Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Kevin Michael Sherwood

Clare County Sheriff's Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, October 9, 2003

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Kevin Michael Sherwood


Well it has been a year. Incredible!! It seems like just yesterday.

I attended the dedication of US127 on Friday and the Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday. It was a busy weekend. We spent some time with Rob and Kami this weekend it was great to see them. All talk was about you and the memories we have.

Keep watch for us. We will never forget.

Deputy Robert Hager
Clare County Sheriff Department

October 11, 2004


It has now been one year since you have been gone. I must apologize, this is the first time I have been able to set down and actually write something. I have sat many times, ready to write, but my mind always seems to go blank. I am not sure what should be written, it is hard to express my feelings. I know that there is a huge empty spot in my world and everyone else’s. Your memory will no doubt live for ever. You did so many good thinks when you were here, you were a hero, before death, to many people like myself. You remain a hero now, to everyone.

I was the lucky one of all your friends, I was fortunate to have told you how much I had learned from you, how you had been a role model to me, and how I had shaped my policing, conduct, and attitude to resemble yours. I remember when we talked about those things, and think of it often when I am thinking of you. It doesn’t ease the hurt I feel for you or your family, but it makes me feel good that I was able to express to you the impact you had on me. I am sure that I would not be where I am now without learning all I had from you. I appreciate everything that you did for me.

I know that you will always be with all of us. We will never forget you.

Officer Craig Wilson
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department

Officer Craig Wilson
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department

October 8, 2004

Kevin, thinking of you and remembering Katy, your daughters, family, brothers & sisters in blue as the one year anniversary of your death approaches. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers regularly. We hope they are doing OK. Gone, but never forgotten. Always truly appreciated. Thank you for your service. Rest peacefully in God's care.

Mancelona, MI

October 2, 2004

Someone you love told me a quote today. It was made by a survivor, I really hope I don't mess it up. Here goes: "It is not how these officers died that made them heroes but how they lived there lives". What an amazing message that sends. Everyday police officers put their lives on the line against the criminals and idiots of this world. Your life was cut short because you wanted to protect the world. You left us to be devasted but will always be a hereo because you lived life by a code of honor very few ever can acheive. We all miss you. Help us make it through the next few weeks.

September 30, 2004

Thinking of you.

Michigan Resident

August 15, 2004

Your sacrifice is felt clear across this great country. Thank you Sir, for your bravery, your courage and for making the ultimate sacrifice. Heroes never die.

Detective T. Henshaw
Bell Gardens Police Department, CA.

July 27, 2004

Kevin, it's taken me a while to write a reflection for you..but I think about you everyday. Even though I barely knew you, it hurts so bad to know that you're gone. As I read the other reflections left from your family and friends, I cry. Especially from what your mother wrote. It's been nine months since you left us, and the pain feels like it just happened yesterday. My dad misses you so much. He still has your number on his cell phone, waiting for you two to have milk and pop tarts again. We all miss you, but I know that you are watching us from heaven. You're here with us. From the blue candles in our windows, to the Saint Michael necklace I wear everyday, you are with us. I will never forget you, Deputy Sherwood.

Ashley Drury
Clare, Michigan

July 20, 2004

To our friend, and his loved ones;

Though it has been several months since that unforgetable night, my wife and I would like you to know that we still think of you often. Every great thing that has been said about you in these reflections doesn't begin to describe the great man you were. I worked with you at the sheriff's department for 4 years. I was a corrections officer in the jail. I was always awed by your professionalism and love of the job. My wife got to know you from working in the ER at clare and would come home on an occation and say "Kevin Sherwood said to tell you Hello" that would always bring a smile to my face. I was not prepared the morning she came home and said that there was an accident last night, It was Kevin. I just sat there reflecting on all the pranks we shared at the jail. Thanks for just being you Kevin. I am a better person for knowing you. Tears still fill my wifes eyes for your wife and girls.

So long for now friend!!
C/O Chad Wilson and Courtney Wilson RN


July 15, 2004

You have a great mother, a caring mother, a mother who will surely do right by you and your children. You left an impression in just 37 years many will never leave in a century of life.

Mike Crispino, Reporter
9&10 NEWS

July 15, 2004

I've known Kevin since I was 7yrs old. His brother Rob and I were best pals growin'-up. We re-united in our later teens and spent a lot of time living it up. We shared many a beer before his involvement with the force. We were a wild bunch, called ourselves "young guns" after the billy the kid movie. He was Billy of course. I never knew him the last 10yrs as he raised a family and went the straight and narrow. But I must say, I am definately proud to have known him. My condolences go to the Sherwood family. If I can share an old moment.. We were at a big-shot bar this one night.. a lawyer was braggin about his career record and decided to ask Kevin what he did.. He replied.." I drink.. That's what I do, and I'm good at it." He played the modern day James Dean and in fact was good at it. He had more ba**s than most. *raises a beer* Here's to you old friend, here's to Pals..

Shawn Quick

July 10, 2004

My heart goes out to your family...I remember that awful day your Son, husband, and father died I remember all to well talking to a fellow EMS person and being told a brother was killed. My heart goes out to your family. I will pray for you always as I pray for my soon to be husband that he will be returned home to me and our kids from work every night, although I do know that when its time for him to come home God will call him even if we are not ready....In my thoughts and prayers
Paramedic and Fiance of Detroit Police officer

June 16, 2004

Another officer joined you last night, Kevin. I ache for his family because I know how awful that 2nd and 3rd day feel, and I know what they are in for.

