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.


March 8, 2006

May you and your family be ever Blessed by Our Lord.

March 8, 2006

Rest in peace, sir! You will never be forgotten.

December 15, 2005

Earth's loss is Heaven's gain... say hello to my Auntie Maude and brother 'Rell who also made Heaven a better place in 2004....

I'm Having the Time of My Life

I'm having the time of my life now, the battle is almost won

My faith is strong and my conscience is clear, and I've only begun.

To know the peace He has promised me, the joy of a job well done.

And I count my blessings along the way, And I thank Him for everyone.

I'm having the time of my like right now.

For I never thought I'd ever be given a second chance such as The Lord has given me,

To see with clearer eyes then I have ever seen before.

To know when I knock, HIS Hand will open the door.

How like a dream my old life seems, So far within the past I've traded

foolish fantasies for the things that I will know will last.

And I am strong within His strength, and precious in His sight,

Accepting all He sends, Because His ways are always right.

I'm having the time of my life right now.

Because I've learned to share everything with GOD, each minute I am here.

For He alone can read my heart. And He knows what is in my heart, and within me.

And He makes all things wonderful, because He is my friend!

March 8, 2005

Deputy Peete,

It has been over four years since you
were taken from us. Please know that
you will never be forgotten, and that
your memory lives on in every person
that puts on the uniform. Rest easy,
and watch over those of us left here
to continue your fight.

Officer Todd Riggins
St. Augustine Police Department
S. Augustine, Florida

Todd Riggins
St. Augustine Police Department

October 31, 2004

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

A grateful citizen.

September 22, 2004

Rupert, I never got to meet you before you were taken from this world by a madman. Everything I have ever heard about you has been great. It's my loss. Please watch over us all and give all the other Shelby County and MPD officers a hug for us. We miss you all.

Deputy Faith Hill
Shelby County Sheriff's Office

November 22, 2003

"Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God"..

I'm sorry for your untimely death serving in a profession that is rife with unexpected danger.
I know how you must have felt that day, racing into the area to help the Firefighter brethren who had been ambushed at the scene.

I'm sure that you never expected to be shotgunned down moments later in your cruiser.
I can only hope you did not suffer my Fallen Comrade.

Rest assured though, your fellow officers came in numbers (as they always do in cases like this) and finished what you so rightfully started to do.

Your family,friends and co-workers spoke highly of you, I trust you will never be forgotten. The Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. will carry your name on its wall for others to see and reflect upon.

For those of us who face danger and uncertainty on a daily basis, we truly understand how quick things can "go bad."

For those reading this that work the "thin blue line" brave, be careful and be ready.
Bless you Deputy Rupert Peete for taking the oath, and for going into a dangerous situation. I'm sorry amigo that you didnt come out of it alive.

Sadly enough, you most certainly will not be the last to fall..


Let us never forget what happened today. We all lost a brother in a way which we will never understand. Heaven has gained as, once again, we here have lost. Be ready Brothers, as we saw today....even those who have stood beside you, may turn on you.

For the family of my brother, my prayers are with you and yours. Be assured, we all feel your loss. He was brave and strong, a keeper of peace.

God be with us all


"For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil." - Romans 13:4

Dear Shelby County:

I was very saddened to hear of the death of Dep. Peete and the other victims in this tragedy.  Dep. Peete was a minister of God doing God's work.

Rest In Peace,

SA Darin L. Paul
Federal Bureau of Investigation

It is a very sad day for many people.  Some of us have lost many family members that terrible day.  I am a firefighter as well am in law enforcement, so have lost many brothers that day.  Our hearts go out to all families involved along with our prayers.


Take comfort in the knowledge that you have not died in vein.  Your life was not wasted.  You left your mark on this earth.  You instilled in your children all the good that was in you and they will pass it on.

The people of Shelby County have lost an asset to their community and a friend to those in need. You taught by example and never wavered. You were a friend and you will be missed.


Our deepest sympathy to the Family and Friends of Deputy Rupert Peete. This great tragedy is a reflection of the horrible situation in our Country. We are greatful for Men as brave as Deputy Peete, who everyday protect this Nation. As the Lord said in John16:33 "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world."

Officer John D.Sainz
Tucson Police Department

Absolutley...............Terrible.....senceless.........words escape  me  im  sorry..


We will not forget where we were when we heard the tragic news of your death. You rushed to do what you toke that oath to do Serve and Protect. Now we mourn the loss of another part of that thin blue line. Rest well knowimg that the coward whi took your life and others that tragic day will have to stand in judgement one day and will recive his just REWARD. Sleep well valiant warrior ,GO WALK A BEAT on HEAVEN'S STREETS BECAUSE YOU HAVE DONE YOUR TIMEIN HELL!!Your family nor this nation will never forget you or your sacrifice.


I want you to know that we are thinking of your family and your agency at this time.  Your brother officers will miss you and reflect on you right before we step out onto the street. So to all brother and sister officers, keep Rupert  in mind and don't forget our brothers and sisters like Rupert who have payed the ultimate sacrifice.

God Bless You

A Brother


When I was notified that an officer, along with two firefighters, had been gunned down I fell to my knees and wept.  No words, no emotions, nothing, can convey the feelings of loss we as a nation have suffered.  And to hear that another public servant was responsible for this tragedy is absolutely heart breaking and disturbing.  My prayers go out to the families, friends, and co-workers of the brave men that have fallen in the line-of-duty.

Tom Fergison
Concerned Citizen

To the family of Rupert, I hope you are doing well. I think of you often and hope the kids are coping with this terrible loss. You will be in thoughts and prayers forever.

Mark Hooper
Federal Air Marshal Service

Romans 13:4
For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

I didn't know you that well, but you are a my brother in blue regardless. You will be missed by all but never forgotten my friend. Please watch over us as we will your family.

Ptlm. J.N. Taber
Shelby Co. Sheriff's Office

Rupert not a day goes by I don't think of you and when I was in Patrol with you working side by side. May God continue to bless your family, greatly missed and take care.

Sergeant James L. Mayes
Shelby County Sheriffs Office

I can't believe that it has already been over two years since you left us. I miss you my friend and you have never left my thoughts. I think warmly of the days when you and I were in the academy together never dreaming in those days that you would leave us so soon. Alot of memorials have spoken so highly of you and I have overheard commanders talk about how nice it was to command an officer like you. It has been said about you that you never spoke a word in anger and never a profane word came from you. I knew you as a friend and I know that those weren't just kind words being said for the benefit for your family. You were the best a man could hope to be. I wonder if your killer had known you how he would deal with what he has done. Your children are without a father and your wife without her husband. I see her upon occasion and she is doing well. She is a wonderful person and you two were just made for each other. It had to be God's design for you to meet and marry one another. I know that your family misses you terribly but someday, we will all cross the Jordon and be together again. Your death has had such an impact upon me and the way that I treat others. I still don't measure up to you, but I use your standards to set my personal goals as how want others to view me, both in my personal life and my profession. I miss you Peete. Keep an eye on me too.

Patrolman Rick Goforth
Shelby County Sheriff's Office

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