Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Gene Brian Wilkinson

Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Monday, October 22, 2001

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Gene Brian Wilkinson

Rest in peace deputy Sheriff Wilkinson. A Sunshine state hero.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 13, 2018

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

I have the honor of knowing your wife and calling her a friend, she is amazing and I know that Wyatt is a great kid because of her guidance and your love for both of them.
We honor you this and every day.

Erika & Dylan
Ofc. Larry Brian Mitchell E.O.W. 5-30-01

October 22, 2012

Ann and Wyatt please know that we will never forget your hero, and thank you for the sacrifice that you two made for all of us. Wyatt, I know that your dad is proud of you and your mom and that he will forever be with you in your heart and memories. Deputy Wilkinson, you sir are a hero we will never forget.... Continue to rest in peace.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

October 22, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Wilkinson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 16, 2012

Deputy Wilkinson, we will never forget the sacrifice that you and your family made for us. May you continue to rest in peace sir. Amy and Wyatt you are both in my prayers today as you face another EOW, we will never forget your HERO.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


October 22, 2011

Amy and Wyatt, may you know that we have not forgotten your HERO today or forever... Rest in peace Deputy Wilkinson and continue watching and protecting your family from above. I know how proud you must be of Wyatt, he is a fine young man.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


October 22, 2010

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Continue to watch over all of them. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

October 22, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the eighth anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


October 22, 2009

Remember the night we trained K-9 "Elvis" on helicopter loading and unloading?!?!?!? After the first few attempts I thought you were going to banish us from the hanger! You kept your typical patience and the dog eventually got the hang of it to the point he didn't mind it at all. He had many flights thanks to your training. You always told me you were an Elvis fan. Sometimes when you were flying over us I thought you could read the dog better than I could and a few times you were right!

Thanks for all you did for us and thanks for continuing to watch over us from above. God bless!

Sgt. Jon Burcham
Polk County S.O.

February 22, 2009

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Cadets of the Basic Recruit Class 333 of Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, Tallahassee, FL, thank you for your sacrifice.

Cadet Strzalkowski
Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy

May 22, 2008

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Cadets of the Basic Recruit Class 333 of Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, Tallahassee, FL, thank you for your sacrifice.

Cadet Strzalkowski
Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy

April 24, 2008

Deputy Wilkinson 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

April 17, 2008

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice, you will never be forgotten


February 14, 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

December 16, 2007

God Speed, Brother.

Union PD, NJ

November 27, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service.


October 19, 2007

Thank you for your service. Rest in peace.

911 Dispatcher

May 23, 2007

Fallen but NEVER forgotten.

Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEO's

October 16, 2006

Deputy Angels

It was the 22 of October that he went away
A young father who will not get the chance
to take his young son
fishing or hunting,
or teach him how to play football or baseball.
All of the things, that Brian dreamed to do...
Wyatt was this young fathers world,
the son of a deputy sheriff.
A young fathers pride and joy...

But God had different plans for Brian
and on that crisp early morning
God instructed St. Michael,
to call Brian and his partner, Larry,
home to Heaven.
Even though they both had lots of dreams
to accomplish here on earth,
they were needed in Heaven,
to serve as Deputy Angels...
At His right hand...

So, about 1:05 a.m. Brian and Larry were
given their ‘wings’
and a beautiful halo surrounds each of their heads.
They look down from heaven and
watch over the ones they loved,
and whisper a soft message to their hearts,
I love you, and I am only as far away
as those treasured memories
you hold in your hearts...

Written in memory of:
Deputy Brian Wilkinson
Deputy Larry Rhoden
Polk County Sheriffs Department

Loretta Cox


December 30, 2003

As a partner and friend, you couldn't ask for a nicer guy. You will be missed.

Chief Flight Officer Michael Bennett
Polk County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit

Deputy Sheriff Brian Wilkinson,

It was an honor to serve with you at the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Your professionalism, kindness, and tremendous dedication to your profession will be sadly missed.

Thank you for your service to our community, state, and country. Your ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten.

To your family from my family. We would like to express our deepest simpathies and heartfelt condolences and wish you God's speed during these difficult times.

Deputy Sheriff R. Owings
Polk County Sheriff's Office

God Bless you, Deputy Wilkinson. May God ease your family's pain. Rest in peace, brave hero.

Detention Deputy Gary Lange
Pinellas County Sheriff's Ofc

God bless you and your family, Brian. Now you can fly without machines. Rest in peace and glory.

D/S Barry Hill
Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Blessed are the peacemakers,For they shall be called sons of God." Matthew 5:9


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