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

"For motormen are a special breed, they love to ride the wind.. And when you hear the thunder boom, the fallen one rides again...... "

Rest in Peace!

Sr. Cpl. E.L. Hagan, 6065
Dallas Police Dept

June 8, 2004

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

June 8, 2004

We are all missing you. From the big smile, to the salute at the drop of the "CHIPS" theme song, to- "Could you please tell me what California Vehicle Code ~~~ says?" Thank you for being you. Rest in peace our mentor and hero.

155th Session
San Bernardino Sheriff's Academy

June 8, 2004

Jim earned the Medal of Valor valiantly and courageously crawling thru rubble of the collapsed Bay Bridge during the 1989 earthquake. Jim was the example of a free spirited man. As my classmate and friend, I will miss him. All of us who belonged to the fabled CTC I-84 CHP "Olympic Class" at the CHP Academy are honored to have known you. Jim, it was just last year that we had our "reunion" on the mountain. I'll miss our conversations.....

Sergeant Sam Knight
California Highway Patrol

June 7, 2004

God Bless you Jim. And God Bless your family. You will be missed. You always had funny comments after traffic court in CoCo County. You were (and still is) an exceptional Chippy. My prayers are with your family.

Investigator, Q. Warren
Alaska Div. Banking, Securities, & Corp.

June 7, 2004

To Officer Goodman family, friends, and the California Highway Patrol. I would like to extend my condolences and deepest sympathy. You have lost a beautiful soul, but heaven has one more shining star. My thoughts and prays are with you all. Thanks Officer Goodman for a job well done; may your soul rest in peace.

Patrol Officer
Prince George's County, Maryland

June 7, 2004

Our thoughts and pryers go out to your family, friends and members of the CHP. May you rest in peace brother.

Trooper M.W. Jones
Indiana State Police

June 7, 2004

Adios and via con Dios, mi amigo Jaime.

I practiced my minimal Spanish speaking skills on the willing Jaime.

I will miss you so.

Deb Olson
Alem International

June 7, 2004

Please accept our sincere condolences on the recent loss of Officer James M. Goodman. My husband is a Sergeant out of Central CHP and this really hits home with us. We share your sadness and extend our sympathy and support. Sincerely,

James and Rosalind Curry

Police Officer Rosalind S. Curry
Los Angeles Police Departement

June 7, 2004

I pray for strength and peace for your family and friends. As a former "Motorman" I know the freedom you enjoyed and left this place doing what you loved. Go rest high on the mountain.

D/Sgt. Vencent Woods
State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

June 7, 2004

May God hold you in a special place and watch over your family forever brother....................

Pennsylvania State Police

June 7, 2004

A coward dies a thousand deaths, a hero dies but one.

May God be with Ofc. Goodman and his family in their time of grief.

"I am my brothers keeper"

109th Cadet Class, Austin Police Department

June 7, 2004

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).
Unfortunately, I had to add the name of another friend. Deputy Jeffrey Hewitt, Buncombe County (NC) Sheriff’s Department, E.O.W. April 4, 2004.

We all 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.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti Ingle (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood County EMS (NC)

June 7, 2004

Thank you for making California safer. Where would we be without brave men and women such as yourself?

God Bless, you're riding with the Archangel Michael now.


June 7, 2004

Day is done,
gone the sun.
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Godspeed to you and your family.


June 7, 2004

My fiance, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure James did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and James be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Officer Goodman's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that James is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain James was well respected and well loved.

Thank you Officer Goodman for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiance Dennis for me.

Peace, Love, Luck, and Happiness!

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry, Davis Co. Iowa - EOW (

June 7, 2004

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Officer James M. Goodman and the California Highway Patrol our hearts and prayers are with you all...... Thank you for a job well done James... 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

Vinman and Pooky -Site Owners

June 6, 2004

To the family and friends of Officer Goodman, and to the CHP members, may God bless you and be with you in this time of sorrow. America lost another hero today; you are now 10-42 go walk a beat on Heaven's streets, you've done your time in here, you are a blue angel, R.I.P. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. God Speed Brother

Diane Dodge
Polk County Sheriff's Office, Bartow, FL

June 6, 2004

Ofc. Goodman,

You truly are a hero. Your brothers in blue could only wish to be as stong as you. My prayers are wiht you and your family and all the members of the California Highway Patrol. RIP.

Ofc. BM Damon
T/ Manlius PD, NY

June 6, 2004

Jim it was good working with you and its been an honor to know you. You're a great beat partner and friend and you will be missed dearly. San Bernardino won't be the same without you. Until I see you again, Tom.

Officer T. Spence
California Highway Patrol

June 6, 2004

My thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Goodman,his family and the CHP.Rest in peace brother.

Texas Peace Officer
University of Houston Downtown Law Enforcement Academy Class 89

June 6, 2004

May God Bless You and Your Family
Friends and Fellow Officer's

Deputy Constable LC Downing
Wharton Co. Texas Pct. 2

June 6, 2004

May God always be with you.Thank you for your hard work and sacrifice. RIP Officer Goodman...

Los Angeles

June 6, 2004

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 Officer Goodman 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 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.

June 6, 2004


The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint."

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at time I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell

Rest in Peace, your sacrifice will never be forgotten

North Sacramento
California Highway Patrol

June 6, 2004

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