Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff William Franklin James, II

Wake County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, September 5, 2003

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff William Franklin James, II

I had the honor of meeting Deputy James on September 25th when he and I were attending Officer Survival School. Frank had a great sense of humor and kept all of us laughing throughout the school. It was evident in the way he trained that he took his job very serious and with great pride. I know that those who knew him will miss him greatly.

Keep an eye on us from above and I look forward to seeing you again.

Traffic Enforcement Officer C. A. Layton
Clayton Police Dept., North Carolina

September 9, 2003

Deputy James will never be forgotten but yet remembered as a hero for all law enforcement officers nationwide. Although not known by all he paid the ultimate sacrifice. We will all remember him as a deputy who gave his all and paid the ultimate sacrifice for his love of the star. We are all deeply saddened by his loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers always. Thank you! Thank you for the job you have done and for doing your duty til the end. Law enforcement every where mourns your passing.

Fuquay-Varina Police Department

September 9, 2003

To Duputy James' Family, Friends. & Co-Workers
You are in my thoughts and prayers, Deputy Scott Quarles was also taken from us in a car accident, it leaves you asking why, but God has a time for us all to come home and Deputy James was called home doing what he loved. Scott told us it's in the blood. Please know you are not alone there are people praying everywhere and this page will becaome a sorce of great comfort to you in weeks to come read each reflection and know Deputy James is in a much beter place doing patrol on streets of gold.

Christy Quarles-Jacobs
Cousin of Deputy Scott Quarles EOW 6-11-03 Laurens SC

September 9, 2003

Our condolences to the James Family! We stand in prayer with you during your time of lost. May the peace of God, Above be with you!

Duke University Police Department

Lt J O Best
Duke Unversity Police Department

September 9, 2003

We as a family from our room do send all of our love, prayers, condolences, and sympathies to the family and friends of Deputy JamesII.

From: nowaybabe2 (Original Message) Sent: 8/17/2003 3:54 PM

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say.

But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.

I'm writing this from Heaven. Here I dwell with God above.

Here, there's no more tears of sadness; Here is just enternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.

Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.

That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through

God picked me up and hugged me and he said,'I welcome you.

It's good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone.

As for your dearest family, They'll be here later on.

I need you here badly, you're part of my plan.

There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.'

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.

And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.

And when you lie in bed at night the days chores put to flight.

God and I are closest to you....In the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years.

Because you are only human they are bound to bring tears.

But do not be afraid to cry: it does relieve the pain.

Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.

If I were to tell you, you would not understand.

But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over.

I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you, and many hills to climb;

But together we can do it by taking one step at a time.

It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you to;

That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain;

Then you can say to God at night...."My day was not in vain."

And now I am contented...that my life was worthwhile.

Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low:

Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.

When you're walking down the street and you've got me on your mind;

I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go...from that body to be free.

Remember you're not're coming here to me.

I will always be with you!


Marilyn Robinson
Support our Officers WolfPackFamily

September 9, 2003

Dear Frank,
Although I didn't know you personally we do have something in common. You worked everyday to protect and serve just as my husband has for the past 16 years with the WCSO. I have the utmost respect for anyone who puts his life on the line to protect others. I know that you are in a better place now and are still watching over all of us. Your family will always be in my thoughts and in my prayers.

Cindy Ridley

September 9, 2003

Ask my graduating High School Class of 1988 who Frank James was and they would tell you a guy that loved life and liked to live it large with a great big smile on his face and a goofy laugh. I was informed today by a friend of D/S James passing which really caught me off guard. When I first found out Frank was going to be an LEO, I laughed really hard, probably about as hard as everyone else did when they found out I was going to be one. We ended up proving to all who laughed at us that we had what it took to stay strong and focused in this field and to succeed. Frank not only succeded in his field but also in his personal life as well. I was greatly saddened to learn of another officer's death and even more so to find out it was Frank. To my fellow brother's and sister's at the Wake County Sheriff's Office, please accept my deepest sympathies. To D/S James family and friends please know that I along with my agency have you in our thoughts and prayers.

"Frank, I thank you for doing what we all do everyday and for making the ultimate sacrifice, that we all know we may have to do someday in order to help save the life's of others. I love you my brother and may you rest in peace"


Deputy Sheriff Lance Colford
Orange County Sheriff's Office Orlando FL

September 9, 2003


You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You served the citizens of Wake County with professionalism, enthusiasm, and pure determination that would make anyone proud. You will be sadly missed but, never forgotten. I know in this profession you rarely hear this but, Thank you! For all you did and all the memories left. Watch over us brother and until we meet again, God Speed!!

Investigator TL Hake

September 9, 2003

All I can think to say is thank you Frank. Thank you for touching all our lives in the special way you did. Thank you for your dedicated service to the citizens of Wake County. Thank you for being a loving father and husband to your family. And most of all, Thank you for being my friend and brother in arms. I will never forget you and will miss you.

Deputy M. Norton
Wake County Sheriff's Office

September 9, 2003

We all put on the uniform for a reason and everyone has there own. However, we all are there to help protect people and you did that day in and day out. You were a hero to many and friend to more. We will miss you and will always be there for your family as you have been there for others. Thanks for the times and we will all be seeing you again.

B. Eaton 827

September 9, 2003

Police Officer's Prayer

Dear God,
Stand beside me in times of danger,
Help me save precious lives,
and family possessions,
and keep me safe to serve another day.

