Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Norman Dennis

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, May 22, 2001

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Joseph Norman Dennis

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

May 23, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Dennis.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 23, 2019

Was actually looking up my Son Joseph on Google and for whatever reason this popped up. God is good all the time, but we don't have answers for why bad things happen to good people. Joe Dennis and his brothers and sisters were in my youth; family. I spent Christmas', thanksgivings, vacations. Summers, winters, springs and falls with them, all the time. Our dads were our hero's, we wanted to be just like them. We were both Steeler fans and loved watching them win. I did not know you as an adult, I had drifted far away from all friends and family. I remember going to work and hearing your name on the radio, very sad day. I went to the funereal and Saw your sister and mike, they hugged me like we had never missed a day. Ben was so small the last time, they all looked like they did when we were kids. As sad as I felt that day I was so blessed to have learned you had become a follower of Christ. I had done the same about 4 years earlier. So I know you are in great hands. I pray for your Mom, dad, and of course Ben, Debbie, and Mike all the time. As well as your wife, and children whom I never met. You were a brother back then Joe, not my cousin. I know you knew that. Thank you for serving as an officer. Love you. See you when the Lord calls me home.

David Thomas Hanlon

June 28, 2018

Mr. Joe was my neighbor when his life was tragically lost in the line of duty in May 2001. I was almost 11 years old and still think about him often. He was a great man and always so kind to my siblings and I. We visited the Texas Peace Officers Memorial in Austin today where I found his name. God bless him and his family.

Kristin Reesor Kelley
Neighbor and Friend

April 7, 2018

Today, the weather here is perfect as a description of how my heart feels... Dark grey clouds, wet soppy roads, and shards of lightning, like the giant cracks left in my heart from loosing you exactly 16 years ago.
We had been married for just 16 years when, in the blink of an eye, you were taken from me, and now I have been without you for 16 why does it seem like so much longer that I have been without you than the time we got to share together???
I MISS YOU SOOOOOO MUCH! And my heart still hurts.
"They" say 'Time Heals All Wounds'. I say... 'THEY' LIE!
There are two things that keep me going each and every day...
#1 - Our Children, are gifts from God (and you), they are True BLESSINGS that I am so very Thankful for!!! and,
#2 - Knowing that one day I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN!
Our GOD is a GREAT GOD and I have HIS PROMISE that I will one day be with you again!
Until we meet again - I will ALWAYS LOVE you!!!

Deputy Rene' Dennis
Harris County S.O. & Wife

May 22, 2017

My heart still aches over losing a very close and good friend I had in you.

Sergeant Michael W. Thompson
Harris County Sheriff's Office

April 4, 2017

Though I never really knew you personally ... " we're one, in the same". "May God bless you and keep you".

Deputy Bryan Durham
Harris County Sheriff Office

May 23, 2016

Rest in peace my friend. I miss you and I will always remember the wonderful times we had together. I will always be your "Best Man".

Troy Serrano
childhood and best friend

May 23, 2016

Rest in Peace Deputy Sheriff Joseph Norman Dennis. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Harris County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and the men and women of the Harris County Sheriff's Department. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the bones of the scum that murdered you. May he know no peace in the after life. May his grave be infested with thorns and weeds. May he burn forever in the lake of fire!


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

May 22, 2016

It was the day my world froze. My brother beat me to the gates of heaven. Not a day goes by where I don't say a prayer and include him. The moment when I spoke to thousands of people on his behalf was the moment I felt him holding me up. He remains in my heart and continues to watch over me. He is forever a hero to me. I say a prayer to all of the fallen officers and know my brother is there to welcome them into the gates of heaven.

Ben Dennis
His little brother

September 4, 2015

While this may sound crazy, I recall and remember vividly each one of the brave men and women who were slain by senseless criminal acts. Joe's death was one I remember more so. I remember his death mostly due to the cowardly act of his killer who tried killing himself while taking us out on a walk through the crime scene area.

The crazy thing is I listen to lots of Beatle songs and every time I hear "In My Life" I recall my friends and miss them still. No one more than the other but I can only say I loved working with them and continue to get teary eyed!

God bless his family and all those still wearing the badge!

Senior Deputy (Retired)
HCSO Gang Intelligence

May 22, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 22, 2015

14 years and I still have a empty spot in my heart, still missing you.


May 22, 2015

I cant help but feel my heart ache in pain reading about your passing thru the internet. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your wife and your kids. May you rest in peace and may your family be blessed everyday.

Wife of a Police Officer

November 20, 2014

Joe, just thinking of you on this date and wanted to say that you and your family are still in my prayers and that you have not been forgotten.


Deputy C.G. Kopecky

May 22, 2013

Heroes live forever, Deputy Dennis, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Harris County and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

May 22, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 11th 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 22, 2012

Love you man!! Thinking about you and your family today. RIP

Troy Serrano, Victoria Texas
friends forever

May 22, 2012

Rest in peace, Deputy Dennis. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Harris County and the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

May 22, 2012


I just found this page and it made me sick to see your picture on a Memorial page. I am speechless. I love you MAN!!!!!!! Now I know I can share with eveyone else on your anniversay and b-day!! I MISS YOU!!!!!

Troy Serrano/Victoria Texas

Troy Serrano
childhood friend/best friend

May 15, 2012

To my brother in Christ.Even though I have never personally met you or your God-fearing love ones, you can rest assure that as an normal human being on this planet earth, I truly feel like we are from the same fruits of the spirit which is love,peace,long-suffering,joy, and GOD'S GRACE which see us through life.BLESSING BEYOND CHRIST WHO IS OUR INTERCEDOR TO OUR FATHER WHICH SITTETH ON HIGH. TO ALL OUR LOVE ONES . PEACE BE UNTO OUR FAMILIES.


May 14, 2012

uncle joe its been almost 11 years and i still miss you till this day. your kids are getting big and your brothers and sister kids are growing up. i am how ever working at a grocery story that i first started at when we first moved over here. and kelly is going to school. I have meet an amazing friend who is by my side throw thick and thin. Uncle joe we have grown up and things are getting better ever day love you with all my heart.

love you always

Christy Joanne Duncan

February 16, 2012

Uncle Joe, we miss you so much. I have recently married the most wonderful man and we talk about you quite often. You would have LOVED him, and he would have loved you. Ya'll have so much in common. Its so unfair that you were taken from us so early in your life, and your babies lives. You should see them now. You'd be so proud. Love you always.


September 27, 2011

Seems like yesterday when we were sitting in the storefront planning our retirement and seeing how far we had to go, Well my brother I made it to retirement and I remember the days prior when we were working together. The morning I came to work and was told officer down I rushed to the scene to find out it was you and my heart stopped. I knew what we had to do. We were a team out there we stood by one another. I always think about that day when you were taken from us. There is so much to reflect on that it is hard to put into words.
R.I.P. my brother for you are watching all of us from afar.
Rene and the kids will always be in our prayers.

Franklin Joe

Franklin Joe Sr. Deputy Retired
Harris County Sheriff's office

May 22, 2011



May 22, 2011

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