Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Christopher Robert Betts

East Point Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, December 22, 2002

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Reflections for Officer Christopher Robert Betts

Brother, I can't believe it has been 19 years. I miss you, we all miss you. Always hard for me to find the words to say. I know you are watching us from above, I also know you visit the house, trust me Kim does too. I love you and miss you.


December 22, 2021

Think of you often brother. We all still do.

Michael Sheehan

December 22, 2021

With each year’s Christmas week comes the cold slap of the tragedy of 2002. You are not forgotten…none of it is forgotten.

Tim Barge
Former Lieutenant, East Point Police Department

December 22, 2021

I miss you. Hard to comprehend that you were taken almost 19 years ago. I am struggling real bad this year. I miss you. I want you to come home. I want to hear your laugh. I want to hear your smart a** jokes. I want my big brother.

Stephanie (Betts) Prowant

December 20, 2021

I reflected on you today. Trenton is a young man now. I try to imagine how you would view social media and al the crazy things that have come to pass since you left. Never forgotten brother.

Sergeant Mike Sheehan
Holly Springs Police Department

December 22, 2020

Eighteen years? Can it really have been eighteen years ago? It seems like yesterday, and I wish it was tomorrow so I could say, “No. Don’t work over on the Morning Watch. Just go home. Rest up for the drive to Ohio.” We just didn’t know. We never know. You are missed. You are not forgotten.

Former Lieutenant T. D. Barge
East Point Police Department

December 22, 2020

So many years later, you’re still remembered by so many people, often with a smile or laugh. Every year, on the anniversary of your death we attend your gravesite, and every year, in January, I unwrap the snowman K-9 ornament your parents donated to all the officers working when you were killed and think of you, again. This ornament stays out all month, on my windowsill, giving cause for reflection.

It may be foolish that so many speak to you on this site, but we do, and your son, a young man now, would surely make you proud - he looks so much like you. Still remembering....

Captain ACH - please leave as anonymous
East Point Police, Retired

January 3, 2020

Their several friends of mine, Police Officers, listed at the site. I go back decades to when they were killed, all Jersy City Police. I want to honor there lives.

Former Patrol Officer
Jersey City Police Dept

December 22, 2019

It never lessens, the sad, but the rawness of that morning is fading. You are missed, Chris Betts, and you are not forgotten.

Former Lieutenant Timothy Barge
East Point Police Department

December 22, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Betts.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 8, 2019

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
Author Unknown

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police department
Powell, Wyoming

May 28, 2019

My condolences to Officer Betts’ family and friends. To Officer Betts’ family you raised a fine young man. I was in the mighty 411th MP Company (Speed and Power) with Chris but we were not in the same platoon. I met Chris numerous times because he was our company commander’s driver. I knew Chris had a great sense of humor. Sadly most of the time he had to keep it under wraps during our interactions because our company commander was with him. I do remember we were once assigned to work an ammo detail together at a rifle range. We assisted in distributing ammo to soldiers for qualification. We must have given out ammo to over 100 soldiers that day. Chris had told me a pretty good joke that morning. I would hear Chris tell the same joke to almost every soldier we gave ammo to that day. I laughed every time he told the joke. I laughed every time not because the joke was funny (it was funny). I laughed every single time because of his delivery, how much joy he took in telling it and also his laughter.

Recently I viewed video footage of an Officer in our department struggling to keep a man suffering from mental illness from walking across a busy highway at night while pushing a cart. Fortunately our Officer was able to hold down the man until backup got there several minutes later. Luckily no one was hurt. Watching the video I couldn’t help but think of Chris. I later sent up an email to our Chief praising our Officer for his actions that day. In the same email I also paid tribute to Chris for his sacrifice. My Chief would send my email to my entire department. My entire department now knows all about Chris and the sacrifice he made.

In closing to Chris’ family and friends just know there are people in the Great State ofTexas that still remember and honor Chris.

Tony Nixon
Fellow soldier

December 22, 2018

Sixteen does not seem possible. An entire lifetime for your son. You are missed. You are not forgotten.

Former Lt. T. D. Barge
East Point Police Department

December 21, 2018

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

December 23, 2017

15 years brother. I wonder what we’d all be like if you were still running the streets with us. You are missed.

Sergeant Mike Sheehan
Holly Springs Police Department

December 22, 2017

Saddam Hussein was still in power, and the U. S. was three months away from invading Iraq. Atlanta still had a hockey team. The Falcons, led by, the now infamous, Michael Vick, were preparing to play the Lions that weekend. Many people were reporting their first ever online purchases for Christmas. These were the headlines of December 21, 2002. By December 22nd, you were the headline. You were working overtime on the morning watch and preparing to drive to Ohio later that day with your wife and 7 week old son for his first Christmas. Fifteen years, and sixteen Christmases later, we still feel the terrible sting. We still share the tragedy with your family. We still shed the tears. We still...remember.

Former Lt. T. D. Barge
East Point Police Department

December 22, 2017

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 17, 2017

You won't be forgotten. I still see the love your brothers in blue still carry in our hearts for you.

Det. Justin Dola

July 5, 2017

I remember the phone call coming in about you and Jamie. You are on my mind so many times throughout the year but particularly during this time and particularly so this year. I remember having taught you in the Academy and so many times after that seeing you in your training officer's office. Each time I pass that particular stretch of highway (usually coming back from Forsyth!!) I think of you and Jamie on that night. Thank you for your service to both your country and to East Point and for your passion for that service!!

Marilee Gibson

December 22, 2016

Fourteen years...memories the of entire Betts family, and the East Point Police Department, churn through my thoughts often and bubble right to the surface every Christmas season since that horrible morning in 2002. Chris is not forgotten. His family's loss is not forgotten. We were all forever changed. I miss Chris's work ethic, his dedication to his family, his hard-headedness, and his laugh. I still remember his laugh.

Former EPPD Lieutenant T. D. Barge
Los Angeles, California

December 22, 2016

Thinking of you while I work the beat tonight brother. Never far from my thoughts. 14 years.

Sergeant Mike Sheehan
Holly Springs Police Department

December 22, 2016

Thank you Christopher. As a former law enforcement officer in the area at that time, I remember you fondly.

Patrolman B

December 1, 2016

Miss you Son........ Never a day goes by without thoughts of you!

Marianne & Robert Betts

December 22, 2015

RIP warrior....we still have the watch...

patrolman RL Barnhill
Byron PD

December 22, 2015

We still remember that horrible morning - 13 years later. We will never forget. To the entire Betts family: You, too, are not forgotten. The astronomical pain you must feel during each holiday season cannot even be imagined by us. Know that Chris's memory is acknowledged throughout the world today by those who work in East Point and by those of us who have scattered around the globe. In some sense, he lives on in the stories we tell. A toast to Chris - a toast to the entire Betts family!

T. D. Barge
Former Lieutenant, East Point Police Department

December 22, 2015

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