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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

Hi Josh, Just got back from the Academy this pastr weekend, They are getting ready to start Defensive Tactics, which made me think of you and the people you touched when you instructed at MLEA. Your Aunt Mel and I are looking forward to May and the Law Enforcement Memorial in Bozeman. You are always in our hearts and thoughts. Please look over us and provide us guidance from up above.

Sergeant Mike Zuhoski
Laurel Polce Department

March 5, 2007

hey josh
this is your sister jo
writing you to say i love you
and that i'am doing fine
love jody

February 27, 2007

You are still in our hearts, we think about you every day and will never forget you.

February 23, 2007

Hey buddy I just wanted to tell everyone that my little josh is doing so well and growing like a weed. I know you continue to watch over me and my family. Especially with all the trouble I have been dragged into lately. Only you and God know the truth and cant wait till its over. Wish me luck on getting this park ranger and maritime ranger position next month. I think of you everyday, especially when im holding my lil josh. He may be pasty white like me but I know you still consider him family like you did me. I am so glad that I got to talk to one last time right before you left us for greater means. After all these years I almost got the race car done. I know we had plans for it but I know you still sit in the passenger seat once in a while as I fly down the road. Thank you for everything brother I will always love you.

J. Glantz

February 7, 2007

Deputy Rutherford, thank you for your service and sacrifice to the citizens of the great State of Montana.You will never be forgotten. God Bless Deputy Rutherford.

Deputy Leif R. haugen
Island County Sheriff's, WA

February 3, 2007

I love you as much today as always

January 28, 2007


Well today it has been three years and seven months since you have left to be with your grandparents. Some days are so bad that I have thoughts and then you enter into mind.
You know what I've been thinking.

Maribeth put up your Christmas tree here at your house. We couldn't bear the thought of spending it here so we had Christmas at Tammy's. Last night I was in the process of putting the decorations away when I found your freshman basketball pictures. You were so young, I wish I would of never brought you here from Denver. Except I would not have had your sons althought I am not allowed to see them. This year I bought presents for kids who would of never had a Christmas, it felt good.

As I looked at your picture, I was suprized to see that you, Wil and Thomas all have the same numbers on your uniforms. I go to the Dodson games to watch Thomas, you know I still don't drive.

Well work on your house is progressing. I am just waiting to get the new carpet in your bedroom. The panels in there look good, don't you think. Now I know why you used to get mad at my having so many lights on.

My baby son, life is just so miserable without you. I am going back to school for the spring semester. I was suprized at my grades. I loved the biology course and I'm glad that I got the B.

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

Love, Mom

December 29, 2006

Miss you more than ever.

December 27, 2006

Just a little note to wish you a Merry Christmas. It is hard to believe another year has come and gone.How time flies. Rest in Peace Joshman

December 24, 2006

Hey buddy I really miss you man. Thanks for your help Monday and I really felt your presence. For everyone elses information, Kim gave bith to a six pound baby boy at noon and he is named after you of course. It makes me feel so secure that I know you will keep an eye on Joshua Glantz the same way you do for me. I hope he has half the heart that you have. If so, we will have another super hero on our hands. He has a killer smile like you and I cant wait to tell him how important his name really is. I look forward to telling him all the great stories of our wild times. I dropped out of Law Enforcement and have back surgery planned for december and then im planning on taking a sales job for a lot more money. I will always miss being a cop but its just not the same without you. No partner or best friend could ever replace you. I love you man.

J. Glantz

November 22, 2006

Josh, MT lost another Deputy recently. I hope you were there to meet him. When I stood and watched the miles of the patrol units and other emergency personnel units, I was quickly reminded of the day your family and fellow brothers and sisters in law enforcement laid you to rest. It's such an awesome, yet very saddening site. All the respect and honor that is conveyed is much deserved. We have lost an officer, but I'm sure you have gained a friend.

Avis M. Werk

November 17, 2006


I accompanied Thomas to the Phillips County Courthouse. He had to get a copy of his birth certificate. Now he knows how old you were when he was born. NEWS FLASH: Thomas Michael Rutherford now has Drivers Lisence. He thinks he's ready for a car. Joshua Teague (10 yrs old) only wanted a remote control car. I'm moving back to Montana. Looking forward to watching the DODSON COYOTES Basketball Season. Your sons are so beautuful. We love you. We miss you.