I miss you so much, but I know you are in a very good place, and looking after the girls and Katy. She is a magnificent mom, you sure picked a good one.

Love, mom


June 6, 2004

Dear Katy......everyday when I walk into the department I look at Kevin's photo that hangs on the wall and say a prayer for you and your precious lil girls. That is a loss that no wife ever wants to encounter....but believe me, he is with you and the girls everyday and will continue for the rest of your lives. Hang in hats off to you for being so strong and you have some wonderful friends whom I work with that would do anything for you.

Take care Katy....Kevin is in wonderful hands and we miss him deeply.

Rebecca Haskin
Clare County Corrections

May 23, 2004


Well boss I just got back from Police Week in DC. We got Katy and the girls there and back safely with only minor incidents. I know you were probably laughing uncontrollably as we were attempting to acquire a key so we could get home.

We spent the week with Katy and the girls and your dad, brother sister and Steve and it was good to hear a few stories(we had a few for them too).

Your girls were great. Katy is doing such a great job with them. I don't know how she can keep up.

I miss you brother. It has been just over six months and I still can't believe you are gone. We are keeping an eye on Katy and the girls. They are all thought of and prayed for daily.

We are continuing your mission. All seems to be going well. I miss you . . . but still see you everyday in your three beautiful girls. Until later . . .

Deputy Robert Hager
Clare County Sheriff Department

May 18, 2004

Kevin the days have passed but have not been forgotten. It saddens myself for the pain our fellow officers and your family are going through. I think of all the things you taught me and hope to achieve your standards of professionalism you held. There is no way of telling or explaining to people on here about what type of officer you were, but it should be known that working with you showed me a way of professionalism, determination, and entegrity that I strive to work and live by every day.

The way you challenged me to do my work are lessons I now understand. *Just know that every time I shine my boots I think of you.*

Thank you for serving and being the officer you were.


Deputy Brian Eckel
Clare County Sheriff Dept///Gladwin County Sheriff Dept

May 15, 2004

We met your father in Arizona.
He is so very proud of you!
And so are we.
W. Steven Martin

W. Steven Martin

May 5, 2004


Yesterday was your birthday and yesterday we stood in Lansing remembering all that you did for all of us. We will remember and carry on your name and works forever.

Peace be forever with you Brother

Ofc. Greg Rynearson
Clare City Police

May 4, 2004

Kevin, My Brother,

I wept when I heard what happened. I read many of the tributed to you. I could not keep my composure when I read what your MOM wrote. You were definately an asset to the Sheriff's Offices through out Michigan.

I drive by your memorial many times in a month and I think hard about you. I know that your sacrifice was not a loss. You are such an inspiration to every one.

I know you are enjoying your new assignment guarding the heavens with St. Michael.

Ingham County Sheriff's Office, MI

April 14, 2004

I often visit this website after the death of two dear friends from the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Deputy Sherwood. I am deeply saddened to see the death of another fine Deputy. From the reflections written about Deputy Sherwood, it is obvious that he was a wonderful man and trooper.

These are senseless occurrences that continue to happen. I hope you find some comfort in knowing that prayers continue to go out for you and your family.

Thank you so much to the men and women who continue to serve their communities and this great Nation. God Bless You.

...Gone, but never Forgotten...

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 4, 2004

This tragedy hits alittle close to home. I too am the wife of a 37 year old deputy with two small children. We have property in Clare and spend a lot of time here. Your loss makes my heart ache and gives me pause to remember how much we take our heroes in brown ( or blue) for granted. I hope you are finding peace and understanding. You and your children will be in my thoughts.


Wife of a Sgt.
Macomb County Sheriff Dept, MI

February 23, 2004

Dear Katy,

I was so glad to meet you yesterday but very sad that it was under our circumstances. Your Kevin sounds like a great Father, Husband and Officer. He will never be forgotten. You, your children and family will always be in my thoughts. I know our Kevin Michael's have meet now and will always watch over us! Please know that I will be there if you want to talk.

Angie Marshall

Wife of
Tpr. Kevin M. Marshall
Michigan State Police / Emergency Support Team
EOW 7-7-03

Angie Marshall

February 9, 2004

I was thinking of you today. I was re-reading the newpaper from that horrible day. I will remember your effort always. I will remember the dedication you had forever and I will pray for your family daily.
I try every day to pick up where you left off. Watch over me and help me, as you always do to the rest of us in law enforcement.
Thank you.

May God bless your family and comfort them. They will also never be forgotten.


January 20, 2004


Dana Wilson

January 14, 2004

The loss of Deputy Sherwood was felt by all of us, as it was so "close to home." I remember one night we had a pursuit of a stolen auto that went into Clare County, and several city and county officers joined in to help us out. Kevin sounds like he was always the kind of officer you would want backing you up.

Kevin, we were proud to be at your funeral service and saulte you that day. We will never forget you.

To Kevin's family and co-workers, I too share in your grief. I pray that in time you will overcome the pain of losing a loved one and a friend. This man touched the lives of many, and his work ethic and dedication set a standard that his fellow officers will always look up to. That is someting to be proud of.

Sgt. G. Cole, Evart P.D.

Sgt. Gary Cole, Jr.
Evart Police Dept.

January 8, 2004

Kevin, I am sure you and Mark are having a great time since you have been reunited. Mark has been waiting for you since1988. It hurts us so much when you leave us but we know we will all be together again someday. We will keep all your family in our prayers and ask God to help them through this very painful time.
Charles and Phyllis McDonald
Parents of Mark McDonald

Charles and Phyllis McDonald

January 6, 2004

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.