Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

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

Cleetus and I don't know what to do without you. Things will never be the same.

I love you

December 19, 2004

Hey Mister,

Will it ever be ok again? I miss you, as does everyone else.

December 19, 2004

Bum it's been too long since you've been gone, you've missed too much. I just wish I could hear some more of your jokes.

I wish that we all knew what really happened. I mean how do we know that you lost control of your car because a deer ran out in front of you and made you swerve or you spilled your coffee or something I don't know and no one will ever know what happened that night. That's what makes me so mad because we don't know.


December 17, 2004


December 12, 2004

Bum, we miss you so much! This holiday season is so different than any our family has ever had. Without you all of our family traditions have changed. I don't think they will ever come back to us again. I have to work hard at trying to be in the spirit for the boys. This year and every year to come for the rest of my days we will decorate with a lot of blue just for you. Sunday we are going to a dinner given by micops to respect all of you who have fallen for us. I sure wish we could have you back!! WE MISS AND LOVE YOU VERY MUCH!!!
Love, Chyanner


December 4, 2004

Happy TURKEY Day!!!! We miss you more today. Wish you were here with us. Miss you and LOVE you lots.

November 25, 2004

The members of the FBI Agents Association Detroit Chapter salute your service and that of your colleagues. May God be a with your family.

Special Agent Darin L. Paul
FBI Detroit

November 14, 2004

I didn't know about this website until our son recently lost his partner. It was exactly the same way that you went, answering a code call and then losing control of your patrol car.

It's you gals and guys that make the streets safe for us and we thank you so much for every day we had with you. You did not die in vain. We will continue the watch from here and ask you to watch over us and pray for us from above. We love you and will meet you at the Police Officers Great Family Reunion in the sky.

Thank you for everything.

Grandma & Grandpa Hinkle
Parents of a Deputy Sheriff

November 7, 2004

Hey You,

Almost 7 months now, and it still seems like yesterday. I miss you, we all do. We had a bad call last friday morning, it was soooo hard for me to work. First one after yours. If only it could be last. I cried the whole time. It just made me miss you more.

I miss you.

October 26, 2004

I knew you as Perry, many knew you as "Bum" I miss you either way. There has not been many that have affected me in my life like you did. We had interactions in our careers but neither of us capitolized on any of it. I love life like you did and maybe you can live life through me. I am not perfect but I hope I can do what you wanted to.


Dep Mike Soltis
Ingham County Sheriffs Office

October 25, 2004

206 days and I still hope that you will come walking through that door. We miss you so much.

love you

October 19, 2004

Hey bud. I haven't heard any thing about a "flannel get together" but I don't care. As you know I think about you and Paula in my prayers. I hope that one day I can have a one-on-one converasation with her and tell her of my fond memories of you. She is special to me too.
I have the job that you were going to, transports. I pass through Clinton County a lot and I always think about you. It's just amazing that we worked together, North and South of eachother, no one knew of our late night meets, and how close we became. I know that if it were not for your openess and shinanigans I wouldn't have had such great memories.


Deputy, Mike Soltis
Ingham County Sheriffs Office

October 6, 2004

Hey you,
I can't even start to believe its been 6 months already. It still seems all so new. It still hurts as is if it were yesterday. Just taking it day by day seems to help a little but still, at the end of the day you are not here with us. I miss you!
I know you are in a better place and I know that should make it easier but it doesn't... I truley don't see how it could be better then being here with your friends, family, and Co-Workers, who all love and miss you so much. I miss you. Hugs and Smiles :)

September 29, 2004

Bum I love you man.It hurts to lose you.I miss you more each are the best PERRY FILLMORE....... Thank you Bum for being Bum........

September 20, 2004


We had a little party for you on August 8th and we had a great turn out. Thanks for blessing us with such beautiful weather and keeping everybody safe.

It was my pleasure to create a scholarship fund in your name. For years to come, residents of Clinton County will receive scholarship funds in your memory. We raised over $14,000.00 in just a couple of short months. This is a true reflection of the support of friends, family and area businesses that knew, respected and loved you. You had given so much too so many people; there was no question that we wanted to keep that legacy alive.

We all still miss you so much and think of you often. Please continue to look out for Paula, your family, friends and co-workers. You truly are our guardian angel.

