Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer James Williams Branson, Jr.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, March 9, 2003

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Reflections for Police Officer James Williams Branson, Jr.

Everyday I think of the brother and friend that I lost. We went thru so much together. I don't think I could of made it after Mike's accident if it wasn't for you. I'm still dealing with it only I can't talk to you. Losing you so close to that has changed my life so much. What we shared was more than being a partner it was like family. I learned alot from you. I miss you. I know you and Mike are looking after Jenna and I. There is so much more I have to say. Hear the prayers in my heart. You are the best and your still riding with me.

Your friend, Stag


January 31, 2005

Rest in peace my brother officer, you and all the others will never be forgotten. Those who came before us made our communities safe for us a when we were children. Rest easy, we have the watch now.

Sergeant James Alfieri
New York State Office of Court Administration

September 3, 2004

On angels ...

"The wings ain't anything but a uniform that's all. When they are in the field so to speak, they always wear them."
Taken from Tom Sawyer written by Mark Twain

You're not forgotten ...
March 9, 2004


March 9, 2004

Rest easy, Brother, you are not forgotten.

Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, In.l

March 9, 2004

Another sad and tragic day for law enforcement. Your death diminshes
us all. Thank you for your selfless service and sacrifice. It is a long
road to healing that lies ahead, but I know that our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ will extend His mercy and comfort to all who reach out to
Him. There is none greater than He. We don't get to Heaven based on
what we do, but what He did for us!! AMEN! There is now a huge void
that cannot be filled. God be with all those who mourn and may His
promises lift all those with heavy hearts for many years to come.

Lynn Kole
Washington State

November 1, 2003

Tragic story. We are sorry for your loss. God bless. Rest in peace brother. 23May2003

citizens again violence

We are truly saddened at your loss.
We all recall you gave your best.
You did your job, now you can rest.
The young ones now can cover your post
as you take your place with the Heavenly Host.

God Bless Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters.
Our prayers will be with you, your family, and co-workers!

Ptlm. P.K. Harding
Binghamton (NY) PD

This suspect will be found and he will pay the price. You will not be forgotten brother.


Officer James Branson, thank you for your devotion to duty and working to make your county a safer place. May God grant your family, friends, and brothers and sisters in arms closure and comforting peace. They can rest easy knowing that you in great hands. Thank you again, and God speed to your assignment. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall patrol the streets of heaven, under God's command, forever."

Concered Military Member

To the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Branson... I'm so sorry for your loss. May God bless and comfort you. This hero is safe now.

Jamie Johnson, surviving sister of
Officer Jon Cook
San Francisco Police Dept.

My deepest sympathy to the friends and family of Ofc. Branson. I know how hard it is to lose a brother in blue. Please continue to remember him in your thoughts and memories always. Keep in mind, that we must continue to fight the good fight everyday for the sake of our brothers and sisters that have already paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Detective Chad J. Burton
East Point Police Department, GA

To a beautiful human being that loved his family,job,churchmembers,and friends most of all jesus. You will never be forgotten and you will always be loved may God bless your family and keep your children with peace and comfort of knowing your with the Lord and it's never goodbye but see you again oneday. Thank you for your wisdom and knowledge rest in peace!!!!


Please remember the fallen officers we have lost. Remember the men and women who died trying to make this world a safer and better place for us all to live in. Thank you Officer Branson for a job well done. Please continue to watch over us and protect us as only you can. You will forever be at our side and in our hearts.

For those of you who still have loved ones with us please take the time to tell them how much you appreciate and care about them.


If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.


In Valor there is Hope

Detective B Jex
West Jordan Police Dept, UT

Rest in peace and God bless.


My Deepest sympathy goes to all those who knew Police Officer James Branson. May God be with you all during these tender times. Rest assured he is in a much better place now....God be with him

God Bless

Patrol Officer. R.Gomez
Pinecrest Police, Florida

I am saddened to hear about the loss of another officer. May God Bless Officer Branson's family and be with them through this very trying time.

CPL Robert Hawn
Palmetto Dunes Security, HHI, SC

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Officer Branson.

St. Charles Co. Mo. Sheriff's Department

How sad. Rest in peace blue angel. Thank you for your service.

S. Yates

My sympathy goes out to the family and fellow officers of Officer Branson.

While I did not have the privilege to have known him, I am sure that he has earned his seat in heaven. Rest well fellow officer, those of us remaining will cover your post on the blue line.

Sergeant Ryan McNeil
New Chicago, Indiana Police Department

My fiance, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and James be the be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Officer Branson's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out especially to his family. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Please know that my thoughts are with you.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that James is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain James was well respected and well loved. Thank you for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please take care of my fiance Dennis.

Peace, Love, Luck, and Happiness!

Jocelyne Brar
Dennis McElderry's fiancee - EOW (01/03/03)

To the family and loved ones, I will really miss Officer Branson. I found him to be a dedicated officer and a true friend. May God heal all wounds with devine love.

P.O Eddie Simmons Jr
St. Louis Metro-Traffic Safety Division


James, as you sit at the right hand of the Lord, know that you are loved and missed by all.

PO Jennifer Oman

My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Branson's family at this tragic time. May you always remember what a hero he was.

Lori Brown
Aunt of Deputy Renee Azure EOW 8/06/02

Never forgotten.

Knoxville Police Department, TN

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