Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Donald Kenneth Bond

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, September 6, 2001

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Donald Kenneth Bond

Edward, Khristy and the children and I were at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington last week and we put some roses at your name. This is only the second time I have been there and it is very sobering to see all of the names etched there. So many.
It is almost seven years and it seems just like yesterday that the knock came to my door. I will never forget that night. Our world will never be the same.
We miss you so much.
I love you.


August 5, 2008

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice. You are a hero for us all to look up too and you will never be forgotten. God bless your family


July 14, 2008

Don, old buddy i was just thinking of you, as I often do.We have not forgotten nor will we. Lorraine, I know that you know what a wonderful son and person Don was, but please let me have the privilege of reinforceing that fact. God be with you. -9115

Justin Newton
Former Tri-Community F.D.

June 19, 2008

I put a candle on the wall by your name in DC during Police Week and touched your name and said a prayer for you and your mom. We never forget.

Linda Rittenhouse, Matt's Mom

June 5, 2008

Deputy Bond your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept... Clarksville, Tennessee

May 26, 2008

Between now and then
When I see you again
I'll be loving you.

Another Mother's Day without you.
I love you.

May 9, 2008

Today we remember Julie and her sacrifice that she gave six years ago.
And today we remember you. You gave your life just eight months before Julie died on Sept.6, 2001.
We miss you terribly...........

May 6, 2008

As a wife of a police officer, I just wanted to let you all know how much we, as a family in our community, sincerely appreciate the work and extreme sacrifice made by Mr. Donald Bond. It's a very small token, and nowhere near enough, but maybe just knowing that he touched even a stranger's life- I hope that brings some small sense of comfort to an otherwise unbearable situation.
Blessings to your family

wife of police officer

May 2, 2008

I miss you today............

April 6, 2008

Happy Birthday!
You are thought about everyday.
I still can't believe you are not here.
One day...........
The tears and heartache still come.
It seems so unreal.
I love and miss you so much.
September 6 is imprinted in my mind forever. The day my world fell apart.

March 5, 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 29, 2008

I think of you often and will always miss seeing you out working in the yard. You and Charity were such a very special couple. God bless you and both your families.


January 17, 2008

This will be the 7th Christmas without you. I never dreamed that I would still be here without you......
I think of you every day.
We talk about you and remember the times we had together.
I miss buying you a Christmas present, I miss seeing you, I miss talking with you. I can't believe it has been six years since the incident. It seems just like yesterday.
We love and miss you terribly.

December 24, 2007

Last night we received a call from the Attorney General's office in Nashville telling us the Tennessee Appeals Court upheld the "Murder Conviction".
We are grateful for the decision.
We love and miss you.

November 30, 2007

Miss you and the way you'd laugh, the way you'd smile without meaning too...

September 14, 2007


Donald Bond was on patrol
Filling in for another
I am certain he was thinking
About his family
His beautiful wife and mother

He had stopped at a fruit stand
Very early one morning
When nine shots rang out in time
He had no chance to turn around
Or to investigate the crime.

And Curtis Penny was on the scene
As the back up officer we know
He was Standing frozen in the night
With Donald Bond below

"I never thought I would hear the words
'Officer Down!' He said,
And suddenly the reality of "the thin blue line"
As a brave young officer lay dead.

And so we gather here today
In God's own home we pray
And curse the day he was taken away
From a family who would bid him stay.

And yet, we find comfort in just being here
Among his family and friends
And in knowing that like God's mercy
True friendship never ends

We dedicate this hallowed ground
As Don looks down from above
In letting him know that in all of our hearts
He will be forever remembered and loved.

Written and delivered by
Judge Bob Moon, September 6, 2007
Christ United Methodist Church

September 9, 2007

Just wanted you to know that you are not forgotten. Rest in peace, Sir!

Police Officer

September 6, 2007


You and Donald have been in my thoughts and prayers, all day today. I know today is unbearable. I have cried tears of pain with you today as well. I saw the unveiling of the Officer Bond Memorial Highway I am so proud for you. He will never be forgotten and that is all any of us can ask for in the end. I open my heart and send you all my love today and every day.

Cole's Mom

September 6, 2007

To Don’s family, my thoughts and prayers are with you especially today. I knew Don through the Tri-Com Fire Department. He was a good person and a great friend! As I read through all the reflections it brings tears to my eyes, but clearly he is loved and missed by many people! I wish for you peace and hope you are comforted knowing that you will, one day, see him again in heaven. He will never be forgotten!

Sharon Crandall Hinckley

September 6, 2007

Such a beloved and precious son you were and still are. For a brief moment today I could hold your Mom and tell her I love her, I care, and most of all, I understand. You are remembered with such honor, respect, and love by so many.

Linda Rittenhouse
Mother of Fallen Officer Matthew Rittenhouse EOW 9/16/2004

September 6, 2007

Dear Donald,
Some wonder why you had to die. I wonder why you
were willing to die for people you didn't even know. That's what I can't figure out. There is something special inside of you that I have never had inside of me. God bless you for it!
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

September 6, 2007

Deputy Bond,

My brother was killed in the line of duty one year after you were. I just wanted to let you and your family know that we will always remember you, especially on this fateful day. In the end, through your ultimate sacrifice, you did what we all want to do - you've made our world a safer and better place. We thank you for your distinguished service.

Charmaine S. Gernale
Sister of Officer Conrad S. Gernale, EOW 9/6/02

September 5, 2007

I think of you so very often. Don was for sure
one of the good guys.

September 5, 2007

Last night, August 9th around 11:30 p.m. my partner and I made a traffic stop at the exact spot where Deputy Bond gave his life in the line of duty. After the vehicle we had stopped was allowed to leave, we sat there in silence for several minutes with our blue lights continuing to shine brightly. You will never be forgotten, brother.

Reserve Deputy Sheriff
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

August 10, 2007

5 YEARS, 11 MONTHS...........

August 6, 2007

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