Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Conservation Officer Douglas Wayne Bryant

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, May 19, 2003

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Reflections for Conservation Officer Douglas Wayne Bryant

A lot of times it takes a tragedy to point out to us just how dangerous our men and women in uniforms' jobs are. The general public rarely realizes that a C.O.'s job is every bit as dangerous, if not more, than a regular police officer. The majority of the people they confront are armed. Let us reflect, at this time, on how important and dangerous our men and women in wildlife enforcement jobs are! I'll be praying for Doug and his family as well as those who put their lives on the line daily, to help us keep our outdoor freedoms. I appreciate what they do very much and pray that we continue to get the best people for the job, as we have in the past.

Hager Rice
concerned sportsman

Deepest sympathy to family and friends. You have definately lost a good man. I believe that the Lord will take care of us all in the end. May God help us all to be more understanding.

Sgt. W. Marshell Dischar
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

My thoughts and prayers go out to officer Bryant's family. May you find solace knowing he is now with the lord.

Ranger Mark Sedlmayr
Iowa Dept. Natural Resources

On behalf of the ND Game Warden Association & associated officers, I want to express our sympathy and sorrow to hear about your loss. You will be in our prayers. We lost another one of the good guys.

GAME WARDEN GENE MASSE
ND GAME & FISH DEPT.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you for you, and your family.

Conservation Officer Randy Schnoebelen
Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Theirs is a profession that has, for the past hundred years, been responsible for the protection of our wildlife resources.

These people, known across the nation as conservation officers, game wardens, special agents, fit into many molds, yet have one concern in common.

Some wear blue uniforms, some wear tan uniforms, some wear green uniforms, and some wear no unifroms at all.

But, beneath their badges, in their hearts they all have an undying desire to protect the wildlie resources of this nation, resources that are becoming more important to us all everyday.

These conservation officers form a thin line that stretches across the North American continent and they stand guard between the wildlife of America and those people who would seek to exploit these resources.

The nation is indeed greatly indebted to their service.

Willie Parker
Special Agent in Charge
US Fish & Wildlife Service

Officers of The First District
KY Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

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

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

Your family is in our prayers. May God hold you in the palm of his hand. Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do in heaven.

Godspeed!
The Powell family
Jessamine County Sheriff's Dept.

Anonymous

Our prayers go out to Doug, his family and his extended family in the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife in this tragic loss. From all of the Wildlife Officers in Tennessee "God Bless."

Supervisor, Mike Stockdale
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

BUFFALO, NEW YORK

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE OFFICERS
WISH TO SEND OUR CONDOLENCES. OUR THOUGHTS
AND PRAYERS ARE WITH OFFICER BRYANT, HIS FAMILY
AND CO-WORKERS.

GOD BLESS...

PO ERNEST G. PENN
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE

My thoughts and prayers are with Doug's family. He was a wonderful officer and a close friend. He will be missed.

Senior Officer Jim Evans
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Take care, God bless!


South Dakota Dept. of Game, Fish and Parks

To the family and friends of Officer Bryant:

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that you can come together to give each other support through the difficult times that are ahead. God bless and comfort you!

Anonymous
Mountain View, CO

We are truly saddened at Doug's loss.
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We all recall you gave your best.
You did your job, now you can rest.
Your comrades now can cover your post
as you take your place with the Heavenly Host.

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

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

Rest in peace... God be with your friends,family, and your agency...

police officer James H. Gilbert
Columbus OH Div. of Police

Rest in peace Officer Bryant, you truly made a difference. May God bless you and your family.

Master Officer Don Hurley
Eloy, Az. Police Department

On behalf of the men and women of the Virginia State University Police Department, our thoughts and prayers to the Bryant family and the Kentucky Department Of Fish and Wildlife Resources.


"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13

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

"God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them."
Hebrews 6:10


Virginia State University 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 Douglas 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 Bryant's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to his wife especially. 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 Douglas 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 Douglas 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 (E.O.W. - 01/03/03)

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. JOHN 15:13 YOU HAVE RUN THE GOOD RACE. WELL DONE THY GOOD AND FAITHFUL OFFICER.

DWCO HARRY D. GILLISPIE
PA. GAME COMMISSION

God speed my brother...

THE POLICEMAN'S LAST ROLL CALL ...

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 just
got to steep. And I never passed a cry for help, though times I shook with
fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept many 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 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 judgement 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

Deputy
Dane County Sheriff's Office, WI

Rest in peace

Shannon
concerned citizen

Rest in peace, Officer Bryant. The officers of the Pennsylvania Game Commission offer our condolences and sympathies to the family that remains to deal with this tragic and untimely loss. We'll carry on in your memory and the memory of every other wildlife officer who has gone before you.

WCO Randy Shoup
PA Game Commission

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 Bryant 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

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.

Anonymous

Another senseless loss for the natural resources enforcement community. Sincere regrets and wishes to the family and friends of Officer Bryant.

You will be missed Doug. Watch over us from the great "hunting ground."

Steve Cohen, Reserve Officer
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

Family and Friends,
Our hearts are broken for you as you go through this storm. We your extended family will walk beside you as you make each day without your hero. He will never be forgotten by those of us who continue to live without our own heroes. God bless you and we will continue to pray for your comfort.

Cathy Hill
surviving spouse Deputy Barrett Hill
e.o.w. 12/4/00
He died protecting those he didn't even know.

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