Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

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

Hey Kev,Ive been thinking about you alot lately. Miss you man.


January 31, 2009

Hi Son,
Well here it is January and we made it through another year missing you. I think I am going through my anger stage of grief. I am looking for answers as to why those little girls don't have their dad, and why Katy has to go it alone, and last but not least, why you aren't putting Meagan up to calling me to get your hair cut.

Every time the little girls come over, the first thing Gabby does is ask me if I have any more stuff of yours or about you. I always find something that she takes home to treasure. Gwen doesn't want to be left out, either! I am running out of stuff!!!

What is really going through my mind now is, exactly where are you? Is Heaven a real place that you kick back and feel wonderful? Are you somehow with each of us that loves you right here? I know the answer won't come to me until it is my time to go, but I don't function well without knowing what goes on, and this is really puzzling me. I know it sounds nuts.....wherever you are, I know it is a better place. But then as Katy said once, how could it be better than being with your little girls, Katy, and all of us.

I guess I needed to come to this place to write you and let some of those backed up tears out.

Camie is doing okay...I know you must be her guardian angel now. Rob is becoming very successful. I know you are with him, too.

Know how much I miss you and love you, all of us are still in pain from your leaving.

Oh, one more thing, if there is anything you can do to help Steve and Danielle, they could really use it.

Love, Mom


January 12, 2009

Christmas Eve is probably the very hardest day of the year. As I get things together and the girls are excited for Santa Clause - I refect on how much you have missed since you were taken from our lives. I have no doubt that, in spirit, you are here with us sharing the joys as only an angel can. But you can't interact with the girls and they can't see you smile or have one of your jokes (with that amazing dry humor) go over their heads. The house and our lives will always have that vacant spot - the one where you should be. I miss you so much. That piece of my heart you own, torn away forever. I love you Kevin - always. Merry Christmas!!!!


December 25, 2008

Kevin, you are the featured officer today ... but it doesn't take that to be reminded of how many people think of you and miss you every single day. I stop by the flag everytime I drive up north ... just to pause and say thank you. Time goes by, but nothing changes. Your brothers and sisters in law enforcement have the watch, but we all know you are right there with us. You wouldn't want to miss out on even one second of the fun! Rest easy brother.

Bay City Police

December 22, 2008

It turned out beautifully. I just have to mention though, when I said I would look for a sign, I did not expect an officer that looked so much like you, Katy even did a double take!!

The girls did a wonderful job. Gwen made the front page today!!! I think the community is finally realizing that we must honor our heroes.

You are always in my heart. I love you.


December 8, 2008

Kevin, I know you didnt know me as I never had the honor to have met you. I have been here on your site so many times over the years and have always thought of leaving a reflection for you but never knew what to say. Today as I sit here reading your tributes again and crying like usual when I visit your site, I felt moved to leave you a reflection. I have never had the chance to meet your wife and children, however have heard so much about them from your mom. I have had the honor of meeting your mom, Kevin I am sure you know this but your mom is such a wonderful caring person. I helped out a little bit with PBL last year (2007) and truly wish I was able to help your mom with PBL this year but work prevented me from doing so, and though I was unable to attend the ceremony this year I am so sure that it was a wonderful ceremony. I also had the honor of meeting your sister a time or two, your nephew Zack is one of my sons real good friends and to tell you the truth I was very excited when I found out that Zack was your nephew, cause I had already found you on this site prior to meeting him.
To Kevins Family: Although the pain of losing a loved one is never an easy task for anyone to endure, please keep in mind that Kevin is never far, he will always be in your thoughts, hearts and souls til you all meet again one day. I will continue to pray that your family may find peace in your time of pain. And Mary, I have my BLUE lights on for Kevin.
Kelli Bade / Midland Michigan

Kelli Bade Retired Firefighter

December 8, 2008

Hi Son,
Well, PBL is growing and there should be a great turnout. This is all being done in your memory. I still miss you so very much. YOu will be proud of your little girls. Each has an active part in the ceremony. Meagan is reading her poem. She is so brave. Gabby is going to read names along with Evan, and Gwenny is handing out roses! I know you will be there too. I'll look for a sign!!!!

