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Police Officer Joey Tremayne Vincent

Greenville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, June 27, 1999

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Reflections for Police Officer Joey Tremayne Vincent

Brooklyn, I'm sure you've made your parents proud. From reading what you aspire to do, says a lot. I tried to email you today. If you don't get it, get ODMP to forward a message to me. So sorry to read about your grandmother.

Denise
Survivor of Trooper Calvin Taylor EOW 10-3-01

April 3, 2018

Mom and Dad,
I've just come across this page where Nana had posted so many times. It lets me see just how much pain she was in all those years, while to me, it seemed like she was fine. I do miss You guys so much, and now that Nana is gone, my heart grows weaker. I know that you all are in heaven together with no sadness, and that helps me sleep at night.
I'm now 20 years old, a cosmetologist (just like Nana), going to Murray State University to become a social worker and eventually will get my masters in Mental Health so I can help people like Terry Todd. I hope that you would be proud of me.
Papaw is doing well also. He is remarried to a very engergetic and caring woman. I'm happy he has her since I'm now living else where.
All my life, I grew up angry and sad because my parents were taken from me, and I still get angry sometimes, but I've started to understand how life works now.
I can't wait to see you guys again one day in Heaven. I love you so much. I hope I've made you proud.

Brooklyn Vincent
Daughter of Joey and Amy

September 11, 2017

Jean,
Thinking about your & your family. Hope you are doing well.

Denise
Survivor of NC Trooper Calvin Taylor EOW 10-3-01

October 6, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

July 4, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 13th anniversary year 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections. This was such a sad, sad story. You are all in my heart's embrace today.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 1, 2012

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

October 30, 2012

Happy birthday Joey,
I know that the birthday cake and celebration that you are having in Heaven could never be compared to one that could be given down here. I know that you are surrounded with your loved ones, Mutt, Mother, Beverly,Todd and even my Granny...I am sure that everyone is having a great time with you and Mutt. Please give my mom and granny a hug and a kiss from me today and tell them that I love them and miss them very much. I will always love and miss you too.

Tammy Garris
Lifetime friend

September 30, 2010

Happy birthday Joey,
I know that the birthday cake and celebration that you are having in Heaven could never be compared to one that could be given down here. I know that you are surrounded with your loved ones, Mutt, Mother, Beverly,Todd and even my Granny...I am sure that everyone is having a great time with you and Mutt. Please give my mom and granny a hug and a kiss from me today and tell them that I love them and miss them very much. I will always love and miss you too.

Tammy Garris
Lifetime friend

September 30, 2010

Jean & family,
You have been in my thoughts & prayers especially this past week. Hope your family is well..I'm sure your granddaughter is a lovely young lady now. Thanks again for helping me through my loss. Take care!

Denise
Survivor of Trooper Calvin Taylor NCHP

June 28, 2010

I remember going to Kentucky to visit and was excited to see Joey. I loved being around him. I only have a few memories of when we were young but I remember him being so caring and fun to play with. The last time I saw him, he was buying socks and underwear at the store. He was in uniform walking around with these items in full view! I thought that was so funny. If I knew that was the last time I was going to see him, I would of grabbed him and told him how much I loved him.

Little did I know that that weekend he was killed, he thought about coming up to Chicago to go to a Cubs game with my other cousins. He decided not to come so I went in his place. I wish he would have made the decision to come anyways but he seemed to know God's master plan! I love you Joey! I will see you when I get the Heaven!

Sabrina Grienke
2nd Cousin

May 15, 2010

On Saturday the 27th of 2009 we were leaving Florida from a weeks vacation there. We were with friends but it was still an emotional day for me. It always starts about six to eight weeks before June 27, I feel myself starting to get depressed and prone to panic attacks. I tried to hold myself together and not cry in front of anyone. My niece Kim drove up and as I was hugging her, I just couldn't hold the tears back. Her mother, my sister, was killed also along with her dad at the same time Joey and Amy were. I really did not want to upset Brooklyn, because if I cried, she would have cried. One would think after ten years, it would be easier, but it is definitely not. I miss them so very much. Many thanks to all of you who have left reflections about Joey, it makes a mother proud!! 06/30/09

Jean Vincent
Mom

June 30, 2009

Jean,
With the 10-year anniversary of Joey's death approaching, your family is in my prayers. Its hard to believe so much time has passed isn't it? I know it seems that way for me with Calvin. I still hope one day to meet you in person for you are one of the people who made the effort to contact me and your words in those first years meant a lot to me. I know our Lord led you to get in touch with me back then. Thanks!

