Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Rupert Holliday Peete, Jr.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, March 8, 2000

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Rupert Holliday Peete, Jr.

Each year (or so), I select another fallen hero to honor on a memorial bracelet. Typically, I pick them at random for the day I make the order. Each hero is worn on my wrist every day for one year, then the bracelet is fixed to the top of the flagpole in my yard, proudly under the Stars and Stripes.

I didn't know you Deputy Peete, but I will know your name every day and be thankful for your service and that of all our brothers and sisters in blue.

Captain & Chief Deputy, John M. Gris
Franklin County Sheriff's Office

March 8, 2022

Thank you for your service to our nation via Military. RIP sir.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

February 3, 2021

Deputy Sheriff Peete,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Shelby County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 8, 2020

The day we lost you was the lowest point in my career. You are truly missed by those of us you left behind. The officer who shot your killer went to heaven a couple of years ago. I hope to see the both of you in heaven some day.

Sgt. R. G.
Shelby Co. Sheriff’s Office

October 20, 2018

Ever since you left nothing has been the same I think about you everyday of my life it's been 18 years and I was just 9 years old but me losing you was and still is the hardest thing I ever went through in my life. I love you uncle June until we me again love your nephew marlo!

Marlon Peete

September 4, 2018

I am sorry you were killed by a madman and I wish you and your family peace and that one day your killer will one day leave the realm of insanity.

Grateful Citizen

July 27, 2016

Wow! Hard to believe it has been 16 years since that sad, sad day. I made the scene that day and just wish I could have been there early enough to make a difference. Rest well my friend...

Major J.S. Vanzandt
Memphis Police Department (Retired)

March 8, 2016

Rupert, I still think about you often. You were a gentleman and a professional. I remember thinking that your mannerism carried over to your daughters as I held the youngest in my arms on the night of March 8th as we watched all the city and county's first responders parade past your house. She more than likely doesn't remember but I will never forget. RIP Sir.

Deputy Jeff Daniel (former SCSO)
Marshall County KY. Sheriff's Office

November 28, 2015

Blessed are the Peacemakers for they are the children of God. Deputy Peete you must be very very proud of your daughter Clancy who is attending college to become a doctor. I saw her name in the recipeints of COPS scholarhips. RIP Sir.....

Officer Bruce Johnson
Minneapolis Police Department

March 4, 2015

You are not forgotten.

K. Duncan-Street
SCSO Reserves (former)

February 7, 2013

Remembering you and praying His best over your family on Police Memorial Week 2012.

We will keep our promise that our heroes live forever!

Chaplain Jeff Billingsley
Badges that Care, Oklahoma City OK

May 19, 2012

Was remembering how we had coffee that morning.

Former MPD

January 3, 2012

was thinking about ya so I wanted to say hi.... We miss you!

Detective Robby Jewell
Shelby County Sheriff's Office

August 11, 2011

You were remembered this Christmas. I know things are better where you are than here, but you are missed greatly. Rest easy, bro. We still have the watch.

TN Police Officer

December 27, 2010

A decade has passed but you have not been forgotten. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones and close friends. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You have not been forgotten.

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

March 8, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 8, 2010

I want to say to Rupert's Family and friends that a prayer was said today for Rupert and all of his family and friends. God Bless them, I believe that he is with the Lord and at Peace.

Fairfax County Police Va (Ret)

June 19, 2008


Van Den Berghe

March 11, 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 30, 2008

What a tragic series of events. It saddens me to read for the first time this story.

May you continue to rest in peace and you will never be forgotten for the sacrifice you made that fateful day. GOD speed!

Senior Officer D. W. Reichhardt
Waverly, Va. PD

March 8, 2007

Remembering you on the 7th anniversary of your EOW. You are not and will not be forgotten.

March 8, 2007

Today marks the 7th anniversary of your death and I just wanted to let you know that you are not forgotten. Rest in peace, Sir.

Shirley Roberts
Aunt of Fallen Hero John Logan EOW-3-14-04

March 8, 2007

May Our Lord ever bless you and you loved ones

March 8, 2007

God bless your family, friends and co-workers. Thank you for your service, RIP.


July 5, 2006

To Patrolman Rupert Holliday Peete and his loved ones:

On this the sixth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.
Although I do not know the names of the firefighters murdered in the same incident, this reflection is meant for all you brave public servants who died in the line of duty that awful day.

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.

Rupert and hero firefighters: you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are all one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Patrolman Peete and heroic firemen.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service all three of these heroes gave to his community and the citizens of Tennessee, and for the supreme sacrifice each of them and his family made on March 8,2000.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 8, 2006

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