Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Stephen Douglas Sorensen

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, August 2, 2003

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Stephen Douglas Sorensen

To my partner, colleague and most importantly my friend:

Stevie...I can't tell you how much I already miss you. You helped so many people and touched so many lives, you truely made a difference.

Rest well my friend, I'll see you at briefing tomorrow...

Sgt. Paul Dino
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.

Rest in peace brother in blue.
The watch is ours now.

God bless your family.

Trooper
Pennsylvania State Police

Rest in peace Brother Stephen, you will not be forgotten.

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

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs PD OK

Rest in peace. God bless

Shannon

My fiance, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure Stephen did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and Stephen be the be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Deputy Sorensen's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all, especially to his wife. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that Stephen is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain Stephen was well respected and well loved. Thank you for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please take care of my fiance Dennis.

Peace, Love, Luck, and Happiness!

Jocelyne Brar (Drakesville, IA)
Fiancee of Deputy Dennis McElderry - EOW (01/03/03)

NEVER THOUGHT THAT I WOULD HAVE TO SEE ONE OF MY OWN CLASSMATES BURIED FROM ACADEMY CLASS #271. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS A TRUE HERO TO ALL THAT KNEW YOU AND ALL THAT YOU TOUCHED THE LIVES OF! EVEN THOUGH I HAVE NOT SEEN YOU IN SEVERAL YEARS I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW MUCH FUN IT WAS TO HAVE YOU AROUND WHEN WE WENT THROUGH TRAINING TOGETHER IN 1991. GOD SPEED MY BROTHER...GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

J. Glomboske
LASD

God bless the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Sorensen.
Although 3,000 miles away, we mourn with you.

Trooper
New Jersey State Police

God speed, brother. It's been years since we've spoken, but I still remember your job as the "first aid" recruit during the training of class 271. Thanks for taking good care of us.

Member of LASD Class 271
Indiana State Police

I know that words that are said to the loved ones of the fallen officers which are all Heroes in our hearts, can be very empty.
We at the Support our Officers Chat room all send our love and sympathy at this tragic time.
We honor the law enforcement because we lost a loved one from our room Officer Rookie from Pennsylvania, PA and her K-9 Partner Pepper on the 1st and 2nd of June, due to a drunk driver of an 18 wheeler.
She was native american and would have turned 30 on the following Friday.
Please know that all of us in our room send thoughts of sadness and hope that you will understand that our hearts are with you all.
GOD BLESS THE MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE 24/7 SO WE CAN SLEEP AT NICE.
Let you know that your loved one is safe in the arms of our Lord and is now walking a beat in heaven with the angels

Marilyn Robinson
Support our Officers WolfPackFamily

Our prayers are with the family and friends of Deputy Sorensen. God Bless You...

Officer Tom Simonds
San Diego PD/CA Peace Officers Memorial Foundation

Our thoughts, our prayers, and sympathies go out to the families of Deputy S. Sorensen. Yet another Hero is taken from us, all too soon. God Bless and be with you in this difficult time.
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Although I did not Know You,
You were a brother none-the-less.
For those you did not know,
You gave your all, Your Best.

The ultimate price has now been paid,
Your watch has ended, Your duty done.
Your brothers and sister will carry on,
and take your watch until the battle is won.

"God granty safety to all those who wear the Badge and the Blue."

Aunt of Deputy Joshua T. Rutherford, E.O.W. 29 MAY 2003

Kathleen A. Goodman, Former Dispatcher
North Bend, OR PD

God speed warrior, your shieled will shine forever. Your dedication and inspirtation are never forgotten. Respectfully OFC Ryan Leach.

Officer Ryan Leach
Grand Blanc Township

My thougths and prayers are with Deputy Sorensen's wife, sons, family, friends and co-workers. We all ache when a LEO goes down. We are all family and are here for you. Psalm 55:22

Denise Nichols - surviving spouse
Alabama State Trooper Brian Nichols EOW 2/17/2002

May God bless you and your family. May His angels protect your loved ones now and in the years to come. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.

Virtute Et Armis

Inv. John Creamer
Tallahassee Florida Department

Our department has lost two officers this year, as well as a former officer who was with another agency. In the midst of our mourning, let us be mindful of the thousands of officers across the country who make the ultimate sacrifice in service of their communities.

Deputy Sorensen, thank you for your service and sacrifice. Many of us at HPD will be praying for your family, friends and our brothers and sisters at the LA County Sheriff's Dept. You will not be forgotten.

Anonymous
Honolulu Police Dept.

REST IN PEACE BROTHER....YOUR WATCH HAS ENDED AND WE WILL CONTINUE THE WATCH.......
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

My thoughts and prayers are with all of Deputy Sorensen's friends, family, and co-workers. He is a true hero and will be greatly missed by everyone in the law enforcement community.

Deputy Vicky Malone
Shelby County Sheriffs Office

Rest in peace Warrior.

Ptlm
CPD, NY

Thanks for all you have done to keep our mission running. May God be with you. Rest in Peace

CO II C. Starr
ADC Tactical Support Unit

Another brave soldier in the mever ending war on criminals in our country has been killed by a cowardly enemy. May the ruthless criminal responsible for this murder be brought to justice and sentenced to the most severe penalty. May the memory of your service, heroism and sacrifice remain forever. We are proud of you and thankful for all of your service. May God bless you and your family. AC

Trooper
Pennsylvania State Police

Another tragedy that takes a Hero's life. Rest in Peace Brother and may God comfort your family and friends during this most difficult time. Keep watch from above....you will be missed.

“My Badge at Heart”

We band of Brothers and Sisters have fought so very hard
Protected our streets, our people, their homes
Protected the children, the aged and the tired
Protected each other, our brothers and our sisters
We prayed every night and every day since we swore to protect and uphold
God, let us return to those who too are so brave
Our mothers and fathers our brothers and sisters
God let me once again hold my wife, my sons and my daughters
Allow me to picnic with my family, celebrate a wedding, and sing happy birthday
God, please let me live to teach my sons to play catch and to watch my daughters dance
Please let me grow old with love, compassion, and strength
But most of all God, if you need me to lay down my life for another
Please, please tell my family, my loved ones, and my friends
I died not in vain, I sought no heroics
I died doing what I was proud to do
I died being who I was proud to be
I died, my badge at heart

Dedicated to all Blue Angels and their families
Terry
CPD, Retired


CPD

TO STEPHEN'S FRIENDS, AND FAMILY I WISH MY SINCEREST CONDOENCES. JUST REMEMBER THAT STEPHEN DIED DOING WHAT HE LOVED. MY COUSIN WAS ALSO A POLICE OFC (MYRTLE BEACH SC-EOW 12 29 02). HE DIED A HERO AS DID STEPHEN. GOD HAS A PLAN FOR ALL OF US. THOSE THAT ARE MORE SPIRITUALLY ADVANCED OFTENTIMES GO HOME FIRST.

OFC MARK MCGUIRE
WEST PALM BEACH PD

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 Sorenson 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

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

POLICE OFFICER
NYPD 44 PCT

god bless the family of deputy Sorensen.My prayers are with all of you.

chief peaches guidry
mermentau louisiana police dept

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