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Corporal Rufus Earle Brown

Mobile Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Sunday, March 23, 1997

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Rest easy in heaven

Mark Mottola

March 23, 2020

I worked with Rufus back in the 80’s at the MPD in Narcotics and Vice. I have just learned of his death. He was a model of a man. So very thoughtful and funny.

Barbara Mitchell Schalin.

May 17, 2018

Cpl. Brown,
On today, the 15th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Mobile. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

March 23, 2012

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge - Proverbs 14:32.

You are not forgotten.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi #1249
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

March 23, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 23, 2010

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion
Proverbs 28:1

God bless you and all who mourn you on this the anniversery of your death. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


March 23, 2009



February 27, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 13, 2007

As we approach the anniversary of his death, we pause to honor and remember Corporal Brown and acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice he paid.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his surviving family members. May he never be forgotten.

Major D.W. Warren
Montgomery Police Dept. - Montgomery, AL

March 21, 2007

Cpl. Brown,

I wanted to take the time to say thank you for your duty and sacrifice to the City of Mobile. I am from Mobile and am glad to see that there are Police Officers like you serving there. Thank you brother in blue.

Police Officer J. Douglas
Montgomery Police Department

March 4, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

November 27, 2006

Rest in Peace, Corporal Brown. Your sacrifice if not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 26, 2006

Thank you for your service to the citizens of mobile. You are a HEROE and wil never be forgotten.

Citizen Of Mobile

October 8, 2006

To Corporal Rufus Earle Brown and his loved ones:

On this the ninth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.

Corporal Brown, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Corporal Brown. I am humbled by your valor, courage, dedication.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the twenty six years of distinquished service Corporal Brown gave to his community and the citizens of Alabama, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 23, 1997 and the four intervening years after he was injured.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 23, 2006

Rest in Peace Sir.

March 23, 2006

Cpl. Brown, due to the reckless, vile act of a reprehensible individual, you spent the last years of your life suffering the effects of his aggression.Though your family was blessed to have you with them for those years, your life was, I'm sure, never the same. You're with God now and everything is alright, but you are no doubt, deeply missed. Thanks for your efforts, brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy Jr.
Harvard University Police

September 13, 2005

you endured a long, hard battle for years, and as a result, lost your life after protecting so many others throughout your career. My heart goes out to your family and friends, and all those who knew and loved you. Thinking of you on the anniversary of your death; rest peacefully.


March 23, 2005

My youngest sibling just died recently having suffered a similar injury connected to his untimely death... I sympathize...

A Million Times

A million times we've needed you,
A million times we've cried.
If love alone could've saved you,
You would have never died.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still.
In our hearts you hold a place,
No one else could ever fill.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn't go alone.
Part of us went with you,
The day God took you home.

March 3, 2005

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, March 23, 2003 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Cpl. Brown who died on this date 6 years ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Cpl. Brown's sacrifice will never be forgotten

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

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