Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant Leonard Bruce Estes

Butte County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Thursday, July 26, 2001

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Reflections for Lieutenant Leonard Bruce Estes

Godspeed,Rest in Peace Brother. No you are not be forgotten.

Master Deputy
Chesterfield Sheriff’s Office Va.

July 26, 2006

Thank you for your service. You will always be remembered. Rest in peace.

Daughter of an officer

July 26, 2006

Just wanted you and your family to know you will never be forgotten by those that knew you....See you one day Larry....God Bless..


Patrolman SWAT
Oroville CA (former)

February 23, 2006

Brother Estes,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables LE Motorcycle Club

December 15, 2005

Heroes come in many sizes, shapes and colors and if a picture was needed in a dictionary next to the word hero, I think your picture would fit perfectly. God bless you and your family.

St. Louis City Police

July 26, 2005

I knew Larry Estes as a fine officer and even more as a fine gentleman. I have tried to emulate his presence as my memorial to him.

I have complete faith that Larry and I shall meet once again in the great beyond. There I will at last meet with Randy Jennings and Bill Hunter.

I have attended funeral services for three of Butte County's finest. That is too many!

God rest you, courageous gentlemen!

Major Don Hall
Arizona Rangers

April 14, 2005

Three years ago today Lt. Leonard B. Estes lost his life in the service of his country and community. His tragic and seemingly senseless loss is a constant reminder of the violence that law enforcement officers face each and every day. All of our shifts today are dedicated to this hero with the hope that in some small way it will bring peace and comfort to those who knew and loved him. He will never be forgotten by us.


Chief of Police / Olen M. Young
Wauneta PD Nebraska

July 26, 2004

Wow, we're coming up on 3 years and I still can't believe it.
I think my heart will alway ache in that one spot that you are suppose to fill. I still think about you everyday and as things in my life change and move forward I wish so much you were here to share and enjoy these things.
Mom is doing good but I still keep a very close eye on her. She misses you a lot, but is being strong.
I love you dad more than any words can describe.
You will be in my heart and mind forever!

Jennifer Estes

July 10, 2004

Rest easy, sir. You lived and died a hero. It is because of people like you that I pin my star and go forward, never knowing what lies ahead. May God bless those you left behind and may they know that you are a hero to so many.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)



The first year has passed and I still can't believe that my dad is gone. I'm starting to feel as if "reality" may never truly sink in.
I still feel so much anger, yet at the same time I feel like I am becoming more open to all people, after all, who knows what hardships they have faced.
My heart is so full of love for my dad that I sometimes feel like it is going to explode, but instead it just keeps growing stronger.
Dad, if you're looking down on me now, there are just three things to say; I love and miss you everyday, I hope I make you proud, and always watch over mom and continue to help her smile.

Jennifer Estes

It's been six months now, and my heart still hurts everyday. You are in my thoughts at every moment. I love you.

Jennifer Estes - Daughter

Jennifer...I heard what happened and I want to wish my sincerest condolences to you and your family. Ian

Ian Gronseth, friend of Jennifer's...his

LT, even when you knew the adversity that lay ahead, you put your fear aside and went in to help a fellow officer and you sacrificed your life and all the beauty that accompanied it. You gave your life so that somebody else would live theirs to the fullest. God bless you and the loved ones who mourn you. Thank you for what you did.

Officer G. Huiskens
San Jose Police Dept.

Our family is praying for the family of this officer, for his friends and for his law enforcement co-workers. This is happening everyday, everywhere; they lay their lives on the line every time they mark on duty. God will get you through this. God Bless.

Janice Starnes - wife
of murdered officer
Sgt. Daniel R. Starnes
Killed in the line of duty 7-10-2001


Lt. Larry Estes spent close to 30 years serving and protecting the people of Butte County, but his contributions went so much further. Everyone from his life long friends to complete strangers who appeared in need was offered a helping hand. You see, my Dad had the unique ability to make everyone smile and feel better regardless of his or her situation. He knew when people needed help without ever needing to be asked, and had an uncanny way of making everyone feel like they were special. He was the truly special one, and because of that will stay in peoples' hearts and minds forever.

My Dad loved being a cop in every way, but he loved his family far beyond any means of measure. A special place in my heart will keep him with me forever. He is my hero.

For those who knew my dad, you know he'd want everyone to put a smile on their face and enjoy all that life has to offer. This is not an easy task at this time; but knowing he's looking down on all of us, I'm going to give it my best shot.
I love you Daddy!

Jennifer Estes

As a member of Law Enforcement, I want to extend my heart felt feelings of sorrow for the other members of Law Enforcement who worked with, new,and came into contact with both Officers Hunter and Estes. For the families, I am deeply sorry for your loss.

Correctional Officer, Kristina Wicker
Sutter County Sheriff/Jail Division

To the man who gave his life for all of California. Lt. Estes, I will never forget you. Thank you so very much. None of us are worthy enough for your sacrafice. May god be with you and all of your loved ones.

Justin Betts (explorer)
Alameda County Sheriff's Office

All of us within the Chaves County Sheriff's Department wish to express our condolences and deepest sympathy in the death of Lt. Leonard B. Estes.

Whether it is in the line of duty or from other causes, the death of an officer, friend and loved one is not easy to accept. I hope that knowing that your department and the family of your officer will be remembered in our prayers will be of some comfort in the days to follow.

Sheriff Patrick R. Jennings
Chaves County Sheriff's Department

My thoughts and condolences go out to the Estes family. A loss such as this is not to be gotten over, but is to forever be remembered to remind us that this life is so fragile. Bill and Larry's tour of Hell is in deed over and now shall they both enjoy a life of eternity with God. Bill is now watching my back until it is my turn to be reunited with him. God works in mysterious ways, trust in him, Bill did.

I thank everyone for their love and support through these tough times. Be safe fellow brothers of Law Enforcement, we all have a few new angels watching our backs.

Deputy Sheriff: Kevin Hunter
Plumas County Sheriff's Office

May the Lord continue to look after the family and friends of Lt. Estes. Never to be forgotten....

Police Officer Susan Harmison
Tampa Police Department

May the Lord continue to look after the family and friends of Lt. Estes. Never to be forgotten....

Police Officer Susan Harmison
Tampa Police Department

2000: Gone, But Not Forgotten

It is the dawn of a new day,
Which begins a brand new year,
Let us not forget about those we lost,
Who died fighting what most fear.

150 Police Officers,
In the year 2000 lost their lives,
In their wake there are grieving children,
Widowed husbands and widowed wives.

72 died feloniously,
At the hands of evil men,
78 died in accidents,
As they were preparing to defend...

The liberties of the rest of us,
As we seek to be all we can be,
I am humbly reminded,
That freedom is not free.

It is my hope that the year 2001 will be,
A year of fewer Line of Duty deaths,
A year the wind of freedom that we breathe,
Is not the year of an officer's last breath.

Darin L Paul

Copyright ©2001 Darin Paul

Special Agent Darin L. Paul
FBI Detroit

Rest in Peace Brother , your tour through hell is over.

recruit officer Burchfield

Your years of duty to the community will never fade. May you rest in peace and keep a watchful eye over your fellow officers in law enforcement. We will pickup where you left off. To the family you leave behind, may your hearts be filled with joy and remember what your husband/father did for his community.
God bless and fair well my brother.

Police Officer Frank Hall #611
Wheatland Police Department

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