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

Chief Gurr was our mentor, father figure, boss, but to most he was our "best friend". He had the ability to be the Chief, and be considered our friend. He truly went out of his way to help people...on and off duty. He was a servant in his public and private life. He served our country in Vietnam. The experiences he encountered there were very private to him. He then became a police officer, and quickly advanced to become the youngest Chief of Police in the State of Utah. He served in that position for the next 24 years. Whenever officers were struggling, on or off the job, Chief Gurr was there. Compassionate, loyal, dedicated, a man of integrity who fought crime with a passion and was quick to forgive. My hero, my friend. I love you Chief and miss you tremendously. Thanks for your friendship. May God bless your family in your absence.

annonymous

July 6, 2005

I have missed you so much and it still hurts that you are gone from our mortal lives. I know you are with our parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends. Although we didn't see each other as much in the last years of your life, I always knew you were there for me and my family. You must be busy in heaven with many new things to do and you have left a wonderful legacy here on the earth.

anonymous

May 6, 2005

Chief Gurr, you are a true American Hero. You defended this country as a soldier and a police officer. Citizens of this country can never repay you for your sacrifice, but I know you would never ask for anything as you were a true professional. God be with you and your family. You will never be forgotten.

Robert Gordon, father of Chicago Officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Robert Gordon, Asst. Chief, Retired
Riverside PD, IL

April 20, 2005

It had been years since we had crossed each others paths
the times we spent short but full of laughs
your presence is gone, but your strong spirit I still remember well
my heart morns for you are one of the many officers who fell.
Love ya, Nicaleen

Nicaleen Oberhansly
family

March 14, 2005

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." -John 15:13

Cadet, Austin Edwards
Utah POST

March 3, 2005

I miss you dad.

Patrolman
Logan City PD

December 21, 2004

Cec,

Its been three years and you are still missed. You left a hole that cannot be filled.

November 27, 2004

Everytime, one of the boys is pressing my buttons and I get ready to yell at them. I stop and think of you and the example you where to me. I then realize that if I want my kids to think of me like I think of you I need to be the kind of father you where. Thanks for the example. I love and miss you so much. You lose still hurts me.

September 12, 2004

Well dad... they have really run me through the ringer. it has been an emotional rollercoster, to say the least. I pass by your POST graduation pitcure three to eight times a day... I miss you buddy. Although I will never fully understand what you have been through, I am gaining a better understanding of why you went through it. I love you

Cadet Slade C. Gurr
POLICE CORPS

July 29, 2004

July 6, 2004. Three years. I still miss you and think of you daily. There are many of us who share our favorite memories of you. We laugh, cry, sigh....we all miss you. Thanks for being my friend and hero. You're the best! I hope I'm allowed to see you again after my time expires here on earth. I hope you are at peace and full of happiness. You earned it by your devotion to country, city, family and friends. You are loyal, honest, shining with personal integrity,...what a great example you were to all. May God bless you and those who love and miss you.

Anonymous

July 6, 2004

Three years today dad.... I miss you, and think of you all too offten. I am amazed daily at what a brave man you are and the courage you showed throughout your life

Slade C. Gurr
Cadet

July 6, 2004

Well my brother today is the third year without your kinship. It is not getting better, but at times easier. I'm so happy for your mom, she is there with you now, and I know that is what she wanted more then life. Your Dad is a great man. The time I get to spend with him is more valuable each time. He so wants to be with you and your mom. I tell him to wait, and be patient. He tells me he is afraid you guys will get to far ahead of him. He makes me smile, just the way you used to make me smile. I am watching him and trying to be there for him, but it is not enough, he wants you guy's :) Well the rest you know and I have no need to tell you here. Love you more then words can tell you. The rest of your family misses you as much as the day you went to the better place. I try and watch them from afar for you. A promise is exactly that!

ret Lt. Mel Curftis

July 6, 2004

DAY IS DONE,
GONE THE SUN,
FROM THE HILLS, FROM THE LAKE, FROM THE SKIES.
ALL IS WELL, SAFELY REST,
GOD IS NIGH.