I love you....


December 2, 2008

You payed the ultimate price protecting the people of your community and doing the job that you loved. Every thing that I have read about you says that you were a man of honor and integrity, in other words a true hero. You have three beautiful daughters that miss their father very much, especially Meagan. I think with her mother moving forward she kind of feels left behind and has many questions. Keep an eye on your daughters and be their guardian angel, because they need their father. And sir you will never be forgotten, you are in my prayers,
Meagan the poem you wrote to your father a while back is very beautiful, I am man that saw alot in my career as a police officer and it brought tears to my eyes. I found apoem on another site and when I read it I thought of you and your father.


Her hair up in a pony tail, her favorite dress tied with a bow
Today was Daddy's Day at school, and she couldn't wait to go
But her mommy tried to tell her, that she probably should stay home
Why the kids might not understand, if she went to school alone
But she was not afraid; she knew just what to say
What to tell her classmates, on this Daddy's Day
But still her mother worried, for her to face this day alone
And that was why once again, she tried to keep her daughter home
But the little girl went to school, eager to tell them all
About a dad she never sees, a dad who never calls.
There were daddies along the wall in back, for everyone to meet
Children squirming impatiently, anxious in their seats
One by one the teacher called, a student from the class
To introduce their daddy, as seconds slowly passed
At last the teacher called her name, every child turned to stare
Each of them were searching, for a man who wasn't there
"Where's her daddy at?" she heard a boy call out
"She probably doesn't have one," another student dared to shout
And from somewhere near the back, she heard a daddy say
"Looks like another deadbeat dad, too busy to waste his day."
The words did not offend her, as she smiled at her friends
And looked back at her teacher, who told her to begin
And with hands behind her back, slowly she began to speak
And out from the mouth of a child, came words incredibly unique
"My Daddy couldn't be here, because he lives so far away
But I know he wishes he could be with me on this day
And though you cannot meet him, I wanted you to know
All about my daddy, and how much he loves me so
He loved to tell me stories, he taught me to ride my bike
He surprised me with pink roses, and taught me to fly a kite
We used to share fudge sundaes and ice cream in a cone
And though you cannot see him, I'm not standing all alone
'Cause my daddy's always with me, even though we are apart
I know because he told me, he'll forever be here in my heart"
With that her little hand reached up, and lay across her chest
Feeling her own heartbeat, beneath her favorite dress
And from somewhere in the crowd of dads, her mother stood in tears
Proudly watching her daughter, who was wise beyond her years
For she stood up for the love of a man not in her life
Doing what was best for her, doing what was right
And when she dropped her hand back down, staring straight into the crowd
She finished with a voice so soft, but its message clear and loud
"I love my daddy very much, he's my shining star
And if he could he'd be here, but heaven's just too far
But sometimes when I close my eyes, it's like he never went away."
And then she closed her eyes, and saw him there that day
And to her mother's amazement, she witnessed with surprise
A room full of daddies and children, all starting to close their eyes
Who knows what they saw before them, who knows what they felt inside
Perhaps for merely a second, they saw him at her side.
"I know you're with me Daddy," to the silence she called out
And what happened next made believers, of those once filled with doubt
Not one in that room could explain it, for each of their eyes had been
But there placed on her desktop, was a beautiful fragrant pink rose
And a child was blessed, if only a moment, by the love of her shining
bright star
And given the gift of believing, that heaven is never too far.

Meagan just remember that your father is always in your heart, he is walking in your foot steps feeling all that you do. Just believe.
Again Sir you will never be forgotten. You are all always in my prayers

Mark (Retired WPD)

November 7, 2008

Keep a close watch over your three girls
With the length of time that you have been gone from them they are seeing many changes
They are lonely and they are asking questions


October 31, 2008

5 years and still in our hearts, and your family is in our thoughts and prayers always.


