Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

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

It has been 20 months since your tour of duty ended and I know that your loved ones think of you every hour of every day. The tears still flow from their broken hearts and will for a long time. I'm glad there was some justice concerning the individual that caused all this pain to your loved ones. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten as heroes never die. Keep watch over your loved ones and protect them and also those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. I would like to end by leaving a poem by Richard Fife:

No person is ever truly alone.
Those who live no more,
Whom we loved,
Echo still within our thoughts,
Our words, our hearts.
And what they did,
And who they were,
Becomes a part of all that we are,
Forever

Bob Gordon, father of fallen Chicago Officer
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon, Chicago Gold Star Father

September 5, 2006

Bryan,

Just thinking a lot about you lately. Thanks again Brother.

A Friend
Columbus Ohio Division of Police

September 1, 2006

Just thinking about you in this time where our department has lost 3 officers in the last month to health issues. You are missed everyday!

Po Larry Waltermyer
CPD

August 30, 2006

Bryan, your Bucks look ready to take on another National Champion this year...Hope you get to see all of it from your comfy seat up there. We'll be thinking of you...A favor to ask, please watch over a good friend as he goes off to fight in this war. Take care....
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HHHHHHHHHHH

(you know what to do)

A friend

August 29, 2006

Hey brotha, just a few days until the Bucks start their march to another National Championship. Hope you're sitting up there somewhere next to Woody with an ice cold beer and a big screen. Anyway, we'll be thinking about you as they kickoff. I'll have a beer set aside for you as always. RIP brother, we'll get it from here. GO BUCKS!!

Ward
CPD

August 29, 2006

you are missed very much. my thoughts and prayers are with friends and family b/c even though time has passed, every day there are reminders of you not being there.

your heroism will never be forgotten.

lmp

August 29, 2006

Gumper,

I week until kickoff. I got Michigan tickets today. It will be wierd not being there with you. We made it to two Michigan games at home in a row and we were 2-0. I'll stop by to see you before kickoff every week.

Love You,

Donnie

Donnie
C.P.D.

August 27, 2006

Just droppin by gump........things in our line of work arent always what they seem....keep an eye on the rest of us!

Ofc. Daniel R. Jones #2079 (Med.Ret)
Columbus, Ohio Division Of Police

August 18, 2006

Bryan-

There is so much that you are missing with our daughter - it just isn't fair. For lack of better words, it really sucks that Malia has lived more of her life without you instead of with you. You have missed both her first and second birthdays and both Fathers Days. Sadness and anger are interchangeable in regards to these things. It's depressing that you aren't here for the good moments, and I get angry when you aren't here for the bad ones. Things are sometimes very, very hard and it's hard to do it alone. Yes, I do get tons of help, but there are lots of times where I feel like it's just Malia and I. It can be overwhelming when it becomes apparent that it really is just me, and only me, that is responsible for making sure that she grows up happy and healthy.

We've been doing all kinds of fun things with Malia this summer. We have gone to COSI a lot, which is great, but still sad when it's just she and I. I see families with Moms, Dads and kids and it just plain sucks. Yes, everyone in the state of Ohio knows that I have found love and happiness again, but there are still moments when it hurts to see what I am describing. Seeing fathers with their daughters is the absolute worst - it's akin to a kick in the stomach for me. I feel bad, because I know I should be happy for those other families, but it's so hard because you were TAKEN from Malia. You didn't pack up and leave on your own, abandoning us. SOMEONE TOOK YOU. Period.

When I had surgery last week, the admissions lady at St. Anns' asked me if I was married. I said 'no.' She asked if I was single. I said 'no'. She looked at me like 'Ok what the hell?' I told her I was widowed and I got the look of shock that I always get. Turns out there is a box to check for 'widow' after all. They just usually don't offer it to a 27 yr old who is checking in for surgery.

