Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry

Davis County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

End of Watch Friday, January 3, 2003

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry

I attended the funeral services along with many of my co-workers from our agency for Dennis. I did not know Dennis personally but had seen him on occassion in our Law Center. I stood with many other Law Enforcement Officers on that day to pay our respects to Dennis and his family. The presence of the Law Enforcement Family that day impressed and moved me beyond words. My heart and prayers go out to all that knew and loved Dennis, especially his children. I have often thought to myself, why would someone want to work in this profession especially with all the danger involved. Like Dennis and all of his fellow officers they want to make a difference. From reading this site Dennis has definately made a difference and his memory will continue to do so. Dennis, please continue to watch over all of your fellow officers left to continue the watch. As dispatchers we do our ultimate best to ensure the safety of our officers on the street is being met, even though they have ran the 500th 10-28 in one night, we still need your watchful eye. I love and respect every officer I serve and every officer that choses to work this job. I am glad to say I am a part of this family and have never had more pride than I do when I say I work at a Police Department serving officers like Dennis.

May you rest in peace Dennis. My thoughts and prayers are with all of your family and loved ones.

911 Dispatch Supervisor and wife of a Police Officer

Communications Supervisor Tammy Thomas
Fairfield Police Department

Dennis,

It's been just over a month since you've been gone and the pain of losing you is just as fresh as if it were yesterday. It feels like it's been forever since I last saw you. I would give anything just to be able to hold your hand or have a simple conversation with you again. I miss you so much. I never thought it would be so hard or hurt so much to let you go and to say goodbye. I will never forget all the fun we had and all the good times we shared together.

I'm trying hard to move on with my life and to try to be happy because I know that's what you would've wanted for me. But it's so hard because you were such a big part of my life for so long that I'm not sure I know how to live without you. I know that you'll always be with me in spirit and will live on forever in my memory, but some days that just doesn't seem like enough. I really just wish you were here. Call me greedy.

I hope you know that even though I didn't say it often enough, I do love you. I always have and I always will. You meant the world to me. No matter what happens in my life you will always hold a special place in my heart.

Your kids will also always hold a special place in my heart. Even though they aren't my kids, I love your kids like they were my own and I will do whatever I can to be there for them whenever they need me. I hope I will always have the chance to be a part of their lives. You were a great dad and you did a great job raising them. Don't worry about them, they will do great in life and continue to make you proud.

Thank you for being a part of my life. Thank you for showing me what it's like to love and to be loved. Thank you for showing me that there are good people in this world because until I met you, I never knew that they existed. Thank you for being you!

Till we meet again .... Love Always ..... Jocelyne

PS: Thanks to everyone for their kind words, thoughts, and prayers. I know Dennis' would've been honored by all the support his "family" has received since his passing.

Jocelyne Brar
Dennis McElderry's fiancee

Dennis,
you were a good man and always had a smile on your face. The world lost a fine individual that night, and I lost a brother in law enforcement. God bless your family and godspeed to you Dennis.

Trooper Brian Meeker
Iowa State Patrol

Trooper Brian Meeker
Iowa State Patrol

Every time I check this site, I try to leave some words of condolences, hoping that something I say, might contribute to the lessening of the pain. I know in my heart that words don't mean much, and that they cannot lesson your suffering, but know that we as a LEO family, are all saying prayers for you. Even months after your tragic loss.

To Jocelyn and Sherrif McElderry's children, I am amazed at your stregnth. Your kind words not only to Dennis, but also to others on the ODMP show that their is hope after such a tragedy. I didn't know him personally, but after reading all the reflections, can only imagine the great person he was, as a dad, an officer, a fiance, a son....

I hope that with time, you find some peace in all this. I am thinking of you.

An officer's fiance
NJ

Anonymous

Thank you for your dedication and service Officer McElderry. You will be greatly missed.

To the family of Officer McElderry: My thoughts and prayers are with you. Just be assured that he will forever be respected and remembered for his sacrifice. I wish you the best, May God bless you all.

