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Trooper Jason Lee Manspeaker

Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

End of Watch Tuesday, January 23, 2001

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Reflections for Trooper Jason Lee Manspeaker

I am trying to relay a message to Stephanie. This is Karen Johnson, from the old hotel days. I think about you and Jason alot. The last time we saw each other, I broke down and held onto you in the hotel office, and could not find any words that could comfort you. I can honestly say, I still cannot do that. You and Jason are the most, honest,caring people I have ever have had the honor to know. Even now. I just wanted you to know that. I hope you are doing really well. I miss you. Karen

Karen Johnson

August 12, 2005

Dear Jason:

Its been 4 years exactly and I can still remember the day vividly, your loss is still felt. Please forgive me that I haven't done this sooner, as I'm sure you remember...I don't do well in group therapy or debriefings. What I came here to say is simply "thank you." Thank you for the times we shared and the patient understanding you showed a young officer once. Thank you for your easy laugh and genuine sincerity in the manner in which you spoke. Most of all Thank you for your sacrifice. You are missed.

"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us; that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion."

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

January 25, 2005

Jason, I still remember the day you received the call to investigate the van. We had just finished talking and laughing at the Summit County Jail.
30 minutes later you were gone. My heart went out to your family and I kept them in my prayers. You are missed deeply. Thank you, for watching over us. You and your family will always remain in my thoughts and prayers.


October 2, 2004

I will never forget the times we spent together working in Summit County. You were one of the most dedicated people it has ever been my absolute pleasure to work with. You were always able to make me laugh. I know you wife misses you very much as do we all. You made the ultimate sacrifice seeking fugitives that were a danger to us all and for that we will never forget you.

Officer Douglas Steinhour
Greeley Police Department

September 19, 2004

You were a good friend when I was in the Grand Junction area. You will always be in my heart. To Stephanie, and the rest of the family, you will always be in my prayers. There is a BLUE ANGEL above watching over all of us.

Colorado Firefighter/EMT

July 31, 2004

We think of you often.... You will be missed forever.... May 2004

Rebecca Armstrong

May 22, 2004

Time has passed but I want you to know that even tho we havn't met personnaly I think about you often. I think about you and the others who have given it all for us. I think about the Officers who are on duty every day and pray that they stay safe. I just want you to know that I think about you from time to time. I think about the families left behind and wish them strenght and happiness. Rest In Peace Jason, the highest award earned are your wings, you sacrificed it all, fly safe my friend!


February 19, 2004

I am thinking of you close to the 3rd anniversary of your graduation to
Jesus' mansion. What a relief you responded to the Gospel and made
your reservation early. I know you are in perfect peace in the presence
of our sweet Lord. And one day, He will wipe away every tear and we
will no longer know pain. What a glorious day that will be!
It is so sad to come to this site and see all the officers down.
Thank you for your fine example to those that worked with you and knew
you. There is now a huge void that cannot be filled, but as you are
remembered, thoughts will turn to your exemplary life and we will be
filled with pride and respect and love for the man you became. You were
a wonderful testimony to the Lord you served. God be with all those who
mourn and may His promises lift all those with heavy hearts for many
years to come.

Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

January 29, 2004


Today is January 25, 2004, our 7th Wedding Anniversary. I miss you so much. Some days it feels like you were just here yesterday and others it feels like you've been gone an eternity. It's been three years since you were taken from us. Nate & Shayne ask about Uncle Jason often and it gives me great pride to tell them what a wonderful man you were. You are my hero in so many ways. We had so much left to do, but not enough time to finish. Our dream house was finished last week, and now I have the task of moving forward one small step at a time. You will forever be a part of me. Our love will last through eternity and we will be together again someday. I will always carry you in my heart and love you. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I LOVE YOU, BUBBA LEE - YOUR BUBBA JO.

Stephanie Manspeaker Widow

January 26, 2004

Dear Jason,
Although the time was short that we had known you, it was painful to see you go. With your big heart and smile, you brought laughter into many peoples lives, including our own. I am thankful you came into our lives and saddened because you are no longer with us. We will never forget you. God Bless you, Stephanie and family.


December 9, 2003

rest easy blue angel


November 10, 2003

Rest in peace troop, watch over us as we continue on.

