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


Here in Billings to watch MariBeth and Teague graduate. We are going to have a party in the yard on Tuesday to celebrate. Miss you. Wish you were here for the day. I am one day closer to you.

Love Mom

Maxine Clifford

May 31, 2014

Rest In Peace Deputy Rutherford, you are remembered.

Sgt. Jarrod L. Wilson / K9 Officer
West Virginia Division Of Corrections

May 29, 2014

Josh you are not forgotten, it is true that heroes live forever and you are truly a hero. My heart and prayers are with your mom, kids and family today and always. May God continue to guide them and may you continue to walk side by side with them all. Time does not heal the hurt and emptiness in our hearts, but we know you are with us always. Continue to rest in peace hero.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure, EOW 08/06/02

May 29, 2014

I was talking with a Deputy from Coos County Sheriffs Office today about the law enforcement memorial. he hasn't been, and i told him to make sure he goes at least once in his life time. i talked to him about you and what a great person you were. I can't believe in just a few short weeks it will be 11 years since you were taken from your family. I love and miss you nephew

Melody A. Rasor
Aunt of Deputy Joshua T. Rutherford

May 16, 2014

Just thinking of you and your mom today. Its hard to believe it going on 11 years this month, the years just go by to fast. Miss you always Josh

Debbie C
Blaine County

May 15, 2014

Son, sure do miss you tonight. Wishing to hear your voice. Harley, our granddaughter was here yesterday. When she pouts that lip of her goes out just like yours. She brings so much joy. I have so many regrets, I wish I would of stayed in Montana. I love you and I know I will see you again. I am one day closer to you.

Maxine Clifford, Mom

May 11, 2014

It's one of those days when you are on my mind.have you seen your gramma ruby yet? Tell het I miss hrr

Melody Ann Rasor
aunt of Joshua T Rutherford

April 17, 2014

I still miss you. Wonder if you know how much

melody zuhoski
aunt of Joshua t. rutherford

January 23, 2014

I miss you so much. I can't believe it's ten years. I wonder what you would think of life. All the things that have happened. Your sons and your granddaughter. Harley is the source of so much joy. I miss your smile and laughter. I miss our conversations on Sunday mornings and your lead foot.

I know that you have seen the sign with your name. Thomas wanted that. I thought it would be a comfort. I miss you so much and sometimes life seems to be to hard to go on. The pain is indescribable and no words to seem to fit. I am one day closer to you son.

Maxine Clifford, mother
Deputy Joshua Rutherford
EOW 5/29/2003

August 17, 2013

Hard to believe it's been 10 years since you were taken from us. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you my friend. We still have the Watch down here and thanks for keeping the Watch safe up above for all of us.

Assistant Chief Brien Gault
Glasgow Police Department, MT

May 29, 2013

Continue to rest in peace Josh, you are a hero who we will never forget... My heart and prayers are with your mom, family and friends today and always.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

May 29, 2013

As another EOW nears my heart and prayers are with your mom, sons, grandchildren, family and friends. May you know that you young man have not been forgotten.... HEROES live forever and Josh you are a hero a person that your family is so very proud of and misses you a lot. Continue to rest in peace Deputy Rutherford, and continue to watch over us all from above.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

May 26, 2013

I would just like to take the time to thank you Deputy Rutherford after having read your story it truly motivated me even more into wanting to join law enforcement. I would to thank you for your service you are gone but not forgotten.

Stephanie Frausto
Student at Mission Hills High School
Currently enrolled in the Criminal Justice Academy
May 16, 2013

Stephanie Frausto

May 16, 2013

Thinking of you today on LE Memorial Day. As we come up to your 10 year anniversary know that you are a inspiration and hero in your family and friends eyes! We know ou are looking over us and protecting us all!!!!

Sgt. Mike Zuhoski (Ret.)
Laurel Police

May 15, 2013

I miss ya buddy. I can not believe that it is coming on 10 years since that horrible night. I want to get the fellas together and go to your gravesite and have a little get together and celebrate your life. Miss you each day my friend.

Deputy Alan L. Guderjahn
Phillips County Sheriff's Office

April 21, 2013

Deputy Rutherford and Chief Deputy Payette have booth been honored with a stretch of US Highway 2 that runs through Blaine County, Montana to be named after them. May God bless and keep them and their families.

Craig D. Gardner, Supervisor
United States Border Patrol

March 29, 2013

I am sorry I am a day late, but wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and to let you know that I am thinking of you and your mom and family today and always.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

December 26, 2012

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 18, 2012

Another Thanksgiving spent without your smiling face......

Melody Zuhoski
Aunt of Deputy Joshua T. Rutherford

November 24, 2012

I want to wish my heroes a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you all enjoy sitting around your table in heaven and enjoying each other, may you all know that we will never forget and we miss you all so very much.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

November 21, 2012

Josh, I went to conweb today to look at the monster that took your life, when it really hit me. He enjoys three meals a day, medical, dental care, internet privileges, hell he can even get a college degree. How is that fair? I don't understand. You will never be able to see your children grow up get married and start families. He took that away, yet the judicial system provides with those privileges. It hurts my heart, and I didn't realize how much until today. I printed his offender information sheet and put it up in my work area, so I could tell him everyday how badly he hurt this family. I can cuss at him and get my feelings out. Somehow that helps. I miss you and everyday wish you were here. Your dad's birthday is on Monday so please watch over him and let him know you are with him. I love you my nephew.

Melody A. Zuhoski
Aunt of Deputy Joshua T. Rutherford

October 20, 2012

Hello my nephew. I am sitting here and work and all of a sudden you popped into my head, so I came here to tell you how much I miss you. You know your dad retired, again. I hope for good this time. It is time he enjoys his life. Your brother Lewis just become a daddy again to a beautiful littlel girl named Emmy. Your sister Angela is now a criminal investigator and still as ornery as ever. Things seem to go on even when our loved ones are taken from us. You are always on my mind and most days now I can smile with the memory of you. There are days that are hard, but somehow I get through it. I think with a little help from you and my dad. Thank you for your sacrafice my nephew, you are a hero.

Melody Zuhoski
Aunt of Joshua T. Rutherford

September 28, 2012

Thinking of you and your family today and always. Your mom is always an inspiration to so many. Continue to watch over her.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

September 15, 2012

Josh, Today I thank God for every day he gave me with you and all the memories that you left. I especially give thanks for your four sons and your beautiful granddaughter. You have gave me so many blessings and I am thankful. I hope you were there to meet your Aunt Myrna. When the wind came up at Pony Hill, I knew that you were all there to meet her. I do miss her and I told her to tell you that I love you.

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

Maxine Clifford, Mother
Deputy Josh Rutherford EOW 5/29/03

August 16, 2012

Josh, continue to watch over your mom, she is a strong woman and an inspiration to us all, but she has been through so much it just never seems to end for her. I am sure you are right beside her and helping her through.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

August 15, 2012

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