir for your service.

vandenberghe
nh

October 16, 2007

Rest in Peace.

October 19, 2006

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace. God bless.

October 19, 2004

Rest in Peace.....

Officer
NC

March 12, 2004

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