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Sergeant Kevin Dale Cox

Lubbock Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, July 13, 2001

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Reflections for Sergeant Kevin Dale Cox

Sgt. Cox, thank you for your service and dedication. Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

April 15, 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
Sergeant
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

February 14, 2008

So happy to see that so many people loved you. Your life sounds like it was so beautiful. sorry this is hard for me.
it has been so long and when I do find you, you are watching over me and all who loved you. Sounds like you have a wonderful family and I am sure they miss you very much. I will always love and miss you and my love to your family.

veronica G.
old friend

August 18, 2007

Remembering you, miss you.

Denise
Aunt

July 13, 2007

I miss you.

Karen (Kevin's sister)

February 17, 2007

Sgt Cox,
Well, now I guess I can call you Kevin, since we're the same rank; however, it won't be the same since it seems like just yesterday you were running us in the academy. Even though it's been 5 years, I see your picture everytime I go to the academy, and it's almost surreal. I can still remember the hill at Mae Simmons and the 1.5 mile run where I almost broke Marsh's record.
You would have been proud to see all the citizens of Lubbock when we had your processional. Not one car was moving on the Loop. Thanks again for the leadership and passion. I hope I can provide the same to my troops.
Rest in Peace,
Phil

Sgt Phil Johnson
Lubbock PD

August 16, 2006

Five years have passed since Kevin left for heaven. May God grant his family, friends and co-workers peace and comfort on this day.

It is always hard to lose a loved one, and worse when someone feels responsible for the accident that took a life. Kevin lost his life tragically, but his memory lives on with each person who thinks of him.

Rest well warrior and job well done. Your brothers and sisters in blue will take it from here.


APD, LEO's Wife

July 13, 2006

May God Grant Sgt. Cox's Family, Fellow Officers, and Friends the Serenity to accept the things they cannot Change, the Courage to change the things they can, and the Wisdom to know the difference..... May God Grant you Peace on this anniversary.

Officer Debra McFall Ross
East Buffalo Twp police Dept

July 13, 2006

We know that Jesus has healed you. Now we need
Jesus to heal us. Time has not diminished your sacrifice. May God's grace cover those who need it most on this 5th anniversary of your homegoing.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

July 13, 2006

As I watched my neice Heather, Kevin's beautiful daughter, recently graduate from High School, I sat there and wished he were there to see it as well. A part of me knows he was there, watching her from up above. He will always look after her, and be a part of everything she does, no matter what. I know my entire family had the same thoughts,"if only Kevin were here"... well, he was here, in our thoughts, in out hearts, and I know we could all feel him. As the tears start, I wish to say..Kevin,I love you and miss you more and more everyday.

Kristi
sister

July 5, 2006

Dear Kevin,

It's been awhile since I've looked at this site and read through the beautiful reflections left for you. How I wish you were here to see your beautiful daughter graduate from highshool. It's hard to believe, as I remember the day she was born. I know she will take with her in life, the memories she has of you, the advice I'm sure you gave her while you were here, and I'm even more sure of the advice you've given to her in her sleep. She is a smart woman. I'm glad you continue to watch over all of us from above. I love you lots.
Karen Buechler
(Kevin's sister)


sister

May 13, 2006

Dear Kevin,

I know you will never read this, but i know in my heart you already know what it says. I miss you every day. I wish you were still here to ask me about the stupid gas prices so that you could compare them to lubbock's, or ask if I watched THE game. Not having a clue as to what "game" you were talking about considering I don't watch sports. I can hear you say to me when I would call on the phone..."Hey Karen, glad you got to hear my voice". In that goofy voice of yours. You could always make me laugh whenever you wanted to, even if I was mad at you for going into my room and moving stuff around, when we were growing up.

You would be proud of your family. All of them. Sisters, wife, kids, parents, grandparents. They have all done really well considering we've lost one of the best in our family. I hope you tell our family, that you are with, that we all love them very much and think about them all the time. And just so your head can swell a little bit more....you were absolutely the best brother in the world. No one can compare.

Love, Karen Buechler
(one of your sisters)

Karen Buechler

December 2, 2005

Gods Speed Sergeant Cox on this sad anniversary of you E.O.W.

Sergeant Kristiansen (Ret)
Norwegian Army

July 13, 2005

May God continue to grant you eternal rest and bring comfort and peace to your loved ones.

January 12, 2005

I've lost too many friends in the last 22 years, but I take comfort in this: God holds a special place for those who lay down their lives for others. To Sgt. Cox's friends and family, please know that he lives on in Heaven and will greet you someday with a smile.

