Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Carlos Winston Owen

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Thursday, June 17, 2004

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Reflections for Officer Carlos Winston Owen

Several months have gone by since this tragic day in our city, but I often think of you when I pick up the radio in the afternoon and 438 Day calls me for something. I hear your voice no matter who is working the car.
Yes, several months have passed, but you have not been forgotten.

Dispatcher David Echols
Birmingham Police Department

November 15, 2004

Curly, it seem like it was yesterday when we will argue about the way you gave me Unit 438 at shift change. The car will be dirty with no gas in it.You also will leave your cigarettes and empty coffee cups in the cup holder. When I finshed arguing the only then you will say is " Be careful Stepfarne". Thank you so much for everything. You are my friend, my brother, and my angel.

Officer Stepfarne Gray
City of Birmingham

August 29, 2004

Carlos i still rember the last time we talked, and all you wanted to do was to retire and spend time with your grandchildren. I'll miss seeing you in the mornings drinking your coffee just before rollcall, you are truly missed by our family (west precinct). My prayers are with you and your family.

M.J. Brown
B,ham. P.D.

Ofcr. M. J. Brown
Birmingham Police Dept. Alabama West Precinct

August 27, 2004

Thank you for your sacrifice.

Birmingham Resident

August 23, 2004

To my Training officer "Curley" I thank you for all you have taught me on the training car. You are the greatest Cop I know, and I will never forget you throughout my career or my life. "PERSEVERATE IN PUGNA" We will press the fight!

Officer William Inman
Birmingham Police Dept. West Precinct

July 29, 2004

What a dark day in Law Enforcement when 3 Great Men from the same department are taken by a coward. We here pray for each member of your department.

Officer Bardwell
Grand Prairie PD/TX

July 2, 2004

Our thoughts and prayers or with you.

Uncle of Mississippi State Trooper
Paul Denham

Danny Gibson

July 2, 2004

I knew "Curly" for only 5 years but when I think about the kind of police officer I want to be, he's the model. He was truly a "cop's cop." He loved the job and he was very simply the best. I'll miss him rubbing my bald head "for good luck." Whenever I hear "438" on the radio, I'm sure I'll hear his distinctive voice echoing in the background. West Precinct will not be the same without Carlos.

Off./Chaplain R. Dean Pesnell
Birmingham Police Department

July 1, 2004

Dear Owens family and friends,

I am sorry to hear about your loss. Only a coward would shoot a police officer. I am sorry that you lost so many officers in one day. Please take some comfort in two verses from the Bible: "Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted." Matt. 5:4 and "Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the Children of God." Matt. 5:9. God Bless.

Ofc. Mike Snyder
Coral Springs PD, Florida

July 1, 2004

To the family of Officer Carlos Owens: My husband knew Officer Owens but had'nt seen him in several years. He said that he was a great man and he was so grief stricken when he heard that he'd been killed. I am so sorry he was taken the way he was. It's so hard to imagine what he was feeling at that final moment of his life. I'm sure I'm speaking for everyone by saying that I wish this NEVER HAPPENED. Again, I am so very sorry. My prayers are with you all.


June 28, 2004

To Officer Owens family and friends our hearts and prayers go out to you

God Bless

terry miyares, surviving spouse
Officer Emilio Miyares, Hialeah PD< Fl 11/6/86

June 28, 2004

Rest in peace Brother Owens.

OFC Kevin R Turley
City of Jacksonville Police Department (Alabama)

June 28, 2004

You are in my prayers during this difficult time.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174

June 28, 2004

In November last year I came to Birmingham to film a report on gun crime in Alabama. I met many of Birmingham's police officers and I was truly impressed by the dedication and bravery that was displayed. I was terribly shocked to read of the dreadful events that led to three officers being killed. My thoughts go out to all of the family and friends and colleagues affected and my prayers are with you all.

Ian Johnson
BBC Television, England

June 28, 2004

As I was watching the news for updates on the murder of my son-in-law, Ofc Mark Sawyers (E.O.W. 6-5-04) of the Sterling Hts MI police department, breaking news came on from Birmingham, AL. I watched in disbelief and horror that three more officers were gunned down. What is going on in this world?

Now there are three more families grieving, more widows, and more fatherless children left to cope with these outragous crimes. My heart breaks for all of you. My family knows all too well the agony you are going through.

May God help us all.

June 28, 2004

Officer Owens,
You will never be forgotten, God Bless you and the Birmingham Police Dept. God Speed MY Brother in Blue

PO Adam Borkowski
Detroit Police Dept.

June 27, 2004

The tide recedes but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand. The sun goes down but gentle warmth still lingers on the land.
The music stops and yet it echoes on sweet refrains....for every joy that passes, something beautiful remains..
May your memories bring comfort and keep your loved one close to your heart. I'm very sad for the PD that has lost three officers, my heart and my deepest respect to you all fine officers.God bless.

Teresa Goss
ShaDco, Jacksonville, Fl

June 26, 2004

To the Owens family, friends, and the Birmingham Police Department. I would like to extend my condolences and deepest sympathy. When one hurts, we all feel the pain. Thanks Officer Owens for a job well done; may your soul rest in peace.

Patrol Officer
Prince George's County, Maryland

June 25, 2004

God Bless You and you family you will never be forgotten....when one of us (family of police) are taken we all pray for strength....

Police Officer O.L
Baltimore POlice

June 24, 2004

God Bless You and you family you will never be forgotten....when one of us (family of police) are taken we all pray for strength....

Police Officer O.L
Baltimore POlice

June 24, 2004

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these heroes, as well as the entire Birmingham Police Department.
Officers Owens, Chisholm and Bennett will not be forgotten.
God speed.

Hunsaker Family
Queen Creek, AZ

June 24, 2004

Another sad day for law enforcement has come to pass. For the family of Officer Owens, know that his coworkers will forever be there for you. Know that others have been in your shoes and know your pain. For the coworkers and especially the surviving officer, be at peace. Know that everything you could have done, you did. No one knows why these things happen. All we can do from day to day is fulfill our civic duty and pray that we all go home at the end of the shift. Trust in God to help you through this difficult time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
Sgt. Jeff T. Hewitt
Buncombe County S.O.
EOW 04/04/04

Jennifer Mackey
Buncombe County S.O. NC

June 23, 2004

God Bless You
Your community as well as the law enforcement community around the world will suffer your lose.

Deputy Constable LC Downing
Wharton Co. Texas Pct. 2

June 23, 2004

To the family of Carlos Owen
I just want to say that my heart and prayers are with you each and every day. I was only 12 when my daddy who was a pround birmingham police officer was killed. I pray that god will give you strength each and every day. I know they both loved there job very much and were very pround of the job they did

amber Nabors
daughter of James Nabors III Birmingham PD died 9-22-95 np

June 23, 2004

I just want all to know that this is not a time of weeping, but rejoicing, because our earthly brothers hae entered into the almighty kingdom of Heaven, and is with our Great and Powerful Father on high... remember that "...Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy comeths in the morning..." -Love always!!! and God Bless


June 23, 2004

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