October 9, 2008

Miss you Kevin.


October 9, 2008

It has been five years!!!! It still seems like yesterday. You are still in our thoughts and prayers and you are missed greatly. We spent an hour this morning on the highway. Dispatch read off your name and badge number at 1:13 EOW. I still get choked up hearing your name and number read off. I miss you my friend.

Deputy Robert Hager
Clare County Sheriff Department

October 9, 2008

To Deputy Kevin Sherwood and his loved ones:

On this the fifth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for your family and society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Deputy Sherwood. Your reflections show that you are admired and missed by so many. May your spirit continue to soar and your memory continue to inspire.

To his Mom: I share your anquish in losing a beloved and cherished son and know the meaning of lives forever changed. I have felt and still feel all the rage of the injustice which has robbed our sons of their lives while we are still here. No matter how old your child is or what a responsible position he/she has, when they leave us, that is our baby and we can't protect them. We can only say goodbye, never forget them, be here for their family and our other family members, and soldier on until we can be with them again. You are in my heart's embrace today as well as his loving wife and beautiful daughters. He must be so proud of all of his girls.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Kevin gave to his community and the citizens of Michigan, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 9, 2003.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

October 9, 2008

Went to the site early this morning....1AM. Many officers and ems staff showed up. Katy, of course, too. We just sort of hung out, that's what they say they do, and remember you. There is a big flag attached to a birch tree marking the site.

I felt incredibly at peace after being there. Not so much today...

I called your dad yesterday. He was in the same shape as me, but we had a long talk. Kinda wierd, huh? But he has become a very good friend to both Pat and me.

And then there's Katy. What an amazing woman.

If feels like the "peace" is coming back now. I know it is from you.

I love you, and I'm trying to be the best I can be so I can see you in Heaven someday.

I love you son.


October 9, 2008

You have not been forgotten. I drove down to Lansing last week and said a prayer for you and all your family when I got to the Kevin Sherwood Memorial Highway section. Took a photo of the sign and emailed it to your dad. He speaks so highly of Katie and your girls. You'll always be remembered. Rest in peace, blue angel.


October 8, 2008

I love you son.


September 22, 2008

Mary, Katy, Girls and Family

Hope this poem helps some! I understand the grief, the angry, the tears and the what if's
I think of all of you every day.

When You Feel Lonely

When a person you love passes away
Look to the night sky on a clear day.
The star that to you, appears to be bright,
Will be your loved one,
Looking upon you during the night.
The lights of heaven are what shows through
As your loved one watches all that you do.
When you feel lonely for the one that you love,
Look to the Heavens in the night sky above.
~ Author Unknown

Love Kam


September 15, 2008

There is a song by Diamond Rio that expresses my feeling so wonderfully. I miss you everyday! I love you.

I Believe by Diamond Rio

Every now and then,
Soft as breath upon my skin,
I feel you come back again.

And it's like you haven't been,
Gone a moment from my side.
Like the tears were never cried,
Like the hands of time are holding you and me.

And with all my heart I'm sure,
We're closer than we ever were.
I don't have to hear or see,
I've got all the proof I need.
There are more than angels watching over me.
I believe, ohhh I believe.

Now when you die your life goes on,
It doesn't end here when you're gone.
Every soul is filled with light,
It never ends if I'm right.
Our love can even reach across eternity,
I believe, ohhh I believe.

Forever, you're a part of me.
Forever, in the heart of me.
I will hold you even longer if I can.
Oh the people that don't see the most,
See that I believe in ghosts.
And if that makes me crazy, than I am...
'Cause I believe ....

Ohhhh, I believe....
There are more than angels watching over me.
I believe, ohhh I believe.

