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

Rest now brother, we have the watch from here.

Anonymous

This poem read at the funeral of My friend Mike Hartzell Killed April 29 2003, helped me cope..hope t does the same for you....

THE POLICEMAN'S LAST ROLL CALL ...

THE POLICEMAN STOOD AND FACED HIS GOD, WHICH MUST ALWAYS COME TO PASS. HE
HOPED HIS SHOES WERE SHINING, JUST AS BRIGHTLY AS HIS BRASS. "STEP FORWARD
NOW, POLICEMAN. HOW SHALL I DEAL WITH YOU? HAVE YOU ALWAYS TURNED THE OTHER
CHEEK? TO MY CHURCH HAVE YOU BEEN TRUE?"

THE POLICEMAN SQUARED his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a Saint. I've had to
work most Sundays, and at times my talk was rough, and sometimes I've been
violent because the streets are awfully tough. But I never took a penny that
wasn't mine to keep, though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills just
got to steep. And I never passed a cry for help, though times I shook with
fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept many unmanly tears. I know I
don't deserve a place among the people here, they never wanted me around
except to calm their fear. If you've a place for me Lord, it needn't be so
grand. I never expected or had too much, but if you don't, I'll understand."



There was silence all around the throne where the Saints had often trod. As
the policeman waited quietly, for the judgement of his God. "Step forward
now, policeman, you've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on Heaven's
streets, you've done your time in hell."

Author Unknown



patrolman Youngstown Police Department, Youngstown Ohio

To the family and friends of Deputy Rutherford, words cannot express my extreme sense of loss and sadness. 10 police officers have died in the last 8 days. This has been a really hard month for law enforcement. Please accept my condolences and prayers in this horrible time.

P.O. Campbell
New York City Police Department

To the Family and Co workers Of Dep. Rutherford...My deepest sympathies for your loss, having just suffered thru the Death of my friend and fellow officer Mike Hartzell I truly understand your pain and loss...but know that his loss is felt by all police officers..and we all value The sacrifice made so we all can live in peace and safety....And also I am sure that when the time came, My friend Mike was waiting to show him the way...God bless Dep. Rutherford, and God bless Patrolman Hartzell we miss you all.

Patrolman W.K.Burton
Youngstown Police Department(OHIO)

Montana is proud of you. Thank You. You made the ultimate sacrifice. Now rest in peace.

Anonymous

There are but two persons who protect the sinful human race from destroying itself. One is God's Holy Spirit. The other is the Peace Officer. Without them, we would all perish at each other's hands.

According to Romans 13.1-5...
God ordains the Peace Officer’s profession.
The Peace Officer is sent by God.
The Peace Officer is vested with God's authority to enforce the law.
A Peace Officer's badge is to be honored by us, because it is honored by God.

To the family of Deputy Sheriff Joshua Thomas Rutherford and the Blaine County Sheriff's Office, your extended family of Law Enforcement Officers grieve with you during this time. I pray that God will wrap his loving arms around each of you and comfort you during this most difficult time.

To all my brothers and sisters, please remember the fallen officers we have lost. Remember the men and women who died trying to make this world a safer and better place for us all to live in.
May God be with you every day, please remember, we are a part of the largest family in the world and when one hurts we all hurt.

Though our badges and uniforms may be different, our mission is the same. Rest in peace with our other fallen Brothers and Sisters. We will continue the fight in your honor.

Florida Deputy Sheriff

Rest in peace Brother Joshua, you will never be forgotten.


Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs PD OK

MAY GOD BLESS DEPUTY RUTHERFORDS FAMILY, FRIENDS AND COWORKERS. A HERO WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER.

CHIEF RONNIE WATFORD-RETIRED
JEFFERSON POLICE DEPT,S.C.

We are sorry for your lose. God bless those left behind. Rest in peace blue angel.

Shannon
concerned citizen

Deepest sympathy to those Sheriff Rutherford left behind. Your in our prayers. God Bless

LEO Wife
NJ

Rest in peace brother. You are a warrior of the streets, a protector of all, and a hero to all of us. God bless.

Ptlm
CPD, NY

You epitomize the greatness of police officers. The ultimate sacrifice is tragic but your bravery will be legendary. Police officers like you brother are my mentors, my teachers, but most of all...family. God bless and God speed.

Anonymous
Chesterfield County Police Dept.

Please remember the fallen officers we have lost. Remember the men and women who died trying to make this world a safer and better place for us all to live in. Thank you Deputy Rutherford for a job well done. Please continue to watch over us and protect us as only you can. You will forever be at our side and in our hearts.

For those of you who still have loved ones with us please take the time to tell them how much you appreciate and care about them.

IF I KNEW

If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.

Anonymous

Dear Family and Friends,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts are broken as you walk this path. We will never forget your hero.

Cathy Hill
surviving spouse Deputy Barrett Hill
e.o.w. 12/4/00
He died protecting those he didn't even know.


Deepest sympathy to the family og DS Joshua Thomas Rutherford.

Anonymous

I wish to extend my sympathies to Deputy Rutherford's family, friends and colleagues. While I mourn his tragic loss I am also grateful for his service to our country. He will never be forgotten.

Former Member
Richmond VA Police

TO DEPUTY RUTHERFORDS FAMILY AND FRIENDS, OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU. OUR DEPARTMENT RECENTLY LOST TWO BROTHERS IN THE LINE OF DUTY AND WE KNOW HOW SADDENING IT IS. WE WILL KEEP YOU IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.

PFC J. KING
ALEXANDRIA, LA P.D.

Brother, May God bless you and your family. You are a true hero.

Special Agent
FBI New York

"Final Call"

An Angel In The Sky Must Leave His Place Of Rest,
Gently Tucking His Wings Beneath His Armored Vest.
For Duty Has Called, There Is Much Work To Do
Little Did He Know, This One Is Dressed In Blue.

Arriving On The Scene, He Knows Just What To Say,
"Follow Me, Fallen Brother, I'll Show You The Way."
"Your Duty Has Ended, Your Work Is Now Through."
"Come Hang Your Hat Beside Mine, I'm A Cop, Too."

CPL LARRY FERMIN
CUMBERLAND COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE, NC

Rest in peace Deputy Rutherford. God Bless.

S/TRP
South Carolina Highway Patrol

On behalf of the men and women of the Virginia State University Police Department, our thoughts and prayers to the Rutherford family and the Blaine County Sheriff's Office.


"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

"God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them."
Hebrews 6:10


Virginia State University Police Department

Thnak you for your bravery and service. Rest in peace.

Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

On behalf of the men and women who serve and work for the Georgia Perimeter College Police Department, our thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Joshua Rutherford’s family, friends and co-workers with the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office.

God Bless. Now rest in peace.

Officer Johns
Georgia Perimeter College Police Department

REST IN PEACE BROTHER. YOUR SACRIFICE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.

POLICE OFFICER
NYPD

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