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Investigator Brandon Heath Thacker

Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, April 16, 1998

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Reflections for Investigator Brandon Heath Thacker

Katherine is 5 years old today. Last night and this morning, I have been reminiscing about the miracle that we experienced together 5 years ago. And how different life is now, more different than I ever imagined. Since you died, this time of year has always been especially difficult for me, being without you. And so I wanted to write this note to say that I still love you deeply, that the pain of losing you still vibrates from my skin to the core of my soul, and that I think of you and smile every single day as I remember how you always made me laugh. Katherine has so many qualities like you. I see you in her daily; her smile, her laughter, her kindness, and her silliness. Thank you for giving me that wonderful gift-our child. She will always know you and know your love for her.


I think of you often. I remember the funny times that we had working together and the times at drill weekend. I pray that the good lord continues to watch out for your wife and child.

I know there is not a day that goes by that they do not think about you. You and Deputy Hans are some of the reasons I am no longer a Police Officer.

You were a good friend and I will never forget you.


My thoughts and Prayers go out to Jenny and Katherine and the Kentucky ABC for their loss. I couldn't imagine my 4 year old growing up without her daddy.

Brandon, I was born in Kentucky and also assigned to Liquor Control here in Michigan. It touched my heart, and I fought back tears to read the words that your wife writes you.

I am sure you were a dedicated ABC officer. Thanks for trying to make this cruel world a better place to live!

Rest in Peace!

Constable William T. Lawson
Michigan Constable

July 2001 - It's hard to believe that it has been over 3 years since I have heard your voice, felt your skin, or watched you laugh. I guess I thought by now that I would somehow not miss you as much, or not hurt so deeply. You are the kind of soul that sticks and the pain of your absence just doesn't diminish. Katherine and I miss you every second of every day. She just told me the other day, as she was throwing a penny into a fountain, that she was going to wish for Daddy to come back home. That has been my wish all along. I know you are Home with GOD, but your home is also with your family. We deserve to have you here. Katherine is a beautiful child and deserves her loving father. We have been robbed of so much...of you! And until I breathe my last breath, I will pray for GOD to impose real justice on the beast who decided to take you away from those who love you.
I love you, Brandon. I love you so very much.


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