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Police Officer Bryan Scott Hurst

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, January 6, 2005

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Reflections for Police Officer Bryan Scott Hurst

Bryan,

It was 10 yrs ago today on this date Nov. 3, 1996 I first met you when we started our first day at the Columbus Police Academy. You were a good friend while we went thru the CPD academy over those 6 months. We both had family out of town, yours in the Toledo area and mine in Cincinnati. We were always talking about them on lunch breaks... I regret not staying in touch better with you after graduation.... You went on to work on 2nds and I went to work on 3rds causing us to not see each other that often. I miss your jokes, kindness, and the fun you always seemed to be having no matter what you were doing... I can't beleive it has been 10 years already.. I know I speak on behalf of our entire class, WE MISS YOU.. KEEP WATCHING OVER US..

Jim Gilbert
95th recruit class

Officer Jim Gilbert
Columbus Div of police

November 3, 2006

The 2007 National Championship game will be played on January 8, 2007, 2 years and 2 days after the day Bryan was taken from us all. As a Buckeye fan like Bryan, I hope the Buckeyes are in Glendale and win the game for all Buckeye Fans including our friend Bryan. Go Buckeyes, and may God bless Brian and his family. Brian is a true National Champion.

Ohio Resident, OSU Graduate, Buckeye Fan and friend to all Police Officers

October 31, 2006

9-0 We might even square off against our hometown Mountaineers. Miss You.

O

Donnie O
CPD

October 30, 2006

Bryan-

It's crazy to think that it has been close to two years since you were taken from us. Time is funny - it feels like the life we had together was long, long ago. Thankfully, it no longer feels like it was just yesterday that you were killed. I feel no guilt whatsoever in saying that I am a happy and mostly healed person. The only times that I get sad is when I think of the things you are missing with Malia. I don't know if you can see her and what she is doing, but I like to tell myself that you can. When you died, she was a tiny baby and now she is a little girl.

About a month ago, I had Malia's pictures taken in her Steelers jersey. Of course, the one she wore as a baby doesnt fit anymore, but I have it displayed in her bedroom. Anyways, I bought her a bigger one and got her all dressed up. She wore black leggings and I did her hair in pigtails with little yellow pompom hair things. It is borderline silly since she has no idea who the Steelers are, but it's still cute as hell. She is holding a football that's bigger than her head.

We are busy getting ready for Halloween. This will be her first official Trick-or-Treat. She has two costumes - one that she picked out herself, a unicorn, and one that Abbey and I chose, a Minnie Mouse. The unicorn is funny - it has a big stuffed head and huge wings that attach to Malia's hands. I'm guessing that she will wear the unicorn for Trick or Treat. Theresa took her to Boo at the Zoo and she came back loaded up with candy. Now I hear "I want candy!!!" when I ask her what she wants for dinner. It's pretty funny.

She is becoming such a mimic. She pays such close attention when we go out for dinner. Now when a server comes to take our order, I'll say what Malia wants, then she chimes in "AND A COKE, TOO!" I'll say, "Malia, you can't have coke!" and she just cracks up.

We are working hard on potty training. Whenever she pees in the toilet, she gets a Dora or SpongeBob sticker on her chart, and then....of all things....an Altoid. The kid LOVES Altoids. She is thrilled to go pee just so she can have a mint. I took her to Target to pick out her own panties, and she chose the Diego, Nemo and Thomas the Train undies. Now of course, they don't make those in girl underpants, but she wanted nothing to do with the Carebears, Cinderella, or My Little Pony panties. So now our daughter wears boys underwear. Oh well.

I can't believe that the holidays are coming up so soon. It is already all-Christmas displays at the stores. Geez. I will never forget the time when we did ALL of our Christmas shopping one day at the mall and had like 20 bags. I had to go to the bathroom and you waited in the food court for me. When I came out, you were there but all of our bags were gone. I was freaking out asking you where the bags went and you told me that you had gotten mugged. I was hysterical and yelling how could you let someone mug you???? A few minutes later, you started cracking up and told me you had ran out to the car and put the bags in the trunk. I was so mad!!

More later. We love you and miss you.

Marissa

October 30, 2006

Bryan

Our beloved BUCKEYES are 8-0!! I really think they have a good chance of going to the National Championship game this year!
I apologize for not writing until now... I knew you only briefly but during that time you became a friend. I often think about what sacrafices you made to protect those you served. Each day I put the uniform on, I never take any day for granted. Each time I leave for work, I tell my wife I her.
I miss ya brother... RIP

October 25, 2006

Gump,

8-0

O

Donnie O
CPD

October 23, 2006

Bryan,

Your Detroit Tigers are in the World Series!

Game 1 tonight...GO TIGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Miss you.

Friend

October 21, 2006

Just thinking of you. We all really need you to look down over us and prtect us. Please Bryan...

Family member

October 20, 2006

Gump,

7-0 with a number 1 ranking in the BCS. I'm trying to decide if I am going to sell my Michigan tickets. The OSU/UM games we went to in 2002 and 2004 were awesome. I've never been to a Michigan game without you. If you were here selling them wouldn't even be an option. Steelers are on the comeback trail.

Love You,

O

Donnie O
CPD

October 16, 2006

Gumper,

6-0 for the bucks, but the Steelers suck!

Love You,

O

Donnie O
CPD

October 9, 2006

Gumper,

5-0 and lookin' good. It's not the same without you but at least the Bucks are giving me something to be happy about.

