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Deputy Constable Micheal Ray Eakin, III

Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, September 29, 1998

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Reflections for Deputy Constable Micheal Ray Eakin, III

"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

February 7, 2008

YOUR BIRTHDAY JUST PASSED AND I JUST WANTED TO WISH YOU A HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY ON HERE I WISHED YOU ONE AND I KNOW YOU HEARD IT ON THE 11TH I STILL MISS YOU TODAY JUST AS MUCH AS I DID THE DAY YOU WERE TAKEN FROM US... MY OLDEST DAUGHTER TARA IS WORKING FOR THE PRISON AND WANTS TO GO TO COLLEGE TO MAJOR IN CRIM JUSTICE AND WORK FOR THE HIGHWAY PATROL HERE IN EAST TEXAS I KNOW YOU WILL WATCH OUT FOR HER AND BE THE ANGELL ON HER SHOULDER WHEN SHE NEEDS WISDOM FROM SOMEONE MUCH WISER THAN SHE IS TO JUST GIVE HER THAT SHAKE WHEN TROUBLE IS THERE FOR HER TO REALIZE SHE NEEDS TO TAKE DIFFERENT ACTION I LOVE YOU AND I WILL WRITE AGAIN SOON HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAY LOVE YOU MISS YOU

MICHELLE
COUSIN

January 15, 2008

ANOTHER YEAR HAS GONE BY CHRISTMAS IS OVER AND WE MISSED YOU JUST AS MUCH AS THE FIRST YEAR THE LIGHTS ARE STILL BURNING AT MOM'S AND THE MEMORIES STILL LIVE ON ALOT HAS HAPPENED IN THE PAST YEAR I WOULD LOVE TO SIT DOWN AND TELL YOU ABOUT ALL OF THEM.. I KNOW YOU CAN LOOK DOWN AND SEE IT ALL THAT YOU PROBABLY HAD A HAND IN SOME OF IT AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR PUTTING IN A GOOD WORD FOR ME AND KNOWING THAT HAPPINESS IN LIFE MEANS THE MOST... I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU TALK TO YOU AGAIN SOON

MICHELLE
COUSIN

December 26, 2007

Ray, as we put the blue lights up in moms (Aunt Carolyn's) windows we think of you and after all these years we still miss you so much. These lights have been up in her windows every christmas in your memory. Our local newspaper did a piece on you and why mom puts the lights up every year it helped to keep in everyones minds the brave men and women who are out there trying to make it safe for us. I know you are in Heaven with Granny Ruth and Grandpa. I know you are in a better place but still we miss your smiling face. We love and miss you so much

Terri Moore
Jacksonville, Tx


cousin

December 13, 2007

I know that I only met you when I was little and I don't remember every detail about you, but I am proud to know you. I watch Aunt Barbara, Meme (Carolyn), my mom (Terri), and Aunt Michelle mourn you even today when they think about you. You are missed by us all more than anyone will ever know. I was 17 when everything happened and my way of dealing with all of it was making a scrap book dedicated to you with all I could find to use. Now I am 26 and just moved recently, my own children found the scrap book decicated to you and looked thru it and are proud to show it off to everyone. They never met you but are proud to know about you and know they are related to you. I know this probably doesn't make sense to most, but I guess what I am saying is that we all miss you and I know that even though you may not be here in body but you are still on patrol watching over all of us in spirit. Thank you and We love you.
Hugs
Tiffey

Tiffany

December 8, 2007

You were really missed this past September 29th. So many officers that knew you or would loved to have known you attended the memorial. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful service. Micheal you are so very missed. I was 13 the day that you went to be with the lord and now i am 22. So much has happened in all of our lives and i continue to keep you close to my heart. Time really does fly by and its hard to believe you have been gone as long as you have. i ordered my graduation ring the other day and it hurts that you wont be there to see me in person but i know you will be there in spirit watching as i walk....I am so excited just to get out of school...... As a family, Dad, Mom, Michelle and i keep you very much alive in this house....we talk about old times and funny things you used to do, but most of all when we get a chance we tell people about the wonderful son, brother and police officer you were! I love you and miss you everyday..... Hope you are enjoying resting in Heaven!!! Love you, Love you , Love you