Sgt. Bill Richardson
Anchorage, Alaska PD

August 28, 2004

I haven't been with the LPD since 1988, but, I remember you when you first came out of the Academy. Your regular training officer was off that night and you rode with me as I was also a FTO. I remember you as optimistic, intelligent and of good humor and I believed at that time that you would probably make a good officer. I think that you proved that. My condolances to your family and fellow officers, many of whom I have worked with. Thanks for your service.

Robert M Gonzales
Former LPD

August 24, 2004

As the wife of a SWAT leader, this is one of my worst fears. Every SWAT call I hold my breath untill I hear the key in the door. May God Bless and Keep Sgt. Cox's Family and friends and especially his team members. I hope you have all found comfort and understanding. Watch out for each other.

Wife of a Sgt.
Macomb County Sheriff Dept SWAT, MI

March 9, 2004

March 4, 2004
It is so sad to come to this site and see all the officers down.
According to these reflections, you knew Jesus personally and that
blesses me greatly as I know I will meet you face to face one day
and be able to thank you for your sacrifice. There is none greater than
Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
We don't get to Heaven based on what we do,
but what He did for us!! AMEN! Thank you for your fine
example to those that worked with you and knew you. There is now a
huge void that cannot be filled, but as you are remembered, thoughts will
turn to your exemplary life and we will be filled with pride and respect
and love for the man you became. You were a wonderful testimony to
the Lord you served. God be with all those who mourn and may His
promises lift all those with heavy hearts for many years to come.

Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


March 4, 2004

Sergeant Cox will always be remembered as a hero fighting on the side of all that is good in this world. Let all who think that we shall lay down and surrender to evil be warned.

Police Officer
Austin, Tx. PD-SWAT

December 26, 2003

I KNEW SGT. COX FROM A CLASS I TOOK WITH HIM A FEW YEARS AGO. HE WAS A GOOD MAN AND A GOOD OFFICER. HE WILL BE MISSED. DONT LET HIS DEATH BE A SAD MOMENT, HE IS IN A BETTER PLACE. GOD BLESS AND PROTECT US ALL IN THE LINE OF DUTY

OFFCR T. MCKINNEY #3360
ECTOR COUNTY CORR CENTER

November 18, 2003

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, July 13, 2003 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Sgt. Kevin Cox 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.

Sgt. Cox's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

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

Today, June 30th, is Kevins birthday. And I thought this was the best place to leave a birthday wish for him, as I couldnt do it in person. What I wouldn't give to be able to call him, on such a special day. Although I know I can't, I wanted others to know, that I am still thinking of him on this day,as well as everyday.
Kevin,
My thoughts are with you on this very special day. I miss you more and more as each day passes, and cant express how I feel today, not being able to wish you a happy birthday, but instead, typing it on this form. I released a balloon into the sky, today,in honor of your birthday.I watched it fly so high into the beautiful blue sky, and imagined you receiving it. It did bring some peace, if only for a few minutes................ I love you.......

Kristi (Kevins youngest sister)

Kevin, although it has been almost two years, I haven't had a big Mexican Dinner for Christmas because I know you won't be here to eat it. I will always remember how you loved that food and how I loved having you and Tonya,Heather, and Hunter to make a lonely day happy for me. You will never know how I miss you.
Loved you,
Great Aunt Ernestene

Ernestene Southard
Great Aunt

~ The Final Inspection ~

The Policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass,
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

“Step forward now, my Policeman,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?”

The Policeman squared his shoulders and spoke,
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t.
Because those of us who carry badges,
Can’t always be a saint.”

“I’ve had to work most Sundays,
and at work my talk is rough,
And sometimes I’ve been violent,
Cause the streets are awfully tough.”

“But I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got awfully steep.”

“But I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, Oh God, forgive me,
I wept unmanly tears.”



“I know I don’t deserve a place,
Among all the people here.
They never really wanted me around anyway,
Except at times to calm their fear.”

“But if you do have a place here for me Lord,
It needn’t be too grand.
I’ve never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t…I’ll understand.”

There was silence all around the throne,
Where the Saints had often trod.
As the Policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

The Policeman stood there quietly,
Fearing he wouldn’t be the one,
To enter the gates of paradise,
Knowing he had failed this Final Inspection.

Then the Lord looked down upon him,
And took him by hand
The Lord embraced the policeman in his arms,
As he spoke these words so grand.

“Step forward now, my Policeman,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Please come walk a beat on the streets of Heaven,
Since you’ve worked your time in Hell.”

To the family of Officer Cox,
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. I had the brief privilidge of meeting Kevin during the time of my brothers death. He impressed upon me that he was truly an outstanding Officer and individual. My prayers will always be with you.

Johnny Kendricks
Brother of LPD Officer Rodney R. Kendricks

As a distant relative and just hearing of this tragedy..I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathies to all of Kevin's family and friends....

Cherry Miller Smith

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