Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Reserve Officer Russell Hayden Simpson

Bandon Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Monday, December 22, 2003

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Reflections for Reserve Officer Russell Hayden Simpson

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 Reserve Offficer Simpson 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

December 25, 2003

I stood next to you in life and stood next to you in death, you are my brother. I will carry your honor with me the rest of my life. My badge will always have a tear falling from it!
I will always remember your humor and cherish your integrity. I wish I could have done more on that day!

Russ you touched my life like no other and I will never forget the times we shared together. I will miss your morning "Hey Dudes"! Russ I miss you!!

Think of me I'll think of you, our friendship will always be true, I will continue to wear the badge the same as me and you. You will always be true blue!!!

I love you Russ and miss you dearly my friend! Rest in peace!!

Res. Sergeant Derwin Boggs
Bandon Police Dept.

December 25, 2003

Rest in peace, you served us well. Officer Simpson has left a great legacy because of his service and it cannot be matched. It takes an incredible hero to serve as both a police officer and firefighter in a lifetime. God bless his family, they are in my thougths and prayers this holiday season.

"For those who choose to uphold it, freedom requires a sacrifice that the protected will never know" ~ Unknown

Pat
Baltimore, MD

December 24, 2003

We mourn your loss, for he is a loss to us all. God bless us as we continue in his memory.

Sergeant
Indiana State Police

December 24, 2003

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Reserve Officer Russell Simpson … and the Bandon Police Department… our hearts and prayers are with you all...... Thank you for a job well done Russell ... rest in peace as you continue your watch from the heavens......your memory will never be forgotten...

God Bless....Be Safe..... and wear your vests...

Vin, Pook and all of us at beyond-the-blue

Vin and Pook- Site Owners
beyond-the-blue

December 24, 2003

I am so sorry for your loss. I do know that the only thing that kept me going is my relationship with Jesus.When you understand His Word and you have asked Him into your heart you understand death and you are able to be at peace with your own mortality.Jesus says in His Word that one must be born again to see the kingdom of God.We must get right with Him to be at peace. My prayer is that you get right with Him.Morris would want all you fellow law enforcement guys to get right with Our Saviour. In His Love,Margaret Taylor

(Widow of Douglas County Deputy Sheriff Morris Taylor slain in the line of duty E.O.W. 09-14-02)

Margaret Taylor
North Douglas County Fire/Ems,Oregon

December 24, 2003

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Officer Simpson, truly another "Hero" lost in the line of duty. Lost while trying to save the life of another, a child. You are a true hero and are right now walking the streets of glory. May your family have some comfort knowing that you are truly a hero now walking a new beat on the streets of glory. Watching over them from there now. Always with them but walking alongside the good Lord up above. You did your job well here on earth and now it is time for you to do with God. You "ARE" a hero lost to those left here on earth, but walking with the Lord.
My condolences to your family and friends left behind

Kerri Flitcroft
aunt of Deputy Joshua T. Rutherford e.o.w. 5/29/2003

December 24, 2003

I began my law enforcement career as a reserve police officer. I pray that the family, friends and coworkers of RO Russell Simpson will be comforted at this time of year when we pause to remember and consider the birth of the world's Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Darin L. Paul, Special Agent
FBI Detroit Division

December 24, 2003

Russ...you will be deeply missed. For those that didn't know you personally, let them hear that you were a vibrant and kind person who made a difference each day in this world. I will miss seeing you and hearing your laughter.

For your family, I express my sincere condolences.


Member of the
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Anonymous

December 24, 2003

A brave man doing just what he was hired to do ....Make it safe for everyone to live...

Rest In Peace Brother

Constable Dave Austin
Dekalb Co. Alabama Constable/K9 Handler

December 24, 2003

On behalf of Del Mar Firefighters we express our deepest sympathy to Russ' wife, family and brothers on the department. Russ served here on our dept and was truly one of the nicest, most caring people to walk through our doors. We have reps on the way to Oregon to show our respect. God bless.

Patrick Giannetto, FF/Local Pres.
Del Mar Fire Department

December 24, 2003

On behalf of the men and women who serve and work for the Georgia Perimeter College Police Department, our thought and prayers are with Officer Simpson's family, friends, and co-workers with the Bandon Police Department.

