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Deputy Sheriff Perry Austin Fillmore

Clinton County Sheriff's Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, March 27, 2004

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Perry Austin Fillmore

My Perry Emptyless,

THANK YOU!!!! I know you were watching out for him on Monday and I am so very greatful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I miss you lots, as does everyone.

Clinton County VST

December 7, 2005

My Perry Emptyless,

Hey you, I went on my first ride a long, sense your accident, with the Sheriffs office a few weeks ago. It was fun and we were busy, but it made me miss you more. The Deputy and I did spend some time talking about you. He really does miss you. A lot. He is a great guy, please continue to look over him and keep him strong. He needs you to keep him strong. We all miss you lots. You are in our thoughts always. I Miss you sooo much. Until we see eachother again.

Love and Miss ya

Shelly Haviland
Clinton County VST

November 13, 2005

Miss ya Bum!


November 10, 2005


I've visited your page several times since the accident. I haven't known what to say. I feel Paula's pain through her posts. There are so many that miss you.

Please pray for your friend, who is still struggling. Please watch over him and pray that he does the soul searching that he needs to. Please pray that everything will be okay.

November 9, 2005


I've visited this site many of times and have never left any words for you. Some of the reason is because after reading other reflections, there really isn't much for me to say and it feels like this happened all over again.

You had a lot of family and friends that cared about you and I'm honored to be one of those friends. The coffee meets and "law enforcement trivia" games can only be memories now, but they will always be with me.

You were a good friend Trucker and keep those 18 wheels a movin.....

Ofc. Jason Schmitz
Owosso PD

October 19, 2005

Seasons are changing and seems like everything else is too. You know how much I've always hated that. Cleetus and I tried to sleep up stairs and we just laid there looking at eachother, then we came back down stairs. I just want my life back, I want us back. Geography won't change that. Forever in my heart, indented in my soul.

i love you

September 18, 2005

Bum, sorry I have not written to you in a long time. The words are hard to write, but you are in my thoughts every day. I will be going back to the road in a few months, hope to the uniforms still fit. Man is it going to be different with out you. We all miss the crazy things you said and did.

Thanks for looking over us and keeping us safe. Ohh yeah, thanks again for the great weather on August 7 we had a great turnout.

Love you Bum!

"Green Giant"

Deputy Doug Alward
Clinton County

September 10, 2005

Hey Mister,

Just wanted to say Miss you so very much. Had fun at the Poker Run again this year. Lots of people there, made me miss you more though.

Love ya

August 26, 2005

Sure do miss you. I know you are so proud of your friends and family right now. The pain is still there because you are always in our thoughts. You will always be a true constant in all our lives. I miss you so much.

I love you

August 11, 2005

BUM thank you for every thing. Ilove you man.I miss you.

July 23, 2005


We just lost a young C.O.P. I know he is up there with you and you are looking out for him. Owen fisher is in good hands. He was so young and did not have much time, like most of us have had. Take him under your wing like you do with us on the road and those that have gone before us.

I miss you. Can't wait to see you in the future.


Mike Soltis
Ingham County Sheriffs Office

July 18, 2005

I just miss ya, a lot.

love you

June 28, 2005

I went up north for our anniversary to get away from all the stuff of yours that haunts me everyday, still haven't put anything away. I was up there and not a thing of you in sight,but I thought of you every minute,because your in my soul and that never goes away and I take you with me where ever I go. I remember on our anniversary I would say " where are we going." and you would say "I thought about taking you to "hot and now" and throwing a couple of burgers down your throat" would that be ok. I would just look at you and you would say BOB, there only about 49 cents. You always made me laugh and then we would go somewhere and have a great night. I don't miss those nights as much as the ones I seen you sprawled out on the couch with cleetus by your side, but they all hold special meaning. I look beyond myself a little now and worry about Rick, Mick, Chad and especially erl. He misses you so much, as we all do but he has a real big hole and I wish you were here for us. I miss you and happy anniversary.