Denise
Survivor of Trooper Calvin Taylor

June 8, 2009

Joey was one of my very best friends in high school. He always had kind words to say. One thing that I will always remember about Joey is that I could go to him if I wanted an honest opinion. He wouldn't just tell me what I wanted to hear. He was always alot of fun to be around. Another thing I remember was when we were planning our 5 year class reunion. He was referred to as the watermelon carrying boy because that is about all he did:) We did have some wonderful times! He is truly missed by alot of people but he will never be forgotten.

Tracy Wright Hocker

Tracy Wright Hocker
Friend

April 13, 2009

Jean, Johnny, and Brooklyn-- I can't believe how much time has passed since the loss of Joey and Amy. They were such wonderful people. I will always remember his smile and the sermon when he played Butterfly Kisses to let us get an idea of how God must have felt to lose his Son. He was so great!!! I remember Brooklyn's smiling face coming into daycare and she lit up everyones life that she touched and it was many. .She got Makenney and myself back to New Cypress after our time away. That little girl (well not so little anymore) will always hold a special place in my heart as will the two of you and Joey and Amy. I will never forget the phone call from Gladys that morning. I love you all and will always cherish the times we had together with Brooklyn. She was always a great joy.

Love
Kathy Jo Sample

Anonymous

March 5, 2009

Joey was a good friend and local policeman, he married a good friend of mine, Amy Hambrick and made her the happiest girl in the world. They were both truly wonderful people with hearts of gold and didn't deserve what happened to them. God rest your soul Joey, you will be forever missed but never forgotten..

samantha loy scott
friend

March 3, 2009

Joey,
Tonight I saw a link to this page on your mom's facebook page. I came here and read all the wonderful things that people have said here and wanted to share some of my own memories ....
I can not remember a time when you were not my friend. I was 5 months your elder and we were neighbors too. We trick-or-treated together and played together as small children. I can remember being in the back yard at your grandmother's house and listening to you preach for us. "Today is day". We couldnt've been more than 3-4 years old and already you were preaching! We started school together in 1st grade and graduated 12th grade together. I went to both proms without a date. You had a date for both proms, but were happy to take pictures with me just so I didn't have to make prom pictures alone. I remember being there when you were ordained as a minister and I remember our devotionals at school before it started....then on Sunday morning, around 700am on June 27th my phone rang and it was my dad telling me what had happened to you. Joey was shot and killed...I was devistated. Memories flooded my mind of the things we did as children and even as adults. This year will be the 10th anniversary of your death and it is still as fresh to me as it was the day it happened. You know that I love you and I always will~

Tammy Garris Dueben
Lifetime friend

March 3, 2009

Joey is often a topic of conversation among officers and remains greatly missed. While reflecting on the memories we also remember the loved ones that lost him. I only wish that I could release the pain from your hearts and offer comfort. Joey will always be missed yet never forgotten. May God be with his family and bless them.

Officer E. Maddox
Greenville Police Department

February 15, 2009

Mrs. Vincent ,
It is rare that i take the time to read all of the messages left for a fallen brother , but today i did so . It is so hard to explain , as an officer , how heartbreaking and scary it is to visit this site for we know that everyday we put that uniform on and leave the safety of out home we may not return . to read of our fallen brothers and sisters that have paid that ultimate price is so difficult , yet it is what binds us .......to know that this is not just a job , but a calling that so few will ever know and even fewer will ever understand . Mrs. Vincent , your Joey was and always will be a man of great integrity . I am sure the details of all that happened before that tragic moment in your familys' life weighed heavily on Joey . Having to deal with this cousin and being a passionate and compassinate pastor and officer , he knew what he must do . I applaud you Mrs. Vincent and your husband for the absolute selfless son you gave to this world , who shared a calling with me that is greater than life itself..........I thank you for your constant watch over your granddaughter and your fight against all the emotions that consume you at times and make you feel hopeless/helpless at times......you are a mother we all wish we had and some of us are sure we have .
I am sure if Joey were still physically here , he would say thanks mom , for the love . I know he is thanking you for giving Brooklyn what you gave him and may you and your husband know that you have a larger family than you could ever have imagined . Joey is a part of the thin blue and so too are you . Mam , the next time you wrap your arms around Brooklyn tell her aunt and uncles of the thin blue hug her too and are always here........