Kristie Green
Little sis

October 7, 2007

You were really missed this past September 29th. So many officers that knew you or would loved to have known you attended the memorial. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful service. Micheal you are so very missed. I was 13 the day that you went to be with the lord and now i am 22. So much has happened in all of our lives and I

October 1, 2007

Mike...The 29th fast approaches.....again. My heart aches as I know this difficult day is coming. Still, after these years have passed, your loss is hard to bare. Just wanted you to know I have never and will never forget you and the great times I had been blessed to share with you. Sometimes, when I get a young, new Deputy here I remember back to you and I and we said and did some of the same things. It makes me look back and smile. Take care brother. I pray to see you again one day. God Bless!!!

Rex Evans
HCSO FTO former partner

September 26, 2007

Dear Beloved Ray,
I remember the good times we had growing up,our mothers were close friends.The childhood crush we had on each other.I couldn't wait to hang out with you,play atari and play with the dog's when i would visit my mom on weekends.I only wish we could go back,but I know your in a better place now.We will see each other someday.Take car of your nana and I know your watching over your mom.I will keep her in my prayers.
Thanks for the memories,
Belinda Spencer

Belinda Spencer
a friend from childhood

September 10, 2007

DEAR SON IT HAS BEEN A WHILE SINCE I'VE BEEN ON HERE. I LOVE AND MISS YOU SO MUCH, IT HAS BEEN VERY HARD TO MAKE IT EACH DAY WITHOUT YOU. I KNOW YOUR DOING A GREAT JOB IN HEAVEN WORKING FOR THE LORD. I TRULY CAN'T WAIT UNTIL I SEE YOU AGAIN ALONG WITH YOUR NANA,AND YOUR GRANDPA. REMEMBER SON I LUV YOU ALWAYS. LUV YOUR MOTHER BARBARA JOHNSON

barbara johnson
mother

August 14, 2007

its been a while since ive written i just want you to know i still miss you as much today as the first day you were taken from us... i think of you often and dont ever forget that even though life keeps us from writing here we arent thinking of you i miss u and love u


chelle

michelle
cousin

August 8, 2007

A POLICEMAN'S PRAYER
BROTHER WHEN YOU WEEP FOR ME REMEMBER THAT IT WAS MEANT TO BE.
LAY ME DOWN AND WHEN YOU LEAVE REMEMBER I'LL BE AT YOUR SIDE...IN EVERY DARK AND DREARY ALLEY I'LL BE THERE AS YOU SLOWLY TREAD, ON EVERY STREET CORNER IN THE DRIVING SNOW I'LL HOLD YOUR COAT AND YOU WILL KNOW.
IN PLACES WHERE THE DEVIL IS AFRAID TO WALK...
AT DOORS WHERE YOU MEET RESISTANCE...
IN HOUSES WHERE CHILDREN HIDE...
YOU KNOW I'LL BE AT YOUR SIDE.
THE PLACE FROM WHICH I NOW RESPOND IS OVERSTAFFED WITH HEROES GONE...MEN WHO ANSWERED ONE LAST JOB AND DID IT WELL.
AS POLICEMEN WE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A CARD DEALT IN OUR HAND...A CARD WE HOPE WE NEVER PLAY BUT WE HOLD IT THERE ANYWAY.
THE CARD IS SOMETHING WE IGNORE AS WE STAND ON THAT THIN BLUE LINE EVERY TOUR...FOR WE KNOW THAT WE ARE THE ONLY PRAYER FOR MANY OUT THERE.
SO REMEMBER, AS YOU WIPE YOUR TEARS, THE JOY I HAVE KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE YEARS...AS THE JOB I LOVED TO DO I PRAY THAT THIS THOUGHT WILL SEE YOU THROUGH.

