Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Thomas Rutherford

Blaine County Sheriff's Office, Montana

End of Watch Thursday, May 29, 2003

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Joshua Thomas Rutherford

Wanted to stop in and leave a reflection to say that you have not been forgotten. I know that those that love you carry you in their hearts and think of you each and every day and do everything in their power to keep your memory alive. Continue to watch over all of your loved ones, protect them from harm. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

April 24, 2008


April 14, 2008


I don't even know where to begin. It has been such a long time since I have even looked at all the wonderful things people have written about you. I can't believe it will be 5 years this May since you were taken from us. My hatred for the man that killed you has not eased. I thought in time, I could forgive but that is something I cannot do, at least right now.

Mike and I were in Wolf Point over the weekend and went had dinner with him. It was such a nice visit. I haven't done that very much lately either. I used to go there and see grams all of the time, but never made it over to see your dad. Grams lives here in Laurel now, so Mike and I have decided that next time we go to Wolf Point it will be to visit your dad and Moon. We will be going to Wolf Point in June, to catch the train for Washington D.C. I have never been and have always wanted to go, so that is our vacation this year. I am going to find your name on the wall. I want you to know how much I miss seeing your smiling face. I wish that I was given the chance to get to know you better. One day we will meet again and we can catch up. Watch over us my nephew.

Melody Zuhoski
Aunt of Joshua T. Rutherford

March 25, 2008

Josh, I just returned from the Academy and ran into some old instructors taht used to work with you up there. It is hard to believ ethat you have been gone almost five years, Your Aunt Mel and I are preparing for the annual trek to the Memorial Ride, this year in Missoula. Mel still has her days where she misses you and I can see it in her eyes, the pain of not having you here. You will be forever a inspiration for us and a HERO to all. Keep watch over us and help your family as May approaches. God be with you

Sgt. Mike Zuhoski
Laurel Police Department

March 18, 2008


wow, it's been like 3 years since i've been on here, was thinking about you the other day. I miss visiting with you you, you always made me smile or laugh when i was having a bad day. i can't believe its going to be 5 years since you have been away. I know you are here in spirit though. watch over your mom, she needs you to guide her and keep her safe. Your boys are growing so fast! and of course..they have that handsome look like their father. been thinking of joing the army and being a MP. as my father was also in the law enforcement way back in the but, my friend, i miss you very much, and pray for you and your family alot.

Georgette Cole

March 7, 2008

hey josh it's been a while since i've been here. hard to believe it's coming up on 5 years already. life doesn't seem fair sometimes when i think about what happened. everyone misses you and i think of you often.


March 2, 2008

I miss you so much, I thought the years would make it easier. I know that you know my pain. I have felt your spirit so many times especially when I was sick and laying alone thinking that I was going to die.

I will try to do better.

January 26, 2008

Well another year has almost come to an end...where does the years go. It seems like they go by so fast and we miss so much in life. Spoke with your mom last month and she sounds well. Keep watching over her. Miss you

December 28, 2007

Happy Holidays

December 25, 2007

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 11, 2007

Thomas fell during the last game of the classics tournament in Havre. He broke his thumb and index finger. He is going to have surgery in the morning. Ijust back from the clinic with him. He seems so grown up but beneath it all he's the little boy you left. Please hold your baby's hand and keep him safe.

I miss you more today than yesterday.
Love, Mom

December 10, 2007

Jody I am sorry for the lose of your brother.

Anna Rutherford-Barningham

November 28, 2007


Thomas and I went out to the field where you spent the last minutes of your life. We took out a blanket and covered your site. It breaks my heart that you were alone at the end.

I get to see Thomas or talk to him on a regular basis. It was well worth the wait. He just smiles at me when I call him Josh. He is so much like you.

He is doing well at school and his basketball season starts on the first in Havre.

Marc has been calling and its been nice to talk to him. Nothing with him ever seems to change. He is the eternal optomist.

My son, I miss you more today than yesterday. I spent Thanksgiving with Jill. Now I just have to make it through Christmas.


November 25, 2007

Well the Holidays are right around the corner. I can not believe how fast the Year went by, it seems like it just began. You are still missed dearly everyday of every year.

November 9, 2007


Thomas needs your prayers as he has been put in a very difficult situation. Please keep your eye on him and not let him be harmed.

Love, Mom

September 10, 2007

Thank you for the blessing you brought to the door

August 23, 2007


August 17, 2007


August 17, 2007

Hey Joshman
Was just thinking about you on your birthday and wish you were here to tell you.

August 16, 2007

Happy Birthday, miss you more every day.

Love Mom

August 16, 2007

:: Hey my name is Jaime Riddle and I currently received an award in honor of Officer Rutherford at the Police Academy this summer. I want to pursue a future in Criminal Justice and follow the sense of pride accomplishment and greatness I have heard about Josh. I was honored to recieve the award and to hear Lt. Tim Coleman tell the story of him and how rewarding he was to the community. I know it is still to this day not easy for Coleman and many others who had the privelidge to partner with Josh to rethink such sorrow and I just wanted to tell the family that my thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Jaime Riddle

July 31, 2007


It's getting closer to your birthday and I am so thankful for the twenty eight years that you graced our lives. I know that you are happy with all your grandparents, aunt and uncles there by your side. The days are getting harder again being so close to your birthday.

You know that I was able to speak with Thomas and Teague. I took Teague's glasses off and looked into his face. He looks exactly like you at the age of 11. I can't believe how tall Thomas is. Please watch of your boys as they get older.

Your sister Tammy is so strong and somedays she has to pull me along. You know about my health issues. Keep an eye on Jody. I worry about her so much.

Joshua you are so missed and loved by all those you left behind. You know the first question I am going to ask? What the hell were you thinking running around in that field without proper gear. Why did you not take the extra minutes to put your vest. LJ will have to live the rest of days knowing what he has done.

I will end this with I am one day closer to you.
Love Mom

July 25, 2007

Just thinking of you

July 13, 2007

Hi Josh, You dont know me however your mom always wanted me to meet you. I am sorry I never got the chance to. I have been thinking alot about your mom and I am hoping she is doing ok. You both are in my thoughts and prayers


June 22, 2007

To this day I still remember that night when are naboor the firefighter on that night telling me and my dad that two officers had been shot and my dad asked who they were and he said that Deputy Rutherford and Deputy Junis and my dad asked how they were doing and he said Deputy Junis had gotin shot in the arm and he was at Fort Belenap hospitol waiting for the mercyflite to be flone to Billings and my dad asked how Josh was doing and he said that he was dead
the guy had gotin Josh's gun and shot Josh and killed him

Jessica M

June 15, 2007

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