Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrol Officer Angela K. Payne

Knox County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, February 26, 2000

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Reflections for Patrol Officer Angela K. Payne

Thinking of your sacrifice 8 years ago, thank you for your selfless service.


February 26, 2008

Henry County Police Dept.,GA, Evening Watch North, We rode in your memory today. Gone but never forgotten.

Lt. Jeff Maddox
Henry County Police Dept.

February 26, 2008

On the 8th anniversary of your EOW, you still have so
many that respect, admire and miss you. God bless
you Angela for the difference you made.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

February 26, 2008



February 20, 2008

"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

January 29, 2008

Thank you for your bravery, dedication and sacrifice. May your family take comfort in knowing you will NEVER be forgotten and FOREVER be a hero.

DET SGT, Retired

August 1, 2007

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Payne. May God continue to give you comfort. You were taken too soon. Rest in peace. Thank you for your service.

911 Dispatcher

May 23, 2007

Although we never met, we will always be family. Family will always be missed when they are gone. I'm sorry there was no justice in your case, as in ours in Aiken County, South Carolina.

Patrolman Stuart J. Prettel
State of South Carolina

May 1, 2007

Remembering you on the 7th anniversary of your EOW.
Forever in our hearts!
Lynn Kole
Washington State

February 27, 2007

I wanted to let you know that you have not been forgotten today and leave a poem in your honor:

Poem by Richard Fife:

No person is ever truly alone.
Those who live no more,
Whom we loved,
Echo still within our thoughts,
Our words, our hearts.
And what they did,
And who they were,
Becomes a part of all that we are,

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

February 26, 2007

G-d Bless.

February 26, 2007

Soon it will be 7 years that your were called away. You have not been forgotten as I know your loved ones have thought of you each and every day during the past 7 years and the silent tears still fall in your memory. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You will never be forgotten.

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

February 6, 2007

I cannot believe how long it has been. I will never forget you, your kindness, your mom, and your determination! You were an awesome officer for such a short time.....we still miss you!!



July 27, 2006

Angela, I can not believe it has been over 6 years ago. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was riding with you as a Reserve Officer and talking and laughing about things you and only I only talked about. You are greatly missed and will never be forgoten by me. Thank you for your advise and listening when I needed someone. Keep watch over me Angela, and we will be patroling the same golden streets someday! Lots of love...

Off. Terry Massey
Maryville Police Department

May 13, 2006

To know that some people didn't respect the job you chose to do. But day after day, you worked to protect them.
God bless your Family and Friends.
-Rest In Peace

SGT Kevin

February 26, 2006

Rest in peace, beautiful Angel

Capt. David Pariseau
Federal Protective Service - Boston

August 23, 2005

God must have been short on angels the night he took Angela. That is the only reason I can determine for what happened. Everytime I pass the spot I tell her hello. I know she is in heaven watching over us. I look forward to giving her a hug in heaven. God picked a good one.

Ken Reyda
Knox County Sheriffs Office

July 25, 2005

I was standing with Angela the night we were hit. I still have no clue what happened. I will never understand why God took Angela and left me. I still think about her when I pass that spot. She was a great officer for such a short time. See ya in Heaven Angela. We love you and always will. Mick 7-24-05.

Officer Mick Reyda
Knox County Sheriffs Office

July 24, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

April 28, 2005

May you continue to rest peacefully on this anniversary of your sacrifice. May God assuage the grief and continue to comfort your family. Thank you for your watch.

Ofc. Decker

February 26, 2005

Law enforcement officers are, indeed, a special breed of people. Ask anyone on the street and they will tell you that they would not have our jobs for anything in the world. It takes something special to do what we do and at the same time be able to even contemplate retirement. We try to be optimists. Unfortunately, there are a few of us who will never make that date with retirement. By the very nature of our job, we are at risk everyday of losing our lives, either at the hand of some deranged individual or in some other situation that we, by virtue of our occupation, may be unable to avoid. Some people have recognized the hazardous duties we involve ourselves in, the risks we take, and the pride we take in accomplishing that job. There is National Law Enforcement Week, dedicated to us who gladly accept the responsibility of protecting the citizens in our respective jurisdictions. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day is dedicated to those who gave their lives in the line of duty. These are but a two examples of remembrances specifically for law enforcement personnel. Remembrances that come but once a year. We should remind fellow officers of another type of remembrance, one that will last a lifetime. Sooner or later, a doctor will pronounce us dead. It is inevitable. Regardless of whatever happens, death is the end we will all have to face.
Author Unknown

Jim Moore
New Orleans P.D., Retired

November 28, 2004

It is hard to believe that 4 years has past since Angela was called to heaven. It is difficult to even imagine her being gone. I am a former officer of Knox County Sheriffs Department and served with Angela. I was in shock, like all were, when they heard the news. I could not believe that someone as special as Angela could be taken at such an early stage in life. My most memorable moment with Angela was the night that a group of us went to Senor Frogs and the country club across the street. She was human underneath that Wonder Woman uniform. Angela feared nothing and backed down from nothing. I recall an occasion that she had to go to unit 6, the medical unit to assist a female change her clothes. The inmate refused to take of herself and Angela ,along with 2 other officers dressed up in biological/ hazardous materials suits just to clean her up. The lady refused to turn the water on but this didn't stop Angela from completing her task. Angela is a true blue officer. I recall the day that we took the exam for the grade 5 officer positions. I recall alot about Angela and wished this was all a nightmare but GOD had her plan written and there was NOTHING that even her partner could do for her. He is a great man for taking on a fabulous partner that would someday take his position. I look up to you and am envious that you were given the pleasure and honor of calling her your partner. I constantly read about that night because it hurts to see an ANGEL fly away. I am at peace only because Angela is now at peace. I sleep at night knowing that FINE OFFICERS like ANGELA are out there for the good of others. I know that GODS plan for Angela was a great one because she touched so many lives and influenced more people than she knew. Angela, rest in peace for You have completed GODS MISSION and I pray for your guidance to direct us to doing the job right. My love to her family. "the shermanator"

Corporal Richard C. Shearman
Dept. Homeland Security- Federal Protective Service

June 24, 2004

Each night we dedicate our watch to a fallen brother or sister. Tonight, we are dedicating the watch to Patrol Officer Angela K. Payne who was killed in the line of duty 4 years ago today. Today, we honor Officer Payne's sacrifice. Rest in peace sister we have the watch.

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because tough men and women stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - Steve Robinson, Seal Team One, 1971-1973

First Sergeant J.L. Slaughter
Radford City Department of Police

February 26, 2004

Feb. 26, 2004
We are remembering you on the anniversary of your death 4 years ago
today. May God comfort all those who are still grieving your passing.
Life is difficult at times and the Lord Jesus wants to help carry our
burdens. He gives us many beautiful promises in His Word to help us
through our valleys. I pray you will feel His presence and know His
peace. Thank you for your service, dedication and mostly, your
sacrifice, Officer Payne. We ache from missing you.

Lynn Kole
Washington State

February 26, 2004

My condolences to Officer Angela K. Payne; so many people say that being an officer is still a mans job, they are wrong in so many ways...and you, and your love and dedication of the job prove that that is what it means to be a Police Officer...God be w/your family as the mourn...You are now a police officer on the beat in the streets of heaven!!!You made all female officers proud!!!


February 7, 2004

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