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Deputy Sheriff Lee Wayne Russ

Ward County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, October 29, 2000

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Lee Wayne Russ

Oh Lee..I still miss you and still don't understand. I will be stopping by the 2 walls in Austin today. I took Robin while she was here in Sept. I felt you this morning when I got up! Thanks for being with me this morning. Things have not gotten any easier--I hope you are happy and enjoying mom and daddys company! Things must be going well cause we haven't had much rain here this year. LOL! Well another year has passed and yet another year closer to us all being together again. Will write you later.
I LOVE and miss you deeply!!

Connie Buchanan

October 29, 2011

So, Leo, another year has passed and not one time have I been able to play around with you. We were so close in age (just four years apart) that we were more like cousins than aunt and nephew. We sure enjoyed argueing and laughing with each other, didn't we? I am not sure anyone understood our relathionship but us. The others always thought we were mad at each other! You are a grandpa now. Jason has a little girl that is just beutiful. You would be so proud. Ben looks more and more like you with each passing year and your little girl is going to be a bride soon (I know you were looking down and bursting with pride when she got her bachelor's degree at A&M and then her Master's). You rest in peace, my nephew and friend. You earned your reward. Until we meet again. Aunt Pinkie

Marian Hurlbert-Schnurr

October 28, 2011

My Dear Brother, another year without you, and it does not get any easier. I think of you daily. I know you are in a better place but Im selfish and want you to be here with us. Just know that even though I have tears, I know that someday we will meet again. Your baby girl is getting married, next year. Hard to believe she is that grownup. Your loss is felt everyday by so many people, and so your memory lives on. Brother, I miss you still and need you so many times, but I try to hear your advice in my head and move on in life. Keep your eyes on us that are still here. Love and miss you.

Pat Templeton-Fox

October 25, 2011

I remember the day I got the call. I was at Gun School in Great Lakes, IL. it was hard to know that I was so far and yet so close. We had a moment of Silence for you that day.

I remember you every day and think to my self that Grandpa, Dad and you are all cut from the same cloth. It may be different color, but the same. When faced with something that scares me or I don't know what to do I stop and think about you on the final day of your life. Giving all to save someone you did not know, going to the danger zone. It gives me strength to do what I need to do.

All I can say is thanks, but it is not enough.......we will meet again in that place where warriors go to their last and eternal watch. We will keep the peace together like we Russ' have done before.


September 29, 2011

I see your face in my thoughts often. You helped me get my feet on the ground in Texas and I wish I could thank you again. I will never the help that your family gave me. You were one good man.


May 3, 2011

Thinking of you today--more than usual! Wish you could answer me when I ask you questions...Life just isn't the same. I'm waiting for the pain to subside, til then I go on, smiling on the outside and I believe eternally confused about how someone so wonderful could be taken from us so brutally.
Thanks to you and the other law enforcement officers for all you do for us.
Miss you so much!!

Connie Buchanan

February 15, 2011

I will always remember You ,especially the night you scared me to death on the c.b. ... Tommy and I talk of you often !!!... you are a special friend to me , your memory is alive and well , i wanted to be there at your service , but we were in mississippi ...The day we lost you was trajic for a whole lot of people , but , i know , you are with JESUS , protecting us from above !!!.. I HOPE YOUR HEAVENLY SQUAD CAR DONT HAVE A LIGHT BAR !!!.... you would be laughin at that one !! I LOVE YOU LEE ... SEE YOU SOON

Angelia Eaton

November 1, 2010

My Dear Brother,
It is 10 years and it still hurts like it just happened. We love you and miss you daily.


October 30, 2010

Well Big Brother, it has been 10 years since I last got to hug you and laugh with you! I think of you everyday. I tell my grandchildren about you. Some days they ask about Uncle Lee and repeat some of the stories I tell about you. They are too young to understand everything, they just know that you are with Jesus and our mom and dad. Miranda is doing very well and misses you so much! I tell her you would be so proud of her! Ben and Jason are doing good too. This post is to honor you not only today, but
everyday..tears flow down my face as I write to you. Thank you for protecting all the people that came in contact with you! I miss and love you so much Lee.

