Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal Joseph Thomas Cushman

Arlington Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, June 7, 2001

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Reflections for Corporal Joseph Thomas Cushman

Rest in heavenly peace

Mark Mottola

June 7, 2020

Rest in peace Corporal Cushman.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 14, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

June 7, 2018

It's been a long time since Class 12 started with APD. I've since retired and began the next season in life. Life is not so much about what you acquire, its what you do for others to make the world a better place. Joey did just that. APD and my world are better from having known him.

1 Cor. 16 vs 13 & 14

ID 1069
APD retired

November 20, 2016

Rest in Peace Corporal Joseph Thomas Cushman. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Arlington, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.


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

June 7, 2016

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

June 8, 2015

You are so missed Joey! Can't believe that you have been gone twelve years....

Lisa Marino-McIntosh
TDCJ District Parole Officer/Friend

June 14, 2013

Cpl. Cushman,
On today, the 11th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Arlington. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

June 7, 2013

Hey Joey-
It's time to remember our heroes this week and I wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you. It still saddens me to remember what happened. Although we didn't hang out much I still considered you a friend and as my academy classmate I will always have a small hurt in my heart for you as does Heidi. We really miss you and you come up often in our conversations about our careers with the department. I scratched your name on a piece of paper at the memorial in Washington last year, one of the hardest things I can say I have done. Hope you are still watching over us down here.


Mike Holguin, Lieutenant

May 6, 2013

Rest in peace, Corporal Cushman.

Former APD/Class 5

December 3, 2012

Joey, I think of you nearly everyday and I wasn't even your best friend. Your affect and impact on others was amazing, a true Galatians 5:22 man. You aren't beside us, but you're always with us and we are forever thankful for the time we shared with you here and richness you brought each of our lives. We miss you and will see you again. Happy 20th reunion.

June 23, 2012

June 23, 2012


It's been way too long. We think of you matter where life takes Rick and I (and Cooper "Joseph"), we take you with us. We love you and miss you lots!

Anna Ryan
Friend/Former APD Officer

December 28, 2011

Joey on this day we are burying one of my former brothers, I stop to reflect on your gifts you left all of us with. You were a good man and a caring friend and you are still missed. You are one of the inspirations for me to have become an officer and to share our passion with others. Thank you for your work and sacrifice. God Bless you Joey.

Deron Lillard
Former Classmate, Southwest High School

October 27, 2011

You will not be forgotten, Brother.

NLC, Special Agent

March 14, 2011

What a wonderful smile he had.

My heart goes out to all who love and miss him.

I can't help but wonder what would have been.... RIP brother.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 18, 2011

joey, we still miss you. we will never forget what a magic spot of life you were.

randy jacobs

December 29, 2010

I find myself thinking about you often Joey, Love you man and see you soon! Your Friend, Chad

Special Agent Chad Willie
Naval Criminal Investigative Service

December 28, 2010

I've typed several things and then just erased them. Mostly just wanted to say I love you and I miss you.


October 13, 2010

As tomorrow rolls around, my mind is racing with so many fond memories. It was an absolute honor to have worked side by side with you, but even more so, to have been able to know, love, and respect someone so much. Your tender spirit lives on...until we meet again. Love ya Joey!

Anna Ryan

June 6, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the eighth 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. Rest In Peace.

From reading the reflections, I can see that you were an amazing young man who had a profound impact on many people and that you are loved and missed by so many. I hold your loved ones in my heart's embrace today and pray for their solace.

Phyllis Loya


June 8, 2009

Before I became an Officer I did a couple of ride alongs with Officer Cushman.He was always very curtious and professional.When I told him I was going in law enforcement he gave me pointers to help me out.The area that he served was mostly hispanic,he had taken several yrs of spanish so he go communicate with the citizens that spoke spanish.He would go out of his way to help some one if he could.I cosidered him a friend and he will be missed.

Jimmy Chadwick
Former Officer Blue Mound PD,Tx

March 26, 2009

You are a beautiful person, inside and out. I can't begin to comprehend the void you've left. You were too young with so many unfinished dreams left to
accomplish. Well, nothing is wasted with the Lord and He will make it up to
you, except the part about having a wife and kids. We just have to trust Him
because our finite minds just can't comprehend the reason(s) for your leaving
in such a difficult way. I hope your fellow officer has been able to forgive
himself and move on. It definitely was a tragedy for all involved. Would love
to meet you in Paradise when my time is up. Heaven will be simply delightful
and I long for it. Sincerely, your sister in Christ,
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

June 8, 2008

Joey, you're a one in a million kind of guy - funny and fun to be with, you made everyone feel like they were your best friend. You were maddening to argue with - you were always right and you knew it would just take time for us to agree with you...friends, teachers, parents, strangers, didn't matter - we would see the light. The light usually came in the form of your big bright smile. You'd give a hug and your warmth was the blanket to cut the chill from the world. You loved a surprise - getting them or planning them...and you loved a practical joke most of all. Who could stay mad at you? You wouldn't allow it - knowing Joey Cushman wasn't about having enemies, it was about having lifelong friends. You inspired, amazed, encouraged and enchanted the people who met you. To those who knew you briefly, the physical loss of you is like a rose with no color or scent. To those who knew you well and loved you deeply, your passing is like a lifetime of rose gardens with no flowers at all.

I think of you daily and hope that you can feel all the love being sent to you.


June 7, 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

January 30, 2008

Joey- every officer I see in blue, I say "thank you for your service"...and I mean it - you gave up a physical future here on earth and a lifetime worth of joy with the people who love you without end. Your sacrifice is felt everyday. I will not ever see an officer of your caliber again....but I will honor you through my thanks to them.


September 25, 2007

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