Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Correctional Officer Frederick Gayle Hyatt

Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, November 8, 2003

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Reflections for Correctional Officer Frederick Gayle Hyatt

Officer Hyatt,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy


United States Border Patrol

November 8, 2023

Fred, I recently visited D.C. I sent photos of your name on the Law Enforcement Memorial to Rodriguez and Winters. After all these years you are still on my mind and heart. You will always be missed.

Sgt. Joshua Ryle
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office / coworker/ friend

October 11, 2022

Rest in peace sir

Sgt. Tim Kaiser
Louisiana State Penitentiary

November 8, 2020

Thank you for your service, Sir.

Unit Manager James Stalcup
Tennessee Department of Correction

June 1, 2020

Officer Frederick Gayle Hyatt will never ever be forgotten. His son Joshua, will help keep the tradition going to never ever forget the sacrifice of our Law Enforcement Officers with their personal reflections on ODMP.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

August 10, 2019

Thank you dad, it’s been 15 years since the last time I seen u. I know you been watching over me, and I know I’m doing right, because my life has been very fortunate and blessed with great trustworthy people taking care of me. There isn’t s day that goes by that I don’t think about you and everything you done for me. I fight to be stronger, and to help people just like you father!

Joshua Hyatt

May 28, 2019

I love you dad. You taught me to be smart, strong, and giving. I always help if someone needs it because you always taught me “not everyone is bad, some people just need to receive love first hand. If you have enough for your family and yourself, why be greedy?” Unfortunately I’m all alone now, but I’m happy after 15 years you two are finally reunited. But I’m happy I know y’all missed each other, and I have a mission on Earth to be something great. You taught be everything I need to be honorable, live on my own and survive. Thank you for everything dad, not a day goes by, That I won’t think about you or a memory of us fishing. I wish u could be here physically with me, you were the only one who loved and protected me. I love you dad.. fly high

Josh Hyatt

March 30, 2019

May the Lord our God take you home, God bless you and your family

Euvaldo Casarez Retired LEO
Curry County Sheriff's Office

November 10, 2018

Fred I didn't know this site existed. Now that I know, just know that you are missed. If I had it all to do again As John said We would've gotten there 5 minutes earlier. We love ya Fred and I know one day we will all see each other again. God bless you Fred.

Deputy Joshua Ryle
Montgomery County Sheriffs Office

May 13, 2014

It shure was hard to find out what happend to you on tv I think of you and allways loved you


November 15, 2012

Officer Hyatt, you have not been forgotten.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

January 9, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this fifth anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

November 8, 2008

5 years have passed and you are not forgotten. It saddens me everytime I see a brother has fallen in the performance of their duties. God bless you and your family. Rest in peace Officer Hyatt, we have the watch now!

The Correctional Officers Prayer

Lord, I ask for courage...
Courage to face and conquer my own fears.
Courage to take me where others will not go.

I ask for strength...
Strength of body to protect others.
Strength of spirit to lead others.

I ask for dedication...
Dedication to my job, to do well.
Dedication to my community, to keep it safe.

Give me, Lord, concern for all those who trust me.
and compassion for those who need me.

And, please Lord, through it all
watch over me and keep me true.

DB, Lieutenant
Federal Bureau of Prisons

November 7, 2008

God Bless you Officer Hyatt, I have left TDOC but you will never leave my memory.

CO IV C Holland-Alexander

July 28, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 30, 2008

Mr. Hyatt,
Thank you for everything you did; not only at work but at home too. Josh is a good man now, and he owes alot of it to you. I haven't been able to see him an a while, but I plan on it real soon. I think about you every year... on that day. You take care of yourself.
- Steven

Steven Douglas
U.S. Navy

January 18, 2008

On the four year anniversary of your passing, you are remembered and a special prayer goes out to your family.

Craig Figgins
Brother - SGT Dan Figgins St Charles, IL EOW 4/9/05

November 8, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service


November 3, 2007

It pains me that we never got the chance to meet. Ive heard many many things about you. Josh loves you very much. We have often visited your grave. I just want you to know that i will take good care of your son and wife. Your wife is wonderful. She is a mother figure to me. I hope to meet you someday in the future.

Love Always,
Jenny Nguyen

Jenny Nguyen
Soon -to -be daughter in law

July 31, 2007

What you did in service to your community meant more than you'd ever guess - Thank you so much for your service

Sgt Don "Boots" Jensen Retired
Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee, WI

May 19, 2007

If I was given one wish, and it could be for anything I wanted, I would have been there five minutes earlier. I'm so sorry, Fred. I did everything I could.

Deputy John Winters
Davidson County Sheriff's Office

December 11, 2006

CO Hyatt, God Bless you buddy. You and all CO's have a hard job, and I respect what you did. 23 years on the road for me, but utmost respect goes out to those of you that do your end of the job. Rest easy now my brother your watch on earth is over.

SGT. John L. Gulledge Retired
Escambia CO FL SO

November 9, 2006

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this 3rd anniversary of the end of your tour of duty. I salute you for your dedicated service, it takes a very brave individual to be locked up with animals and not have a weapon to protect yourself. You are a true hero and heroes never die and you will never be forgotten. Keep watch over your loved ones and those this walking the tiers keeping guard over those on the inside so that all of us out here are safe, thankyou.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

November 8, 2006



November 8, 2006

Another anniversary and your story never gets easier
to read. You did a job that so few are willing to do and
you died such a cruel death. Time has not diminished
your sacrifice and our hearts go out to those who knew
you. God bless.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

November 8, 2006

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