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Trooper Brian Allen Patterson

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, February 14, 2003

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Reflections for Trooper Brian Allen Patterson

I just thought i would tell you that i miss you!! you were the best daddy ever!!!when i was little and my dad wasnt around you were always there to help!!! you took me on your family vacation!!So thank you, you and your family made my life become a whole lot better!!

i miss you always,

family friend/Kaitelyn Mercer

June 4, 2005

Dad we just wanted to let you know that we miss you and tink about you every day. This easter will be very hard knowing that your not going to be there when we wake up. We know that you will always be our gaurdian angel and will be watching over us forever. We just thought we would tell you that.
love always Desirae and Tyler

Son and Daughter Tyler and Desirae

March 23, 2005

Well what can I say, its been over two years now and I still think about you all the time. I was sitting in a parking lot while working on the morning of the 14th, taking several minutes to think about you and your family. Its still alot to take in, knowing that you are no longer here with us. I think mostly about the last few times I got to see you, as well as growing up and the times that you, me and my brother had as kids. But I guess the biggest thing I wanted to say is that everyone here stills misses you and we look forward to seeing you and Grandpa again one day.

Officer Scott M. Patterson
Huntsville, Alabama Police Dept.

February 16, 2005

As every day goes by,
Some days I just want to die.

Now that he is gone forever,
I get to see him never.

Nothing else seems so real,
And I don't know how to deal.

The pain gets stronger as it gets closer to two years,
Which that increases the tears.

I feel bad for my brother,
Even though sometimes he is a bother.

I with I could go back in time and change everything that happened,
But I know he is happy in heaven.

The night that he died,
I cried, cried and cried.

All my friends helped me,
But I couldn't help but to fall to my knees.

My family has to stick together,
And split up never.

Everything was going great,
Until someone had to hate.

As we were soundly sleeping he went to an accident scene,
He went and got shocked never again to be seen.

It happened on Valentines Day,
When I found out I didn't know what to say.

Valentines Day is about love,
But I guess he can still give it from above.

Why would someone be drinking and driving,
When they could be taking the life of someone living.

Life is never fair,
But I can't help but being excited about seeing him again up there.

By Desirae Patterson

Desirae Patterson/daughter

February 10, 2005

Brian, you are in my thoughts today as you always are! Today, we all had a big let down, but we will never give up or stop loving you, or thinking of you and your "Wonderful Family"! You were one of my best friends, I miss you so much! I usually am never at a loss for words, (but you knew that)! You are with God now, and you look and shine down upon all of us, and you my friend, know that "ALL" of us are thinking of you!!!! Please continue to be our Guardian Angel!!! You are so loved and missed dearly.......Your Friend, Chrissy :)
October 15, 2004

Pa State Police

October 15, 2004

Today 10-15-04 I sat through my second and last day of the trial for Brian. It is such a tragic shame what happened to Brian and the impact it has had on his family and all of the friends and coworkers he left behind. I know the Lord will bring justice for Brian in his own time. I pray now for Julie, Desiree and Tyler and all of the loved ones left behind trying to stay strong until the day they can finally have a resolution from our justice system.

God Bless

Eva L. Katavitch wife of Brian's Partner
Pennsylvania State Police

October 15, 2004

Brian I hate The fact that your not here...God I can't even look at a Trooper without hearing your laugh, this was not the way it was suppose to be. I exlpained our Promise to the kids they seemed to be okay with it.So rest easy my Friend I'll keep it until we meet again.

Deputy Sheriff Mark A Resue
Count of Berks

September 24, 2004

Many months have passed by us since that fateful day last February, but not a day has passed without you in my thoughts. I walked with you to your place of rest knowing all the while that your spirit was among us. I have visited you often and to this day these words remain at your side: " It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end of the triumph of high achievements; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither defeat nor victory." You strove valiantly for the worthy cause to the end of your watch. Your place is among those of heroes, who have not been defeated in life or in death.

This past weekend, I had the honor of escorting Julie and the kids to the National Peace Officer's Memorial ceremonies where your name was added to the long list of heroes who have ended their watch here on earth. As I walked through the memorial, I felt your presence and knew that you were watching over us. I have come to understand that your life has not been reduced simply to a name on a wall. I found this to be a place of sanctity and peace not only for myself but the many others who joined us. You have brought each and everyone of us closer to the understanding of what life is meant to be with all that remain behind. I cannot hear your laugh and I cannot see your smile, but I know that it is you that is helping us all to heal in our own ways. Because of this, we are stronger and better people. I discovered this weekend that we are a small part of a larger grieving family that mourns the loss of someone who has touched their lives, whether directly or indirectly. You have touched so many people both during your watch and after.

Your family of gray and brothers at the Franklin barracks misses you. You shall forever live within all of us here to cover the watch. You will not walk alone my brother.

Trooper S.M. Latshaw
Pennsylvania State Police

May 17, 2004

I just hope you know how much I love you and miss you. Happy Birthday !!!



May 17, 2004

Our deepest condolences to the Family, friends and coworkers of Trooper Patterson.

Newark NJ PD Auto Theft Task Force

February 18, 2004

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, February 14, 2004 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Trooper Brian A. Patterson who died in the line of duty on this date one year ago.

