Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Craig Allen Blann

Newton County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch Monday, September 6, 2004

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Craig Allen Blann

Our Greatest Fear
Yet once again the Thin Blue Line is diminished,
an officer’s final tour of duty is finished.
"Officer down", it’s our greatest fear,
and once again, I hold back a tear.
They patrol in the state, city, county and town,
in uniforms colored white, green, blue and brown.
The shape of their badges may vary,
but it’s a symbol that they all, proudly carry.
They leave for work with a kiss goodbye,
but some don’t come home, no matter how hard they try.
To uphold the law is the job that they pick,
with such high aspirations, why must some die so quick?
They leave behind loved ones, family and friends,
after their lives have met tragic ends.
Some die in crashes, others hearts not too stout,
too many have been lost when gunshots ring out.
Our Heavenly Father has called them home,
no more these dark streets do they roam.
Through trial and error they have given their best,
please Lord, now grant them eternal rest.
Yet once again the Thin Blue Line is diminished,
an officer’s final tour of duty is finished.
" Officer down", it’s our greatest fear,
and once again I hold back a tear.

Godspeed Deputy Blann....keep watching over us, you will never be forgotten!! God bless the family and co-workers of Deputy Blann.

Justin W Yohe, T/Comm Oper II
Indiana State Police, Fort Wayne

September 6, 2004

Law enforcement officers are, indeed, a special breed of people. Ask anyone on the street and they will tell you that they would not have our jobs for anything in the world. It takes something special to do what we do and at the same time be able to even contemplate retirement. We try to be optimists. Unfortunately, there are a few of us who will never make that date with retirement. By the very nature of our job, we are at risk everyday of losing our lives, either at the hand of some deranged individual or in some other situation that we, by virtue of our occupation, may be unable to avoid. Some people have recognized the hazardous duties we involve ourselves in, the risks we take, and the pride we take in accomplishing that job. There is National Law Enforcement Week, dedicated to us who gladly accept the responsibility of protecting the citizens in our respective jurisdictions. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day is dedicated to those who gave their lives in the line of duty. These are but a two examples of remembrances specifically for law enforcement personnel. Remembrances that come but once a year. We should remind fellow officers of another type of remembrance, one that will last a lifetime. Sooner or later, a doctor will pronounce us dead. It is inevitable. Regardless of whatever happens, death is the end we will all have to face.
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Jim Moore
New Orleans PD, Retired

September 6, 2004

On behalf of the brothers and sisters of the Joliet Police department we would like to extend our deepest and sincere condolonces to the family of Deputy Sheriff Craig Blann and the members of the Newton County sheriff's department. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. God Bless and thank-you for your service.

Police Officer
Joliet Police dept.

September 6, 2004

Our thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Blann, his family and the men and women of the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Chesterfield County Police Dept., VA

September 6, 2004

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Auxilary 1245
Columbia County Sheriff's Office

September 6, 2004

your in our thoughts and prayers god bless all

rpd wife eow2-4-04

September 6, 2004

Rest in peace Officer Blann. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of god." Matthew 5:9

Minneapolis Police Department - 4th Pct.

September 6, 2004

We are sorry to hear about this tragic accident. God's peace be with you, Deputy, rest in peace. Your family is in our prayers.

Michigan Resident

September 6, 2004

Rest in peace Brother Craig, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service and courage.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

September 6, 2004

Thank you for all of your hard work, let us pick up where you left off. Rest in peace bother. God bless your family and your friends.

PII Patrol Officer
LAPD Newton Division

September 6, 2004



September 6, 2004

Today we mourn as another hero is taken from us. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Blann. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time.
Rest in peace for your watch here is over; walk in heavens beat and guide us all to protect and serve others safely.

US Ranger Catroppa
National Park Service Kennesaw GA

September 6, 2004

My family would like to send our heartfelt sympathies to the family, friends, & fellow co-workers of Deputy Sheriff Craig Blann.
You're in our thoughts and prayers. May God watch over all the brave men and women in law
enforcement who put their lives on the line everyday as they serve & protect their communitites.
Your job is a difficult one and we truly appreciate all you do. God bless each & everyone of you.

Gail M Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig eow 2-16-04

September 6, 2004

To: The family; loved ones; friends and department members: A POLICE OFFICER’S PRAYER: O, gentle Lord ! Keep the day/night watch with me .As I begin my tour of duty, I ask your protection from all mental, physical and spiritual harm. Sustain me with the knowledge that I am doing your work, endeavoring to keep peace among your people. Help me to be just as I enforce the law without prejudice or favor to anyone. May I be courageous but not reckless in carrying out my duties. Let me respond to all calls for assistance with haste realizing that so many are dependent on me for life and safety. Support me with your consoling power when I am tempted to think that no one really cares and that I am taken for granted. Sustain in me the conviction that so many do care and are grateful for my presence. Grant that I may be loyal to my partner and my fellow officers, and that I may back them up effectively when called upon for assistance. Lord, I ask that I may return safely after my tour of duty, to my loved ones and those who love me. I pray that I may be a good and honorable police officer; and after my tour of duty is over here on earth, may I enjoy the peace and happiness of heaven that you have promised to those who serve you well. AMEN. *** REST IN PEACE***Sent to you by the father of Master Officer J.D.Koeppen, Capital City Raleigh North Carolina; Trooper D.C.Koeppen, New Jersey State Police and Cadet Officer A.M.Koeppen,Wilmington North Carolina.

Chief ( retired ) Douglas A. Koeppen
Washington New Jersey

September 6, 2004

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