Connie Buchanan

October 30, 2010

Hi Lee! I can't believe it has has been 10 years. As I write to you, tears fall from my eyes..We all still hurt, everyday, but especially on your birthday, the holidays and for me on this day! As my eldest son said on facebook, "..someone selfishly took you from us". I miss you and don't know when it will get better. Wish we didn't have to go on, but we do. The act that took your life still haunts me, but I know you are ok now! I told Miranda that you are so very proud of her, ya know..she wonders about you alot! Wish there were more people like you in this world! Love and miss you big brother! Always loving you, your little sister...

Connie Buchanan

October 29, 2010

Hey Lee- I miss you soo very much! I do have some peace knowing mom and daddy are with you, they were never the same. I spent some time with your baby girl,Miranda, now 23 yrs old last night. I know you are proud. She misses you so much too. She has felt you a few times-lucky her-. Just want you know that I never forget you and wish my big brother was still here, til we meet again, know I love and miss you more than words can say.

Connie Buchanan

July 28, 2010

Rest in Peace brother, you demonstrated a true warrior mindset, we have the Watch from here....

Phoenix PD, Brother in Blue

July 3, 2010

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated service to others.

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

October 29, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the ninth anniversary year 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.

Phyllis Loya


October 29, 2009

You were a dear friend who is missed every day. Happy Birthday Lee.


June 18, 2009

Lee you were a great man you will always be loved and remembered. God's Blessings

John Fox
Brother-in- Law

June 3, 2009

I never met you but I have heard wonderful stories about you and seen the hurt glimmer in the eyes of one you left behind when told of your heroic last day.

I know now without a doubt that the qualities I've heard that were so wonderful about you must be true because I can now see them in a man I once knew and loved.

You would be so proud of the transformation. I know that I am.


October 29, 2008

I wish to celebrate the good life that Lee chose and by example showed to all his family and friends. I celebrate all the wonderful acts of kindness to the people he knew or came in contact with. Lee you were an inspiration to all.

God Blessed all who knew you. You are missed each and every day.
High School Friend

Katherine Brieden
High School Friend

October 21, 2008

I had a dream about you last night. I dreamed that I was able to talk to you, as I am today. I wish that I really could talk to you, but maybe that was your way of telling me that you are still here, watching over us and keeping us safe. I hope that you were happy with the person that you saw.

A loved one

October 7, 2008

I just have to say Lee you were a very good man and everyone that came into your path either at work or at home knew this. You will be missed so much. We love you and will never forget you. Love John, Patti, Zach, & CJ

John Fox

September 30, 2008

For being such a kind person its still hard to believe that you are no longer with us and that your death was so brutal. I believe that Jesus was easing your pain during your ordeal and took your hand and led you into his loving arms.

I am sure your friends & family (children and law enforcement alike) miss you and think of you each and every day.

You were a wonderfull friend to all and I miss knowing that I cannot pick up the phone just to say hi and ask how are you and catch up on news of all our friends.

Your heart was so kind to everyone that you came in contact with. Please continue to watch over your family and friends.

Keep watch over your law enforcemnt brothers and keep them safe in their daily duties to keep the rest of us safe. I know you are in a better place and time will bring all of your family and friends together again one day.

God bless you Lee, you are missed each and every day!

High School Friend

June 24, 2008

Happy birthday, Lee... continue to watch over us here on Earth.

A friend

June 19, 2008

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Cadets of the Basic Recruit Class 333 of Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, Tallahassee, FL, thank you for your sacrifice.

Cadet Strzalkowski
Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy

May 22, 2008

Deputy Russ your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 9, 2008

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Cadets of the Basic Recruit Class 333 of Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, Tallahassee, FL, thank you for your sacrifice.

Cadet Strzalkowski
Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy

April 24, 2008

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