Travis Eyestone- Security Officer
Mercy Hospital Security

I sit here still in shock and cannot believe that Dennis is gone. When Jocelyne told me Dennis was gone, I thought she was joking, no, HOPING she was joking is more like it. I sat here numb, knowing that nothing I could say or do would make things any easier on Dennis' family. I still can't believe we'll have no more late night conversations and no more sharing stories. He was a kind heart and a kind soul. Dennis you were a special friend and will always be remembered. Jocelyne, you brought such light into Dennis' life, and into the lives of all you touch. You loved him as dearly as he loved you. Grieve, my friend, and then go on living, as Dennis would want no less for you. Your happiness was important to him. And we all have the peace of knowing that Dennis left our world knowing he was loved. Dennis, my friend, May you always Rest In Peace.

Dear God, Please take special care of Dennis. He is sorely missed here by his family, his professional family and by all his many, many friends. Would that it were possible, Lord, we'd all welcome him back here with open arms. Lord, he made a difference in every life he touched, whether in person, by phone, by computer or by mail. Take care of him, please, so that one day we will all be together again. Please bless the family and friends of Dennis with peace and understanding, bless them Lord and provide them the sustenance they need to get through this time of grief. Heal their hearts, Lord, as only you can do. Bless his children Lord, as they now grow up without their father's hand to guide them. May they grow closer to you in their hour of need. May they grow up to make both of you proud. And God, please bless each and every one of them, his parents, his fiancee, his children, and his partners nationwide. Bless the Officer who was driving the car that struck him, Lord. He needs your healing touch as well. Protect them all Lord, that this need not ever happen again. We ask this in your name, Lord . Amen

Anonymous

Take comfort in knowing we all are one family.
Our department, and its' members, are there for you at all times.


Gresham Police Benevolent Group

I love you, miss you, and wish you were here.
Are you eating??
I wish you could eat with me at school.
Thanks for being my best dad in the world.



I love you Daddy


Taylor McElderry
your best daughter

Dennis, I cried when they laid you to rest and I cried again when I read this site. You were protecting people when you gave the ultimate sacrifice. I hope you know the number of people that look at you as their Hero. I didn't want to lose a brother but God brought you home. I'm sure Heaven's streets are a lot safer now. You gave me strength to continue on with this job. Bless your family and your co-workers. We pray for them and want them to take comfort in the fact that you made a difference in numerous lives. Just know that your picture is on the wall to look at, as officers hit the street in Fairfield. You are our Hero, 26-3. You will always watch over us so you are in our thoughts for eternity. God bless you always.

Ofc. David Thomas
Fairfield Police Department

Officer David Thomas
Fairfield, Ia Police Department

I knew Dennis a short time,having met him while on vacation in Drakesville,Iowa.Dennis always took time to stop and visit when I was in town. Our deepest sympathies to his family and the Davis County Sheriff's Department.

Trooper II Clair Barnes
Texas Department of Public Safety

Condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry.
Blessed eternally is he who makes it his life to better the lives of others.

Patrol Officer. R.Gomez
Pinecrest, Florida

Dennis, you were truly a wonderful person. I will miss our Monday night suppers together. You were always there for me when I needed advice on something. I always felt safe going home from my shift late at night knowing you would help me out if I had trouble whether you were working or off for that night. Your smile always cheered me up if I was having a bad day. You will truly be missed by me and everyone else. God bless you always Dennis. I will never forget you. To Jocelyn, God only puts a few people on this earth as good hearted as Dennis and you were so very lucky to have him in your life. To Jennifer, Blake and Taylor you had one of the best dads in the world. He loved all of you so very much and was very proud to be your dad. To the rest of Dennis' family my thoughts and prayers are with you always. Dennis you as well as my dad are now my two best guardian angels watching over me.

Maggie 911 Dispatcher/Jailer
Davis Co. Law Center

To the family, friends, and especially co-workers, the next few months will go fast and you will get on with life, however, there will always be a small place in your hearts that will ache forever...just reading these memorials is enough to know that he was a very special man, my prayers are with you. Deputy McElderry, thank you for your selfless service, the world will be less one in our shrinking law enforcement family....from someone who never had the privledge of knowing you---you did indeed make a difference.....
Isaiah 40:31
KY Peace Officer

To the men & women of the Davis County Sheriff's Department, family & friends of Deputy Dennis Ray McElderry, our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Be strong and carry on knowing that we'll be with Dennis again at GOD'S ROLL CALL.

