Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant James Roger Haddock

Osceola County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, March 12, 2000

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Reflections for Lieutenant James Roger Haddock

Roger and his sister were good friends of ours. Roger had been riding that same horse for years and yes he was an excellent rider. He worked with my husband for a number of years. It was a shock to hear of the accident and my husband was able to visit him before he died. He is very fondly remembered.

Debra Taylor

December 27, 2018

Lieutenant Haddock, it's obvious from reading these reflections that you were respected, admired and loved very much. You still serve---as an example of faithful duty, as a model for professionalism and as an inspiration for others.

My thoughts are with the loved ones and friends of someone who was obviously a great man.

Tina Lewis Rowe
Captain, Denver Police Department (ret.)
U.S. Marshal, Colorado (ret.)

February 11, 2017

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

Roger, I can't even begin to express how much John and I miss you. Every time we ride and camp we know you are still there with us. We drove down to St. Cloud and rode your Memorial Ride sponsored by the Sheriff's Dept at Lake X Ranch Saturday. The emotional tributes were so heart felt. As we rode out, there was a double rainbow, so we all knew you were looking down and smiling over all of us. It was very emotional for the girls also. We all love you and miss you so very much.

Frances Haddock Richichi
Sister / Retired / Live Oak, FL

January 21, 2013

DeeDee I miss you more than you can ever imagine. You being gone I have lost a big part of my heart that i can never get back. You mean the world to me and id give anything to have you back, just to hear your voice, see your smile, or give you another hug just once more would make me the happiest person. The family misses you and I know your watching over us every step of the way. Tomorrow we pay tribute to you, can't believe it has been 12 years. Seems just like yesterday we lost you. I Love You so much!!

Jennifer Haddock/Warrants Clerk
Osceola County Sheriffs Office

May 14, 2012

Continue to rest in peace Lt. You will never be forgotten....

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

March 12, 2012

Rest in Peace, Lieutenant Haddock. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

Well Dad, I know you see it all now. I've passed your 20 years in law enforcement now. Unbelievable based on my late teen years. I'm surprised you survived that. You have 6 awesome grandkids now. The five I have given you see your picture in their room everyday. As they get older Kelly and I tell them more about you. Clay asks questions about you all the time. I know you are proud of them and watch over them every minute. We miss you and wish you were here to enjoy them with us. Love you.

Sergeant James Haddock
Kissimmee Police Department

June 29, 2011

Time does not heal the pain in the hearts of those left behind, but it does make it easier to get up each and every day and to put one foot in front of the other. You sir will not be forgotten, heroes do live forever...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

Anonymous

March 12, 2011

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 12, 2010

9 years Roger. I have retired and moved away. Sure wish you would have been around to see it. thanks for all you did and your support thru all the years. miss ya..

Keith
Lt. Retired.

March 12, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.

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

March 12, 2009

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION OF A MOUNTED UNIT TO OSCEOLA COUNTY.
OUR CITY HAS A UNIT AND THE HORSES ARE MAJESTIC AND SUCH A TRIBUTE AND ADDITION TO THE CITY OF MANCHESTER PD.

YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE, GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL THOSE THAT LOVE YOU.

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

March 12, 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
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

December 15, 2007

7 years Rog....Holy Cow. You sure have missed a lot..the agency is growing by leaps and bounds. the county has been split into 2 sectors now. East and West. 2 Captains, one for each side. there is so much brass any more that you can't swing a dead cat without hitting someone of rank!! Lots of newbies. we just keep growing. Sorry you are not here to see it. I talked to Jimmy today..he is back on the road for a little while. We think of you often. Dang I wish you were here. they started the mounted patrol back. rest Easy big fella

Keith
Osceola

March 11, 2007

To Lt. James Roger Haddock and his loved ones:

On this the sixth anniversary week of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

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

Lt. Haddock, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are 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.

You also left a great legacy in a son that followed in his father's footsteps.

Rest in Peace, Lt. Haddock

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Lt. Haddock gave to his community and the citizens of Florida, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 12, 2000.

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




March 14, 2006

It will be six years that your were called away. There are still broken hearts left here that think of you every day and always will. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten. Thankyou for your dedicated service to law enforcement. I just wish you could have enjoyed a few years of retirement as you surely deserved it. Keep watch over those left behind.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon

March 10, 2006

Well Roger it has been 5 years since you left us. I spoke with your son Jim the other day and we both spoke about how much we missed you. He is doing a fantastic job with the police department. He has been promoted and doing well. We spoke of how we both emulate some of your supervisory traits in our own lives and it seems to be working well. You were a good teacher! The Sheriff's office is doing well. Bobby was elected and things are running smooth. Sure wish you were here to see it all. You would be proud. Hidey ho Big fella.....

Keith
Osceola County Sheriff's Office

March 12, 2005

Thank you sir for your many years of dedicated service. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Deputy Jason Teems
Osceola County Sheriffs Office

November 14, 2004

Thankyou for everything that you have done "Lt" you are greatly missed by many. You Will Never Be Forgotten!!!

D. Abrahamson

D. Abrahamson
Osceola County Sheriffs Office

June 15, 2004

You were well respected. Rest in peace.

Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

Time does not heal all wounds. He was a good friend. I miss him.

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