Every now and then,
Soft as breath upon my skin,
I feel you come back again,
And I believe.


September 15, 2008

Hi Son.

Today I went out to Delta College and gave the recruits a PowerPoint presentation on National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day. They were very interested. They had been given an introduction to odmp and used your name to get in to see the pages. I was so proud. You are still alive in so many hearts.

Having the girls over last week was as usual awesome. It kills me to see the pain in their little hearts. It is certainly sobering when I think of how I feel. My pain is nothing compared to the girls and Katy. I still ask "why". Haven't gotten a reply yet.

Camie is over the big ocean now. I know I will make it because you will be her guardian angel.

John W is speaking at our PBL. He was so excited to do so. This should be a good one this year. The word is out to so many, finally.

I love you, Cub, and miss you so very much.


September 9, 2008

Dad, I miss you, more than I can even begin to put into words. It has almost been five years since I last saw you, and I still remember you in every single way. You are with me everyday. The tears I have cried missing you could create a river, but all the smiles that I have when I remember you, could top the sun anyday. When I have bad days, I really don't know what to do. No one can ever really understand. You were my dad, and my best friend. You are in my heart and always will be. I was a daddy's little girl, and you made me the young laday that I am today. You are my hero, and you will always be remembered. I love you daddy, and I always will. No matter how many years it turns in to. Nothing will ever change, and I will never forget you.


August 20, 2008

I just wrote a note of my support for John. I told him I knew you were proud of him.

As usual you have been on my mind so much. It hurts to miss you so badly.

I have been busy with a lot of stuff and working hard to start that group to honor non-LODD. I know three that have impacted my life, and the families need support so badly. This seems to be the best route to take to honor your memory.

Your sister is leaving for Iraq next month. Yeah, I am freaking out. Just be her guardian angel, okay?

I know I haven't written for so long. NOt because I don't want to, but it takes a while to dry the tears and settle back down.

I love you Cub.


August 12, 2008

I finally cleaned out all of the boxes in the garage from when we moved - took me five years to finally get it done but as to my personality I did it all in one day. As I went through the boxes I could remember the way the rooms were at the other house. Most of my memories of you are from that house - or at least the time we lived there. That is where we spent a big chunk of our lives together. I thought I would have been more sad but to be honest I remembered so many good times. It was wonderful. I could pick out which boxes you packed too - pure choas!!!! I miss you every day. I regret most what our girls have lost in there lives. I can do my best to make sure they don't miss out on anything but I can't give them you. That is a terrible feeling to live with. I love you Kevin ~ in the end I will see you on the other side.


July 17, 2008

Heavenly fater in the name of the lord jesus I pray for the Sherwood family, as I have done in the past. I pray for your guidance\strength in their lives. The years have been passing, but the pain of losing a family member never ceases. I prayt that you will continue to do great things in their lives, and may they know\understand that one day, yes, one day, they, too will be reunited with their father\husband\son\friend. Jesus, you are the alpha, the omega, the creator, the beginning, the end. I pray, father, that this family, a family of such strength\passion will follow you, for you are the way back, to Kevin Sherwood. In your name I pray, amen.


July 16, 2008

Oh Meagan, that is so beautiful.

You girls are so awesome...your daddy loves you so.

The other day, I asked Evan to go downstairs at my house, and he was afraid. Gwenni said, I'll go, I'm not afraid, my daddy protects me.


June 5, 2008

Kevin here is the poem that Meagan wrote for you - what a wonderful child she is!!!

The only place I see you now is in my dreams
I haven't heard your voice in years or so it seems
The only time I see you is when I close my eyes
Please tell me what to do Daddy, when Mommy cries

One day I will see you again
When my life is at it's end
Please wait for me in Heaven
I'll be around the bend

There is no way to move on
When the truth is thay you're really gone
The only time I talk to you is in my dreams and such
But the truth is, I miss you, the real you, oh so much

By Meagan Sherwood

June 3, 2008

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