Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Brett C. Buckmister

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

End of Watch Tuesday, March 21, 2000

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Reflections for Officer Brett C. Buckmister

May your memory live eternally in the hearts and minds of your loved ones. From one Mesa High kid to another I say to you sir; Carry On.

Officer Jeff Raymond
Phoenix PD

Jeff Raymond
Officer Phoenix Police

June 13, 2022

Officer Buckmister,
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 the state of Arizona. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 21, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Buckmister.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 6, 2019

The crosses where Brett died had fallen into disrepair, litter accumulated and flowers were outdated this spring. I fixed all the crosses, removed the litter and faded flowers and replaced them with new ones. Also added a US flag to Brett's cross. I plan to continue this while I live in Page.

Larry D. Clark, Sr.
USNPS - retired Chief and Page Fire - retired Chief

September 28, 2015

Nona, my wife and I placed flowers at the memorial plaque where Brett died to honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day. Know that folks in Page still remember you and your family and the sacrifice Brett made. I'll never forget being on scene the day Brett lost his life, but just as important, I'll never forget you and your boys.

Paul Campbell
Coconino County Sheriff's Office

May 15, 2014

Officer Buckmister,
On today, the 14th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Arizona. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 21, 2014

Thinking of you always Brett. Miss you so much! Every time I hear about another fallen officer I think of you. Your boys are a wonderful reflection of you. Love you Brett

Aunt Patty

March 8, 2014

As I sit here watching the news of another fallen Arizona officer, I reflect back to my ALEA academy class 324 in which I was honored to have met you and enjoyed that journey with you Brett and to find out our fathers went to high school together. Although this is my first reflection, I have never and will never forget you. I continuously pray for you and your family.

Detective C. Towe
ALEA classmate

March 3, 2014

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 21, 2013

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

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

January 28, 2013

God bless you and your family.

Officer J.Jaynes
Arizona Highway Patrol

October 8, 2012

I stood guard over Brett's body and the scene for several hours that day to allow his Sergeant and squad to leave and start their mourning. Finally being relieved by the investigators that flew in from Phoenix. It still haunts me, as it does my wife, who was one of Brett's field training officers. We miss you Brett and know that you are taking care of the highways of heaven.

Ret. Tpr. Ron Bruce/Sheriff
AZ DPS/Hinsdale County Sheriff's Office

March 25, 2012

It's hard to believe how time flies and all the things that have happened in the world. I'm so grateful for the men and women who are willing to put everything on the line to preserve our way of life. You are missed and I'm grateful to know you are safe and are eagerly awaiting the reunion that is sure to place with your family. I hope dunking is easier up there :-)

Thomas Jones

Friend Thomas Jones

March 21, 2012

I smile every time I think of Brett even as the tears start to fill my eyes. Time has not removed the pain of the loss of such a close friend. The processes of living my life which was once parallel has been marked. Marked in a very good way by the very relationship Brett and I had from our early teenage years to the start of our young families. I can say that in those moments in situations when your character is tested, Brett had integrity and morals. I'm living...truly living what I feel is a very blessed and great life because in part of that example. I think the time frame that we shared, if you ask most people, is some of the best days in life that we like to remember. I absolutely loved the 80's and early 90' and all lol. But most important to me is that those memories and timeless stories that we all can hit replay on in our minds....mine have my dear friend Brett C. Buckmister in them. I love ya buddy, till we skate again.

Tim Nall
Neighbor, classmate, most important friend

March 21, 2012

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 Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 21, 2010

It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since we lost our son, and their hasn't been a day that has passed that I have not thought of him, and wished he was here with us. His passing has taught me many things, mostly that we have to accept hard things and face experiences that we never ever thought we would have to face. And to do it well! I have tried to accept this loss, and make my life what Brett would want, become what would make him proud. To this day, my heart swells with pride for what Brett was able to accomplish in his short life. He became what he was sent here to become, and he was and is my best example. Everything I do, and have become is because of him and wanting to make him proud. I hope I have done that and continue to do that. Who proceeds us in death marks the path we should follow, how will we leave our mark? Who will want to follow in our footsteps? Our legacy is all we can leave those we love. Money, stuff, only leaves us or grows dusty with time. It is the love that lasts, the examples, the memories, the laughter. Brett gave all of that to us. Everyone who ever knew him knows this to be true. I am so grateful that I was chosen to be his Mother, and more than that his friend. He showed me everyday by his example what to be...I taught him that, but he taught me so much more. Thank you Brett for being you. Thank you for the legacy you left us, and the love that we still feel. Only time separates us now, because we know that life is eternal, and that we are a family forever. I love you Brett!


