Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Resource Protection Officer Steven Vance Caddy

Oregon Military Department - Portland Air Base Police, Oregon

End of Watch Wednesday, July 16, 2003

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Reflections for Resource Protection Officer Steven Vance Caddy

Steve loved teaching. Whether it was officers on the range, new regulations, or kids in a ODFW hunter education. He taught 100's of students from the 80's until the year his watch ended. I can honestly say he was a good cop and always put the vulnerable a head of himself.

Your 3 boys, 8 Grandchildren (6 boys, 2 girls) will cay on protecting the innocent and teaching hunter safety. Miss you, and I love you Dad.

I am so proud of the way you protected the citizens of Oregon for over 27 years before your watch ended.

Civilian Bryan Caddy
Oregon State Police PANG

February 7, 2019

One time I was riding with in in warren ton coming back from seaside. We had the radar on and a motorcyclist was doing about 100 mph coming toward us. He jammed on his brakes trying to slow down. Steve flashed his lights at him but said he was out of jurisdiction so couldn't stop him. We had a good laugh over that one. Thomas Caddy his brother

Thomas Caddy
brother

August 21, 2018

I am now fourteen. Grandpa I wish that you could me now although I never met you Your son Bryan my dad tells us great stories about him riding in the patrol car and lighting hit right next to the car and the radios went hay wire and the hair on his arm would not go down.

Eric Caddy
Grandson

February 14, 2018

Just saw that your grandson left a few words. I did have the opportunity of knowing you & can tell Eric that his Grandpa was a good man. I remember you and I discussing my desire to be an officer. I am now a Corporal in Idaho. I try to honor those who gave me advice & encouragement back then. Men like you Steve. If you saw me now you'd laugh in that I did many of the things you told me to.

Cpl Chuck Johannessen
Idaho Dept of Correction

December 27, 2017

you will be missed grandpa I wish I could have met you in person but I will look over your ashes for ever.

Eric Steven Caddy
grandson

November 2, 2017

Thank you for your service to others. You are truely missed by the law enforcement community. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon, Retired Deputy Chief
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

July 16, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the seventh anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 16, 2010

It seems like just yesterday I was riding along with my dad in his patrol car. If there was a good cop, it was my dad. Most would agree, almost to a fault, he was the most caring and honest officer they had ever met.

His dedication that he had was more than an employee doing a job, he was a shepherd guarding his sheep, and herding those strays in the right direction. Even now I find myself asking what he would do.

Shortly before is watch ended, I told him that my wife and I were expecting triplets. We didn’t know if they were boys or girls, but he was so excited. On January 11th, 2004, what would have been my dad’s 50th birthday, Ethan, Eric, and Mason Caddy were born.

I am proud to tell my boys what my dad did. He was the 4th generation of Caddy to serve Oregon Law Enforcement, and I am sure not the last.

To all those who choose to serve in the manner my dad did thanks!

Dedication is not just about being there, its making a difference while you’re there.

Bryan Caddy
Son

May 1, 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
Sergeant
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 14, 2008

Fair winds and following seas, Steve. I had the priviledge of knowing you when you were a Crook County Deputy and rode along with you several occasions. A fine man if ever I knew one.

C Johannessen
Citizen

June 24, 2006

It has been but a year since Officer Caddys passing yet we miss him as though it were yesterday. We know he must still be carrying out his duties and his watch continues. Thanks to all who have left a reflection. It brings comfort to his family. Marylou Anderson, sister of Officer Caddy

July 17, 2004

Thank you for your years of service to our country and your community. God bless you and keep forever.

DE
St. Louis City Police

June 18, 2004

To the family, friends and co-workers of RPO Caddy, I would like to say Thank You for all that Officer Caddy has done! May God be with all of you, and remember that Officer Caddy is still on watch.

Gayle
Wife of SSGT. Brown, 124th SFS Gowen Field AGB Idaho

June 14, 2004

My fiance, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and Steven be the be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Officer Caddy's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that Steven is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain Steven was well respected and well loved. Thank you for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please take care of my fiance Dennis.

Peace, Love, Luck, and Happiness!


Jocelyne Brar (Drakesville, IA)
Fiancee of Deputy Dennis McElderry - EOW (01/01/03)

January 7, 2004

Please remember the fallen officers we have lost. Remember the men and women who died trying to make this world a safer and better place for us all to live in. Thank you Resource Protection Officer Caddy for a job well done. Please continue to watch over us and protect us as only you can. You will forever be at our side and in our hearts.

For those of you who still have loved ones with us please take the time to tell them how much you appreciate and care about them.

IF I KNEW

If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.

Anonymous

January 7, 2004

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

December 24, 2003

Family, friends and co-workers of Officer Steven Caddy can turn to the LORD in these times of grief. You are in my thoughts and prayers. GOD BLESS.

DFC Vernon Brown
Orange County Sheriff's Office, Fl.

December 23, 2003

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and fellow officers of RPO Caddy.

While I did not have the privilege to have knwon him personally, I am certain he has earned his seat in heaven. Rest in peace my friend, those of us remaining will cover your post on the thin, blue line.

Anonymous

December 21, 2003

To Officer Caddy family and friends our hearts and prayers go out to you...

God Bless you

Terry Miyars, surviving spouse
Officer Emilio Miyares e/o/w 11/6/86, Hialeah PD, FL

December 19, 2003

Officer Steven although I never had the pleasure to meet you I know just by reading some other messages that are left here, that you were and always will be loved by many people. You will never be forgotten, thank you for all the work that you have done protecting others from harm.. you are a hero to us all... thank you for everything....

Michele Yakym
Mishawaka, Indiana

December 18, 2003

Day is done,
gone the sun.
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Godspeed to you and your family

LT. JAMES A. WILLIAMS
N.Y.P.D.

December 18, 2003

My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Caddy's family, friends and co-workers. You are never alone, your law enforcement family will always be with you. May God be with you during this holiday season. Psalm 55:22

Denise Nichols - surviving spouse
Alabama State Trooper Brian Nichols EOW 2/17/2002

December 17, 2003

Rest In Peace. ~ Romans 13:4

Special Agent
FBI

December 17, 2003

Rest In Peace Brother.

Constable Dave Austin
Dekalb Co. Alabama Constable/k9handler

December 17, 2003

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Officer Caddy. Although it has been 5 months I'm sure the pain is still fresh in their hearts. I am glad to see that Officer Caddy is finally being honored on ODMP and given the proper respect our fallen officers deserve.

A 911 Dispatcher

Anonymous

December 17, 2003

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