God bless. Now you can walk Heaven's beat!

Officer Johns
Georgia Perimeter College Police Department

December 24, 2003

On behalf of the men and women who work for the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office in Nebraska, I would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, and coworkers of Reserve Officer Russell Simpson. May God be with you.

Sgt. Chris Culler
Sarpy County Sheriff-Nebraska

December 24, 2003

To the family, friends and coworkers of Officer Simpson may God be with you all in this terrible time of loss. My heart and prayers are with you all. Rest in peace Officer Simpson and continue your watch from above.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure, EOW 08/06/02

December 24, 2003

Rest in peace-We pray for your family.

Anonymous

December 24, 2003

On behalf of the men and women of the Virginia State University Police Department, our thoughts and prayers to the Simpson family and the Bandon Police Department.


"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

"God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them."
Hebrews 6:10


Officer D.W.Reichhardt U-125
Virginia State University Police Department

December 24, 2003

Officer Simpson you are a true hero. The selfless actions that you took to aid another embodies the very reason that we all become law enforcement officers. Your brothers and sisters in South Carolina will keep you and your family in our hearts and prayers. To the family and extended Police family of Officer Simpson we are truly saddened by your loss and will hold you in our thoughts. May God bless and walk with you during this difficult time.

Delta Platoon
Greenville Co Sheriffs Office

December 24, 2003

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

December 24, 2003

Rest in peace. God has called you home while doing what you loved, helping others. Good work.

Trooper Jim Cody
Indiana State Police

December 24, 2003

May GOD sooth the souls of your loved ones Ofc. Simpson. As a friend and co-worker of Deputy Morris Taylor (#108 deceased) of the Douglas County S.O. I can tell you that your Brothers in L.E. will never forget the sacrifices you have made for your community and country.

To the family of Ofc. Simpson:
I know your pain. I live it daily. Rest easy in the comfort, promised by GOD, that Russell is pain free and is waiting for us to join him in eternity.

I have few regrets in life. But of some those are that I live with are these memories:

I never told Morris how much I appreciated his friendship or how I cherished his insight in the gospel and life in general.

I never told Margaret of the special relationship I shared with her husband. He helped change my life's priorities and I am forever indebted.

Morris: I hope your wings fit you well. I look forward to meeting you again; walking the streets of God’s beat!

Please: Be sure to take a moment; every single day, to tell at least one person in your life how much you appreciate and/or love them. For we never know when we may lose them.

I do not speak for the Douglas County Sheriffs' Office as a whole to the family of Ofc. Simpson:

But from myself, my family and on behalf of some fellow Deputies serving in the Reedsport Sub-station:

Our deepest sympathies for your loss.

Rest in peace Officer Simpson. We shall carry on the watch and will meet in the presence of GOD.

Thank You for your sacrifice. You are the definition of the word "Servant". To your country, family and GOD.

Rest easy now my brother. Your good work here on earth is done. You have served us all proudly. You will be greatly missed!

Deputy Chris Noffsinger and family.
Douglas County Sheriffs' Office /
Reedsport Sub-Station

Deputy Chris Noffsinger
Douglas County Sheriffs' Office

December 24, 2003

Peace be with you. God speed brother in blue,

December 24, 2003

I would like to extend my condolences to Officer Simpson's family and friends, and to the men and women of the Brandon Police Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department. Rest in Peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Deputy Sheriff
Butte County Sheriff's Office

December 24, 2003

Officer Simpson is a true hero. After serving his community as an LA County Fire Fighter he retired and could of just sat back and enjoyed his life. But no........Russell choose to continue to serve the community he lived in. You will never be forgotten! Rest in Peace my Brother. My prayers go out to your family and friends.

Guy L. Genovese
Retired TX Police Officer

December 24, 2003

You are a hero. You will live on in our memories. Thank you.

Anonymous

December 24, 2003

My thoughts are with the family, friends and fellow Officers of Reserve Officer Simpson.

Officer Julie Schmidt
Louisville Metro Police Dept. Louisville, KY

December 24, 2003

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