Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Russell Travis "Rusty" Stalnaker

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, March 31, 1999

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Reflections for Police Officer Russell Travis "Rusty" Stalnaker

Rusty, I'm really hurting for your family. I was there with you after it happened and still can't get it out of my mind. I hurt for Dana and for all of your family. Do us all a favor will you?, tell Rick we all said HELLO! We miss you and love you. See you soon.

Officer J.T. Bentley
Atlanta PD

After having attended several officer funerals I found myself most devastated by Rusty's. Perhaps it is because I am both a wife and a mother for the first time while experiencing this. When I think of this tragedy, when I contemplate Rusty's death and the devastating effects on his wife, I am left with a physical ill feeling, and I have found myself weeping so often. I know of no other way to say this than I am simply so sad. It is simply so sad.

Officer Michelle Priestly
Atlanta Police Department

Yesterday I directed traffic for Russell Stalnakers funeral detail. Last night I lay in bed thinking about the sense of loss Russells wife will have for years to come. The deck is certainly stacked against us and our families in every possible way. Stress, lack of sleep, low pay, court time, lack of support from administrators above-endless list. Yet, people like Russell Stalnaker, 3 year veterans go to the worst neighborhoods and deal with problems we know are third world and still maintain an excited attitude about being a police officer. Atlanta P. D. Maj. Woodward said that the people who will lose with the death of Russell Stalnaker are the people who will never meet him. I agree.

Lt. Michael E. Tate
Henry County Police Department

We the parents and sister of Atlanta Police Officer John Sowa killed in the line of duty on October 12, 1997 would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Officer Stalnaker. We know only too well the pain that you are going through and our prayers are with you and your family at this time. Remember that Russ died doing what he loved best and he is with God and will be protecting us from above. God be with all of you at this time and forever.


You will be missed by all of us. It seems like a month ago, we were just talking. I can't believe your gone! I don't know what else to say, I'm still in shock.....may god bless you and keep you forever safe with him.…


Saint Michael, heaven's glorious commissioner of police,who once so neatly and successfully cleared God's premises of all its undesirables, look with kindly and professional eyes on your earthly force.

Give us cool heads, stout hearts, and uncanny flair for investigation and wise judgment.

Make us the terror of burglars, the friend of children and law-abiding citizens, kind to strangers, polite to bores, strict with law-breakers and impervious to temptations.

You know, Saint Michael, from your own experiences with the devil, that the police officer's lot on earth is not always a happy one; but your sense of duty that so pleased God, your hard knocks that so surprised the devil, and your angelic self-control give us inspiration.

And when we lay down our night sticks, enroll us in your heavenly force, where we will be as proud to guard the throne of God as we have been to guard the city of all the people. Amen.

Sgt Snake
East Point Police Department, Ga

Russell i was there the night they brought you to the hospital and was so heartbroken at the news of your passing tho we, may never had met when i saw the out pour of your fellow APD officers, and the response of all the local surrounding agencies to the hospital that night i, knew rite then I had missed out on not knowing you personally, but i hope that one day my brother I will meet you! There were those who gave some But


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Atlanta Pretrial Detention center

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