O

Donnie O
CPD

October 2, 2006

Bryan, I felt you sitting with us there in Iowa yesterday...I swear I could hear you shouting O H

Thanks for hanging with us on gameday

GO BUCKS!!!

a friend

October 1, 2006

Bryan and Hurst Family

I was moved by reading the 26 pages of messages left for Bryan. I am also a Ohio State Buckeye fan and Bryan, like the Buckeyes was a National Champion. Go Buckeyes and may God bless Bryan and his family.

Ohio Resident

October 1, 2006

Bryan

It's been 18 months now, and still feels like yesterday. I still can't beleive you're gone. I know you already have a special place in heaven for giving your life for others, but I often wonder if you're at peace, with having to leave us so suddenly. At times, I swear I can hear your voice. Watch over us all, like you did when you were here.

I love ya and miss you.

September 28, 2006

Dear Bryan,
It is really nice to see how many people care about you. I am so proud of you. Whenever I take Colin to the cemetary with me, he always tries to drink Donnie's leftovers. He's really something else. The potty training thing isn't really clicking with him either. He still likes to play in the toilet water. You would really get a kick out of him.

Love,
Stacey


sister

September 27, 2006

Gumper,

4-0 and still rollin'.

O

Donnie O
CPD

September 25, 2006

Gumper,

3-0

Love You Man,

O

Donnie
CPD

September 18, 2006

Hurst,

3-0

OH----IO

September 17, 2006

I was working the campus wagon a few weeks ago and was sitting in the back with a couple of code-3's working on some paperwork. I happened to look up and saw a picture of you hanging up in the wagon. Although I never knew you, I knew about your sacrifice from academy lectures and other officers stories about you and what a great guy and cop you were. I got home that morning, checked on my baby, and kissed my wife as she slept. Your picture was a reminder of how life can change in an instant when dealing with the evils in this city. I know I'll get a chance to meet you one day and share some stories of our CPD and Marine Corps service. I'm buying the first beer!

#2401

Police Officer
Columbus Ohio Division of Police

September 16, 2006

Bryan,

On 9-11 I think about the firemen and police officers who gave their lives to help others that day in 2001.

I also think about you and how you gave your life to protect the innocent civilians from a domestic terrorist.

Miss you, love you.

Friend

September 11, 2006

Hope you were watching the OSU game beat Texas's butt. It was a great game. GO BUCKS!

September 11, 2006

Gumper,

2-0

O
CPD

September 11, 2006

Bryan-

It seems so odd tonight, watching OSU football, without you here. I have the best memories of you preparing for the games, getting all of your gear on, and then screaming at the TV for all four quarters. Times like this are when it hurts the most without you here. Malia looks so cute in her cheerleader outfit - we taught her to say 'GO BUCKS - MICHIGAN SUCKS! and OH-IO!!! It's so funny!! She has been jumping all over the place tonight, getting into the spirit of the game.

We took Malia to Philly for Labor Day weekend so she could go to Sesame Place. She really liked it, but I think she enjoyed the Please Touch children's museum even more. She was really into the barnyard exhibit. There was this huge stuffed mamma pig with all of her babies and Malia took all six of the babies, carrying them around and refusing to let any other kids play with them. She is so into pigs and horses - I don't which she likes better.

A few weeks ago, I took her to Amish country to visit a farm where you could feed all of the animals. There was this disgusting pot-bellied pig that she couldn't get enough of. Maybe that can be our next pet....it would be worth it just to piss off the Neighborhood Association here.

Malia is becoming such a big girl. She is so mature in many ways, but the potty training thing is not her thing. I definitely wish you were here to help me on this one. She sits on her potty with no problem, but then gets up and pees on the kitchen floor. Ugh. It will be a beautiful day when the diapers are gone. We are also working on getting rid of the pacifier at bedtime, but like the potty training, it is also a work in progress.

Tonight I need to get everything together to display at the Heroes Golf Outing, where you are being honored. I had a ton of photos developed and am going to make some posters, plus bring your Medal of Honor, hat, flag and some Marine Corps stuff. It is supposed to be a top-notch event and a good time.

Things have been a little stressful lately, due to the pathetic health insurance that Ohio Police & Fire provides for widows and their children. I always had great insurance at my job, and you had awesome insurance at CPD. Too bad that after an officer dies, you get crap. Thankfully, though, I believe it is an issue that will being brought up in the legislation soon.

Take care of us from up there. We all miss you but we all show it differently. Sometimes being guarded is safest. I want everyone to get along, for your sake, but my number one priority is raising Malia right and keeping her safe and away from drama. She is a beautiful, funny, happy girl and you would be so proud of her.

We love you and miss you so much.

Love,
Marissa and Malia

Marissa

September 9, 2006

Bryan, Keep looking over us. We need you. Malia ecspcially.

September 8, 2006

Hurst, this is my first reflection on the site. Im not sure why I decided now to write...but I have been thinking about you and Malia so much lately. How unfair life is. Rebekah will be 1 year old soon. I watch her and her daddy play and how much he loves her. I heard a song today and downloaded it for him..its called "My litte girl" by Tim McGraw. I think of Rebekah and her daddy dancing to that and think how unfair that Maila wont be able to dance with her daddy. Brandon and Rebekah were laying on the bed last night and Rebekah was playing with your patch...I asked Brandon what he was thinking.. and of course it was about you...the two of you both having little girls. I hope someday they will be as close as the two of you were.

By for now,
Tracy

September 7, 2006

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