Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief Deputy Nathan Ralph Murphy

Oregon County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, February 19, 2001

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Reflections for Chief Deputy Nathan Ralph Murphy

Rest in peace Chief Deputy Murphy.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 29, 2020

Chief Deputy Murphy,
On today, the 18th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Oregon County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

February 19, 2019

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

February 19, 2010

To Chief Deputy Nathan Murphy, his loved ones, and his fellow deputies:

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

My heart is with all family members and friends who call you beloved. They are all in my thoughts and prayers today. I can see from the loving reflections left by your loyal friends that you were an amazing man who is loved and missed by all those whose lives you touched.

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.

Rest in Peace, Nathan. I am so humbled by your valor and service.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Nathan gave to his community and the citizens of Missouri, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 19, 2001.

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


February 19, 2009

Thinking of your loved ones today and everyday. I know the daily struggles they face without you and the terrible pain within their hearts. God, wrap your loving arms around them and help them with their grief and let them feel your presence.
Your sacrifice has not been forgotten.
Brenda Lucas
Mother of Chief Anthony D. Lucas, EOW 2-4-2005


February 19, 2009

Eight years ago today I lost a good friend and fellow Officer. I thank God for our friendship and thank you for your leadership. I will never forget you.
I pray that God will bless your family today and comfort them today and always.

Phillip D. Hulvey
good friend

February 19, 2009

God Speed, Brother.

Union PD, NJ

July 24, 2008

Thank you Chief Deputy Murphy for your service. We know why you responded with dedication. Truly missed I'm sure...but highly respected for all you have done. R.I.P.

Dept. of Defense, Retired

March 15, 2008

Nathan was truely one of a kind. He always had a smile on his face and was willing to help no matter what. Nathan served with integrity and dedication that was unmatched by others. I knew that no matter what situation we were in (kicking in doors at search warrants, etc) Nathan always had my back and that I could trust him with my life. He had a great purpose in this life and served it well while he was here with us. I miss him dearly. I will never forget you friend!!!!

Tpr. J. Clinton Howell 490

Tpr. J. Clinton Howell 490

February 20, 2008


Van Den Berghe

February 11, 2008

7 years ago this month I lost a great friend, a great Officer and a man wise for his young age. Chief Deputy Nathan R. Murphy was that to many and I count it a joy to have been his friend. I miss Nathan and I know his family does too. May God Bless all the things that Nathan left behing him for us to learn by and may God Bless his Family and Comfort them as they remember his life at this time every year and Always.

Deputy, Phillip D. Hulvey DSN 518
Ripley County Sheriff's Department

February 3, 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
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 10, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this 6th anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and protect them from harm. They have not forgotten you and have thought of you every day since you were called away. You are a true hero and heroes never died. You will never be forgotten.

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

February 19, 2007

I Will Be Missing You

You were so full of life, always smiling and carefree. Life loved you being a part of it, and I loved you being a part of me. You could make anyone laugh, if they were having a bad day. No matter how sad I was, you could take the hurt away. Nothing could ever stop you, or even make you fall. You were ready to take on the world, ready to do it all. But God decided he needed you, so from this world you left. But you took a piece of all of us, our hearts are what you kept. Your seat is now empty, and its hard not to see your face. But please always know, no one will ever take your place. You left without a warning, not even saying goodbye. And I can't seem to stop, asking the question why. Nothing will ever be the same, the halls are empty without your laughter. but i know your up in heaven, watching over us and looking after. I didn't see this coming, it hit me by surprise. And when you left this world, a small part of us died. I remember you swinging from the hayloft ropes, when you were just a boy. And the last time a saw you, you were driving your pride and joy. Your smile could brighten anyone's, no matter what they were going through. And I know for everyday of the rest of my life, I will be missing you.

Renee Ryan

December 31, 2006


patrolman robert henry
Summersville mo

June 23, 2006

I was hired by Chief Deputy Nathan R. Murphy in Aug. 1997. I was a dispatcher and then encouraged by Nathan to go to the Missouri Sheriff's Trainning Academy to become a Deputy. I did so and enjoyed working with Nathan for 4 years and was working with him at the time of his death. I think Nathan was a fine Officer and I learned alot from him. I miss him as I'm sure his family does. May God Bless all the work he put his hands to while he was with us.

Deputy Phillip D. Hulvey
Ripley County Sheriff's Department

February 23, 2006

I stop by this site everyday after the death of my brother. I extend my prayers out to the family of CD Murphy, as well as the frineds and co-workers. I pray you may still find comfort in God.

CD Murphy thank you for your selfless acts, your sacrifce, courage and dedication. You will not be forgotton.


Emory, Ephrata, WA
brother of Ferry County WA Undersheriff Matt Lane, EOW 5/30/03

April 20, 2004

i dedicate every day of my life to nathan murphy he was a very kind man we all will miss him. he allways said even if someone dies you have to pick yourself up and go on with your life. well i took that advice from my uncle and it has helped me through a lot of grief in the past.

renee ryan
nathan's niece

December 10, 2003

We will all miss Chief Murphy. We wish we could be better protected as a member of police administration, but even we get hurt. May GOD bless Chief Murphy and may he watch down on us and hopefully have a good laugh. 10-42, My brother in blue, you won't be forgotten.

Ofc J. Sharp

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer. Tonight, February 19, 2003 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Chief Deputy Murphy who died on this date two years ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Chief Murphy's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

Thank You sir for your attempt to do what was right. God Bless You.

North Catasauqua PD (PA)

Oregon County, Missouri Chief Deputy Sheriff Nathan Murphy was a friend to everyone. I do not know anyone who had anything negative to say regarding Nathan's personal or professional demeanor. Nathan was always willing to assist the Missouri Department of Conservation and our efforts in protecting Missouri's forest, fish and wildlife resources. Nathan was a true professional in every sense of the word. We all miss you, Nathan. God speed.

District Supervisor Kevin Patterson
Missouri Department of Conservation

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