......to you my dear brother ,you are not forgotten , continued rest and yes we continue to have the watch from here.......

officer val pickens
b'ham pd/b'ham , al

January 31, 2009

I am so sorry to read what happened to your family 9 years ago. What a terrible thing to happen to the parents of Officer Vincent and his little girl. I don't know you but it hurts to think that this little girl has had to live without her daddy and mommy. I hope that you find some comfort in knowing that other people are thinking of you today.
Holley Orr - Wife of Detective Kevin Orr EOW 11-22-06

June 27, 2008

TO the mother of Officer Vincent,

We may have never met but as children of God, we are close at heart. We are family. We are sisters in Christ. I just wanted you to know, that each day, I try to pray for all the family and loved ones of those who gone before us. You are a part of that family being prayed for. Remember that God tells us, give me your worries. Give me your burdens. Rest assured he carries all our burdens. Just trust in Him and he will sustain you. Think on all the good times, not what happened to your son or in law. Thinking about what happened to them only brings more worries. But thinking about how they spent their time here on earth brings joy. We know that now, they feel no pain. They are with God and always by your side. They live on in our hearts. They live on in their daughter. They are angels walking with you. Though you may not see them, they watch over you. Soon and very soon God will return and we will all see our loved ones again. I pray you find comfort in Him and that He will give you stength. Where can we go but to the Lord. You are so loved. God be with you and your son's daughter.

Sister in Christ

June 27, 2008

This Friday,June 27, you will have been gone from us nine years. I have been rather tearful for the past month anticipating the approaching anniversary of your death. One would think after nine years, it would get a little easier, but it hasn't. I still miss you so very much. On a brighter note, Brooklyn is growing up so fast. You would have been so proud of her this past year with all her accomplishments at school. She became quite a celebrity when she won a essay contest on the local, district, regional and finally the state level. Joey, dad and I think of you every day and still miss you terribly. 6/24/08

Jean Vincent
Mother

June 24, 2008

Officer Vincent,
I see by the calendar on the parents page that it is getting close to your birthday in heaven. I would like you to know that your mother is in my prayers. I cannot even begin to imagine the heartache she has had to endure.
Maxine, mother
Deputy Josh Rutherford eow 5/29/03

June 8, 2008

JOEY, WE MISS YOU SO MUCH. ME AND ROBERT STILL THINK ABOUT ALL THE GOOD TIMES WE SHARED TOGETHER. IT SEEMS LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY.YOU WERE AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN AN INSPIRATION TO US. THE SMALL TOWN OF GREENVILLE WILL ALWAYS BE MISSING SOMETHING. YOU ARE TRULY ONE IN A MILLION IF ONLY EVERYBODY KNEW WHAT KIND OF A PERSON YOU WERE. IT WAS AN HONOR TO KNOW YOU AND TO BE A FRIEND TO YOU. NOT A DAY GOES BY YOU ARE ALWAYS IN OUR THOUGHTS. LOVE ALL YOUR FRIENDS IN GREENVILLE. RIP

JAMES

May 16, 2008

It has been a while since I have written anything, but I visit this site regularly to view the reflections. Thanks so much for those of you who have taken time to leave a reflection. Well, it is that time of year again, (the holidays), and I have already started slipping towards depression again. Actually, it started on my birthday in October. That whole weekend was so lonely for me, I missed Joey and the rest of my family so much. My family always got together and celebrated our birthdays, as well as all the other holidays. I have lost most of my immediate family now, but at least I do have Johnny and Brooklyn, and for that I am so grateful and thankful to God. This was always Joey's favorite time of year; Thanksgiving and Christmas. He actually enjoyed Christmas shopping as well as cooking!! It has now been eight years since he and Amy were killed, and I still miss them terribly. I have come to the conclusion that it is as good as it is gonna get. I was told in the beginning that one never totally gets over losing a child, and I have found that to be oh so true.

Jean Vincent
11/16/07

November 16, 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
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

October 29, 2007

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