March 21, 2010

Thank you for your service, as an officer but revrently as a brother in the lords army. remember john 16:33 "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

a current LDS missionary,
and a future DPS officer

June 27, 2009

Officer Buckmister,
Thank-you for your service.
You will never be forgotten by your family and all that love you.
To your family,
My thoughts are with you even though I do not know you.
9 years is a long time to live without the one you love.

Holley Orr
Wife of Kevin Orr EOW 11-22-06

March 21, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 9th anniversary 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 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.

To his mother: I share your anquish in losing a beloved child and hold you in my heart's embrace today as well as his wife and children.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 21, 2009

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones and close friends on this day. Continue to keep watch over all of them. You have not been forgotten for you are a true hero.

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

March 21, 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 21, 2009

I attended Bruce Harrolle's funeral today, and my thoughts went back eight years to the day of your funeral, and I could so easily put myself in the shoes of his family, and the pain and grief that they are feeling now. I saw all the DPS officers in their dress uniforms, and remembered the day they came to honor you. The bag piper played the somber tunes and all his friends and family who knew and loved him came to honor him. Of course many who never knew him like me came too. He was alot like you, just by the infectious smile he had and his obvious zest for life. I am glad I went. It was hard, but I met his sweet wife, and I know she and Nona will be friends someday. I never wanted to see another name under yours, I wanted you to be the last one. But heaven has another great and noble son to help with the work there. I know you will meet him, and together help watch out for all of us. You still make me so proud to be your Mother. I also met an officer that met you in the academy, one of Bruce's commrades in his unit. He remembered meeting you and was impressed with you. It makes me so happy to have someone remember you and to mention it to me. I don't want anyone to ever forget you. I love you and miss you every single day. The pain of your not being here comes and goes. I try to focus on the good things, and what I need to do to make my life here better. Life is good, and we try hard to make it count knowing that you are there for us. You are still my best example Brett!
Love, Mom


October 20, 2008

Eight years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Brett while working for CoCo APO, a brief meet and greet but was very impressed by his professional attitude as a "new police officer".
Eight years ago our pathes crossed again. I was first on scene of Brett's tragic accident, I can still remember it like it was yesterday. The feeling of being helpless and the grief that was felt. I struggled with the incident for the first few moments...then felt a overwealming sensation come over me, telling me to press on and do my job, this I feel today was Brett telling me that everything was O.K. and to carry on.....Shortly after this I found the youngest of the surviving victims, a one year old girl laying in a bush, all of my training said it was hopeless but I felt that feeling again and got her breathing again......thanks for the push Brett! I handed this little girl to a bystander and sat them in the engine for safe keeping........Then there was that feeling again, it told me to check the van again, I did and again turned to walk away knowing that there was nothing that could be done, but I couldnt move, I looked again and by suprise, only by the slightest motion, there he was, under his older sibling, the boy was completly covered except for his tiny elbow that moved just a bit. With the help of a couragious young lady we stabalized the young boy and delivered him to the now arriving E.M.S. crews (sirens never sounded so good!).
As the scene cleared and my job was done......there it was again, that feeling that to this day I have never felt again, something or someone told me it was O.K, let it go....I went back to my engine and for the first time in years....cried at a scene, only for a moment, and as quickly as it started, it stopped, the skies cleared, the snow stopped and I feel that Brett was telling me, thats enough, you did your best, don't mourne for me, carry on.
I can say to this day, that Brett, although gone in person on that tragic day, his spirit continued to serve the citizens he swore to protect that day. Not only as a continued duty to his fellow man, but as a man even after life, following his deep religious beliefs.
It was a pleasure to have met Brett, and even tho he personal bond didn't have time to grow, he will be missed.
To his wife and have a great man watching over you, feel proud to have had him in your life, even for the short time that you did......God Bless

Captain Robert Schwartz
Page Fire Department

October 15, 2008

RIP.You will never be forgotten by the ones who love you and knew you.


October 12, 2008

Eight years have gone by so fast and yet it seems like a thousand years. I haven't been able to write anything here until now. It's still hard to share what I've held so deep in my heart. I feel so privleged to have had you in my life and I know you are not far. It is so good to know I am not the only one who thinks of you and remembers your goodness. Your influence is still felt and gives me strength day to day. I really wish we had more time together here. I miss you so terribly. You really were my heaven here on earth. I treasure every moment we shared. I know where you are is where you always strived to be. I promise I will keep striving to get there too. I never want to let you down! Like you said "Nothing is more important than what He wants!" I see so much of you in Caleb and Brayden! I smile each time I think how proud of them you must be. We can't wait to see you and hold you again!
Love Forever, Nona
P.S Thanks everyone for your prayers and love.

"Nona" Buckmister
Brett's Wife

September 6, 2008

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