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Deputy Sheriff Kevin Michael Sherwood

Clare County Sheriff's Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, October 9, 2003

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Kevin Michael Sherwood

Hi son,
Just wanted to write and let you know we are all well and coming along. Went to Deputy Seguin's memorial in Alpena on Saturday. It was a beautiful ceremony and you would have been proud of me.....I remained strong.....except for a few minutes.

Do you remember how I used to call you "Bones"? That hit me yesterday...I talked to you and called you Bones. You were so skinny!!!! Also, a young woman was there, a relative, who came up to me and told me she knew you when you went to the academy....she and her friends thought you were the nicest one there....oh, and she added, "he was so cute"! It was so nice to again hear how well respected you were.

Gotta go to Lansing today to a meeting. Thanks for looking over us and staying close. Everyday is a new journey with this emotion stuff, and will forever be a surprise on how we feel. Even though I don't write as much, it doesn't mean I am thinking of you less. As Katy said, it is now becoming much more private. You know, the best thing of my thoughts now...how we always remember something that I should have said or done differently...is that I truly believe you understand everything and know all of the answers. That's one of the beautiful things I believe about Heaven. As with all of us, no matter who we are, we remember things we regret doing or saying...thanks to that belief, I feel peace, and I know you have the ultimate peace.

Love you and still miss you as much as the first moment you were taken.

Mom

February 26, 2006

I thought of you today. I think of Katy and your family every day, but today I took an extra moment to leave this reflection. God bless.

January 22, 2006

May Bod Bless you and your family. I will forever pray for them. I know that they will never be over the hurt, but I pray that God wraps His loving arms around them when they need it for comfort. I also pray the He allows you to vist them when they need it.

We miss you....

January 9, 2006

HAPPY NEW YEAR KEVIN

January 2, 2006

Katy, I think of you so very often and hope you are doing OK. We have never met, but I live in northern Michigan and occasionally travel along US 27. My prayers are with you and your girls, and all of Kevin's family - parents, too. I hope it brings you some comfort to know that your beloved Kevin has not been forgotten, and that he will always be in our hearts. Peace to you all. I hope beautiful and wonderful things come to you in this new year that will help ease your pain and give you an abundance of strength. Our best wishes to you.

January 1, 2006

I had someone tell me at Christmas time in 2003 that Christmas must be beautiful in Heaven. I honestly thought that person was an idiot because how could it be more beautiful than spending it with your children. I don't think that person is an idiot anymore. Time changes the pain but never the love. We miss you!

December 28, 2005

Merry Christmas, son. We love you and miss you.

Mom

Mary Fisher

December 25, 2005

Kevin, you are still not forgotten...Your family is in my prayers through this tough holiday season....May the lord, as well as you, guide them through it. They dedicated a stretch of US-127 to you a while back, as you know, and they're building a new 911 dispatch center in your honor. Clare County hasn't been the same without you. Thank-you, Kevin, forr your service to Clare County, for it, nor you, will EVER be forgotten. We all love\miss you. Thank-you so much.

Explorer Aaron McLearen
Clare County Sheriff Department, Michigan

December 21, 2005

Merry Christmas to you and your family. May the Lord be with them. This is a hard time for us all, your family dealing with the loss of you, and mine with the loss of my mom. May the Lord be with us all. PRotect us from above.

We're all family,
Aaron

McLearen, Aaron
CCSD

December 6, 2005

Wanted you to know I went to the Christmas Dinner in Lansing Sunday. I put your ornament on the tree. It was a nice day. This Christmas season is easier to get through than last year, and of course, I barely remember there was a Christmas the first year.

I love you and miss you more than ever, son.

mom

December 5, 2005

Brother Sherwood,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Respectfully,
You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables Motorcycle Club

December 2, 2005

My Christmas Prayer, by Bebe Winans

I pray for peace
Blessings and honor
Heaven right earth's despair
This is my Christmas prayer

For those that grieve
God will bring comfort
Laughter will rapture there
This is my Christams prayer

See I pray that love will rule and reign
And I pray that time will rid the pain of this world
As we learn to trust and care
This is my Christmas prayer

I pray for you (Yes I know you do)
That your triupmh and conquer
Poses the strength you need to bare
This is my Christmas prayer

For those in need
There would be plenty
And each other's burdens share
Oh, this is my Christmas prayer

See I pray that love will rule and reign
And I pray that time will rid the pain of this world
As we learn to trust and care
This is my Christmas prayer, Oh