Marsha Perilloux

September 15, 2004

Hey You,
I miss you so much. It's just not the same without you here. I thought maybe I was doing alright, but now I wonder. Every day I wake up thinking it will all be different, thinking you will be here with us again. Then I take a second and I remember that you are not here with us. I miss you...

September 13, 2004

Bum I miss you............

September 12, 2004

Hey you, Just wanted you to know that I miss you more today than I did yesterday, if thats possible. It's not getting better, it's getting worse. I still wait for you to come bouncing through that door. I don't know how to do all of this. I'm so lost without you. We all miss you so much. Your my life and now there is this big hole that I have no idea how to even begin to fill. Your in my soul forever and I miss you so much.

Ilove you

September 5, 2004

Hey Perry Emptyless,

I went to the wheel tonight. The put us in the same seat that you and I sat in on the lastnight that I talked to you. I was sad. It made me miss you more then I already do. Everyday I think about you and miss you a little more. It seems like only yesterday we were settting at the wheel at 130am and talking about well, nothing really... I miss that a lot.
I just wanted to say hey!!! See you on the side.

Clinton County VST

August 26, 2004

I turned in your letters today, I felt as helpless as the day they came an knocked on on my door at 4am. I am not sure what else to do for now, but am praying. I miss you so much bum, every night I come home to this home that we built together with our own hands and the biggest part is Your in my soul.

I love you

August 20, 2004

I finished writing your letter today, it just didn't seem like enough. How can I tell someone in a few paragraphs about what a great guy you are. It made me a little pissed. I did the best I can, but does'nt seem like enough. I will do what ever it takes. I love you and miss you more than I did yesterday.

I love you

August 17, 2004

I read your tributes and acolades(sp)and I realize, every day, that people knew you like I did. You affected sooooo many people in sooooo many ways. I believe in my heart and in my mind that GOD has a bigger plan for you. I know you are out there protecting us on patrol and at home, and doing it from a greater place than here on earth. You have a lot of great friends that you left with a lot of great momories. I only can hope that when I join you I can have such a significant impression on people as you did. I am hoping that people take my suggestion seriously to have a Flannel "Get together" around the anniversery of your calling. I also hope that it is very well publicized. I would hate to have "a few", in my flanel, by myself. I also miss you and will join you one day. I just want you to remember one thing, if there is snow in heaven I owe you one huge snow ball,in the side of your face. Pay backs are great!

Mike Soltis
Ingham County Sheriffs Office

August 16, 2004

Sorry it took so long to write, Poker Run was great success and many mixed emotions. I kept expecting you to be there,and I know you were in spirit, but not enough for me. Your friends did a great job in your honor and I know your proud of them,there intentions came straight from the heart. Riding without you was not the same and seeing your picture on the back of all those shirts all day reminded me of all our rides and I missed you so much that day as did the rest of the family. We are now working on the next step with diligence and strength even though we are so unsure of outcome. Please help me be strong and give me the words I need to speak. I will follow this through until the end. I love you and miss you more everyday.

I lovve you

August 16, 2004

Hey My Perry Emptyless,

What a Great day!!!! The Weather was great, the Friendship we shared today was wonderful, and the memories and support showen for you today was awsome. We had so much fun, it was great.
I talked to Paula for a bit today, she seemed to be doing alright. I think about you everyday, and that makes me think of her, and I wonder if she is have a good day. She sure is a strong lady!! I was at Doug and Ali's party on Friday night and Paula was there also, She seemed to be having fun!!!

I miss you more everyday, things are just not the same, without you on calls or at the Wheel. You really are one in a million.

Rest easy my friend and I will see you again.
Love you lots.

Paula, you truly are a great person. I just wanted you to know, I think of you every day and hope you are doing OKay!!!!

Shelly Haviland
Clinton County VST

August 9, 2004

Hey uncle Bum, today is a very big day! It was looking like it wanted to storm, but I see that our prayers were answered, and you parted the clouds to give us a nice sunny day! Kaden is getting bigger everyday, and everyday I wish more that he could have known you, I know that like the rest of the kids he would have loved you, and what better role model! Watch over us, and keep us safe, especially aunt Paula, I worry about her everyday, but I know from you she gets her strength! We love and miss you more each day. You may be gone, bet NEVER forgotten!
Love always
Kristy & Kaden

August 8, 2004

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