I love you

June 7, 2005

Hey Perry,
Haven't been here in a while. You have 10 pages, have protected Officers during a shooting, and your precious Paula is still hurting. You are a powerful person, in a good way. If I can do any thing just ask. Miss you lots! MIKE

Deputy, Mike Soltis
Ingham County Sheriffs Office

June 5, 2005

There is a line
the color of the sky
on a clear afternoon

There is a line
the hue of the ocean
on a bright sunny day

There is a line
the purest shade of a newborn's eyes
awakening for the first time

There is a line
that protects us from harm
in all we do
whether day or night

There is a line
no one can penetrate
no one can alleviate

There is a line
made of those who choose
to follow a calling many do not hear
and still more do not comprehend

They choose to walk
the path of fear, hate, and mistrust
taken by so few
but marked by so many

And when one leaves this line
they leave a legacy
but the line does not break
for the remaining must still protect

There may be emptiness
a loss, or sadness
but never a hole
not in this line

This line that holds
the ghosts of the souls who have gone
and the souls of the ghosts who will be
The Thin Blue Line

I've lived in Clinton County my whole life and remember seeing you out on the road. I think of you often, rest in peace.

F. Robinson
Mecosta County Sheriffs Dept.

June 5, 2005

Hey Mister,

Haven't been here in a long time to talk to you. Just wanted to say, still miss ya.TONS!!!!!!! Went to a scrapbooking event a couple weeks ago with Ali, that your sister put together. It was lots of fun. There were pics of you all over the place. Made me miss you more :( Saw Paula for a minute, she looked like she was doing ok. Still miss you though.
Miss you

Clinton County VST

June 4, 2005

Hey you, sixteen years together yesterday and thirteen married on monday. you were always good about remembering. The best years of my life. I still shake my head with disbelief after 435 days you would think it would sink in. I think this is where our wedding vows come in. I keep hearing "all the days of my life" and " I paula take you perry" and I do and will always. You are with me forever and I miss you so much.

I love you

June 4, 2005

Perry, I have been an officer now almost four months. I miss you dearly.
I wish I could ask your opinion.... How can I do things better? What do I do if this or that comes about? I do I deal with this or that? Sure I have other officers to talk to, but I miss you. I love my job, I love what I do.
I hope you are proud of me..... You helped me achieve this goal of mine. I know I have made mistakes out there, and I know I will make more.
I want to be the officer that you were. I think over time I can be. Thank you again for having my back during that shoot out. You saved my life, Im sure of it.

Officer Thoma

May 15, 2005

uncle perry thanks for all the good times. i sure do miss you, you have always been a tru friend and a person i will always look up to. zak

May 13, 2005

Alot going on right now and find myself turning to tell you. I think cleetus is getting sick of listening to me, but he misses you too! We all do. I long for the day when I can hear you say "BOBBIE" like you always did. I miss you.

I love you

May 11, 2005

Miss you so very much.

May 5, 2005

Thirteen months (395 days) what I wouldn't give to go back in time.

I love you

April 26, 2005

When you love someone so deep down into your soul, that's how far the pain goes when they are taken away. I know your in heaven with our son looking down on me and I am constantly asking myself "what would bum do". You have always been the stronger one and I would appreciate anything you could pass my way because the pain is still so deep in my soul that i don't ever think it goes away. It hasn't even let up. Every where I go and everything I see reminds me of you. I miss you so much. You will always be apart of me and without you I don't feel complete.

love bobby

April 4, 2005

Your wife, mother & father have been in my prayers as well as the rest of your family who miss you so much. May the memories of you help them through this tough time. I thank you for watching over all the deputies and staff of this department. You are thought of often and missed much. Especially those t-shirts that only you would dare wear, and be so proud of. May you rest in peace.

One of the Girls

March 28, 2005

Hey Perry,
One year. It still seems so unreal. I can't even start to explain what I am feeling right now. Today was suppose to be a day for family and instead it was hard and we all missed you so much. I think of Paula often and wish her the best. I can't even start to understand what she is going through.

I'm not sure who said time heals all wounds. But it sure isn't touching my wounds of missing you. It still hurts as much today as it did 1 year ago. Maybe more. I'm not thinking the pain will ever get better let alone go away.

You are in our hearts forever. We miss you more then words could ever say.

Thank you for watching over all of us from above. Love you and miss you so much.

March 28, 2005

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