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

Trooper Patterson's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

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

February 14, 2004

It was one year ago today that my cousin Bryan was taken from our family. I was deployed with the military and unable to return for his funeral. I will always feel guilty in my heart for that. Immediately after returning home I was able to return to the place where he was laid to rest. I went to his grave and had a small conversation with him in private, and told him how sorry I was for not being there for his funeral and family. To this day I have a hard time believing that he is really gone. It just doesn't seem possible. Bryans death has left a large scar on the Patterson family that will take years and years to heal. We can all however have some peace knowing that Bryan died doing what he loved, serving his country, state and family. There is no doubt in my mind that Bryan is with the Lords Army still continuing to battle evil. We Love you Bryan

SFC Dennis G Patterson
U.S. Army Special Forces

February 14, 2004

It seems that it is harder to write this year than it was last. It just didn't seem real then. It has been one year since you have been gone. You are still so deeply loved and missed. The love and sadness that we all feel is a tribute to the person that you were. You were so much to so many. I am so proud to have been a member of your family. To have had the priviledge of knowing you. You will be remembered always and will live on in our hearts forever.

Angela Patterson Rainey

February 13, 2004

Dear Brian, On February 14,2003, one year ago, God called your name, gently closed your eyes and whispered "Peace be Thine". You were taken from us suddenly, no time to say good-bye, but you left us with many fond memories. You had a big heart and a beautiful smile. Always there to help a family member, a neighbor, a friend and even a stranger. You are gone but will not be forgotten. We will miss you always. Aunt Jane and Uncle Guy

Aunt Jane and Uncle Guy

February 11, 2004

I treasure the memory of Brian, because of the love and devotion he has for his family. Private conversations between Brian and I revealed more of what he never tried to hide- the deepest feelings of love for his wife and children. Brian's sense of honor toward family and friends is a model for all of us.

As I struggled with my own faith, I was heartened to find out how important Brian's own walk with God became of the utmost importance to him.

Friend and Brother
PA State Police Coudersport

December 31, 2003

My heart and my prayers are with you Mrs. Patterson, and your young children. Your husband is a hero, and I hope there is some comfort in knowing that he was serving his community when he died.
It is heartbreaking to read this and know that February 14 will forever be a sad anniversary for you. My father was shot on New Years' Eve, so I do know how hard the holiday connection is. Please believe me when I say, though, that time does ease your pain - it will never go away, but it does get easier.
Please do not hesitate to reach out for help, there are many sources available to you. God bless.

Cheryl Varner
Daughter of R.W. Varner, Jr. (eow 01/02/89)

Brian was married to my cousin. From the day we met it was as if we were life long friends. He was one person that you could rely on for anything. His world revolved around his wife,and kids.His job was a close second. He is the main reason that I got involved in the kind of work that I do. It is a honor to have had him in our family,and I can say for certain he will never be forgotten. In closing I would like to say thank you to all of the people who took time to write into this website. Be safe,and God bless.

Edward Calvin

Edward Calvin Response Force Member

God bless you and your family. You are in a better place now. Keep watch over us and keep us safe.

New York State Police

Special people are never forgotten. Brian was a wonderful friend and will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers for the family. God Bless!

Shannon M. Prouty

We've lost a true friend who we will sadly miss. We will always remember the good times we shared. Our heart aches in knowing he is gone forever, but the memories of him will never fade. Our love and prayers are with his wife and children during this time of sorrow.

Wayne and Debbie Prouty

I know how you feel may God bless you and your family

donna hicks widow of Officer Glenn Hicks

I am the shadow on the ground,
My love is with you all around,
I am the wind that blows the trees,
My love for you will always be,
I'm in your dreams both day and night,
I'm always here look to the light,
When the day has turned to dark,
I'm here with you look in your heart,
When you feel all alone,
Hold on tight just don't let go,
Just think of me,
And here I am,
Forever, I love you,
Forever your man.....

*God bless the wife and children. I wish I could ease the pain, but I know there are no words to heal the pain. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Jamie Wife of Patrolman Hastings
Cochranton, Pa PD

Words cannot even begin to express the extreme emptiness that is in my heart at the loss of my cousin Brian. We grew up together and were the best of freinds. I still remember running down the road as soon as we pulled into our Grandparents driveway and running through my uncles house to see him. I will always remember the times we spent with each other hunting, trapping, going to the clubs, and getting in trouble together (which is what we were pretty good at). Brian was a genuinely kind and caring person who was always willing to help others. It was these admirable qualities that led him into the law enforcement field. The Pennsylvania State Police, the citizens of Pennsylvaina and most of all the ones who loved him most his family will dearly miss him. Please God watch over Brian and let him know that his wife and children will be safe and taken care of. God bless you Brian you will live in my heart forever. Dennis


Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there I do not sleep,

I am a thousand winds that blow,

I am the diamond glints of snow,

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,

I am the gentle autumn rain,

So do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.

I will pray for strength and comfort for Brian's wife and children. This verse will help to remind you that he will never truly be gone....he is all around you.

Jennifer Patterson
Fayetteville, North Carolina

We watched you grow from a precious child into a fine man we were very proud of for many reasons. We will miss you always.

Uncle Guy and Aunt Jane

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