DEPUTY W.D.WAGNER
HARRIS COUNTY PCT 1

July 8, 2007

Mike,

It has been nearly ten years since we served together at C1. I sit sometimes and laugh then i cry. We had a lot of good times working patrol together. (getting ourselves into the Chief's office every now and then) Now I'm an FTO here at the Sheriff's Office. Not one rookie gets by me without hearing our story. Mike I'll always, always feel so broken hearted I wasn't with you that fateful night. Take care on the beat the Good Lord has given you. May God continue to bless us all and I pray one day I'll be able to embrace my brother again. God Bless---Rex

Deputy R. Evans
Harris Co. Sheriff

April 10, 2007

Everyday I miss you more and more. With the holidays coming around it always gets that much harder. I look at how much time has passsed since you were taken from us and it just dumbfounds me. I made you your very own Christmas tree for the cemetary and I told mom I kind of wanted to keep it at the house right next to the big tree... I think it makes me feel like your that much closer to us. I heard someone say today that there are holes in the floor of heaven and I know there is because i just know that you are watching over us everyday!!!!! There is not a day that passes by that mom, dad, michelle, or myself dont bring up memories of times we had with you. You are my Guardian angel and my great big brother.... I miss you so much and cant wait until the day that we will see each other again!!!


Sister

December 4, 2006

May you Rest in Peace and may Our Lord Bless your families.I am sorry but I believe if a 17 man holds a gun and knows how to use it then he should be treated as a man and punished accordingly.Our Lord will see to His justice for no man will escape Him.

September 29, 2006

ray it has been almost 8 years but only seems like yesterday when i got the call i still cant believe... today in tyler another officer was killed in the same senseless manner you were i was watching it on tv at work and it brought back all the memories... i think of you on a daily basis but i dont get online like i used to i know you hear my thoughts and prayers you are ok and i know that i pray for your mother every day... aunt barbara has kept us informed about everything... i know that everything will be as it should be. just want you to know that i love you and miss you and will see ya when i get there....keep watching over all the officers and your family...until we are all safely home

love ya
chelle

michelle
family

June 7, 2006

I read this page everyday to see what fine men and women have paid the ultimate price to keep your cities safe. I was born and raised in TX and lived there for 23 years until I moved to Colorado. After reading all of the posts left for Deputy Eakin, it is very clear that he was among one of the finest.
I am sorry to see that the legal system overturned your killers conviction for what I believe is a bogus reason. Make no mistake that he will have his day, one way or another. Your family and friends continue to remain ever so vigilent of you and its obvious that you are their strength.
I pray you are all together one day and the pain with stop and the tears with be joyous. Until that day, know that their LEO family is here for them.

Erin
Wife of a CSPD Officer

May 24, 2006

Mike there is never a time I don't think of you sense your murder. And driving by the location of your murder several times a day patroling the Hardy Toll Road always kept the incident fresh in my mind.
You will always be remindered in the hearts and thoughts of those people that knew and cared about you.

Sgt. Gehring
Pct.1 Toll Road Sgt. at time of death

May 19, 2006

DEAR SON, TODAY IS MOTHERS DAY AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH. MY HEART AND SOUL ACHES TO HOLD YOU IN MY ARMS AND TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU. MY GOD HOLD YOU IN HIS LOVING ARMS TILL I SEE YOU AGAIN. TELL YOUR NANA HAPPY MOTHERS DAY FOR ME. LUV YA SON YOUR MOTHER BARBARA JOHNSON

BARBARA JOHNSON

May 14, 2006

I still remember to this day when you were taken from this world while just "doing your job." Your passing sticks out in my mind, maybe because I'm near your age and it reminds me that we're not as invinceable as we sometimes think when we are young. You served us proudly and you will always be remembered.