So let hope fill our hearts (Let's let hope fill our hearts)
Shine the light through the dark
All around the world
And everywhere
I will pray
This Christmas prayer

See I pray that love will rule and reign
And I pray that time will rid the pain of this world
As we learn to trust and care
This is my Christmas
This is my Christmas prayer

See I pray that love will rule and reign
And I pray that time will rid the pain of this world
As we learn to trust and care
This is my Christmas prayer
This is my Christmas prayer

November 26, 2005

Kevin, Happy Thanksgiving to you, Katy, your parents, daughters, and all who love and miss you so much. Continue to give them strength and we will always keep them in our thoughts and prayers. God bless all of you, rest peacefully, Kevin.

Up North Michigan

November 24, 2005

Hello to all of you, wishing you a Happy Turkey Day and many blessings, I know that the holidays are hard for you. Thinking of you always.

Gina Jones

November 23, 2005

still thinking of you. God Bless

November 16, 2005

I'm Sorry that I failed to leave this on the 9th...but i guess it's the thought that counts. I'm saddened to not have been able to make it to the Motorcycle Run, for I wanted to meet your mom face-to-face, but my own family had a problem. I thought about you on that day, and about your family, and about my own. Death is such a sad thing, and I wonder, if I cried as much as I did on the anniversary of your going away, how much will I cry on my mom's. Please keep us safe, and may you Rest In Peace.

McLearen, Aaron
CCSD

October 18, 2005

Thinking of you, Katy and your three beautiful girls always and especially today. They and you have a very special place in my heart always. Katy has become such an important person in my life and I know I couldnt have gone through what I have been through without her. I know you will always be with your 4 girls forever - you are a part of them that could never be replaced.
I love you Katy, Meagan, Gabby and Gweny!
Love,
Ang

PS- say HI to my Kev up there & give him a hug from us!

October 9, 2005

Hello my Son,
Today is the third hardest day of my life. You are missed and love so very much. It's amazing how all of those emotions and feelings of two years ago are right there....ready to be felt all over again.

We had your first annual Motorcycle Run yesterday, and again, many of your friends were there. Craig brought his dog and did a demonstration. Wow. we all were so impressed. The only thing that makes this grief livable is that so many people love you and miss you as we do, and that I can see you in each of your beautiful little girls. Not only that, you are respected by everyone. Not many people can say that, can they?

I am willing myself not to cry today, just to remember you with all the warmth and love that you gave/give to us. That's a pretty big order to fill, because the tears are coming as I write this. Maybe I don't want them to go away for good. If I kept them in, I would probably explode, and that is not a good idea either.

Son, I am making you this promise. I am dedicating the rest of my life, first to our family of course, and next to Law Enforcement--to make sure your memory and the memory of all fallen officers will always be in the forefront, and to make sure people support all of your brothers and sisters in law enforcement, so that they get the respect and acknowledgement they all deserve, the gratitude for what they give us everyday, as you did.

I love you Cub, I know you are near me when I need you the most. Thank you for that. I have one request, if there is any way you can, help Gabby learn to ride her bike.

Mom

October 9, 2005

To Katy, your girls, Kevin's parents - it has been two years since Kevin's accident and your life took an unexpected and heart-wrenching turn. There's not much we can say to help ease your pain and make you miss Kevin less. I wish we could all take a part of the pain you are living with, and make things more bearable for you. All of you are in our every day thoughts and prayers, but today on the 2nd year anniversary of Kevin's death, we will offer an extra prayer that God will help you find happiness again, and that you will have the strength you need to keep going forward. Katy, your love for Kevin, and his for you, is so evident in the reflections you have left for him. Kevin's spirit is with you, believe it - feel it - and hold him close. A lifetime of love like yours and Kevin's is a true gift from God. I am so sorry you couldn't have 112 years with him. You are all close in our hearts, minds and prayers. Peace to all of you.

Mich Resident

October 8, 2005

With the two year anniversary of your sacrifice, I wanted to leave a reflection and say that you are a true hero and have not been forgotten. I know the borken hearts and pain that were left behind when you had to leave. There are no words I can say to comfort your loved ones except that all they can do is take one day at a time and keep your memory alive. Keep watch over them and protect them as they journey through life. I will end with this short notation that was given to me:
"Always in our hearts, always in our words, forever young, forever blue. Our Guardian Angel."

