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

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
Grandmother

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,
Forever

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

Bob Gordon, Chicago Gold Star Father

August 29, 2006

Happy Birthday, Magoo

Please watch over mom. She misses you to much. She has been having a hard time since your death. I pray that she would let go with some of her hurt and loneliness but as time goes by, I know she never will. Keep her in your prayers. Thomas looks just like you. You would be so proud. He is a good ball player and is driving. Teague, Michael, and Mathew are getting big, they are growing so fast. You have very handsome boys. They all look and act like their Daddy. Your girls are getting tall and beautiful. They miss you. Mom moved home to be closer to her grandchildren. I sure like her living closer to me and the girls. The house and lawn keeps her busy. She put a mural of eagles flying over a mountain top in your living room. It’s a small reminder that you and always in our hearts.

Your head stone has been out at Pony hill for about a year now. You can see it from the Highway 2 (ha ha). I am proud of mom. She really takes good care of you at Pony Hill.

I miss you and think of you often. I love you brother.

August 16, 2006

Happy Birthday today. We are all thinking of you today. We are having pizza and ice cream in honor of your birthday celebration.

a friend

August 16, 2006

Josh,

Today would of been your thirty second birthday. I am so grateful for the time I had with you son. Just wish we had more time. I will go to Pony Hill today to visit.

I thought that this would get easier with time but I still miss you so much.

I love you and this is one more day closer to you.

Love Mom

August 16, 2006

TO THE FAMILY OF DEPUTY RUTHERFORD:
REMEMBERING HIM TODAY AND HIS FAMILY.

DEDICATION TO A FALLEN OFFICER
A MILLION TIMES WE HAVE MISSED YOU,
A MILLION TIMES WE'VE CRIED,
IF LOVE COULD HAVE SAVED YOU,
YOU NEVER WOULD HAVE DIED.
THINGS WE FEEL MOST DEEPLY,
ARE THE HARDEST THINGS TO SAY,
OUR DEAREST ONE, WE HAVE LOVED YOU IN A VERY SPECIAL WAY.
WE OFTEN SIT AND THINK OF YOU,
AND THINK OF HOW YOU DIED,
TO THINK WE COULDN'T SAY GOOD-BYE,
BEFORE YOU CLOSED YOUR EYES.
NO ONE CAN KNOW OUR LONELINESS,
AND NO ONE CAN SEE US WEEPING,
ALL OUR TEARS FROM ACHING HEARTS,
WHILE OTHERS ARE STILL SLEEPING.
IF WE HAD ONE LIFETIME WISH,
A DREAM THAT WOULD COME TRUE,
WE'D PRAY TO GOD WITH ALL OUR HEARTS,
FOR YESTERDAY AND YOU.

GOD BLESS YOU AND GIVE YOU COMFORT NOW AND FOREVER.

LORRAINE BOND (MOTHER)
HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. DEPUTY SHERIFF:
DONALD K. BOND, JR.
EOW: 09.06.01

August 15, 2006

just wanted to wish you a happy Birthday on the 16th. Miss you.

DC

August 15, 2006

Nephew,

I have note been here for a little while. I was just walking down the hall, and saw your picture, and wanted to tell you I still miss you very much. I love you....

Melody Zuhoski
aunt of Deputy Joshua T. Rutherford

August 12, 2006

I love you and miss you

July 12, 2006

Hey Joshman,was thinking of you and just wanted to let you know. Not to much new going on around the SO. I see Jim has wrote you a note and it sure brings back a lot of smiles thinking about the things you 2 use to do. We still have alot of laughs about it. I know you are watching over him while he is on and off duty. Miss you still

DC

DC

July 6, 2006

Josh- Thank you and rest in eternal peace. Please watch over us and know that we won't forget what you have sacrificed and we cannot thank you enough.

Josh's Family- Please know that our hearts went out to you the day we heard of your loss. We won't ever forget or take your loss for granted.

Dan Duryee
Lake County Sheriffs Office

July 5, 2006

Just wanted to say happy fathers day friend. You were always a great father to your children and treated my children the same. I miss and love you man.

Officer J. Glantz

June 18, 2006

Hi Josh, you crossed my mind today, so I thought I would stop by this site just to tell you. It was the wierdest thing, I was sitting at a stop light looking at the vehicles in the turning lane across the intersection. All of their blinkers were on, and I immediately thought of ALL of the police units lined up with their lights on, on the way to your burial. It was such an awesome sight that all of these modern day warriors, (according to Webb) gathered together for you. I'm sure you seen it and appreciated it. I was glad to be a part of that. We were friends, not real close friends, but friends just the same, and sometimes I miss you, I can hardly imagine how your family feels. Pray for strength for them and watch over your precious boys.