SPO Christopher Law
Giddings Police Department

April 23, 2006

DEAR SON. I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO MUCH. YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY HEART, ALL THE MEMORIES, LAUGHS, AND THE GREAT TIMES WE HAD. YOU ARE SO MISSED. KISS YOUR NANA FOR ME. I LUV YOU. LOVE YOUR MOTHER BARBARA JOHNSON

barbara johnson
mother

April 20, 2006

Ray your life was as confusing as your death. Born Ray Leo Eakin III, I met you in 1980, A hard headed 6yr old. Whom loved to play football and drive your uncle Daryl crazy. You and my son's stayed in trouble with your Aunt Debbie. Then we lost contact. Years had past. I would hear tidbits about your life. When you lived with your Grandma Watson and then with you blood Mother. I remembered her as Barbara Eakin, but was told her name now was Johnson. Then my husband brought you to me at a political function we attended. I didnt even recognize you! What a handsome young man you had grown into. I also found out you worked for Constable Don Chumley, Pct 1 Motgomery County. Ray My husband and I were so proud for you. Then you left there and went to work at PCT. 1 Harris County. The darkest day yet. I pray you and my husband have had you chat.....You will understand that what ever he said, he said out of love and concern for you. He loved you very dearly Ray. I want to publicly thank Bill and Janet Green for doing such a fine job at helping Ray's mother, Barbara Johnson get Ray through those rough high school years. With Ray's magnitic personality I can understand Janet Green falling in love with Ray. Janet was Ray's High school Teacher. It wasnt long before Ray was going home with Mrs. Green for the week end and enjoying her house hold and visiting with the Greens 2 daughters. Ray had a full family, a mom, a dad, Aunts and Uncles, and cousins and then he also had the Green's family and I cant count the friends he had. I only know I am blessed for you to have had me in your life also Ray, Hope TC has taken you under his wing and showing the ropes to you. Until we meet in the spirit, I leave you. Make sure TC behaves himself till I get there. Love you.

Vickie
Long time friend of families

March 31, 2006

Ray just wanted to check in with you. WE ARE STILL MISSING YOU SO MUCH. Your Aunt Carolyn had to go to a nursing home and right along with her went a picture of you in your uniform. She was so proud to show it off to all the nurses and her visitors. Every year at christmas she has four lite blue lights in her windows in your honor. Ray we miss you more as the years go by.I know if you were here now what a time you would have with all the new babies in the family a whole new generation of our clan as arrived.
We Love and Miss you BUNCHES
Terri
We Love and miss you bunches -

Terri Moore

February 2, 2006

DEAR SON
I WANT TO WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN 33YRS OLD TODAY. I LUV YOU AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH, SO UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. I SEND YOU ALL MY LOVE. KISS YOUR NANA FOR ME. LOVE ALWAYS YOUR MOTHER BARBARA JOHNSON.

BARBARA JOHNSON

January 11, 2006

The 17 year olds sentence was commuted to life. Bless his heart!! It's hard to believe that the system that we stand up for will let a cold blooded scum of the earth murderer off. Just goes to show that even evil gets the sympathy from our U.S. "Kanagaroo" Suprmeme Court. I think an excellent reqiurement for any new Supreme Court Justice would be to have been a Police Officer assigned to the street for a while. It makes me flat out sick to know that pukes sentence was commuted to life. His family can still go see him. His mother can still recieve cards and letters on Mothers Day. Michael's mom only has memories of her Hero. All of these bleeding hearts that say," Oh he was only 17 when he killed Deputy Eakin, he was a juvenile. It's just goes to show what these "activist" or what ever they call themselves are saying. Deputy Eakin was good enough to be an Officer, and forfeit his life for others. But he was not good enough to be properly be served by the same "Justice System" he swore to enforce. So for the family of Deputy Eakin, GOD BLESS YOU ALL, HE IS STILL HERE PROTECTING SERVING US ALL. For the "juvenile", just think, you have yet to go before the BIG JUDGE or see "JUDGEMENT DAY." For the bleeding hearts that says a poor little 17year old is a juvenile and can't be executed. I spit on your beliefs.


A Fellow "MAD" Officer

just a f ellow Officer

December 12, 2005

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