GO TO SLEEP, PEACEFUL SLEEP,
MAY THE SOLDIER OR SAILOR, GOD KEEP.
ON THE LAND OR THE DEEP,
SAFE IN SLEEP.

LOVE, GOOD NIGHT,
MUST THOU GO,
WHEN THE DAY, AND THE NIGHT NEED THEE SO?
ALL IS WELL. SPEEDETH ALL
TO THEIR REST.

FADES THE LIGHT;
AND AFAR
GOETH DAY, AND THE STARS SHINETH BRIGHT,
FARE THEE WELL; DAY IS GONE,
NIGHT IS ON.

THANKS AND PRAISE,
FOR OUR DAYS,
'NEATH THE SUN, 'NEATH THE STARS, 'NEATH THE SKY,
AS WE GO, THIS WE KNOW,
GOD IS NIGH.

A Brother In Blue

Detective Troy S. Pilivi
Box Elder Narcotics Strike Force

July 2, 2004

This is the 3rd father's day that the Gurr childern and Grandkid's have been without the Dad and Grandpa.
so this poem is for you Chife
Hands are a bond between father and son
A tool that one teaches the other to use
Needing to pass on the passion,or lose
Doing what long generations have done
Sowing the seeds fo what they have begun.

May God Bless you all
and you will all be with your Dad and Grandpa someday
Love Jimmy Bowker

Jimmy Bowker
Friend

June 23, 2004

Cecil
I'm sorry that I haven't had the courage to talk to you. It has taken this long. I still can't understand. My heart still hurts. That day changed our lives for ever. Each day as my husband put his uniform on I take a deep breath. I look into his eyes. The thoughts in my mind I have to hide. I'm still scared, when the phone rings, I can't explain what goes briefly through my mind. I turn the police radio off every day. I try not to call him, because I don't want him to know that I'm still sick inside. I have to close now, I will come back and finish talking with you when I find more courage to continue.
Anonymous

Anonymous

March 25, 2004

I miss you dad. It sure would be nice to call and shoot the s**t with you like we use to. We finally overturned the negative impacts of initiative B. It was a real battle... I can’t believe how ignorant some people can be - it should have been a no brainier. At least it did pass and once again law enforcement will have a little help in the fight against drugs.

There is another addition to the family, she is sooooo cute. You wouldn’t be able to contain yourself. Life in general is perfect, except your absence - then again, that doesn’t just make it imperfect it makes it down right miserable at times. I miss you so bad I literally can’t breathe at times. I wish my wife could know you -I know you would be so happy for me, she is amazing.... I can’t believe that I am writing on this page again...

Son

March 12, 2004

Dad, Just missing you as usual. Baby has your toes! She is beautiful. She will miss you in her life more so than the rest of us who at least got a glimpse. It was you who first got my other babies to laugh, I sometimes wonder if it is you this baby is looking at. I hope so. I didn't think I could have another baby without your love and support and all your enthusiasm, but I'm glad I did. I hope you are just as happy about it wherever you are as you would be if you were here. It just hurts to much to think about. I really miss you. You always looked so natural and peaceful with a new baby in your arms. Maybe you could look in on her some night, maybe hold her, so she won't be left out. Maybe you could look in on all of us. All my love, Sugar Bear

Anonymous

February 20, 2004

Chief Cecil Gurr, I was there the night you lost your life, and I
would like to say that Sgt. Wayne Embleton talks and thinks the
world about you. And one day I hope to be thought of as half the
man you were. RPD lost a great man, a Chief, and a friend on July,
06 2001.

