Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer James M. Goodman

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Thursday, June 3, 2004

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Reflections for Officer James M. Goodman

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 21, 2007

Jim,

I went to this website today to remember those I have had the
pleasure of working with. I carry your memorial coin in the left
pocket of my uniform shirt everyday. I thank you so much for being
the first one to get to me when I was hit in the Cajon Pass. My mom
appreciated how you comforted her outside the emergency room. I
recently promoted into the Bay Area and I always ask officers if they
worked with you. For those who did, I like hearing their kind words
about you. The thing I hear the most is about your heroic actions
during the Loma Prieta earthquake. I think about you and the other
downed officers I have had the pleasure of working with everyday.
Thanks for the advice you gave me and for being an officer all of us
should strive to be like. My boys know your name well because when
they would go to the office they would see your and Ruben’s picture
and ask about you two. Although my boys did not know you, they wear
your memorial shirt with pride. Until we meet again in the house of
our Father, please watch over the 860 Squad.

Sal Suarez, Sgt.
CHP/Castro Valley

September 28, 2007

Our thoughts are still with you and your family.

Franks Family
CHP

June 12, 2007

Gees Brother .3 years later and I still can't believe you are gone ..But damn sure not forgotten !! Wish we were "back in the day" in Oakland.. Keep resting in peace Motorman !!

DB
Calif Hwy Patrol.RET

June 3, 2007

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Goodman on the anniversary of his passing. Heros are never forgotten.

911 Dispatcher
Virginia

June 3, 2007

May you be ever blessed.

June 3, 2007

I didn't know you in this life, but I will meet you in the next! Thank you for making Jesus your personal Lord
and Savior so that you can spend eternity in Heaven
with Him. I am so sorry you never got to enjoy your
retirement, but I know you enjoyed your career. Everyone that knew you speaks so highly of you. You
represented the Lord well and I know He will repay you.
I love this Chris Rice song titled Untitled Hymn.

Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live!

Now your burden's lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live!

And like a newborn baby
Don't be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk
Sometimes we fall...so
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live!

Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live!

O, and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can't contain your joy inside, then
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live!

And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory's side, and
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live!

We rejoice that you are with the Savior and that the cares of this earth are far from you!

Lynn Kole
Washington State

June 3, 2007

Remembering Jim & his family on this 3rd anniversary of his loss. A truly good man & a fine officer.

CPL JoDee Gibson #485 (Ret.)
Georgia State Patrol

June 2, 2007

The Copper radio was my favorite for years because of officers like Jim. When I heard him go 10-8 I knew it would be a good shift. Jim always made my job easier, when we were busy he was patient, when I made a mistake he was forgiving, when I needed an officer to respond off his beat, he responded without question. He was always kind and seemed to never have a bad day. Jim was one of my favorite officers, who I will never forget.


CHP Dispatcher

April 17, 2007

You are not forgotten on this day and you remain always in our prayers.

Trooper
Pennsylvania State Police

June 3, 2006

May you rest in Peace and may Our Lord continue to comfort and strengthen your family.

June 3, 2006

Remembering you on this the second anniversary of your death. God bless you and may you rest in peace.

Anne (Civilian UK)

June 3, 2006

Two years & I still think of Jim often. He was truly one of the good guys & it was a pleasure to work with him, even for such a short time. He was a real gentleman & one heck of a motor officer.

CPL JoDee Gibson #485 (Ret.)
Georgia State Patrol

June 3, 2006

To Jim's family,
I will always remember Jim's sweetness and kindess to me! I had the pleasure of sitting and talking with him in dispatch for hours on only one occasion, but it left an imprint forever. His deep blue eyes were loving and kind, and he spoke from his heart about his life, his work and his thoughts. He took the time to console me and talk to me about myself, even though he was dealing with issues of his own health.
What a great human being;and a very special person. I miss him greatly. Love to the family!

PSD II-retired GGCC, Denise Dynan
CHP

December 17, 2005

Your dedication and sacrafice entends beyond the State of California. Your work has made a positive impact on the motoring public throughout the nation by keeping speeders, reckless drivers, and criminals off our highways. You will always be remembered for your contribution and sacrafice to the cause of Law Enforcement in America.

Trooper Dubinsky
Florida Highway Patrol

June 29, 2005

Thank you all for your wonderful tributes to my brother Jim. He was and still is our family's hero. The San Bernardino CHP office has been incredibly good to our family and we thank them so much. We will always love and pray for each of them as well as other officers that put their lives on the line every day for us.

Jim and I were the last siblings left in California and we spent many hours talking about our Mom and brother who had gone on to be with the Lord. Well, now, he has joined them in heaven and I know, one by one, our family will be reunited around the throne of God. We all love the Lord and there is nothing in this short life that is more important.

Our family thanks you again for each heartfelt remembrance. You are a blessing to us as we deal with this huge hole in our hearts.

Bonnie Bell
Sister

June 14, 2005

Many of my friends called you The "Mountain", and I was never able to find a mere word that could describe what I felt in my heart...but I knew you knew the feeling. It has been a year today and I reserve this day to celebrate you...gentle, kind, caring, compassionate, intelligent, beautiful...if you were here I would remind you again....you were not only many others favorite....you will always be my favorite. 1438 godspeed...someday we will meet again..Mrs. Brown

Patricia Ashton

June 3, 2005

I first met Jim in the early 1970's when hw worked with the USGS in northern California. He was always a good natured hard working family man. After I relocated to Missouri in the mid 80's I remember seeing him on the bay bridge rescuing people after the earthquake, and I remember the feeling of pride I had for "the Texan". The ultimate irony of his passing is that it happened in an area very close to where I was born, it is funny how our lives intertwine. I know that Jim is in a better place, and I know he went doing what he loved most, riding his motorcycle.

Bill Kunert
USGS

February 23, 2005

Officer Goodman,

Thank you for your sacrifice and dedication. You are a hero in my heart. May God bless you, your family, and your brothers and sisters of the CHP.

Officer J. Navarro
California Department of Corrections

January 17, 2005

this is to you dad. i am forever blessed to have a dad like you. you have filled my heart with joy all these years.
keep watch over me from heaven. i know we will see one another again.
eow 6-3-04

en3 goodman
u.s. navy

October 21, 2004

Jim,
It's been just a few short months but, it feels like a life time. Sense the day we first met you were such an inspiration. I will always appreciate the ten months that i had the privlage of knowing you. You taught me so much about kindness and honor. You were definitely unique you not only cared about California's two legged residents, you also greatly cared for the four legged Citizens as well. 75 mary 7 ride the cloads and protect the heavens. THANKYOU

Officer L.Norfolk
San Bernardino City Animal Control

October 20, 2004

We all come to this page because we are part of one big family - a family that loves together, prays together and grieves together.

Our son recently lost his partner, and until that fateful day, we were not aware of this site. Now we check it daily. We want you to know that our prayers and thoughts are for you and your loved ones. We grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

God bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great nation.

Pray for us from above. We love you and know that we will meet some day. Thank you for your protection both here and from beyond.

Grandma & Grandpa Hinkle
Parents of a Deputy Sheriff

October 5, 2004

Thankyou for teaching class 154 from the San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department about traffic laws and investigations. You will be missed by many.

Anthony Benjamin
S.B.S.D (pre-service trainee)

October 2, 2004

I thank you for your service and salute you for your sacrifice.

A grateful citizen.

September 27, 2004

Rest in Peace Hero!

Police Officer Matt Lyons
Oceanside Police Dept.

September 14, 2004

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