I didn't know you, but you will be remembered. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please keep watch over us and I will meet you on the other side.

Dep K. Broda C821
Wake County SO

September 9, 2003


Though we worked on different platoons, I have high respect for the work you did every day. I still remember "cutting up" with you in radar school and gorging ourselves on long lunches (made for a long rest of the day!!). Your compassion for the job will always be remembered and appreciated. We know you're in a better place now, but we will always miss you.

Your brother in black and gray,


Deputy Cameron M. Lilyquist
Wake County Sheriff's Office

September 9, 2003

Deputy James,
Wear your wings proudly, you've earned them. Thank you for your service. Please keep and watch over our deputies. To the family, may God wrap his comforting and loving arms around you and give you peace.

Wake County S.O. Wife
Wake County S.O.

September 9, 2003

He served as all the others do, each day he gave his all.
And when the people needed him, he was there to answer their call.
He knew the chances this job required and yet he did his best.
And those who knew him best of all will say he passed the test.
So go my friend and see His face, it’s sad we have to part
God keep you safely in him arms; we’ll keep you in our hearts

D-913 10/24 I-IDA

B. L. Rogers, Wake County Telecommunicator

September 9, 2003

My condolences to the members of the Wake Co. S.O. and to the family of Deputy James. Rest in peace brother and watch over us. We have the watch now.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.

September 9, 2003

To our guardian in gray...

O' Mighty God may you help protect
my guardians in gray,
Please swiftly send your Angels
to keep them from harms way.

Defending a code, an oath they made
fighting evil lurking near,
Walking a line of ocean blue
protecting those held dear.

I vow to watch them in the field
these eyes they may never see,
Only a voice heard in the night
Their lives a gift to you and me.

My Deputies stand in harms way
their siren a beacon in the night,
This band of brothers in black and gray
their creed a dangerous plight.

Their valor gives me hope inside
and with solemn pride can say,
I will with all my heart protect you
On the radio everyday.

These soliders zones a battlefield
each call I give unknown,
If on this day my family and friends,
may never make it home.

Dear Lord I know you need guardians
to serve in your heavenly home,
But Wake County needs these Angels,
not another name in stone.

I dont have enough words to express what you meant to all of us. You brought a smile to our face and laughter to our hearts. We shared each others hopes and dreams. If there was anyone I could trust, it was you. I will never forget that night. I was ready for you to tell me about another crazy call. I never thought for a moment that your star would turn into wings. I know you'll be watching over us. To all his family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. He was a great man and will be missed by all.

Joy VanDruff

Wake County Communications

Joy VanDruff Telecommunicator I
Wake County Sheriff's Office

September 9, 2003

To Dear Frank James friend and brother in arms.

Duty, Honor, and Sacrifice these three words descried the life you led and what you did for all of us. You cared more about others than yourself, the world is a better place because of you.
Frank I will miss working and talking to you.
It was an honor and a privilege being able to serve with you.
I am praying for your family and will always keep them in my thoughts.
You are greatly missed.

Sincerely, M. McCollum D933
Wake County SO

Deputy Michaiah M. McCollum
Wake County Sheriff's Office

September 9, 2003


You were loved by many and you will be truly missed. There is no deeper sadness than having to say goodbye. You were thoughtful and unselfish and you made a positive difference in so many lives. I can't possibly comprehend the depth of your family's loss and I don't know how long it will take for them to stop hurting but I do know that love never dies. Your love will continue to guide your family and friends and it will heal their grieving hearts. Fond memories of you will sustain us in our time of loss. After sadness, there is strength. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and those you loved.

Kristin R. Campbell, Telecommunicator
Wake County Sheriff's Office

September 9, 2003

I check this website often and had been relieved to see another officer had not gone down in the line of duty for a few days. But today I am again saddened by the news of your passing but moved by all the touching and personal words your fellow officers have for you. The beauty of their words reminds me that not only do we affect the people we serve but also the one's we work with. God only knows why he called you to be with him, but your legacy will live on forever because of the person you chose to be here on earth.

Mt. Pleasant Police, SC

September 9, 2003

God Speed, Brother.

P.O.K. Murphy
Union PD, NJ

September 9, 2003

Deputy James,
As I go to work for the first time since the accident, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Watch over us as you patrol the heavens and know that we will serve together again someday.

Deputy SP Broadwell
Wake County Sheriff's Office

September 8, 2003

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Deputy Sheriff William Franklin James II...and the Wake County Sheriff's Office..... our hearts and prayers are with you all......Thank you for a job well done William... rest in peace as you continue your watch from the heavens......your memory will never be forgotten...

God Bless....Be Safe..... and wear your vests..

Vin, Pook and all of us at beyond-the-blue

Vin and Pook - Site owners

September 8, 2003

Thank you for your service


September 8, 2003

Although you may be gone, you will never be forgotten. You gave more than most people are willing to give. You gave the ultimate sacrifice. I thank you for being there to protect my family. My heart goes out to your family.

Deputy C.D. Roth

Wake County Sheriff's Office

September 8, 2003

To the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy James, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Especially to the officers of the WCSO, know that your brother died doing what he loved and believed in. Continue to do your job with the professionalism and dignity that that will make his memory go on forever.

A family member of a WCSO deputy.

September 8, 2003

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