Not long ago, I called your old Nextel 2-way number to see what happened. A man answered - they have assigned it to another person. It's so weird and awful. I still get mail with your name on it. It's like your're still here, but your're not.

Malia had her 2 year checkup at the pediatrician today. Thankfully no shots this time. They have a huge fishtank in the waiting room, which she is enamored with. When it was her turn to go back, she screamed because she didn't want to leave the fish. That started a huge tantrum of course. Ugh. Anyways, she just loves looking at fish - makes me think I should get her one, but I hate the thought of cleaning a tank.

Malia still has a love/hate relationship with Felony. The bigger he gets, the more irritated she is with him. He towers over her and slaps her with his tail. She screams at him "NO BLONEY! NO BLONEY! BLONEY GIIIIITTTTTTTTTT!" He loves her, of course, has no clue what's going on.

Well, tomorrow is Daryl's official sentencing. I don't see the point, because he was already sentenced to death at trial. Donnie and I are not going. As far as I'm concerned, Daryl is already dead to me and I have no desire to see him until it's needle to arm time. That will be a beautiful day. Sounds sick, I know, but justice is justice.

Love,

Marissa and Malia

Marissa

August 9, 2006

My family and I were in Columbus, Ohio for the Girls Fastpitch World Series in July when I saw several Columbus police cars with a black ribbon magnet with your police I.D. on their vehicles. I thought to myself what a special person you must have been to have so many friends honoring you.
When I returned to Maryland I read about the ultimate sacrifice that you had made. God bless you (Ofc Bryan S. Hurst) and your family . You will be in my prayers.


Proud Maryland Visitor

August 5, 2006

Bryan,

I am really sorry that I will not be able to attend the court session in August. I did though write a letter that I am going to give to the judge about what kind of impact this situation has done too me. I really want to go but I already had plans for vacation with my family. I thought about canceling them, but then I thought I did not want this situation to change my life anymore. In a way I feel bad not going but I am not going to let him change my life! He's already changed your families life so much. A lot has been going on with me the past month. I quit Fifth Third Bank in Hilliard. I got a offer with National City Bank in Grandview that I accepted. I thought about staying at 5/3 since I was there for 7 years, but then I just thought about how bad they treated all of us during the trial. Everything they said they were going to do for us was a lie. They did not even send anyone to represent us! During the trial I told myself as soon as I find another job I am leaving them. What kind of company does not care about there employees???? It was very hard to leave. I felt like I had a connection with you and all the other 5/3 employees I met during this experience. I hope that you can watch over me in Grandview. Every day I still think about what you did for me. Afer August 10th I will post what I wrote for the courts. I hope that your famlily is doing well. I think about them and you all of the time. Again, thanks for everything and I will never forget you. I wish I could have met you.

HC

July 30, 2006

Bryan-
In just a few days we will go to court again to see Daryl finally sentenced. I hope that this occasion will bring a little closure. I will be reading a statement that day and have had great difficulty writing the words I want to say. I can only hope to do you and everyone else justice. I can't put in words all that has come from this tragedy. I am so sorry that I never got to know you before the robbery. I have come to know you through your family though and know what a kind and strong person you were. Thank you again and from the heart for saving my life and those of my co-workers. HERO doesn't begin to describe what you are!

Andrea Ross
Fifth Third Bank

July 27, 2006

Bryan,

You are a true hero to all of us in blue. My heart goes out to your family, especially your wife and daughter. I know you are looking down on them, and they will never really be without you. Your courage will never be forgotten and you will always be remembered a hero. Save a place on the golden streets. Someday we will meet my brother and you can show me your new beat.

