Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Senior Patrol Agent Travis Wayne Attaway

United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, September 19, 2004

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Reflections for Senior Patrol Agent Travis Wayne Attaway

Dado and Nanny Fohn have 12 grandchildren. Travis is 6th in line. While growing up, the 12 - 1st cousins lived within a 15 mile radius of each other. We enjoyed pleasures some never have the chance to experience. From trips to the "Ice House" with Dado to spend 25cents on whatever we wanted, trips to the ranch to hunt rabbits and fish, to starting off every week with Nanny's fried chicken and mashed potatoes after Church on Sundays. Our closeness carried us through grade school, high school, and college. After college, we all followed our dreams. We became far apart in miles, but in our hearts we remained as close as we were in the back of Dado's truck to the "Ice House" many years ago. When we received the call, "Travis is missing", our roots carried us home..... Richard(#10) from Florida, Mollie(#9) from St.Louis, Lynne(#11) from Lubbock, Mary Dorothy(#12) from San Angelo, Roy(#8) from Sealy, Eric(#5) from fishing in Mexico (this time Travis wasn't with him) Marcia(#1) from Spring Branch, Fohn(#3) and Deena(#4) from Hondo, Jodye(#2) from D'Hanis... (Jill(#7), Travis' baby sister, by the Grace of God, was with Travis' parents when the call came). By the time we were all together, Travis' journey to heaven was complete.
Travis was always such a simple man in life, BUT a HERO in death!

Deena McCollum

November 12, 2004

Travis was my closest friend in High School, he was the closest thing to having a brother. I know that he was very proud of his work and I saw the pride he had in wearing his uniform. He was a very special person and he will be missed, never forgotten. On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to say that we miss you and we love you, take care and we'll be seeing you when it's our turn.

Joe Ibarra Jr.
Hometown Friend

October 29, 2004

God Speed, Brother.

Union PD, NJ

October 25, 2004

Thank you for your service to our Country and to the Patrol. Even though I didn't know you, in this job, we all bleed green. SPA Mike Casey El Paso Station

Senior Patrol Agent Michael F. Casey
United States Border Patrol

October 9, 2004

In the blink of an eye for the way that he tried, he paid the ultimate price.... Along with all others whom we honor each spring with words that we speak and the songs that we sing. Lies the question we all ask, which no one can say.....This man gave his all....Did I come close today?

October 6, 2004

To Agent Attaway family, friends, and the United States Department of Homeland Security. I would like to extend my condolences and deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prays are with you all. Thanks Agent Attaway for a job well done; may your soul rest in peace.

Patrol Officer
Prince George's County, Maryland

October 6, 2004

I would like to extend my condolences to Agent Attaway's family and friends, and to the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of tragedy. Rest in peace Agent Attaway, your duty here is done.

Deputy Sheriff
Butte County Sheriff's Office

October 5, 2004

You will not be forgotten... You paid the ultimate price. Thank you. God bless your families.

Customs and Border Protection Officer

October 5, 2004

For the lord opened his arms and said come with me. God bless you,

P.O. Simi
chgo P.D.

October 3, 2004

To all Family, Friends, and Co Workers of this Officer:

On Behalf of myself, and the Family of Police Officer Daniel Starks (Ft Myers Fl, E/O/W 10-25-03) we want you to know that you are all in our prayers! The Lord will sustain you as you go through this difficult, and trying time, but just remember your loved one is being cared for in Heaven, and is now eternally safe. We hope that you all remain as strong as possible, and know that we are all thinking of you. No words are quite ever adequate, but Police Officers make the ultimate sacrifice everyday, and our hope, and prayer is that they will always be remembered for their heroic efforts, and kind hearts.
Jessica Ruhl (Daniel’s Fiancée) & the Family of Officer Daniel Starks

October 2, 2004

We will always remember your ultimate sacrifice and your devoted service to God and country. You and your loved ones shall always be in our prayers. Godspeed. Rest in peace.

SBPA Tony Duran
U.S. Border Patrol Academy

October 1, 2004

I want to express my deepest condolences to Travis's family and frieds. My brother in law Jimmy Epling (A USBP agent) died in December by cause of drowning. I know how hard it is to come to terms with what has happened. I know what it felt like to wonder where he was and why he was missing. Stay strong. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Crystal Casas

September 30, 2004

Your service will not be forgotten. With great sadness for your family and friends.

Officer Matt Lyons
Oceanside, California PD

September 30, 2004

One day Gabriel saw Jesus standing on the bank of a river in Heaven.
Jesus had a sad look on His face as he watched the water flowing by.
Gabriel asked Jesus about the history of the river and why He had such a look
on His face?
Jesus told Gabriel that the river ran from the foot of God's throne and that
the water was the tears God shed each time a Police Officer was laid to rest.
Jesus said, "Each year the river grows larger and flows more rapid."
As Gabriel and Jesus stood gazing across the waters Gabriel asked, "When can
we bring them home?"
Jesus replied, "The great waking up morning will soon come."
Gabriel then asked, "What will happen to the river?"
Jesus answered, "God will bring them to the banks of the river and let them
see the tears He shed for them and then the river will run dry, never again
to flow."
"Each of His Peacemakers will be called forward one by one to lay their
badges at the foot of the throne and there they will receive their crowns of
Gabriel looked into the eyes of Jesus with a questioning look about his face.
Jesus simply whispered.... Soon Gabriel.... Soon.

God Speed my brother

Deputy Karl Gusentine
Williamson Co Illinois Sheriff's Dept

September 29, 2004

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

A hero never dies.....

Rest in peace, hero. God bless.

September 29, 2004

Travis, thank you for being there for me every time i needed you. You were there no matter what. You were a great cousin and you will be missed greatly here in "D-Town." D'Hanis is glad that they got to know you and your funeral and burial helped Aunt Boo (your mom) and your dad start to move on. You will be in my memory forever and in the lives and memory of all your cousins and family members. Easter will be lonely without you there. I LOVE YOU.

Your cousin, Nina

Kristina Finger

September 28, 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 Agent Attaway 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.

September 26, 2004

We are deeply saddened at Travis' loss.
We all recall you gave your best.
You did your job, now you can rest.
Your comrades now can cover your post
as you take your place with the Heavenly Host.

God Bless Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters.
Our prayers will be with you, your family, and co-workers!

Ptlm. P.K. Harding
Binghamton (NY) P.D.

September 25, 2004

The members of the Royal Palm Beach Police Department wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family, coworkers, and friends of Agent Travis W. Attaway. He has fought the good fight and has now gone to his reward. Many of our brothers and sisters are gone, but none are ever forgotten.

Sergeant T. E. Murphy
Royal Palm Beach, Fl. P. D.

September 25, 2004





September 25, 2004

To the family, friends and co-workers of Senior Patrol Agent Travis Attaway.We mourn your loss

Police Officer
Hunterdon County, New Jersey

September 25, 2004

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

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Agent Attaway's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all, especially to his wife. 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 Travis 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 Travis was well respected and well loved.

Thank you Agent Attaway 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 - EOW (01/03/03)

September 25, 2004

Rest in peace Brother Travis, 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 24, 2004

Rest in Peace...

Police Officer
Syracuse Police Dept,NY

September 23, 2004

Agent Attaway, Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest Easy Brother!

Dep. Paul Sperandeo
Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office, La.

September 23, 2004

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