Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Cecil F. Gurr

Roosevelt Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Friday, July 6, 2001

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Reflections for Chief of Police Cecil F. Gurr

Officer Gurr was all that an Officer should be. He was kind, fair, just, and honest. He will truly be missed. God certainly must have needed him for a higher purpose, to "police" us all, in a Higher court. My condolences to his family and friends. My prayers are with you all.

Tracey Huffman

My family and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the family of Chief Gurr during this trying time.

Officer Scott Buchanan
West Valley City (UT) Police Department

God bless chief Gurr and his family as to their loss. The Roosevelt police dept should be honored to have had a chief who led his troops from the front by taking calls for service.
10-7 sir, you have earned it.

Officer (anonymous)
Orlando Police- Florida

This man was my best friend. He really did lead by example. He always made me want to be a better police officer and a better man. I will miss him and I know he will never be able to be replaced. Cecil was everybody's best friend. Goodbye my friend I love you. Mel

(Ret) Lt. Mel Curtis
Vernal Police Dept.

Our family will be praying for yours at this time of loss. When a life of a Police Officer is taken, I truly believe it is felt around the world. May your family have peace at this time, and know that this great man has been a faithful servant, and is with our Heavenly Father. No words can express what I feel as the wife of an officer better than the wonderful poems posted here. As an officer's wife to an officer's wife... stay strong, stay close to those that carry you at this time, stay close to your spirituality, know that we will continually pray for your family, and that your reunion with your husband someday will be a glorious event. Our love...

J. Hughes
Wife of a Metro Police Officer Las Vegas, NV.

May God have mercy upon his soul and grant his family, friends and coworkers His consolation.
Frank A. Piloto, Jr, Retired Deputy Sheriff
Miami Dade Police Department

Frank Piloto, Jr., Retired
Miami Dade Police Department

I worked for the past four and one-half years with Chief Gurr as a prosecutor for Roosevelt City. He was a model police chief, dedicated friend and neighbor. He looked out for his officers like a father. He was their mentor, leader, and confidant. He was respectful to all, even those that at times I did not believe deserved respect. He was a straight arrow, hard worker, protector of the weak and example of all that is good and right in America. We have lost one of the best. May God watch over his family and his department.

Clark McClellan, Roosevelt City Attorney

I'm sure that I speak on behalf of everyone at the Tampa Police Department when I say that you are a hero to all of us. You lost your life doing what few others are willing to do, and for that you will never be forgotten. We at T.P.D. are dealing with our own tragedy right now, as we lost our first female officer in the line of duty at the hands of a cold-blooded murderer this week as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always...


Rest in Peace Chief.


To All Those Near and Dear to Chief Cecil Gurr,

All of our heartfelt sympathy and condolences go out to each of you. We wish words could express how we feel. However, we know that prayers are much more powerful. Therefore, we extend to Our Lord prayers for all of you.

In His Name,

Jack H. Lanier, Jr.
Chaplain, Longview Police Department

Longview Police Department (TX)

I worked for Chief Gurr from 1984 to 1986. I have since worked for or with several chiefs. None
have been as outstanding as Chief Gurr. In 1993 I was promoted to Chief of Police for Grantsville
City. I modeled my department after his example. He will be greatly missed by the law
enforcement community.

Chief Danny A Johnson
Grantsville City Police Dept.

My prayers are with the family and Dept of Cecil Gurr

The Badge

- It is polished and shiny and looks so fine.
Once you earn it you have to tow the line.
- The minute you wear it upon your chest
it becomes a symbol that you are the best.
- It means honesty, integrity, and fairness to all.
Your life is never your own, but at the publics call.
- Night or day, any hour, it makes you a mark.
It doesn't protect you from a shot in the dark.
- Over the years the shine starts to fade,
but brighter still is the man its made.
- It is often what seperates you from the crowd.
It is a second family of which you are proud.
- So now comes your time, you can't be denied.
When you pin on your badge, wear it with pride
- The minute you wear it upon your chest
it becomes a symbol that you are the best.

....unknown author

I'd like to express my deep regrets that another brother has fallen. My Heart goes out to all the brothers and sisters in blue, especially those still on watch in Roosevelt.
God Bless.

Deputy Ed Whiteman
Salt Lake Co Sheriff


Somebody killed a policeman today, and a part of American died.

A piece of our country he swore to protect, will be buried with him at his side.

The suspect that shot him will stand up in court, with counsel demanding his rights.

While a young widowed mother must work for her kids, and spend many long lonely nights.

The beat that he walked was a battled field too, just as if he'd gone off to war.

Thought the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast, to his name they will add a gold star.

Yes, somebody killed a policeman today, in your town or mine.

While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors, a copy put his life on the line.

Now his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street, and he stands at each new rookie's side.

He answered the call, of himself gave his all, And A Part Of America Died.

(Author Unknown)


I would just like to send my condolenses to the entire family of Chief Cecil Gurr. I am a 17-year-old Canadian who plans to become a Police Officer for the Hamilton-Wentworth Regional Police in Ontario. It is unfortunate that officers continue to lose their lives in the line of duty - no doubt doing what they love to do. I can't believe that such a senseless act took place. At this time my heart goes out for the Chief's wife and children during such a dreadful time.

I will keep Chief Cecil Gurr in my prayers along with other officers throughout the USA and Canada who continue to put their lives on the line for the safety of their country. I'm sure he will be missed by all who knew him and the reassurance that he is now in a better place is all that I can extend to all those hurt by the loss. This is a painful time for everyone who knew and loved the Chief.

The following is a poem:

The Police
I have been where you fear to be
I have seen what you fear to see
I have done what you fear to do
All these things, I have done for

I am the man you lean upon
The man you cast your scorn upon
The man you bring your troubles to
All of these men I've been to you.

The man you ask to stand apart
The man you feel should have no heart
The man you call "the man in blue"
But I'm just a man, just like you.

And through the years I've come to
That I'm not what you ask of me
So take this badge and take this gun
Will you take it?...Will anyone?

And when you watch a person die
And hear a battered child cry
Then do you think that you can be
All these things you ask of me?


I dedicate this to the sweet memory of Chief Cecil Gurr and to all those men and women in blue who keep society in control so that we may all live in peace.

To you Chief Gurr - May God Bless You Always. Rest in Peace. You are truly a national HERO in BLUE. God Bless.

Jason Sorbara
Hamilton, Ontario

Our thoughts and prayers goes out to Chief Gurr's family and friends

May God Bless you always

Terry Miyares
Officer Emilio Miyares
Hialeah Police Dept., Florida
E.O.W. 11/6/86

Terry Miyares,
Hialeah Police Dept.

".....and a part of America died." Chief Gurr's name will be read and the Utah State flag posted at our May 14, 2002 Law Enforcement Memorial Service.

Chaplain Jim Powell
Oldham County PD - Kentucky

The Chief is in our thoughts and prayers. He will not be forgotten.

Patrolman Eric Kinsman
Durham Police Department, NH

As a Police Officer myself I wish to extend all of my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Chief Cecil Gurr. May God bless the family members left behind, and may Cecil be blessed forever for the service he provided to his department, community and great nation.

Z. Robison

Zan Robison (Police Officer)
Centerville Police Department (UT)

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and fellow officers of Chief Gurr. The passing of a member of the public safety family is mourned by all of us. Rest now in peace Brother Cecil Gurr, your service here is complete.

Dir Kevin Turley, EMT- B / EMT- Tactical
Cheaha EMS & Rescue Service, Inc (Calhoun County, Alabama)

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