Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff John Walter Sanford, Jr.

Northumberland County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, June 19, 2005

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff John Walter Sanford, Jr.

I really don't know where to begin, we have shared many memories together from the trip to New York for Chris and Jada's wedding with the You, Eleanor, Greg, Krista, Johnny B. and myself all piled into Greg's truck or the day trip to Nags Head with the eight of us packed tight into the explorer. From the Christmas shopping to the cookouts we have had a blast even the picking and teasing to the serious moments all of these times will be cherished. John you will be greatly missed by all. Even through you are not here with us in person you are and will always be in our hearts. Please watch over us and keep us safe. With Love,

Molly Barbee, friend

July 8, 2005

Thank You for your service.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol

July 5, 2005

God bless you and your family. May you rest in peace. You will never be for gotten.

Officer Bower
Louisville Metro Police Department

July 1, 2005

John, you will never be forgotten for the amazing career you had at Northumberland, I enjoyed every minute working with you. The next door we hit will have your name on it, rest in peace brother.

Matt Stamm
Lancaster County S.O.

June 29, 2005

I was working a few counties over from Deputy Sanford on the morning our troopers arrived at the scene of his crash. To hear the voices over the crackling radio brought tears to my eyes, and I couldn't be there because I was transporting a prisoner. It was a feeling I will never forget.

Deputy Sanford, God Bless You, Sir. We will not forget.



June 28, 2005

The men and women of the Mahomet Police Department extend our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Sanford.

Deputy Sanford thank you for your service. God bless you.

Rest in peace Sir!

Mahomet, IL Police Dept.

June 28, 2005

You may leave our arms but never our hearts. We love you and thank you for everything.

Grandma & Grandpa Hinkle
Parents of a Kern County Deputy Sheriff

June 27, 2005




June 26, 2005

My fiancé, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis was a Deputy Sheriff with the Davis County Sheriff's Office in SE Iowa. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure John did. June 19th would have been Dennis' 48th birthday. It pains me to know that he was not here to share in the celebration of his life. It also saddens me to know that yet another brother has fallen.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Deputy Sanford's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all. 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 these tough times, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you and that you are not alone in your "journey". Should you ever need anything please do not hesitate to contact me. (Dennis' department will also always know how to reach me.)

As a fallen officer "survivor" and a friend, please accept my condolences on behalf of myself and the McElderry family. I never got the opportunity to know John but, I am certain John was well respected and well loved. He will live on in the hearts of all the lives he touched. You were lucky to have had him be a part of your lives, even for a short time. I pray that John will continue to watch over us all as only he can.

Thank you Deputy Sanford for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiancé Dennis for me and tell him I love him.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancée of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

June 26, 2005

Hey Man, We laid you to rest yesterday and now I’m back in NY. I sit here trying to make sense of what the hell happened, and then I start laughing. Man we had some good times, Big Bees, with Greg and Dog, Frank and fake Urine samples and riding the bikes around CNY with Greg and Donald. Sheriff and I were talking and I just would have never guessed it would be you. We love you man, Keep an eye over the boy’s. GOD SPEED

Former NCSO Deputy

June 25, 2005

Rest in peace my brother officer. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and the department. Aloha and god bless.

Police Officer
Honolulu Police Department

June 25, 2005

on behalf of the state auxiliary and all auxiliary members in the state of alabama we would like to extend our sincerest sympaty to the family, friends, officers of the department. GOD BLESS...AUXILAIRY MOTTO: "NEVER LET THEM WALK ALONE"

mary mc intyre pres.-nat. trustee
alabama state fraternal order of police auxiliary

June 24, 2005

Rest in Peace, brother. Your time on earth was well served and you have earned your rewards. Keep watch over us as we carry on and help keep us safe.

God speed to your family and colleagues left behind to carry your memory

Sgt. Will Hoyt
Bellows Falls, VT Police Department

June 24, 2005

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and all the members of Northumberland County Sheriff's Department. We were made safer by his service and we all suffer their tragic loss. The family of Deputy Sanford deserves our appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifice. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Deputy Sanford is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.

Tom Doyle
Cary Police Department, NC

June 24, 2005

Rest in peace, Deputy Sanford. Your family and the county you served so long and well are wrapped in the protective, respectful arms of a brotherhood unlike any other. May God bless you all.

Dispatcher Charlotte Crist
Mathews County Sheriff's Office

June 24, 2005

My thoughts are with this officer's
personal and work families. Each
death leaves us inconsolable and
we depend on God's grace to get us
through such painful times. "God is
close to the brokenhearted." Psalm
34 has always brought me great
comfort. May you feel God's presence as you journey on this
long and difficult path, knowing that
many share in your grief. Thank you,
D.S. Sanford, Jr. for your dedicated
service and your supreme sacrifice. With love from one coast of America to the other.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

June 23, 2005

I pray your family and friends will find strength and comfort in the reflections left by your extended family, they really do care! May your spirit have a joyous homecoming and may you eternally rest “High on the mountain”

D/Sgt. Vencent Woods
State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

June 23, 2005

Thank you for your service Deputy Sanford. You wont be forgotten brother. May God Bless your family, friends and the Northumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Scott Sparks, Patrolman
Chesterfield County Police Dept., VA

June 23, 2005

May you rest in peace, Deputy Sanford. Your service is appreciated, and you will not be forgotten. Even though I did not know you, you and your loved ones are in my prayers. May they take comfort in knowing that you are in a better place.


June 22, 2005

Rest in peace my brother


Chaplain Mike Grinnals
Town of Camillus Police Department

June 22, 2005

Rest in Peace My Brother.


Chaplain Mike Grinnals
Town of Camillus Police Department

June 22, 2005

Rest in Peace...

Police Officer
Syracuse Police Dept,NY

June 22, 2005

My sincerest condolonces to the family of Deputy Sanford, friends, and the Northumberland community. I have family in Lancaster and Northumberland Counties and appreciate all the efforts Deputy Stanford in providing them safety and community service. Rest my brother, you will not be forgotten.

Detective Jason L. Pittman
Richmond City Police

June 22, 2005

My deepest sympathy to all who are touched by this great sorrow. May God, the Creator of the Universe and His Son, Jesus Christ comfort you in this time of sorrow. Ruth Furr,RRCJA

Secretarial Assistant R. Furr
Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy-Middletown Campus

June 22, 2005

Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Deputy Sheriff Sanford and to all the personnel of the Northumberland County Sheriff's Office who worked with him.

Sgt Paul C. Huber
Swiss Army, MP Service

June 22, 2005

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