Patrolman Jimmy Busch
Shelby County Sheriff's Office

To Jocelyn,

I wish you all the strength in the world to get through this terrible time. It is a pain nobody should have to feel. My best wishes to you and to Dennis's children. Some people are put on this earth to serve a higher purpose.

Anonymous

I experienced one of the hardest calls last night. Dennis and I had been to that residence recently. It wasn't a major call but the hardest part was knowing he wasn't going to be there. I never had to call Dennis for assistance, he would just show up. Dennis, I know that no matter what you will still be on every call with me and every traffic stop. Remember to keep sending the speeding cars into the city limits for me. Dennis, I never got the chance to tell you just how much I looked up to you. I truly admire you.
To Dennis' family my heart and prayers go out to you.

Officer Becky Martin
Bloomfield Police Dept.

As with the world there are those who watch things happen, those who make things happen, and others who wished they could have made things happen. This Officer did not stand by but got involved and deserves our utmost respect,... for he earned it. His family may ask How or Why did this happen. Only the Creator and the fabric he weaves can tell us but we must wait until our own time. This Officer's involvement and the sacrifice he made, may very well have saved numerous civilian, and police lives. We are all dominos in life. This Officer gave his life so that others may live. This phrase adorns the memory of many Hero's. I will remember him...for he holds a place most high...he earned it.

Anonymous

My thoughts and prayers go out to Jocelyne and the family and friends of Dennis.

Sue, NY

My father is Ed Anderson, the Police Chief of Bloomfield. He and Dennis worked together in the same building as the Davis County Sheriff's Department and the Bloomfield Police Department are in the same building. I share my father's anguish for the loss of his brother, and sympathy for his children, fiancee, parents, and family. What a tragedy it is to lose someone so young doing what they love to do best. Dennis was one of the good ones. I offer my love and compassion to Dennis's family and to the officers of Davis County and Bloomfield. God bless, may peace replace the grief in your hearts. RIP, Officer McElderry

Kerry Wise, Daughter of Bloomfield Chief

You know I read these reflections daily, and it is still hard for me to accept that this really happend. It is hard to believe the next time I stop in the Law center Dennis won't be there to smile and laugh as we tease about fishing stories.
As a wife of an officer I have to say make sure you show your spouse how much you care about them and always take the time to give them a kiss and tell them you love them before they walk out the door for the start of their shift, because you just never know what will happen, you never think in our small community it would happen but it did so make ever moment you can a good one. We all miss Dennis and his smile even though I can't say I knew him as well as some of the others, you didn't need to know him well to know he was a great person.
Take care Dennis, and watch over ALL of many great officers left behind. Until we meet again.
Jody Davidson

Officer's Wife
Bloomfield Police Department

Godspeed, Deputy. I only hope to touch as many as you.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

To the Davis County Sheriff's Department and family of Deputy McElderry. On behalf of the Newport Police Department, and myself please accept our deepest regrets for your loss.

Sincerely,
Lt. Mike Hansel
Newport Police - TN

Lt. Mike Hansel
Newport Police Department - TN

A week ago I watched as another one of my family was buried. I lost a wonderful brother and a good friend. Dennis didn't always say much, but I know he always looked out for me. I remember times I had to call him late at night to get me out of a jam, usually something requiring a chain and four-wheel drive. He never complained about these late night calls and, at times, couldn't help but laugh. There were things we shared with each other, but never with others. I still carry those conversations in my mind. As the youngest I could always be a pest to my older siblings, but Dennis was the one that never seemed to mind. I never worried as my husband left to hunt, fish, frog hunt, etc. with Dennis because I knew that he would watch out for him as he always did with me (even if it wasn't needed). I try to find comfort in knowing that Dennis will continue to watch over me and my family from a better place, but that comfort is slow in coming. Dennis, rest in peace and take care of our sister. I will love and remember you always.

Dawn McCarty
Youngest sister

Rest in peace my Brother. You were a True Hero.

Sgt. Keith H. Koen #411
New Iberia Police Dept.

THE BUFFALO - DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE AND I
WISH TO SEND OUR CONDOLENCES. OUR THOUGHTS AND
PRAYERS ARE WITH DEPUTY MCELDERRY, HIS FAMILY AND
CO-WORKERS.

PO ERNEST G. PENN
DEPT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE

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