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

Bob Gordon

October 8, 2005

Sweetheart - I can't believe it has been almost two years. Sometimes it feels as though you have just left and at other times it feels like you exsisted in a whole different life time. Not a day goes by that I don't miss you. Not a day goes by that I don't hold on tightly to the love we shared. True love eludes the grip of death and transcends on an endless journey. This time last year I would have told you that I just went through the worst year of my life but I would have been proven wrong. As the second year began the numbness started to wear off and the pain is undescribable. I had no idea that emotional pain takes a hold of your heart and squeezes until you can barely breath. I had no idea that a body could hold so many tears. I honestly had no idea what true pain was. No idea what grief was. The days are better now and I can breath without pain but this doesn't mean I miss you any less. I have only learned to move forward. I use to fall asleep thinking of my horror and what we had lost but now I can fall asleep remembering the smiles and joy that filled our house. I finally broke free of the day my nightmare began. That doesn't mean I love you any less. I take stregth from that love - strength from our past. This has been a horrible week - anticipation of a horrible anniversary. I feel like I have let you down this week - cried everyday. I know it is not a weakness to cry but I feel weak. The worst part I think is the loneliness - it is like a dark cloud that surrounds my soul. I can be surrounded by people and yet I walk this journey alone. I do know that you are there - when I am lucky I can feel you. But I am human - I desire what is tangible. I want to see you, touch you, smell you. Funny I never thought I would say this, much less be serious, but I do believe in spirits. I am very grateful for the 12 years we shared but will forever regret that is all we had. Thank you for loving me and letting me love you. Thank you for our three beautiful daughters. There will forever be a hole in my heart - that piece belongs to you.

October 8, 2005

My prayers are with Kevin's family as the anniversary of his death approaches. To Katy and the girls, his memory lives on in each of us that he touched.

God bless you and keep you safe.

Mike Nichols
Indiana State police

October 7, 2005

Kevin -
Two years...Where has the time gone? You are still loved and missed by more people than you could have ever realized - please keep watch over us as we continue to patrol the streets. You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer
Bay City P.D.

October 6, 2005

To the Sherwood Family, my heart goes out to you. I sit here reading all of the wonderful reflections left for Kevin and tears just roll down my cheeks. I too know the pain and loss that you feel. I lost a friend that was more like a brother to me, Cass County Deputy Shane Britton, EOW 07-19-00 and still miss him dearly. On the day of his accident, when the Lord called him home, I had been at his and his wife's home babysitting their youngest daughter so he could go to work and wait for Lynn to come home from work. I still remember the call from Sheriff's Office only 10 minutes after I got home that night. Some things never leave you. I still visit him regularly only this time it is at the cemetary, but I still feel like he is here.

Although, I have never met any of you I feel like I know you. I drive Kevin's Highway quite frequently going Up North to visit my parents and think of Kevin and his story each time that I do. Mrs. Fisher, I just received the letter from Mi-Cops in regards to the Annaul Meeting/Election for this month and just wanted you to know that you have my vote.

Katy, I have read the many many reflections that you have left for Kevin and in some you seem to say that you shouldn't grieve so much. Well no one should ever tell you not to, even when as you say you are wrapped in his shirt sitting in the closet crying you are strong! By keeping Kevin's memory alive and telling your precious daughters about him your helping his legacy to live on, and for that I give you a lot of credit and admire you for. You have allowed yourself to share Kevin and your life together with all of us that visit this site and for this I can only say thank you and I am sorry that it had to be this way. My thoughts are with you. Just rest in the thought that some day you will see Kevin again in the glory of Heaven where he now proudly patrols the streets and watches over all below!

Melissa, Federal Police Dispatch
Federal Protective Service/DHS

October 5, 2005

Dear Deputy Kevin and Family,
As your second year date approaches please know that so many of us that have joined you are thinking of you. We have just passed the one year mark of living without our son Matthew and started our second one wondering how in the world we are still here. I read about your precious family and just cry for all of us. Matthew so loved being a police officer, it truly was his life, and he lost his life here on earth just doing his job as you did.
It's hard for us to understand, much less people that don't have loved ones in law enforcement. The thin blue line is stronger than anything on this earth. It transcends time and space. Those of us left behind do not measure time the same anymore and we are always thinking just around the next corner we will see that precious, smiling face if we could just will it hard enough to be.
We will be thinking of you this week and praying for an extra measure of strength, peace, and comfort.
Love,
Linda Rittenhouse, Matt's Mom
Jesse Matthew Rittenhouse
e.o.w. 9/16/04

October 3, 2005

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