Rebecca KillEagle Clark
Thomas and Teague's Grandma

November 8, 2006

Hey Josh,
I know it has been a very long time since I have written anything here. Sometimes it is so hard. The hurt is still there, even though LJ has been sentenced. You would be so proud of Thomas; he is turninig into quite the young man(6'1' or better now!) He went out for Cross-country and is now getting ready for the basketball season. He looks so much like you, very handsome! (He has your infectious smile!) Wayne and I try to make all of his sports events, depending on the weather. We try to support him in that way. We all miss you and love you very much!

Aunt Kate
Aunt of Josh Rutherford

November 5, 2006

Hello my nephew,

Just really thinking of you today. Montana lost another officer and I feel for his family very much. I know the pain and hurt that they feel. Take him under your wings and let him know that he is not forgotten.

Melody Zuhoski
aunt of Deputy Joshua T. Rutherford

October 29, 2006

It has been almost 3 1/2 years since your tour of duty ended and there has not been an hour of every day that you have not been in the thoughts of your loved ones. You will never be forgotten and are a true hero and heroes never die. I know the pain your mother feels and how she faces each day. All any of us can do is take one day at a time and keep your memory alive. Keep watch over your loved ones and protect them. Also, keep watch over those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You are a true hero.

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

October 22, 2006

Hey bud I think of you everyday and carry with me at work. I hope you saw the tattoo I got in memory of you. I miss you, see you again.

October 15, 2006

You were sucha blessing to me and you will always have a very special place in my heart and I want you to know that. I know you are with me during the hard times when I need you. I can feel you with me, I love you baby

October 7, 2006

We all miss you josh and hold you in our hearts forever.

October 6, 2006


Yesterday Jackass was given an additional ten years for the assault he committed before he murdered you. The thought of him being in court again for that night brought so many memories flooding in. The horror of that night. The most is how much I miss you.

I am living in your home and going to school. Trying to find some solace here. I love you so much. If love of kept you alive you would of never died.

I went to Havre on Saturday to watch Thomas at cross country. He looks so much like you. He even acts like you. He is a blessing.

I know you about my grades at school. Doing the best I can.

I see on the board that several officers have joined you. Please offer prayers for their families.

Love you and I am one day closer to you.


October 3, 2006

Deputy Rutherford, I pray for your family as we walk through this journey on earth. I know your mother's pain and it is not an easy journey. We travel it 1 day at a time--moment by moment.

We miss y'all and wish you all could have been here to see your children grow up. It sounds as though you were a wonderful father as was my son. (That makes me smile.)

Thank you for making this world a better place!

Kay Wood
Mother of Deputy Marshal Glen DeVanie, EOW 4/2/03

September 22, 2006


September 21, 2006

I love you baby and I miss you more each day

September 12, 2006

I love you baby and I miss you more each day

September 12, 2006

My Dear Grandson,
It has been a while since I came to this page because it is so hard to remember that once you were alive and happy with your life and family. I had thought that once the sentence was given we would have some closure, but it's not so! I don't believe we will ever have that. You are always with us in our minds and hearts and will be until we see you again.Rest in peace my Grandson and know that you were and still are loved by all.
Your Grandmother Ruby Rasor
Tatanka Ska Winya

Ruby Rasor

September 9, 2006

It has been over 3 years since your tour of duty ended and I know your loved ones have thought about you each and every day during that time. You will never be forgotten by those that love you nor will the Blue Family ever let that happen. I know your mother would trade places with you in a heart beat as I would with my son so that you could both be here to live out your lives and future dreams. All those left behind had their lives drastically changed forever. I wish I had some magical words to help them but all I can suggest is to take one day at a time and never let your memory end. You are a true hero and heroes never die. Keep watch over your loved ones, wrap your wings around them and help them with their greif. Also, keep watch over those still out on patrol protecting the Thin Blue Line.

Poem by Richard Fife:

No person is ever truly alone.
Those who live no more,
Whom we loved,
Echo still within our thoughts,
Our words, our hearts.
And what they did,
And who they were,
Becomes a part of all that we are,

Bob Gordon, father of fallen Chicago Officer,
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon, Chicago Gold Star Father

August 29, 2006

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