We all love you

Cadet Andrew Morrison UBATC

January 29, 2004

note from a friend:Well i dont realy know what to say but i want to tell you i admire you and you were and always will be my hero. Though you are gone you will always be in my heart and in the hearts of everyone that knew you. It seems that you were always happy and knew just what to say. when i was having problems you would talk to my stepmom (your niece) beverly and you knew just what to say she always knows what to do because you have left her and other people with a few of your thoughts and values, and with that i thank you Cecil. You and a few others have inspired me and i hope to become a police officer when i get old enough.

amber shifflet
friend

January 22, 2004

Dad I saw a review for Apocalypse Now and thought of what you did for us. Thanks

Anonymous

January 14, 2004

As the Chief of Police for my Department and now having reached the age of 50 yrs. I recognize a unique but distant kinship to Chief Gurr. It is clear from the many reflections that Chief Gurr was a man of character and of impecible professional standing. I hope that I can one day stand in his shadow not only as a Chief and police officer but as a man as well. In this way his life and senseless loss will have that continued positive meaning that only those who wear a badge understand and where a part of our everlasting presence exists in the service to our country and communities.

Chief of Police Olen M. Young
Wauneta Police Department

December 17, 2003

Just checking in on ya dad... Sorry I dont take more time to reflect, but as I am sure you know it has quite the effect on my disposition. Got married last month, I guess you know that though.... Life is great, just wish I could give you a call. I miss you buddy...

Son
LCPD

November 25, 2003

It seems silly writing a note on a website to a fallen soul. I never knew you. I worked with your son Dax and at times thought we could have been brothers having so much in common. You would still be proud of him, he has grown a lot more since you were killed. Although he always seemed a little wiser than most our age. One of my close friends is also on this website- James Cawley. I never appreciated what he did for us until after he was killed in Iraq. I don't think most of us appreciate what police officers do for us everyday. Even after the tragedy of Sept. 11th. Thank you for doing what others would not do. For putting your life on the line everyday for years and protecting those that could not protect themselves. When you were killed, I thought how all alone you must have felt in those final moments, but then I realized that there were angels there to help relieve your fears. From what I have heard you were a great man, and that greatness lives on in your family today! May peace and comfort be with your family until they are again reunited with you in our great and everlasting home!

Joe Oliver
Friend

October 10, 2003

AS A CHILD I GREW UP WITH MY DAD WHO WAS A POLICE OFFICER. HE AND CECIL WERE GOOD FRIENDS AND WORKED TOGETHER FOR MANY YEARS. I REMEMBER VISITING YOUR HOME OFTEN. SPENDING TIME PLAYING WITH SHALON, DAX, AND SLADE. YOU ARE ALL AMAZING PEOPLE. MY HEART BREAKS FOR YOU EACH TIME I THINK OF THE PAIN AND HEARACHE YOU MUST FEEL. THE COURAGE IT WOULD TAKE TO CONTINUE ON EACH DAY! I CANNOT IMAGINE!! LANETTE WE WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE AND ALLOWING YOUR HUSBAND TO GIVE SO FREELY TO OTHERS. HOW SELFLESS YOU ARE TO HAVE SUPPORTED HIM ALL THESE YEARS. CECIL WAS AND STILL IS A VERY CHRISTLIKE PERSON I HAVE ALWAYS RESPECTED HIM FROM THE TIME I WAS A CHILD. ITS SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND WHY THESE THINGS HAPPEN TO SOMEONE WHO IS MAKING SUCH A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLES LIVES HERE ON EARTH. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE DAY THAT YOU WILL ALL BE TOGETHER AGAIN I PRAY THAT HEAVENLY FATHER WILL BLESS YOU IN WAYS YOU CAN'T COMPREHEND. MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU AND YOU WILL ALL BE FOREVER IN MY PRAYERS. I THINK OF YOU OFTEN. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!! TIFF

Anonymous

It has been 2 years now. i took law enforcement this year and wayne talked about you all the time.
my dad does too. i just wish you were still here. i knew you but not as good as i wanted to. ever
since that day 2 years ago i have thought really hard about becoming a police officer or something it
that proffession. i just hope if i do i will as good of one as you were. you will always be in my heart
and so will your fa

Anonymous

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