Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Keith A. Ferguson

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, January 31, 2004

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Reflections for Sergeant Keith A. Ferguson

Our prayers are with you and your family. Rest in peace my brother, we'll carry the baton from here.

Detective Mel Allen
San Diego Police Department

February 3, 2004

Rest in peace sir. Thank you for your service to
America. God's speed.

private citizen

February 3, 2004

I am deeply saddened by the loss of this fine Police Officer. I
beileve if an Officer has to perish in the line of duty.... then that's how it should be, trying to save another Police Officer. Your 10-7 and secure Sir, goodnight.

Deputy Bode Runston
Mohave County Sheriff's Office

February 3, 2004

May God Bless you Sergeant Keith Ferguson
and continue to watch over your family and friends as well as your fellow Officers.

Deputy Constable LC Downing
Pct 2 Constable Wharton County Texas

February 3, 2004

My heart and prayers are with the mother and father of Sgt Ferguson as well as the family, friends and coworkers left behind. May God be with you all in this terrible time of loss.

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

February 3, 2004

“When God made Peace Officers….”

When the lord was creating Peace Officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, Have you read the spec on this order? A Peace Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn’t touch, and not wrinkle their uniform.

They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half- eaten meals. And they have to have six pairs of hands.

The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands….No Way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me the problems,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have.”

That’s on the standard model? asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, “May I see what’s in there sir?” (When they already know and wishes they had taken that accounting job.) Another pair here in the side of their head for their partners’ safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, “ You’ll be alright ma’am, when they know it isn’t so.”

“Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve,” rest and work tomorrow.”

“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on civil service paycheck.”

The angel circled the model of the Peace Officer very slowly, “Can it think?” she asked.

“You bet,” said the Lord, “It can tell you elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in it’s sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five judges to debate the legality of the stop…and still it keeps it’s sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with crime scenes painted in HELL, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim’s family’ and then read in the daily paper how Law Enforcement isn’t sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Peace Officer. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

“What’s the tear for?” asked the angel.

“It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, and for justice.”

“You’re a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked sober. “I didn’t put it there,” he said.


Senior Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

February 3, 2004

Our deepest condolences to the Family, friends, and co-workers of Sgt Ferguson

Newark NJ PD Auto Theft Task Force

February 3, 2004

A Part Of America Died

Somebody killed a policeman today
And a part of America died
A piece of our country he swore to protect
Will be buried with him at his side

The suspect that killed him
Will stand up in court
With counsel
Demanding his rights

While a young widowed mother
Must work for her kids
And spend many
Long, lonely nights

The beat that he walked
was a battlefield too
Just as if
He'd gone off to war

Though the flag of our nation
Won't fly at half-mast
To his name
They will add a gold star

Somebody killed a policeman today
In your hometown
Or mine

While we slept in comfort
Behind our locked doors
A cop
Put his life on the line

Now his ghost walks a beat
On a dark city street
And he stands
At each new rookie's side

He awnsered the call
Of himself gave his all
A Part Of America Died

Rest In Peace,, Brother Hero.
Amie E. Larish
Buffalo, New York

February 3, 2004

Yet another hero has been taken too soon. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Sergeant Ferguson. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time.
Rest in peace for your watch here is over; walk in heavens beat and guide us all to protect and serve others safely.

US Ranger Catroppa
National Park Service Kennesaw GA

February 3, 2004

Heros never die, they go to heaven and enjoy the fruits of their labor on this earth. I can close my eyes and see Sgt. Ferguson, realizing a brother in blue was in need, realizing he wouldn't make it through traffic, running on foot to assist. Not ever knowing him or working with him, we all know what was in his heart that day. It is what we would have done for him, and what he did unselfishly that, his last day. My prayers to his family and co-workers. Rest in peace, sir.

KY Peace Officer
Isaiah 40:31

February 3, 2004

Rest in peace brother in blue.
The watch is ours now.

God bless your family and your department.
Thanks for your dedication and service.

Pennsylvania State Police

February 3, 2004

SGT Ferguson,
You are an example for ALL officers, command and street alike. Assisting your fellow officers by all means nesessary. Your leadership and examples are what we need. I am deeply saddened by your passing. I will continue to pray for you.
SGT, watch over us from up there. I know you did when you were here.

To Keith's family,
We will always keep Keith and you in our prayers. Please know that he will never be forgotten and we will attempt to pick up where he left off, with his help.


February 3, 2004

Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. May GOD bless your family and co-workers. Our prayers our with you.

Festus Missouri P.D.

February 3, 2004

My sincere sorrow to the family, loved ones and fellow Officers of our fallen brother. I have not lost a fellow Officer since joining the Police Department. I can only imagine the sorrow and grief that comes with it. My heart goes out to all those involved.

Officer Fleetwood
North Vernon City Police
North Vernon Indiana.

North Vernon City Police

February 2, 2004

I prey for Sergeant Ferguson, his family, and all his brothers in the NYPD.
Another officer has given his life to secure our freedom.
God Bless you. God speed my fellow anti-terrorist brother.

Paul V. Varesic
Peace Officer, WMD HAZMAT Technician

Officer Paul V. Varesic

February 2, 2004

Sgt. Ferguson, may you rest in peace brother. May God bless you and your family. You are a true hero.

Street Cop in Texas


February 2, 2004



February 2, 2004

Rest In Peace......

Constable Dave Austin
Dekalb Co. Alabama Constable/K9 Handler

February 2, 2004

God bless you over your sudden loss. You and your family are in our prayers.


February 2, 2004

Rest in Paece Brother Kieth, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs PD OK

February 2, 2004

My thoughts and prayers are with Sergeant Ferguson's parents, family, friends and co-workers. You will never be alone in your pain and grief. Your law enforcement family will always be with you. Psalm 55:22

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

February 2, 2004

On behalf of the Pittsfield Police Department, we extend our condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Ferguson. God Bless.

Officer Rodney Minoty
Pittsfield Police Dept. ME.

February 2, 2004

Sgt. Ferguson,

You truly are a hero. Your brothers in blue could only hope to be as strong and courageous as you. You helped so many people and touched so many lives during your career. YOu never stopped trying to help. My prayers are with you and your family and all the members of the NYPD. RIP!

Ofc. B.M. Damon
T. Manlius PD, NY

February 2, 2004

America lost another hero today, Sgt. keith Ferguson was doing what he loved, helping the people of new york city, and when the call came in that a brother officer needed help, sgt. ferguson was on the way, and even though he got stuck in traffic he was still determined to help his fellow officer, now thats a true hero..go rest in heaven my brother your work here on earth is done. to the friends and family I will pray that god will be with you and condort you..

Sgt. W. M. Riley
Aragon police Dept. GA

February 2, 2004

Rest in peace.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.

February 2, 2004

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