Senior Trooper
Virginia State Police

September 27, 2003

You are in our hearts and on our minds, always... At God's Speed...

The Armstrong Family
Colorado State Patrol

Jason has doen his time in this hell hole we all call home.
Now may he rest in pease, and walk his beat in Heaven.
Take care "SPEAK" untill we meet agin.

Pryce R. Hoey / Brother-in-Law

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Manspeaker family in this difficult time. I did not know Jason personally, but I feel that we all know each other by virtue of the job! I was in a training class at the academy in Golden when Jason's tragic accident occurred. Many of the other troopers in that class with me were classmates of Jason in the academy. And all of us shed tears that day! All of us know that something like this can happen at any given time, but we do the job despite the odds. We do this job because we love it, as I am sure Jason loved it as well! Jason will be missed by many, but especially by the troopers of the Colorado State Patrol. God Bless!

Trooper S.C. Straley
Colorado State Patrol - Troop 3A

I recenty had the privledge to meet several Colorado State Troopers, they spoke very highly of Tpr. Manspeaker. Please look after us "Speak". Rest easy Trooper!!!!!


You made the ultimate sacrifice doing a job that many others would not. Rest in peace brother.

Police Officer
Denver Police Department

Farewell my fellow Trooper!

Trooper Nick Casto
Washington State Patrol

Trooper Manspeaker died in the most noble of all law enforcement duties: helping to investigate and apprehend the killers of a fellow officer. The killers of Ofc. Hawkins have the blood of two law officers on their hands.
Fellow Road Dog, I'll see you in heaven someday so keep going after the bad guys and I'll back you up when I get there. REST IN PEACE

Trooper M.D. White
Virginia State Police


To my Bubba Lee, I miss you more with each passing day. Today would have been your 27th Birthday. Less than 3 weeks ago we would have shared our 5th wedding anniversary. But instead I remembered the fate you met just two days prior to our 4th. You were a wonderful man, husband and friend. I Love You more than you know and that love will never end. You died doing the job you always dreamed of having and for that I will never be sorry. You realized your goal and you went for it even when it seemed to be impossible to reach. You perservered and succeeded and for that I will always be proud. You protected us and put your life on the line. You will always be my hero. I love and miss you with all my heart. Happy Birthday.

Love ya,
Bubba Jo

Stephanie Manspeaker - Widow

We are with you and all other police and fire personal, Normanna Park Firstresponders "FIRST DUE"

Normrnna Park Fire Dist. 21 Snohomish County Washington

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


Trooper Manspeaker was a good friend of mine. We played highschool football against each other and college football together. He was a classy guy and respectful to everyone. I will miss him and am sad I learned of the unfortunate loss after the burial. It bothers me that I couldn't attend and give my gratitude to his family.

Deputy Greg Shaver
Salt Lake County Sheriffs Office

To my friend and fellow officer. I knew you when you were dreaming. I knew you when you had the sparkel in your eye ,and a badge in your heart. You were a giant of a man, but a teddy bear at heart. You are hero of many. I recall the talks we had while on patrol. I remember the time you asked me if you should be a trooper. I told you "Go for it!!". Little did I know that my friend would leave this earth so soon.

To my friend I miss you. You are my hero. I know that someday you and I will be laughing together again. To Steph all my heart felt love. God had a reason for him to leave. Why? I don't know, but know this, that Jason is truely one of the greatest officers that ever put a uniform on in the great State of Colorado.

Lord keep and comfort my friend, and keep a watchful eye and a guardian angel over Steph. Know this people my friend is gone, but he still lives on.

Deputy Richard Burkholder
Montrose County Sheriff's Office

I graduated from the academy with Jason. Speak was intimidating in size, but gentle in spirit. He had dreamed of being an officer, and was proud to become a member of the best law enforcement agency in Colorado.
I could not believe one of my own classmates had died so soon after graduating. I attended his funeral services and was encouraged that Jason was prepared to die, and I would see him again in heaven someday. I pray that the rest of my fellow officers are also prepared in the same way, so that the end of this life is the begining of a better life in a better place. God bless you, Stephanie and Manspeaker family.

Trooper W.N. Sanders
Colorado State Patrol

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