Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Dennis Earl Phelps

Fresno County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Monday, May 20, 2002

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Dennis Earl Phelps

MAY YOU REST IN PEACE........ WHEN WILL THIS STOP?

Anonymous

To Deputy Phelps family and friends our hearts and prayers goes out to you. May God give you the strength to face the storm that lies ahead. May your love one rest in peace.
D. Jones
Mother of Officer Ron Jones
EOW 12/26/01


PPD, Prentiss, Ms.

Dennis, I never knew you personally, I heard your voice on the phone when you called to speak with my son, who is also a deputy with FSO. I know you through the many stories my son told me about you. On many occasions you made his day. He is a better person having known you. He listened to and followed the advice you gave him. He misses you terrribly. We all do.

Anonymous

This great nation morns when we lose hero’s, we have lost another. To Dennis’ family, God bless you the rest of your lives and know Dennis is smiling down on you three, and he will not be forgotten. He will be watching over you three till you all meet again in heaven. To Dennis find Erik (EOW 9-21-01) and you two walk together till we all meet again.

Deputy W. Vincent
Fresno County Sheriff Dept.

"..sing praise to the Lord, you .. his godly ones, and give thanks to HIs holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.."..
Psalm 30:4,5
".. this is my commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.."..
John 15:12,13
Dennis.. you said that you and I could never really be in a conversation, as we both so very much needed to have the last word..at all times.. and it would never end. And our coffee would grow cold as we went on trying to one-up the other .. forever. I wish that were true now.
You doing what you loved to do, paying the ultimate price for your dedication to your job, and being an absolute joy to all who had the privilage of knowing you.. know that we won't forget you, but that you have raised the bar for all, to aim for. You and Erik have the watch now... I hope to not let you down, in all that i do.
You will be missed by all.

Kathleen E. F.
Citizen--Fresno County

I hope and pray that your family is doing o.k. I am sure that your husband loved his job and that he has gone to a better place. I love the job that we do and that is something that we as peace officers are up against everyday. I want to thank your husband for his service and I pray that your family will find happiness and get through this tragedy. God Bless You All, Britt Godsey

patrolman Britt Godsey
Amory Mississippi Police Dept.

Honored brother, you shall always be remembered! We lost a dear friend, and comrade only a day before God called you, as he was killed on a traffic stop. I know that you two are now patrolling the streets of heaven, and looking over all of us in law enforcement. God bless you, brother........you will not be forgotten for you sacrifice, and my prayers go to your family!

Patrolman Chris Tillman
Danville, VA PD

Dennis I'm sure that you and Erik are looking down on us and keeping us safe. We will always remember you. We will do the best we can to take care of your family. Rest in peace

Deputy Sheriff
Fresno County Sheriff's Dept. Fresno CA

To: Deputy Phelps
I truly believe you are my husbands guardian angel. My husband has a great memory of talking with you right before you went on your last call and he took the domestic. Little did you anyone know it would be your last time to BS with someone and if you are listening thank you for giving that to my husband. He will hold that close to his heart forever, you will not be forgotten.
To, Dana, Nicole & Kenny- May your faith continue to be your strength. We as part of the Fresno County Sheriff's Department family will always be here for your family. Dana, seeing your strength at the service on 5/28/02 has refreshed my strength as a deputy's wife. Thank you for that.

Rosalyn Rivera-Deputy Wife
Fresno County Sheriff's Department

It was an honor to be at the memorial service today. Thank you for your faithfulness and blessings on you and your family. Chaplain Estes

Chaplain Sam Estes
Fresno County Sheriffs Dept

We'll bury your body tomorrow (5-28-02). We are not burying your spirit. From your vantage point in heaven watch over us as we go about our lives.
Paul Sullivan - Member FCSD Honor Guard

C/O IV Paul Sullivan
Fresno County Sheriff's Dept.

Plase know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We lost our daughter on May 4th while on patrol in Montgomery County MD. We know very well that there are no words to help you at this moment, but we want you to know that you are not alone,God bless you all.
love Greg and Janice Pataki

greg pataki
maryland-national capital park police

Your bravery and dedication will not be forgotten.

From the Officers and Staff of the Eastlake police Department in Ohio, We give condolence and prayers to the family and the brothers in blue who had the privilege of loving and serving with Deputy Phelps

Detective Chris Bowersock
Eastlake Police Department

I am sorry to hear about the loss of Deputy Phelps. As a dispatcher, the hardest thing to hear from the radio is silence. Deputy Phelps' family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Dispatcher A Huff
Mecklenburg Co S.O. Boydton VA

Being killed-in-the-line-of-duty is not the worst thing that can happen to you... being forgotten is. Deputy Sheriff Phelps, we shall not forget you !

On behalf of the 1,100 members of the Vancouver Police Department, BC,Canada.

Sgt. Steve Gibson
Vancouver Police,BC,Canada

To the Family -

My husband Vernon and myself, extend our Deepest Sympathy to you, upon the death of your loved one who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

May your Faith sustain you during the difficult time to come and may Peace and Strength be your constant companion. We do care!
Kathy & Vernon Vercoe

Kathleen Kirste Vercoe
Citizen

God bless this hero and his family. He is a hero for how he lived and how he died, protecting others. Rest in peace brother.

Andrew
Baltimore City Police

TO OFFICER PHELPS AND HIS FAMILY, MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU WITH MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES. ALL OF US IN THE THIN BLUE LINE HAVE TO HEAR OF ANOTHER COWARDLY ACT COMMITTED BY A LEECH ON SOCIETY. TO THE PERP, PACK YOUR BAGS BECAUSE YOUR TRIP IS ONE THAT GOES STRAIGHT DOWN! REST WELL BROTHER PHELPS AND WATCH OVER THE REST OF US. GOD BLESS

TROOPER L. JONES
N.C. STATE HIGHWAY PATROL

Sincere sympathie à la famille... adieu mon frère...

Sergent Robert Richards
Montreal police dept.

May your soul find peace brother. Words can't describe the feeling of loss. Let there be no more.

Daniel C. Dalley
eow 06-04-01

Officer John T. Coughran
Fruita Police Department

Rest in peace blue angel. May God richly bless those you left behind. Hero's live forever in our hearts!

S. Yates

Dennis was a high school friend, my trainee in the courts and my defender. Dennis was one of the nicest, funniest and easy going person I've know. I will miss him and he will remain in my heart.

Anonymous

May god bless Deputy Phelps family, friends and fellow Deputies. Our sincere condolences go out to them.
Deputy Phelps you will never be forgotten and god bless you.
From the U.S. Postal Police (USPIS). San Juan, Puerto Rico Field Office.

Police Officer. Walter Duran
United States Postal Police (USPIS)

I met Dennis when he was assigned to assist me in the courtroom where I volunteer as a Judge Pro Tem. Dennis was always willing to do whatever was necessary to keep the parties and their families calm and the courtroom functioning. He had a good sense of humor and was a lot of fun to be around. He was so proud of his family and spoke often of his wife and children. He was looking forward to patrol duty and continuing to serve Fresno County. He is missed greatly.

Kathleen Bakergumprecht-Davies, Esq.
Family Law Attorney - Private Practice

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