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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


Hard to believe it has been ten years…seems like an eternity. Often think of you. It was truly a blessing for our paths to have crossed. Take care my friend until the day we meet again.

Shon Adams

April 16, 2008

Soon a decade will have passed since you were called away from duty. Today, I received information that the individual responsible for destroying your family will soon be up for parole. After leaving this reflection page I will write a letter to the Kentucky Parole Board asking them to deny his parole. I hope that anyone reading your reflection page will also join me in writing letters. I know the pain as a father in losing a son in the line of duty, I was lucky, the individual responsible was also killed so I did not have to deal with the legal system nor appear at parole hearings. I hope the Parole Board takes into consideration that during the past decade, a child was left without a father, parents without their son. So many missed holidays and other speical days and just the every day life that they must face as they awake each morning without you. You have not been forgotten Brandon. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones.

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

February 27, 2008

If you could see me now you wouldn't shed a tear.
Though you may not understand why I'm no longer there.
Remember my spirit that is the real me because I'm still much alive,
I've just been set free, Oh if you could only see!
I have beheld our fathers face and I've touched my savior's hand.
All of heavens angels rejoiced as I entered the promise land.
Beyond the gates of pearl I've walked on the golden streets.
I've touched the walls of jasper and dipped my foot in the crystal sea. The beauty is beyond words and nothing could compare, I've even seen your mansion and someday I'll meet you there
Let Jesus be your guide because his word will show you the way!
So please don't cry because we will meet again someday.

family member

January 25, 2008

You still laugh with me everyday. I know everytime I do something foolish, there you are, laughing with me, as I would you.No one has ever understood me the way you do. Unspoken and unneccessary. I'll see you over yonder, Alan.

January 1, 2008

Yesterday was the first time in a while that I've seen Cary so down about missing you. The UK and Indiana game is this weekend, he didn't even want to go to our daughter's cheerleading Saturday until I reminded him of what you would have told him. I'm sure this time of year is still hard on many family and friends, nice to know that you are looking down on us all.

Cary & Kelli

December 6, 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
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 29, 2007

Brandon, I Had Not Seen You Since You Were A Little Boy But I Know You Were A Fine Young Man. I Know Your Dad Must Be Very Proud Of You. Your Uncles And Grandparents Are Some Of The Best People I Have Ever Known. God Bless You And Rest In Peace.

Glenn Duncan

August 25, 2007

God bless you Brandon. It is obvious that you touched many lives and were a credit to your agency. Heroes never die.

Matthew 5:9

An Ohio brother
Montgomery Co. Ohio

August 24, 2007

Brandon left us Nine years ago in April. Why does the pain and hurt not go away or lessen ?........May it is because the family felt they were given an injustice, or maybe it was because we all loved Brandon so.......

Edna Thacker

August 14, 2007

We miss you so much, and not a day goes by that you are not in our thoughts.
We miss you humor and your laughter. We miss your love for America....your love of your family, and your fellow man.
You are the role model that we need today. While those unworthy continue to breathe, we wonder why those who are noble, worthy, and kind, have to be taken so soon.

While your family lives on, they do not live with the life that you brought to them. They live with an absence that will always be known and felt. You are so loved by your family. And if you cannot see these words, I know that you feel the love and the longing...from friends and family! You were a loyal friend and I would give anything to return to New Years Eve 1997....babies in bed, friends playing, as it should be. If only.....

August 5, 2007

Just thinking of you and your dear family today.

A Friend

July 16, 2007



May 5, 2007

I still remember sitting in my squad area in Miami when I got a call from Tony Sanderson. She asked me if I was sitting down, and I knew something bad had happened. It seems like yesterday. You and I had spoken only a couple of days before, I still want to cry thinking about it. Your a friend, and we had so many great times. I know in heaven there is only joy and love, please help us to know and remember that fact. It's so hard to remember at times as we continue to travel our own paths here. We will see you again.

Special Agent D. Louis Mitchell

April 20, 2007


Not a week goes by you do not cross my mind. Hard to believe it has been nine years. But you have not been forgotten. You gave us the gift of friendship. It is the simple and ordinary times that become the memories that stay in our hearts. I think you for those memories.

Take care my friend,


Major Shon Adams
Military Police Corps

April 17, 2007

Just thinking of you today.

Cary & Kelli

April 16, 2007

May your loved ones feel the warmth of your love wrapped tightly around them today and always.

April 16, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

January 30, 2007

Monday as Cary and I were driving home to Hopkinsville, we were on the Western KY Parkway...Cary had been very silent on the way home and then spoke about Brandon. He wondered how many times he had drove up and down the parkway and where on the parkway his best friend had been.

So, I began to search and found this website. As I type this I am weeping, for I could only read a few reflections and see how wonderful Brandon was to so many.

Please know that he is still on the mind of many, even those that never had the chance to meet him--you all are in our thoughts and prayer.

Kelli Stegemoller
Spouse of Brandon's Friend (Cary)

January 17, 2007

Remembering how much you loved them. You appreciated the meaning of this time of year...LOVE, GRACE, GIVING.
I remember your enthusiasm for this time of year and know you are celebrating in Heaven.
Until we meet again....

November 29, 2006

Hi I did not know Brandon but I do know he had to be a wonderful man anda brave one at that I would love to say to the family that you will always be in my preys and I prey you can find peace Yes I do know it will be hard my husband lost a nepew in line of duty up North he was only 21 so we can kinda relate to the pain but Please what ever you do don't blame your self I don't know if some of the leave a relfection was from the family but they all same like people is blaming them selfs and I just feel that I needed to let you know you can't blame your self I am so sorry the family will always be in my heart Jennifer


November 3, 2006

You weigh heavily on my mind today.
You're memory is vibrant and will never leave my daily life. You were a special friend, father, brother, son, husband. You were one of a kind and are deeply missed.

October 23, 2006

Never knew you, but have gotten to know your family through KY C.O.P.S. I often hear good things about you.

Your flag will fly for the first time on September 9th, 2006 and you will be remembered always as we honor your memory and family at the 4th Annual KY Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Ride.

Retired Captain Joe L. Gilliland
Danville, KY PD

September 5, 2006

I am praying for Officer Thacker's family. Although eight years is a long time to be without someone you loved, it's not such a long time as to forget what it was like to be with someone you loved. I am so sorry that this life is so difficult, yet thankful for the love and support that you've been shown and for how you've risen above the ugliness of loss and shown brightly.

Chaplain Hank Roso
Bradley, IL PD

August 15, 2006

While the days may pass, the pain does not fade. You are missed every single day. "They" say, love transcends everything that might divide us. "Who is 'They'?" as you always would ask.....I don't know, but I know what is true, and that is even in the seperation of death, I still love you!

June 25, 2006

I was just thinking about what work would be like if you were still around. We miss you.

June 24, 2006

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