June 16, 2006

I love you baby

June 13, 2006

i know that the anniversary of your loved one has come and i want you to know that he will never be forgotten.may god bless the family in these hard times.as a parent my heart breaks for the family .it meant alot to me to get a reflection about my brother deputy joseph dennis who also died in the line of duty.i just wanted to let you know that i will allways keep praying for your family.god bless

mike dennis

June 4, 2006

Josh,

I can't believe that 3 years have passed by since you were taken from us. We miss you so much. I have a picture of you in my hall, and I talk to you everyday. Believe it or not, but that does help a lot. I so wish that I could have gotten to know you better. I know that one day we will meet again, and we can catch up. Continue to watch over us on earth. You are one of Gods angels now.

Melody Zuhoski
aunt of Deputy Joshua T. Rutherford

June 2, 2006

I knew josh as a freind and a former police officer of blaine county he should have not been killed it was very tragic moments for Thomas and Teeg Ruther ***** Remember josh rutherford 5/29/03*****

Tanner
Freind

June 1, 2006

Joshman,

It's been three years today that you were taken from us. Not a day goes by that you are not thought of by many people. Keep protecting the heavens and watching over your fellow Officers and Family. You will Never Be Forgotten.

Lieutenant Brien Gault
Glasgow Police Department

May 29, 2006

Josh,
I am watching all the Memorial Day activities on the television, but can only reflect on the actual day today. It has been 3 years ago today. Today not only we remember all military who have fallen but we are now remembering you who was felled all too soon. It should have never happened and we still miss you even after 3 years. We think of you always and miss you, not just today on Memorial Day, but always. Rest in Peace Nephew!

Kerri
Aunt

May 29, 2006

Hey Bud, Well it's been three years. I think of you all the time. Working tonight was hard, but I had family with me for a while and that was helpfull. I sure do miss ya. I like to come to this sight just to see your smile. Thanks for watching my back out there, I can feel when your near. God Bless your family and I will see again someday.

Joe Renders
Richland County

May 29, 2006

Josh,

It has been three very long years without you for all of your loved ones, though I am sure they remember every detail of May, 29, 2003, as if it were yesterday. I think of your family often.

Norie Haas
Mother of Brian A. Haas
E.O.W. 4/24/04

Norie Haas

May 28, 2006

Hey buddy. I had the most wonderfull dream last night, and it woke me up with such joy. But it was only momentary before I came back to reality. We were best friends again and we were playing cat and mouse like usual. ( we were undefeated still of course )Remember when you tried to chase me through the basketball court at the elementary school but your intrepid wouldnt fit and you accidentally dented the side. We told Glen that someone must have hit your patrol car at EZ Mart and driven off. We laughed for days. It seemed so real. Then we would rent the South Park episodes and sit at my house because it was icy cold. You insisted on eating those nasty vienna sausages and preceeded to fumigate my house. I swear it was just like how it really happened. All the training classes we took and all the gentlemans clubs we would go to after. That really buff chic dancer nearly broke my neck during the massage and you kept laughing at me until she got a hold of you. That dream really lifted my spirits especially with all the stuff ive been dealing with as you know. I tried to go back to sleep and to the dream but I just couldnt. So if you have a part in that please feel free to visit as often as you can in my dreams. I love you man. later.

Officer J Glantz

May 19, 2006

Son,

Well its the third Mothers Day without you telling me Happy Mothers Day. I am not as sad this time. I know you are in the great camp in the sky surrounded by your family and many police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

This is the start of Police Week. A lot of moms are going by your name and stopping a momement to rub your name on the wall and tell you that you are still loved and will always be remembered.

I know that you know that I have made the decision to move back to Montana to make your house a home again. I am so relieved now that I have made the decision. I will finish painting your garage and plant flowers. I will do projects slowly and with love.

It was really bothering that I could not be on your spot on your third eow date. Tammy will be done to move me home on the 26th so yes I will be standing in your field at the same time you left. Not being at Pony Hill with you on Memorial day was really a weight on my heart. But now I can be there to put your bronco flags up.

My son I wil always carry you in my heart. So I will end this by telling you I am one day closer to you. Give my love to all to close to you.

Love, Mom

May 14, 2006

Josh,

Mike and I are getting ready to head to Great Falls. We will be there tomorrow for the Law Enforcement Memorial. I can't believe another year has passed. They say that time heals all wounds, but this wound still hurts. The only comfort I have is knowing that you are now with God, watching over us. I miss you and think of you everyday. We have a picture of you hanging in our new home, and I walk by it everday and say hi, that somehow makes me feel a little bit better. I love you my nephew.

Melody Zuhoski
aunt of Deputy Joshua T. Rutherford

May 14, 2006

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