The credit goes to the person who’s actually in the arena; whose face is marred with the dirt, sweat and blood; who knows great enthusiasm and joys, who spends himself in a worthy cause, and whose place shall never be with those timid souls who knew never victory nor defeat.
* TEDDY ROOSEVELT

Sgt. C. Doolin
EPD

July 26, 2006

Thank God for Heros like Officer Hurst. As a former Deputy Sheriff in Indiana, I had a close call with vitually the same circumstances that by the grace of God didn't turn out like this horrible situation. I just wanted the family to know that thier Hero was remembered today and prayed for. I have an infant son and I can't imagine the pain this tragici incident has and will cause. I am not only going to pray for Officer Bryan S. Hurst, but his daughter and family. This profile has touched me beyond belief. God bless Officer Hurst's family and know he is watching over us all.

Former Indiana Deputy Sheriff

Former Indiana Sheriff's Deputy

July 22, 2006

Bryan,
What a sad week it's been. The death of Officer Kaiser from the heart attack was bad enough but losing Sgt. Deck to an anyeurism made it worse. I take comfort knowing Officer Kaiser is resting in peace near you. I'm sure you and Melissa have greeted Larry and Stan.
We miss you!

July 22, 2006

Gump,

We buried one of Columbus' finest today in the Meadow of Serenity just a few yards from you. It was eerie being in the cemetery under those circumstances again, but it was somehow peaceful knowing one of our boys will be nearby you to help you on your way. Got to go to lunch with Marissa afterwards. While I was there I got a call from the FBI. I haven't told you yet but I applied back in March during the trial after talking to one of the FBI Agents that worked on your case. I found out today that I got the conditional offer of employment. I have big decisions to make. The people closest to me are proud and say I should take it. Truax said he thought you would be proud. I hope you are.

Miss You,

Donnie

Sgt. Donnie Oliverio
Columbus, OH PD

July 21, 2006

I don't know why I am continually drawn to this site. I have never been impacted by anything as personally as I am by your death. Yours was a loss that wrenched my heart, I'm so very sorry Marissa and Malia. I was looking on my site tonight for something else, and again read my poem to you, and again followed my link here. I then spend time reading the many offerings of love made towards you and your family. I read Marissa's letters to you, and I want to cry for her. Someone mentioned the Red, White, & Boom theme this year was "Heroes". It's true, you will always be...
In Gods hands now.
Paul

Paul J Haldy
just a Westerville resident

July 18, 2006

Just wanted to thank you and say Happy Birthday to your baby girl

July 15, 2006

Rest In Peace Bryan. You will be always be remembered!!

Officer Brandon Harris #10
Valleyview Police Department

July 12, 2006

Brian its b/c of of you, the CPD and your buddy Jimmy Ashenhurst that im a police officer today...RIP brother we have the watch.

Officer Brent Gudorf
Newport Beach P.D.

July 8, 2006

Just thinking about you and the sacrifice you made. The theme for Red White and Boom this year was "Heroes." They must have had you in mind. Keep watch over us all.

Officer Robert Sagle #2254
Columbus Ohio Division of Police

July 5, 2006

For those who pledge to uphold it, Freedom requires a Sacrifice the protected will never know...

Officer Eric H. Brill (Retired)
Whitehall Division of Police

July 4, 2006

Bryan,

Today is a day that when I hear the fireworks going off I will think of all the people who are serving in the military and people who give their life to save another. I could never say Thanks enough to you. Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and your wonderful family this 4th of July=)

Heather

Heather

July 4, 2006

Although there are many days to memorialize those that have passed away. Today, we celebrate "Our" Independence. But, if it werent for those who afforded us this celebration, we'd be living another life. Gone but not forgotten, you're one of our "True American Heroes".

RIP Brother....We'll get it from here!!

Ward
CPD

July 4, 2006

Kiss me goodnight and say my prayers
Leave the light on at the top of the stairs
Tell me the names of the stars up in the sky
A tree taps on the window pane
That feeling smothers me again
Daddy is it true that we all have to die

At the top of the stairs
Is darkness

I closed my eyes and when I looked
Your name was in the memorial book
and what had become of all the things we planned
I accepted the commiserations
Of all your friends and your relations
But there's some things I still don't understand

You were so tall
How could you fall?

July 2, 2006

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