Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Thomas Rutherford

Blaine County Sheriff's Office, Montana

End of Watch Thursday, May 29, 2003

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Joshua Thomas Rutherford

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

The night you were killed was a hurific night I still rember it like it was just yesterday that I saw you on a call going like the wind to get there no mater if it was a car acttadent,shoting,violens you were there to help the people get through it and stop it

Jessica M

June 13, 2007

I was sitting by your mother one day while we was in between classes. She was on your refelctions page. She misses you everyday. I know you give her strength to make it thru everyday. She's such a wonderful caring lady. I know that's where you got your caring nature. I remember the time when my eldest daughter was mercy flown to Great Falls and it really helped with you being there with me and my family at that hard time. I'll never forget that, and I wanted you to know how appreciative I was that you was there with us. I never got that chance to tell you that in person. I see your son Thomas from time to time. He looks like you. He's friends with my sister. Anyways, I just wanted to leave something for you on here. I know you're always there with your mother. I check up on her all the time. She is such an awesome lady, and I have to utmost respect and admiration for her. She's so strong. You are a true hero Josh!

June 7, 2007

thought of you today and wanted you to know it. even though i'm sure you already do.

May 31, 2007

Hey Joshman..I can not believe it has been four years. As this time comes there is still alot of tears, laughs and memories. Spoke w/ your mom and she is still holding in there but you can hear her pain of loosing you. You will always be greatly missed and forever in our hearts


May 31, 2007

It is hard to believe that 4 years has gone by since you departed. I think of you often and miss you a lot. It gives me a sense of peace knowing that you are in a better more suffering or hurt. Watch over all of us and keep us safe my friend. Love you always!


May 30, 2007

Josh it was 4 years ago tonight when I got the call that you had been shot and killed. I still find it hard to believe that it is true. What you and Loren went through that night will continue to haunt all of us that loved and respected you. But knowing you I feel that you would want all of us in L.E. to learn from what had happened. That even if you do everything right you can still pay the ultimate price. I approach each call now even 4 years later with the caution, training and experience that you and others had instructed me at the academy and through out my career. Your mother, sons and loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers this night and always. Your friend Alan.

Deputy Alan Guderjahn
Phillips County Sheriff's Office

May 30, 2007


Well today is here and you have been gone for four years. I miss you more every day. We to Pony Hill yesterday and decorated graves. I hope you met your grandmother wnen she got there. I am so lost these days.

Just wanted to tell you that I love you.


May 29, 2007

4 yrs. ago today and never to be forgotten! God Bless the Rutherford family, friends & Blaine Co. Sheriff's Office.

Ret. PO
City of Miami PD Fla.

May 29, 2007

Deputy Rutherford,

On this the anniversary of your leaving us in the physical sence, we pay tribute to your spirit. Tonight the Evening Watch of the Henry County Georgia Police Department will hit the street in your honor. Please watch over us as we continue your fine work.

For the entire shift,
Sergenat V.T. Rosen

Sergenat V.T. Rosen
Henry County Police Department

May 29, 2007

Hey, Josh. Hard to believe it has been four years. I carry you with me in my heart each day. Tonight I work again on the date you were taken from us. I wish you were still here. I want to share family stories and laughs about acadamy days. You are a true hero. Thanks for being my friend.

Joe renders

May 29, 2007

Ma you rest in peace and may your loved ones be ever blessed.

May 29, 2007

It has been 4 years since you were called away from duty and you have not been forgotten by those that love you. I know they think of you every day and still shed the silent tears from their broken hearts. You are a true hero and heroes never die. Keep watch over your loved ones and help them with their grief. You will never be forgotten.

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

May 27, 2007


It is that time of year again. It has been 4 years since you were taken from us. I miss you everyday. Please continue to watch over us down here. Love you!!!!

Melody Zuhoski
aunt of Deputy Joshua T. Rutherford E.O.W 5-29-2003

May 26, 2007


May 23, 2007

Josh I've been thinking about you alot the past few weeks. I miss you. Things are going good for me and the family. I saw your boys awhile back. They look like you. I pray for you and your family each day. God bless you.


Officer John Colby
Williston Police Dept

May 13, 2007

Josh, Another year has come and we are going to Bozeman to honor you and all the other heros that have fallen in the line of duty. Your Aunt Melody and I would not miss this and will have you in our hearts as we attend the ceremony. I believe that Montana will induct two more officers and I know that you have already met them and have welcomed them.Although I never got the chance to meet you I have been told that I missed out on one of the best and well liked Deputies anyone would be proud to have called a friend. Your picture is in our hallway so we can see you everyday and know that you are looking out for us. My prayers go to you and your family as I know this is a hard time for them. Reach down on them and assure them that it is going to be fine as you are looking over them.

Sgt. Mike Zuhoski
Laurel Police department

May 11, 2007

Hey josh.
wow i cant believe how long its been.
It seems like just the other day i saw you.
I wish.
Well I've been talking to you lately.
And its really nice.
I miss you.
A lot.
And i love you too.
Talk to you tonight.


May 4, 2007

You are really on my heart today. Guide me as I need to make these choices. I love you

April 20, 2007

I miss you more today than yesterday. I bet you were happy to see your grandmother.
Love Mom

April 12, 2007

Just thinking of you

April 8, 2007


First of all, it is an honor to leave a comment in this section for you. As I read through the comments, it is very easy to see how loved and respected you are. I feel for your mother and wish I could in some way help herdeal with the pain. I am my mothers only child, so I am very close to my mother.

I met you at the Montana Law Enforcement academy back in 2002. We were there for training of course. You I and a few other officers sat and had lunch together. I remember thinking you were a real nice guy and a good cop.

When I go to a domestic, gun call etc...I do think of you because I too have 4 young children as you do. I always tell myself to be carefull so I can come home to them. I have even thought about getting out of law enforcement (my wife would like me to) so that I can spend more time with my wife and children. I feel guilty at times when I run lights and siren to an unknown risk and put myself in harms way, but I also know that you and I do it because we have a "calling".

I want you and your family to know that I am proud of you and miss you as a brother law enforcement officer. God bless you and your family.

G.G. Thiel

Officer Gregory Thiel
former Montana deputy sheriff, current North Dakota Police officer

March 26, 2007


It has been a little while since I have been here. You are always in my thoughts. I can't believe that this year will be 4 years since you were taken from us. I thought that the hurt and pain would be less, but it isn't. Maybe one day, I will be able to walk by the picture I have of you in the hallway, and it won't hurt so bad. Please watch over us. Love and miss you.

Melody Zuhoski
Aunt of Joshua T. Rutherford

March 21, 2007

hey uncle
just chillin in school. its pretty borning but yeah i just wanted to say i love you

Raelynn Rider

March 15, 2007

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.